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Well 2016 is almost done and dusted. I think it’s fair to say that it has been a tough year for our sector. We look forward to 2017 with hope that the business environment will improve. I feel that the new year will be a year of innovation as RTOs attempt to find efficiencies in a tough environment.

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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA update

Regulatory decisions update

On 23 November 2016 ASQA provided notification of its regulatory decisions relating to:

  • Parkroo International Leadership College Pty Ltd (RTO ID 41006).
  • Beauty & Hair Academy of Australia Pty Ltd (RTO ID 21573)
  • Alertforce Pty Ltd (RTO ID 91826)


On 12 December 2016 ASQA provided notification of its regulatory decisions relating to:

  • Trainer Services Pty Ltd (RTO ID 40867)
  • Dransmack Pty Ltd (RTO ID 40292)
  • Australian Institute Of Trades Pty. Ltd. as Trustee for the Institute of Hotel Management Australia (RTO ID 21496)
  • Improvement Tools (QLD) Pty Ltd (RTO ID 31506)


New Chief Commissioner
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews MP announced Mark Paterson AO has been appointed as the new Chief Commissioner of ASQA from January 1, 2017.Minister Andrews also announced ASQA Commissioner, Professor Michael Lavarch will be reappointed for another year when his current term expires on 15 April 2017.
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Refer to the link below for some tips from ASQA.

VET Reform

VET Student Loan Bill passes the Senate

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, Minister for Education and Training the Hon Simon Birmingham announced the passage of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans scheme.

New VET Student Loan resources

The Department of Education and Training has released the following new resources regarding the new VET Student Loans program:

  • VET Student Loan Approved Course List – updated 9 December 2016
  • VET FEE-HELP opt-in – 7 December 2016
  • Information for current VET FEE-HELP providers – 7 December 2016
  • VET Student Loans – Provisional Approval period 1 January to 30 June 2017 – FAQS – 28 November 2016


Reactions to VET Student Loan news

ACPET – 2 December 2016

TDA – 1 December 2016

The Australian – 7 December 2016
MEDIA RELEASE>> (May require subscription)

VRQA Update

December Newsletter

Edition 55 of the VRQA newsletter highlights a series of updates from the regulator. These include:

  • Child safe standards update
  • Apprenticeship and Traineeship Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Revised self-assessment tool for independent schools
  • VRQA Complaints FAQs


Training Package News

TGA Updates

Training package changes
There is a new release of the following training package:

  • CPC Release 2.1: 9 December 2016
  • CPC08 Release 9.2: 9 December 2016
  • MSF Release 3.1: 9 December 2016
  • CPP Release 4.1: 9 December 2016
  • CPP07 Release 14.3: 9 December 2016

Events, Resourcing & Funding News

Australian apprenticeship update

Click on the link below to view the Training Package qualifications recently implemented in States and Territories.UPDATE 13/12/16>>

2017 Tourism, Hospitality & Events Conference

Teaming up with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Gateway to Industry Schools Network for Food, Wine and Tourism Queensland, Velg Training is presenting the inaugural Tourism, Hospitality and Events Conference on Thursday 3 August 2017 in Brisbane.

2017 VET CEO Conference

Velg Training has announced its inaugural VET CEO Conference. It is an exclusive event designed to inspire and support CEOs and business leaders of RTOs across Australia. The conference will be held on Friday 2 June 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training (TSAGT)

Eligible training providers can now apply for funding under the $5 million 2016–17 Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training (TSAGT) program to support eligible Queenslanders with industry experience to complete a priority trade qualification.

Recent VET Publications

Expenditure on education and training in Australia 2016
Megan O’Connell & Kate Torii, Mitchell Institute
The Mitchell Institute’s latest analysis of Australia’s expenditure in education and training revealed a striking decrease in government spending on Vocational Education and Training (VET) since 2012. The latest data shows VET spending drop to almost 4% below 2005 levels, while spending on universities continued to grow rapidly.
REPORT>>The VET FEE-HELP debacle: Helping its victims and lessons for administration
Mark Warburton, LH Martin Institute
In this paper, former senior bureaucrat Mark Warburton proposes that the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (DET) is being too passive in its efforts to get redress on behalf of the victims of the failed VET FEE-HELP scheme. He argues that while action by the ACCC against errant providers is important, DET needs to use fully its powers to help the victims.
PAPER>>Financial information 2015
This publication provides information on how government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is financed and where the money is spent. The publication is based on 2015 data provided by the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for administering public funds for Australia’s VET system.

Total VET graduate outcomes 2016
This report presents information from the National Student Outcomes Survey on the outcomes of graduates who completed their vocational education and training (VET) in Australia during 2015 and were awarded a qualification. The publication reports the outcomes of all graduates — both those in receipt of government-funding and those who paid for their own training. Summary information is presented on graduates’ reasons for training, employment outcomes, satisfaction with training and further study outcomes.

VET program completion rates: an evaluation of the current method

With ever-increasing interest in completion rates as measures of the efficiency and effectiveness of the vocational education and training (VET) sector, NCVER has undertaken a technical review of the validity of the method long used in estimating completion rates for government-funded VET programs. This paper summarises the key findings of the review and makes recommendations for refinements to the methodology and future publication of completion rates.

Other News of Interest

Council for International Education

The Council for International Education held its first meeting on Wednesday 23 November at Parliament House to discuss the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025 and the Australian International Education 2025 market development roadmap.

Led by Minister for Education and Training the Hon Simon Birmingham, the Council discussed its commitment to maintaining Australia’s reputation for quality while continuing to grow the nation’s education offerings, services and enrolments at home and abroad.

Martin Riordan steps down as CEO of TDA

After more than 11 years as Chief Executive Officer, Martin Riordan has announced that he will step down from his role at TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) in March 2017.

The TDA Board will soon undertake recruitment for a new CEO.

Group Training Australia has a new name

Group Training Australia is to be known as the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN). The peak body for the national group training network says the change better reflects its activities in matching apprentices and trainees to employers around Australia.

The news articles presented in this edition of VET News have been researched and prepared by Anne Maree Newbery.
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