Newbery Consulting VET News – 21st December 2022



Hello and welcome to VET News,

This is our last VET News for the year. I just realised that we missed out on celebrating our 10-year anniversary of publishing VET News. That was back in November 2021. Oh well, go us! Seriously, I cannot believe we have been publishing the news now for over 11 years. We now have over 5000 subscribers and grow every year. It is amazing to look back over the news in that time (all published on our website) as a record of the journey that the VET sector has been on, that we have all been on.

2022 has been a funny year of getting back to normal. I almost feel like we are preparing for something big in 2023. There is certainly a lot happening in 2023. Just to name a few of the more notable items, we have new RTO Standards being released, VET Data Streaming will replace AVETMISS reporting, Jobs and Skills Australia will be stood-up, the new industry clusters within DEWR will be created and commence their Training Package Assurance function, and huge increases in VET funding as we try and address the shortage of skills. If all of that was not enough, the Minister has decided to launch an “Inquiry into the Perceptions and Status of Vocational Education and Training (more on this in the new year). It will no doubt be an eventful year, and we look forward to keeping you up to date.

I would just like to selfishly acknowledge our team here at Newbery Consulting and our sister company RTO Data. Our biggest achievement this year was to transition our student and learning management software RTO Data Cloud to operate in its own right as RTO Data Pty Ltd. This was a big development and took a significant amount of planning and execution to move everything over to the new entity including five permanent staff whilst maintaining a continuity of service. This move has been successful, and RTO Data Cloud continues to go from strength to strength. We look forward to tackling the transition to VET Data Streaming in 2023 and the neverending development of the system capability with a focus in 2023 on maturing and evolving our integrated learning management. I would like to acknowledge the amazing hard work of Bree, Jacquie and Kate in the Support team and Sarah and Dave in the Dev team. In Newbery Consulting, we have been joined by Loren who is now coordinating our marketing and has big plans for 2023. Thanks to Jen who is working hard in learning and development and to our consultants we have worked with closely this year, thank you to Jeremy and Glenn.

Finally, thank you to all our fantastic clients. We have assisted many new clients to become RTOs, supported some old clients to close or sell their RTO, and many clients have renewed and grown their registration. We have assisted some clients to respond to non-compliance all with positive outcomes and we even had time to complete five new accredited qualifications! Sprinkle in a dozen plus audits, webinars, articles, and general consulting and it truly been a very busy year. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

We will be back with our first edition of VET News in 2023 in the week commencing 16th Jan, where I hope to share my detailed thoughts on the revised RTO Standards. Remember feedback is required by the end of January. I hope you all have a lovely holiday season and have the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family or friends and we look forward to keeping you up to date in 2023.


Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News



Director identification number

You need a director identification number (director ID) if you’re a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.
A director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier you will keep forever. It will help to prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

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Other VET News




The Australian Government, led by the Australian Border Force (ABF), has established a multi-agency operation to identify threats, vulnerabilities and available whole-of-government effects in order to deter and disrupt the exploitation of Australia’s temporary visa program.

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Stakeholder Survey Final Report

The AATIS Stakeholder Survey sought feedback from the Australian Apprenticeships industry. This final report includes a breakdown of achievement, value of products, and ideas for future work.

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Inquiry into the Perceptions and Status of Vocational Education and Training

Following a referral from the Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, on 30 November 2022, the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training commenced an inquiry into the perceptions and status of vocational education and training.
The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make a submission to the inquiry addressing the terms of reference by Wednesday 1 March 2023.

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Advancing open and distance learning for TVET in the Caribbean

A select group of TVET principals and managers recently gathered in Kingston, Jamaica to put the finishing touches on their plans for harnessing open and distance learning (ODL) to improve education provision at TVET institutions in the Caribbean. The five-day workshop, for participants from Jamaica, was the final activity of a programme implemented by UNESCO-UNEVOC together with the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada, aimed at equipping people to become leaders in ODL for TVET.

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Driver’s licence card number mandatory

Driver licence card numbers are now a mandatory field for DVS verifications for all states and territories.
Drivers’ licenses are just one of the forms of acceptable identification for creating a USI.

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Highlights from NCVER’s 2021-2022 Annual Report 

In the 2021-2022 financial year, NCVER continued to inform and influence VET policy and practice by delivering quality research, data and information that help build and sustain Australia’s workforce.

The key highlights for the past financial year include:

•    40 authored publications: 17 statistical and 23 research
•    383,915 Portal visits
•    101,279 product downloads
•    88,956 VOCEDplus records
•    4,800 Vocational Voices Podcast downloads.

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Articles and Papers



Adding value to Australia’s approach to VET teaching and assessment

Adding value to competency-based training, the latest research released by the National Centre for Vocational Education (NCVER), analysed whether Australia’s CBT approach is on par with other developed countries and identified its benefits and drawbacks.

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How has VET delivery changed through the COVID-19 pandemic?

This NCVER research reveals that subjects delivered through blended delivery (i.e., online in combination with another delivery mode) have experienced sustained growth from almost 23% of subject enrolments in 2019 to just over 29% in 2021.

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Government expenditure on VET climbed to $10.4 billion in 2021

The Australian and state and territory governments spent $10.4 billion on vocational education and training (VET) in 2021, according to the latest statistical report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Government funding of VET 2021 shows that government expenditure on VET increased by $2.9 billion or 38.6% from 2020.

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Training Package Updates



Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • MSF: Furnishing Training Package- 08/Dec/2022
  • CPC: Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package- 08/Dec/2022
  • CHC: Community Services- 07/Dec/2022
  • TAE: Training and Education Training Package- 08/Dec/2022
  • NWP: National Water Training Package- 07/Dec/2022
  • SIS: Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package- 13/Dec/2022
  • CHC: Community Services- 08/Dec/2015
  • HLT: Health- 15/Dec/2022
  • TLI: Transport and Logistics Training Package- 15/Dec/2022
  • MSS: Sustainability- 16/Dec/2022
  • CPP: Property Services Training Package- 19/Dec/2022
  • MEM: Manufacturing and Engineering- 19/Dec/2022
Qualifications Update

View the latest updates to the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Qualifications.

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Extended transition period
SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training PackageASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for all ASQA registered RTOs with scope for delivery for continuing students only for the following qualifications:SHB20116     Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics
SHB30115     Certificate III in Beauty Services
SHB30215    Certificate III in Make Up
SHB30315    Certificate III in Nail Technology
SHB40115     Certificate IV in Beauty Services
SHB50115    Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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Business Opportunities/ATMs

ATM ID: Health/E22296661
Agency : Department of Health and Aged Care
Category:  Education and Training Services

Description: The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking to engage organisations and/or established or future consortia as a supplier/s to develop and implement the Care and Support Sector Nursing Clinical Placements program over 2023 and 2024.

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Business Opportunities/ATMs

ATM ID: ESE22/4797
Agency: Department of Education
Category: Education and Training Services

Description: The Department of Education requires the assistance of Service Provider to support the delivery of a project focused on online micro-credentials in the higher education sector. Through a series of workshops and development of a toolkit, the project will build the capacity of governments and education providers in the Asia-Pacific region to design, develop and deliver online micro-credentials to address new and emerging skill needs.

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AusTender materials are released by the Department of Finance. AusTender materials are subject to change and should be verified on the AusTender website to ensure the information is up to date and correct:

Business Opportunities/ATMs

ATM ID: Notice 22/3512
Agency: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Category: Education and Training Services

Description: Notice to advise industry of the intention to approach the market in 2023/.
The Australian Antarctic Divison (AAD) is seeking to enhance the delivery of its training and education framework by establishing a central capability (the Capability) to support a range of training and education services and functions to support Antarctic operations.

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AusTender materials are released by the Department of Finance. AusTender materials are subject to change and should be verified on the AusTender website to ensure the information is up to date and correct:


Upcoming Events



32nd National VET Research Conference – 2023
Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2023RMIT University Melbourne City Campus (Storey Hall).
‘No Frills’ is a well-known annual national conference and a key part of NCVER’s engagement with the VET sector. It is an opportunity to showcase research to VET practitioners and build the capacity of researchers. It provides participants with a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and be a part of an event that encourages thought-provoking presentations and opportunities to network in a relaxed and friendly environmentRead More.
AVETRA’s 25th Annual Conference
Melbourne- 27 & 28 April 2023VET + Challenging times, Challenges of our time and Challenges that lie ahead is the theme for this year’s AVETRA Conference.The AVETRA 2023 Conference showcases scholarly and applied research of, for and from within vocational education. It is the leading annual gathering of researchers, VET practitioners and leaders, education policy makers and representatives from industry, unions and employers in Australia and
New Zealand.

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The Future of Apprenticeships

The Future of Apprenticeships , ‘Perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia striving for excellence’

Melbourne- 5 – 7 February 2023
Auckland- 9-10 February 2023

The conference promises to be an excellent opportunity to network and connect with industry stakeholders, participate in a range of workshops, study tours, facilitated debates and attend industry network events.

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RTO Data Cloud

Newbery Consulting has been supplying student management software for over 10 years. A cloud based RTO student and learning management system that provides RTOs the capability to manage their training operation and meet all national and State reporting and compliance obligations. It would be our pleasure to offer you access as a trial user and you can evaluate the system capabilities for yourself.

Don’t continue to pay too much for cloud based AVETMISS software. Have the flexibility to only paying for your additional users as you need them. Set up your online enrolments and customise your certificates at no extra cost. Need to manage your CRICOS and State funded enrolments, no problems. Get in contact with the team at Newbery Consulting today and request to be set up as a trial user.

Visit RTO Data Cloud for further information.

New Webinar!
Observation AssessmentThis webinar is aimed to increase your understanding of observation assessment. Joe will explore the common problems with observation assessment, explore criterion referenced assessment as a foundation assessment method and talk through designing observation tools and mapping observation assessment. Benchmarking will also be discussed, along with the dos and don’ts of recording observation evidence.
This webinar is packed full of valuable information that will help ensure that your students are receiving the benefit of valid criterion referenced assessment according to a nationally consistent standard and of course to develop a proactive and positive RTO compliance culture.Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $25.00

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