Newbery Consulting VET News – 23rd February 2022

Hello and welcome VET News,

This is the first VET News for 2022. Apologies for the late start but we are back on track and soon hope to get back to a twice monthly issue. Like many of you, I suspect, I (and my entire family) got COVID over the holidays. Needless to say that my holiday was not the blissful rest that I wanted and/or needed. But, no matter, I am grinding on into the start of 2022 with soldier like perseverance.

2022 should be an exciting year. We have a recovering economy creating new opportunities for the training sector, returning international students, we have new RTO standards being released at some point, change is on the horizon to AVETMISS reporting with the expected VET Data Streaming initiative, new ASQA fee structure, more training package updates, new ASQA self-assurance model (maybe!), new quality indicator reporting (maybe!), new qualification framework (maybe!), new training package development arrangements, change, adapt, change, overcome, change, realign, change. The only thing that is constant is change. Go the VET sector!!

Please note the articles in this VET News about the very soon approaching ASQA mandatory reporting requirements. These include the final AVETMISS report which is due no later than Monday next week (28th Feb). I know our client support team has been working with our many RTO Data Cloud clients to finalise and submit their reports already. Do not leave this to the last minutes because there will be errors that need to be resolved and it is best to get onto this early. The other mandatory report that is due by the 31st March is the annual declaration on compliance that is required by all RTOs. If you are the nominated person, you will have now received an email with a link to access and complete the declaration. Make sure it is submitted before the due date otherwise you may receive a fine.

Finally, a quick plug for our recent article. Have you ever considered your options when enrolling students? Enrolment models are tricky. They are influenced by many factors such as the type of course being delivered, the target learner, resourcing and many more. Late last year, I published an article on Enrolment Models and Considerations and invite you to take a look and see if there are possible improvements that you could make with your enrolment pathway Click Here.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

Annual declaration on compliance for 2022

Each year, the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards) require all ASQA-regulated RTOs to submit an annual declaration on compliance.

To complete the declaration, you will need to assess your training organisation’s compliance with the Standards. Chief Executive Officers are sent an email that contains a unique URL to their online declaration. Annual declaration submissions close on 31 March 2022.

For further information, click here.

2022 obligation checklists 

The ASQA 2022 RTO and ESOS obligations checklists will help providers stay on top of reporting obligations. ASQA’s new ESOS obligations checklist is also suitable for ELICOS providers. Downloadable and printable, the checklists contain key dates to keep track of reporting requirements to remain compliant.

Read more.

AVETMISS reporting

The collection window for direct reporting of 2021 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity to NCVER closes at 5pm (ACDT) on 28 February 2022.

If you are submitting data to NCVER via the AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS), please ensure that you also submit your data via the ‘Finalise Submission’ screen. See our factsheet Submitting data to NCVER for further information.  Many RTOs are caught out each year believing that they have submitted their data when in fact it has only been validated.

If your RTO did not conduct any training during 2021, you must submit a nil return using AVS – see NCVER’s fact sheet on How to submit a nil return for further information.

For further information, click here.

Articles and Papers

Upskilling and reskilling: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and their training choices

The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a profound impact on Australian employers as a result of the social and economic restrictions imposed by governments to control the spread of the virus. One of the most significant impacts of the pandemic on employers was the sudden transition to remote-working arrangements for their employees. The Productivity Commission (2021) reported that it is unlikely that Australia will return to pre-pandemic levels of working from home due to shifts in perspective on this approach to work on the part of both employers and employees.

Read more.

ASQA’s 3rd Insights paper: survey findings on online delivery

The third insights paper shares the findings of our 2021 survey of over 1,200 providers’ use, experience and perceptions of online learning. The survey responses offer insights into the nature and range of delivery modes used to administer online learning, hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes insights into the impact of the pandemic on providers’ delivery modes, such as an increase of online delivery across most training packages. Responses also highlight a range of special challenges faced during the pandemic, such as addressing the requirements of training packages for the practice of manual or interpersonal skills and practical demonstrations.

Read more.

Apprentices and trainees 2021: June quarter

This infographic provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. It presents statistics on commencements, completions, cancellations and withdrawals and those currently in training.  In the June quarter 2021, compared with the June quarter 2020:

  • commencements increased by 114%, to 47 785
  • completions increased by 21.2%, to 17 795
  • cancellations and withdrawals increased by 66.9%, to 25 030

There were 341 385 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2021, an increase of 27.5% from 30 June 2020.

Read more.

Self-reliant learning by implementing work-based and work-related learning approaches

The demand for highly qualified personnel is constantly increasing, the lack of adequate and appropriate qualification measures that foster self-reliant learning competence is evident. Additionally, in today’s complex world of work and lean forms of work organisation, requirements not only include professional competences but also further dimensions such as social and personal competencies (e.g. teamwork, communication, creativity, problem solving etc.). The authors have highlighted a variety of ways to strengthen self-reliant learning by implementing work-based and work-related learning approaches.

Read more.

Digitalization of national TVET and skills systems: Harnessing technology to support LLL: An enquiry and action framework

This report describes and updates the picture of digital vocational education and training, providing an overview of the issues surrounding digitalisation across the key functional areas of skills systems. It gives an introduction to key frameworks and tools; concrete examples of national initiatives, adaptable digitalisation models and practical guides; as well as providing initial guidance on implementation, to deploy a strategic approach to the digitalisation of national TVET and skills development systems at the country level.

Read more.

Labour Market Trend Updates

Latest release – January 2022

Job advertisements increased by 4.4% (or 10,900 job ads) in January 2022 to stand at 259,000. The strong increase in recruitment activity growth saw job advertisements reach their highest level since September 2008. The level of recruitment activity nationally is significantly elevated compared with pre-COVID-19 levels, up by 54.0% (90,900 job ads).

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Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • BSB: Business Services Training Package
    Revised 25th January 2022.
  • CPP: Property Services
    Revised 10th February 2022.
  • FNS: Financial Services
    Revised 27th January 2022.
  • FWP: Forest and Wood Products
    Revised 28th January 2022.
  • ICT: Information and Communications Technology
    Revised 3rd February 2022.
  • CPP: Property Services
    Revised 10th February 2022.
  • AHC: Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
    Revised 15th February 2022.
Approved extension transition period

ASQA approves extended transition period for the following qualifications:

  • HLT35015 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting until 30 April 2023
  • HLT45015 – Certificate IV in Dental Assisting until 30 June 2023
  • CPP40516 – Certificate IV in Strata Community Management until 15 April 2023
  • PMB30116 – Certificate III in Polymer Processing until 16 December 2022
  • PMB40116 – Certificate IV in Polymer Technology until 16 February 2023
  • FNS42115 – Certificate IV in Personal Injury Management until 1 August 2022
  • TLI32515 – Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure until 30 June 2022
  • RII30919 – Certificate III in Civil Construction until 24 July 2022
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update

Updates have been made to some Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Qualifications.


Upcoming Events

Webinar: The best of both worlds? Integrating VET and higher education
Thursday 24 February 2022
1.30pm – 2.15pm (ACDT)

Webinar participants will gain insights about:

  • The context of integrated qualifications
  • The challenges of developing integrated qualifications
  • Conditions that may improve the sustainability of integrated qualifications
  • Research participants’ experiences of developing and running integrated qualifications.


31st National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’
Wednesday 6th July to 8th July 2022
Melbourne’No Frills’ provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of industry representatives, practitioners, researchers and policymakers.Register.
The 8th International Conference on Education 2022 (ICEDU 2022) 
Date: 24th  – 26th March 2022
Virtual PlatformThe conference is dedicated to the topic of “Education in times of uncertainty: preparing for the future” and will take place virtually. It is the 8th edition of the successful conferences on education organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management. According to the call for papers, TVET constitutes a subtopic of interest for submission under the more general topic “Educational Policy and Leadership”.For further information, click here.


Business Opportunities / ATMs

ATM ID: ESE21/4729
Agency: Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: TRA is a business unit located in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.  It is the skills assessing authority for approximately 130 technical and trade occupations specified by the Department of Home Affairs. TRA operates a number of different skills assessment services, which vary depending on the circumstances of the applicant.

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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

Agency: Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: The scope of this procurement is to procure the services of a specialist provider to deliver investigative interviewing/conversation training programs using the PEACE model.

Mandatory Conditions for Participation: The Supplier must have demonstrated experience in faciliating virtual investigations training in a regulatory/law enforcement context. The facilitator/s must have demonstrated law enforcement and investigations experience.

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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:


RTO Data Cloud

The complete software package for Registered Training Organisations.

Newbery Consulting has been supplying student management software for over 10 years. A cloud based RTO student 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 on a flat daily cost of only $2.00 per day. 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.

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