Newbery Consulting VET News
23rd September 2021

Hello and welcome to VET News,

Just a quick note that if you have not done so already, don’t forget to update your delivery locations on ASQA net if that is something you are responsible for. Please refer to the article in compliance and regulatory news below.

I would recommend taking a look at the recent articles highlighted in this VET News about the shift that has occurred toward online learning. I think online learning is fantastic and it has been a savior during lockdown. A worrying trend that I am noticing is an increasing trend of RTOs intending on shifting their courses to an online delivery as a business as usual approach even after Covid. I am talking about courses that involve high levels of practical skills such as individual support, trade training and first aid. I do worry about what this will mean in the long term for the quality of VET teaching and the acquisition of durable skills. It is very difficult to teach and assess complex work routines and skills online even with tools such as zoom, et cetera.

Maybe I am just getting old? It will be an interesting space to watch and reflect on in 12-24 months from now in terms of the outcomes measured in the workplace. I will be interested to watch if the funding agencies will start to place limits on online learning for specific courses. At the end of the day, they are paying for a quality service and outcome and I will not be surprised if there is a gradual push-back toward face-to-face learning if employers are not happy with the skills of those qualified and entering the workforce. There is nothing more valuable in VET than a competent and experienced trainer right there with the learner, demonstrating and explaining a skill and then watching the learner practice the skill and giving feedback. That is the essence of VET and is difficult to achieve through a device.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

 Strategic Review of Online Learning in the VET sector

ASQA has released the first in a series of Insights papers as part of the Strategic Review of Online Learning in the VET sector. The paper includes findings from webinars held over the last six months, which outline the current landscape of online learning and provide key insights into issues providers are grappling with when it comes to compliance and quality. The series is designed to build on the success of the innovative ‘feedback loop’ approach of collaboratively sharing learnings and building understanding.

For further information, click here.

Provider details on asqanet

ASQA has advised all providers to maintain accurate and up-to-date information on asqanet. The information you provide in asqanet will be reflected on If you haven’t already done so this year, please check and update your provider delivery locations in asqanet. This will ensure you meet your obligation to keep ASQA up-to-date under section 25 of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act (2011).

Read more.

Other VET News

New Standards for Course Accreditation

Course developers and owners are advised that following an amendment to the Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009, the commencement date for the new standards for course accreditation with the Council came into effect on 10 September 2021, replacing the AQTF2007 Standards for Accredited Courses. The changes do not impact on courses already accredited by the Council. Applications submitted after 10 September 2021 must meet the AQTF2021 Standards for Accredited Course​s. Application forms and templates aligning to the new Standards are available on the Council’s website.

Read more.

Articles and Papers

One in four employers in NSW had staff stood down in August

In August 2021, 39% of employers surveyed as part of the Survey were recruiting or had recruited in the past month, a 4 percentage point decrease on July 2021.Around one in four (24%) employers in New South Wales had staff stood down (i.e. they had staff who remain employed but are currently not working any hours) in August 2021, while 30% of employers in the state had staff on reduced hours. Victoria also had a high proportion of employers with staff on reduced hours (25%), and while the proportion with staff stood down (8%) was substantially lower than New South Wales, it was higher than all the other states.

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Unpacking the quality of VET delivery

This paper is the first publication from a project focused on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices in the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia. The paper draws on the Australian and international literature to explore how the quality of delivery is understood and applied in different contexts and to investigate how it is currently measured. It is the first product of a larger project seeking to determine the views of RTOs and educators on what good-quality delivery involves and how it might be better measured, sustained and improved.

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Generation Z: life during COVID-19

New data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian (LSAY) explores how young people have been affected during the coronavirus pandemic, including their employment and engagement with education. Changes to engagement with education included 5% putting their studies on hold due to the pandemic and a dramatic decrease in the percentage of students who spent time on campus (37% in 2020, compared with 97% in 2019).

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Labour Market Trend Updates

August Vacancy Report

Job advertisements decreased by a further 5.6% (or 12,800 job advertisements) in August 2021 to stand at 216,000. The level of recruitment activity nationally remains significantly elevated compared to preCOVID-19 levels, up by 28.4% (or 47,800 job advertisements).

New South Wales recorded the strongest fall in recruitment activity over the month, down by 9.2% (6,400 job advertisements). As at August 2021, the fall in recruitment activity in New South Wales has been more significant than the total downturn in recruitment in Victoria, following that state’s ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 infection last year (June 2020).

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Internet vacancies drop for third consecutive month

The preliminary National Skills Commission Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) release shows online job advertisements fell by 5.6% (12,800 job advertisements) in August 2021, to stand at 216,000. The IVI has now recorded three consecutive months of declining recruitment activity after reaching a 12-year high in May 2021. The sharpest declines in job ads over the month were recorded in New South Wales down by 9.2% (6,400 job ads), followed by the ACT 9.0% (610 job ads) and Victoria 5.9% (3,700 job ads).

Read more.

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • RII: Resources and Infrastructure Industry
    Revised 21st September 2021.
ASQA approves extended transition period for 6 Qualification from the HLT Health Training Package

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for the following qualifications from the HLT Health Training Package until 24th December 2022.

  • HLT21015 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response
  • HLT31015 Certificate III in Ambulance Communication (Call Taking)
  • HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport
  • HLT41015 Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)
  • HLT41115 Certificate IV in Health Care
  • HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science

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ASQA approves extended transition period for 13 BSB Qualifications

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period of the following BSB qualifications until 30th June 2022.

  • BSB52415 – Diploma of Marketing and Communication
  • BSB52215 – Diploma of Legal Services
  • BSB50815 – Diploma of International Business
  • BSB50618 – Diploma of Human Resources Management
  • BSB50415 – Diploma of Business Administration
  • BSB50215 – Diploma of Business
  • BSB40515 – Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • BSB40215 – Certificate IV in Business
  • BSB31215 – Certificate III in Library and Information Services
  • BSB31115 – Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)
  • BSB31015 – Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal)
  • BSB30415 – Certificate III in Business Administration
  • BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business

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ASQA approves extended transition period for ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals for existing learners. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 30 December 2022.

Read more.

Upcoming Events

2021 joint Cedefop / OECD symposium
Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies
21st October 2021, 6:30PM PM AEST

OnlineThe symposium will bring together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world to explore the links between apprenticeships and the transition towards greener economies and societies, as well as the implications for policy-making.Register here.
OECD Youth Week
20th – 24th September 2021
The COVID-19 crisis has compounded the difficulties for many young people in finding a job, maintaining quality of life and getting the best out of education. OECD Youth Week is holding a number of webinar series of engaging discussions and will highlight the urgent need to invest in young people as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.Register here.


Business Opportunities / ATMs

Agency: CSIRO
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: CSIRO, through this RFT, is seeking to establish a Panel of Suppliers with appropriate skills and experience to deliver and facilitate a suite of Innovation Programs, including programs developed as part of CSIRO innovation and entrepreneurship ‘ON Program’ (ON). The Innovation Programs support CSIRO’s role as Australia’s Innovation Catalyst.

Read more.

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:

Energising Tasmania Training Fund

The Energising Tasmania Training Fund second grant round is now open. The opening and closing dates for the Fund are 11 September 2021 until 12 September 2022, or until grant funds are full allocated. The grant is available to Skills Tasmania Endorsed Registered Training Organisations to deliver qualifications and skill sets to learners who are employed in or wish to make a career transition into the defined industries found in the program guidelines.

The program has three grant streams:

  • Energising Tasmania – Skills Fund
  • Energising Tasmania – Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund
  • Energising Tasmania – Transition Training Fund

For further information and Application forms, click here.


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