Newbery Consulting VET News – 24th March 2022



Hello and welcome VET News,

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the devastating floods that have affected the southeast QLD and the Northern Rivers area of of NSW. Those towns which have been impacted by the flooding have had their homes and businesses devastated. We have many clients in this region and wish them a speedy recovery. I think we were all shocked by the impact of the flood and hope that help is getting to those who need it most.

On the news, I note the announcement by the Federal Government that ASQA is being appointed as the assurance body responsible for national training package. I think this is a great development. It potentially will help to resolve issues where there are discrepancies between what the training package developer intended and how this is interpreted by ASQA auditors. It should also have the effect of injecting greater awareness of industry requirements and how this relates to training and regulation. I have been watching this space for the last 20 years and I think this is a very positive development.

On a final note, many of you know that I have spoken and written a lot over the years on the concept of Equivalent Vocational Competency (article 13th Oct 2020). I am watching with interest a matter working its way through ASQA that just highlights how inconsistent and confusing the National Regulator’s approach is when regulating this area of the standards (Clause 1.13a). I will provide further information when we have a result, but at the heart of this issue is the micro level of evidence now being required by the National Regulator to verify a trainer’s equivalent vocational competency. On one hand the National Regulator say that it is not a requirement for the RTO to present a competency mapping with the trainer’s experience and then, on the other they make the RTO non-compliant because it has not provided evidence that satisfies every single knowledge evidence, performance criteria and performance evidence in every unit being delivered by the trainer. On one hand a trainer is found compliant by an ASQA auditor to deliver a qualification (in which they have worked their entire working life and are licenced) and then only 24 months later a different ASQA auditor reviewing the same (but updated) evidence finds the same trainer non-compliant for the very same competencies. Just outrageous and screams of poor information management and poor quality control. The level of inconsistency in ASQA’s audit model is in my view at an all-time low. The potential implications relating to a trainer’s equivalent vocational competency resulting from this issue are significant. It seems to me that the regulator is suggesting though its interpretation that an RTO should require all trainers who do not actually hold the competencies being delivered to formalise their competency through RPL. I will provide an update when possible, but in the meantime, I strongly suggest that you take another look at the level of evidence you are relying on for trainers who do not actually hold the competences they are delivering.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Providers impacted by floods

ASQA recognises that VET businesses and students are affected by the catastrophic flooding disaster in NSW and Queensland. ASQA is working closely with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to identify the priorities for the short-term and to ensure responsiveness in our regulatory initiatives while affected VET providers get back on their feet.

ASQA has deferred the due date for the annual declaration on compliance (ADC) for providers with a head office location in NSW or Queensland for a further 4 weeks (now due 29 April 2022). If your organisation is otherwise having difficulties with your submission of the ADC due to the flooding please contact us to discuss your situation.

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ASQA announced as national training package assurance body

The Australian Government today announced ASQA as the independent body to be responsible for training package assurance from 1 January 2023. This independent assurance function, which forms part of a broader suite of Australian Government reforms to the VET system, will see ASQA assessing training packages for compliance against standards and policies set by Skills Ministers, delivering enhanced transparency, accountability and confidence, and ensuring training packages are high quality and meet the needs of employers and students.

The function will replace the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, which will remain in place until 31 December 2022 to ensure continuity and stability of the VET system during transition to the new arrangements.

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Articles and Papers



Delivering high-quality VET: what matters to RTOs?

This report is the second part of a project investigating the quality of delivery in VET and how it might be better defined and measured. Based on consultation with high performing RTOs, the research finds that definitions of quality depend on an RTO’s purpose, mission, student characteristics and operating context. RTOs use a wide range of information and data to build a comprehensive a picture of delivery quality throughout the student life-cycle or learning journey, although the measures used varies by RTO type and size.

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Student equity in VET 2020: participation, achievement and outcomes

This publication presents information on how different equity groups fare in their VET journey. The featured equity groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefiting from education in Australia. We focus on their participation, achievement in and outcomes from VET.

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Government-funded students and courses – January to September 2021

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system.  In the first nine months to 30 September 2021, 1 124 100 students were enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training (VET) with 1 096 100 students enrolled in nationally recognised training and 65 800 students enrolled in non-nationally recognised training.

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VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers

An analysis of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) confirms that vocational education and training (VET) is an important pathway to educational re-engagement for young people who leave school before completing Year 12. This analysis also highlights the importance of providing career information not only to young people before and after they leave school, but also to their parents or guardians. For school leavers, having parents with aspirations for them is influential in determining whether early school leavers re-engage with education, demonstrating the value of ensuring that parents also have access to high-quality career information.

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Labour Market Trend Updates



Latest release – February 2022 (Preliminary)

Job advertisements increased 3.6% (or 9,300 job advertisements) in February 2022 to stand at 269,700. This maintains momentum in recruitment activity growth following the strong increase of 4.4% observed in January 2022. Nationally, job advertisement levels remain commensurate with a 13-year high. The level of recruitment activity nationally remains significantly elevated compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, up by 60.4% (or 101,600 job advertisements).

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Training Package Updates



Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • CPC: Construction, Plumbing and Services
    Revised 18th March 2022.
  • AMP: Australian Meat Processing
    Revised 25th February 2022.
  • FWP: Forest and Wood Products
    Revised 23rd February 2022.
  • AUR: Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
    Revised 23rd February 2022.
  • SIS: Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package
    Revised 22nd March 2022.
  • AVI: Aviation Training Package
    Revised 22nd March 2022.
  • RII: Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package
    Revised 22nd March 2022.
  • CSC: Correctional Services Training Package
    Revised 23rd March 2022.

Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update 

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

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ASQA approves extended transition period for 10 TLILIC units

ASQA has agreed to extend the transition period for the following units of competency until 31 May 2022.

  • TLILIC0002 & TLILIC0012 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
  • TLILIC0006 Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
  • TLILIC0007 Licence to operate a derrick crane
  • TLILIC0008 Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
  • TLILIC0009 Licence to operate a portal boom crane
  • TLILIC0010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
  • TLILIC0013 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
  • TLILIC0014 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 Tonnes)
  • TLILIC0015 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 Tonnes)

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Extended transition period: RII60215 Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for RII60215 – Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management. for all RTOs. The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for RII60215 – Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management until 30th June 2023.

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Upcoming Events




Australian Apprenticeships growth in non-traditional industries
Date: Tuesday 29th March 2022
Time: 2:00PM
WebinarWhile the Government’s Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy has fueled commencements in traditional Australian Apprenticeships industries, it has proven to be effective across non-traditional sectors as well. Join AATIS is this session to explore the data and talk about the potential impacts it may have.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.
Making delivery better: perspectives from RTOs
Date: Thursday, 7 April 2022
Time: 1:30pm ACST
WebinarThis webinar will review the finding of the upcoming NCVER report – Delivering high-quality VET: what matters to RTOs. Due for release on 22 March.Register.
31st National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’
Date: 6th July – 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.




Business Opportunities / ATMs

ATM ID: ESE21/4324
Agency: Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) seeks the services of an instructional designer to consult on and develop a course on Cybersecurity (drawing from the accredited Certificate IV in Cyber Security) to be delivered by Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTO) under the International Skills Training Courses Program (IST).

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Business Opportunities / ATMs

Agency: Australian Public Service Commission
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: The APS Academy function of the Australian Public Service Commission (APS Academy) is seeking to co-design and implement a program for the systematic development of Senior Executive Service (SES) Band 3 Officers with tenure of approximately 18 months to 2 years. The design of the program will need to reflect the Australian Public Service (APS) context and operating environment.

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Business Opportunities / ATMs

Agency: Department of Home Affairs
Category: Education and Training Services

Description: The Department of Home Affairs requires suitably qualified organisations to be on a panel of Registered Training Organisations to provide  Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) accredited marine training courses to support the marine workforce to attain and retain qualifications related to engineering, deck and safety functions. These Industry Standard Courses must be AMSA approved and meet the standard of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 as amended.

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