Newbery Consulting VET News

25th November 2021








Hello and welcome to VET News,

Firstly just a couple of housekeeping matters, the frequency of VET News will move from fortnightly to monthly, just for a few months. Our team member Jen who helps me to prepare VET News has had a lovely baby girl and will be on maternity leave till early next year. Apologies for the disruption, but I am sure we will all survive with one lees email per month! Mum and baby doing well.

Our new compliance quiz remains popular. Because we update this every couple of weeks, I have included a notice at the bottom of the news if you are looking for a link to access the new quiz. This will remain as a regular notice.

Of all the great news articles this month, I would recommend the article from the NCVER on Skills Utilisation in the workplace. It is a great piece of work and gave me food for thought on how our clients can better tailor their training for workplace requirements. Worth a read.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News



Strategic review of online learning

In the second insights paper of ASQA’s strategic review of online learning, it explores feedback from students about their move online during COVID-19, with some suggested methods of training delivery to support the individual needs of each VET student.

ASQA’s consultations with students suggest that online learning is now central to many courses and there are some clear benefits such as flexibility and accessibility. Most students indicated that blended learning modes work well for them, allowing flexibility and autonomy in how, when and where they study.

Read more.


Other VET News



Landmark VET reforms to drive our skills-led economic future

A fundamental overhaul of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system has been agreed to by the Morrison Government and states and territories. The new Industry Clusters model will replace the 67 Industry Reference Committees and six Skills Service Organisations and are expected to be fully operational by 1 January 2023. The reforms will ensure courses and qualifications in the sector are driven by and better meet the needs of industry, as well as students. Training package approval processes will also change, with an independent assurance function to replace the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 1 January 2023.

Read more.

USI VET transcript now available

The updated transcript design now includes a QR code for accessing the online record from a hard copy. When using the QR code, the name and document number will populate automatically to ensure accessing the record is quick and easy for third parties. Sharing a VET transcript is a convenient and secure way for USI account holders to prove their qualifications and demonstrate pre-requisites for further training. USI account holders can choose to share either an extract or a full copy of their VET transcript, which allows them to select exactly which training to display to others.

For further information, click here.

TAE Training Package Review

PwC’s Skills for Australia is currently conducting a holistic review of the TAE Training Package. The TAE Training Package was last updated in 2016. In the five years since, the VET teaching, training and assessment landscape has significantly changed and as a result, the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has proposed the holistic review of the TAE Training Package to ensure it aligns with the current skills needs of the VET sector and provides greater pathways into the profession.

Read more.


Articles and Papers



Skills utilisation in the workplace: the other side of the coin

This report investigates skill underutilisation in Australian workers by examining patterns of over-skilling and over-qualification and the pathways of people into jobs where they are over-skilled. It also examines what businesses are doing, if anything, to maximise skill usage. The research finds that around 19% of workers report that they are not using all their skills at work. Around 35% of workers are over-qualified, potentially contributing to this level of skill underutilisation. It also finds that while employers value the concept of skills usage, there are higher priorities, such as skills development.

Read more.

Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2021

This paper provides a summary of employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system and focuses on employer engagement and satisfaction with both accredited and unaccredited training. The survey included questions about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on training needs. A total of 44.0% of employers reported having new training requirements, with the most commonly cited reason being to ‘effectively and safely operate in the COVID environment’ (83.6%).

Read more.


Labour Market Trend Updates



Latest release – October 2021

In the latest release, job advertisements increased 7.8% (or 18,100 job advertisements) in October 2021 to stand at 250,900. This represents the second consecutive month of increasing recruitment activity nationally, as job advertisement levels reach a 13-year high and recover from the COVID-19 Delta outbreak downturn. The level of recruitment activity nationally remains significantly elevated compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, up by 49.2% (or 82,700 job advertisements).

Read more.


Training Package Updates



Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • AMP: Australian Meat Processing
    Revised 28th October 2021.
  • SIR: Retail Services
    Revised 10th November 2021
  • CHC: Community Services
    Revised 10th November 2021.
  • SIS: Sport, Fitness and Recreation
    Revised 10th November 2021.
  • AVI: Aviation
    Revised 11th November 2021.
  • TLI: Transport and Logistics
    Revised 22nd November 2021.
ASQA approves extended transition period for UEE62111 – Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for UEE62111 – Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 31 December 2023.

Read more.

ASQA approves extended transition period for TLILIC0012 – Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above) (Release 1)

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for TLILIC0012 – Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above). The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 28 February 2022.

Read more.

ASQA approves extended transition period for 11 High Risk Work units from the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for the following units of competency. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 28 March 2022:

  • CPCCLHS3002A – Licence to operate a materials hoist
  • CPCCLHS3001A – Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
  • CPCCLTC4001A – Licence to operate a tower crane
  • CPCCLTC4002A – Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane
  • CPCCLDG3001A – Licence to perform dogging
  • CPCCLRG4001A – Licence to perform rigging advanced level
  • CPCCLRG3001A – Licence to perform rigging basic level
  • CPCCLRG3002A – Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
  • CPCCLSF2001A – Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
  • CPCCLSF3001A – Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level
  • CPCCLSF4001A – Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level

Read more.


Upcoming Events



Moving and staying online
Thursday 2 December
2.00pm – 3:00pm AEDTAs part of ASQA’s ongoing strategic review of online learning, this session will cover insights and practical suggestions from students, providers and regulators on the shift to online learning as well as a high-level overview of the insights paper series.Register here.
Attracting industry experts to become VET Practitioners
Wednesday 8 December
2.00pm – 2.40pm ACDTResearch found that becoming a VET practitioner is an ongoing journey, not a destination; involving: vocational and educational preparation, a transition to VET, and continuing practice and updating of skills to maintain the dual professionalism that is required to train, assess and respond to the changing needs of industry.Register here.
Supporting change in education: How countries are using indicators to monitor the progress of reforms
2nd December 2021
2.00pm in ParisA discussion on the research and on how countries such as Austria, Denmark and Estonia select, develop and use indicators as part of their education reforms and monitoring systems. The discussion will aim to provide insights to policy makers, assess the use and misuse of indicators in education, and guide future use of indicators in education policy implementation.Register here.






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