Newbery Consulting VET News – 26th August 2022


Hello and welcome to VET News,

I have two things that I would like to quickly cover this morning before you dive into the news:

VET Data Streaming. By now you would have heard about or received information about the proposed VET Data Streaming initiative that is being led by DEWR. If you haven’t heard about this initiative, you can find out more information at the following webpage VET Data Streaming. Along with other student management system providers, we have been engaging in this project with representatives from DEWR since October 2021. I would have to say that I have been impressed with the level of consultation and engagement with stakeholders from all different levels including providers of all types, Department’s, Student Management System vendors and many more. There is no doubt that the introduction of this revised arrangement to collect VET data from providers will be a big change. We are already planning to undertake this development in our own system in the first half of 2023 in response to the final architecture when it is released. I am also sure that there will be some impact on providers in terms of how and when you report your activity data. I personally do not think that these changes will be overly onerous for providers and overall, I think there will be great efficiency in the medium term once everyone is accustomed to the new approach. No doubt like other student management system providers, we will design the user interface to introduce these changes with as little turbulence as possible. I have recently received information about some representative organisations in the sector communicating a very negative tone and approach to this important VET reform initiative. I would encourage you to inform yourself and form your own views about the Introduction of VET Data Streaming. If you are a business owner that has experienced the introduction of Single Touch Payroll and Super Stream, you will realise that the introduction of these business data streaming reforms is necessary and often leads to greater efficiency and overall reduced work effort for the business. I personally have a very positive view on this reform and would encourage you to take an interest in this development and provide feedback to the Department as and when it is requested.

Revised RTO Standards. The latest information that I have been able to obtain is that the draft revised RTO Standards are likely to be released by the end of this year for an implementation date at the start of 2024. Watch this space.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News



Roundtable Meeting

The Roundtable noted ASQA has refined and updated its Strategic from six to five Strategic Deliverables as part of its Corporate Plan 2022-23. The plan has been strengthened by clearly setting out the key activities to be achieved under each deliverable, and the revised performance measures support ASQA to more effectively monitor its performance progressively throughout the year, including by seeking feedback on its performance from stakeholders. The Roundtable also noted ASQA has now introduced new fees and charges from 1 July 2022, with fee relief to continue for ELICOS providers until 31 December 2022.

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Other VET News



Building and construction training policy expansion

The Tasmanian Government has expanded the Building and Construction Training Policy to apply to civil construction projects valued at $5 million or more. This change to the policy acknowledges the importance of the civil construction sector within the building and construction industry in Tasmania and of the role that apprentices and trainees play in supporting its growth. From 1 July 2022, government-funded civil construction works equal to or in excess of $5 million in value will require 10 per cent of total labour hours to be undertaken by apprentices, trainees and employees engaged in other workplace training.

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The future of VET data reporting – A quick survey

A gentle reminder to all RTO owners or authorised persons that DEWR is seeking your answers on the survey on VET data reporting. If you have already completed the survey on behalf of your RTO then disregard. If you have not yet responded, DEWR would like your input to this important development in our sector. The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

The VET Data Streamlining program aims to improve data quality and timeliness across the VET sector. This will help students, employers, training organisations, governments, and regulators. Get involved now!

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Articles and Papers



Apprentices and trainees 2021: December quarter

This publication provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. The latest data shows that there were 349,235 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2021, 16.8% higher than at the same time in 2020 and only slightly lower than at the end of the September quarter 2021. Trade occupation numbers were up 12.0% to 216,265 in-training as at 31 December 2021, while numbers in non-trade occupations were up 25.3% to 132,905. The increase was largely a result of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy.

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Strengthening Research Engagement

The OECD launched the Strengthening the Impact of Education Research project to response to education remaining a challenge for many countries and systems. This publication reports on the first phase of the project. It maps the various structures, processes, actors and relationships that reinforce the quality, production and use of education research in policy and practice. The publication brings together leading experts who provide insights into recent research and international experience gathered from both policy and practice, including from other sectors such as health, agriculture and environment.

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VET in Schools 2021

This publication presents information on VET in Schools, the vocational education and training (VET) undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary certificate of education (SSCE). In 2021, compared with 2020, the number of VET in Schools students in Australia increased by 4.2%. A total of 20,500 students (8.2%) were in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, with the majority (230,700 or 91.8%) undertaking other VET in Schools programs. Certificate II programs continued to be the most popular qualification level for students undertaking VET in schools, with 52.5% of students undertaking programs at this level.

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Labour Market Trend Updates



Preliminary Data – July 2022

In seasonally adjusted terms, job advertisements decreased by 3.8% (or 11,200 advertisements) in July 2022 to stand at 288,500. The decline in job advertisements in July followed six consecutive monthly increases recorded from January 2022 to June 2022. Recruitment activity decreased across all states and territories during July 2022. The sharpest decline was recorded in the Northern Territory, where recruitment activity fell by 8.2%, followed by Victoria (down by 7.8% ) and the Australian Capital Territory (down by 6.0%).

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Training Package Updates



Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • AHC: Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
    Revised 31st July 2022.
  • TLI: Transport and Logistics
    Revised 26th July 2022.
  • MAR: Maritime
    Revised 22nd July 2022.
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update

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



Upcoming Events




National Skills Week
22 August 2022 – 28 August 2022Now moving into its twelfth year, National Skills Week will again set out to bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.Learn more.





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