Newbery Consulting VET News – 26th May 2022



Hello and welcome VET News,

OK, we have some movement at the station! ASQA has released their long awaited model for self-assurance! Are you ready…………… and it’s a diagram. It requires effective training and assessment delivery at its core and is surrounded by a circle of continuous improvement. It also includes four foundational elements against which providers should conduct self-assurance / continuous improvement activities including leadership / governance; staff capability and development; student engagement and support; and industry and/or community engagement.

Look, I don’t know. I was a little underwhelmed. It is early days, and I am sure there is much more detail to follow when it is fully developed. When I read “draft self-assurance model”, I thought, you beauty! I was a little excited at the prospect of an insightful quality assurance model specifically designed for our very own VET sector. Anyway,, it’s a diagram now, but I am sure there will be more to come. I do like the simplicity, but I think providers will need a lot more guidance to apply the model to their business. If ASQA are looking for some inspiration, they are welcome to look at our own recommended model for self-assurance that we published in August last year (A systems approach to RTO self-assurance).

Labor won the election. To be honest, not the outcome I was hoping for. Anyway, I will watch with interest how they implement their agenda to have public TAFE as the “backbone of our vocational educational system”. I really think this is a joke and they are waaay over-estimating the capacity of TAFE. I think it will need an ‘all hands on the wheel’ approach if we are going to get through this emerging skills shortage and support the nations productivity. There is going to be a flood of migrants to backfill skills and the non-TAFE part of the sector will be critical to training these people. I am sure Labor will work this out once they have their feet under the desk. Lets hope.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News



2022 Provider and Course Owner Survey

Training providers and course owners will soon receive an invitation to participate in ASQA’s 2022 Provider and Course Owner Survey. This survey is an important way of measuring ASQA’s performance and will help better understand and reflect on interactions they had with providers and course owners during 2021–22.

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A draft model for self-assurance

ASQA has developed a draft model for self-assurance through active engagement with the VET sector. Throughout the co-design process, a set of key principles were refined for the self-assurance model with providers and stakeholders. The model is intended to provide a framework within which providers can develop and continuously improve their self-assurance capability, and a tool to support providers to ensure they are meeting their obligations under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. ASQA is now seeking feedback about the draft model for self-assurance as part of the co-design process.

Survey open: Feedback on the draft self-assurance model

ASQA is seeking your views on the draft self-assurance model which was co-designed with the VET sector. We encourage you to review the most recent version of the draft model before providing feedback. All providers and VET stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on the draft model until 10 June 2022.

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Other VET News



Continued support for flood-affected providers

ASQA continues to support training providers across NSW and Queensland facing challenges following the recent floods. To assist in their recovery, ASQA has published guidance and information on how ASQA can support those who have been affected.

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Skills Fund grant now open

The Skills Fund grant round ST058 is now open and will close 2pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 14 June 2022.  The Skills Fund supports industries and businesses in Tasmania to grow and develop a skilled workforce by providing subsidies for training for existing workers to develop new skills through nationally recognised training.

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Innovation and learning in TVET project

The UNESCO-UNEVOC Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) Project monitors the emerging trends in new qualifications and competencies (NQCs) in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe, focusing on sectors affected by the move globally to green and digital transformation. The project provides a platform to explore the process of identifying new qualifications and competencies in a timely and accurate manner, integrating them into appealing and flexible curricula and training regulations and implementing them in innovative training approaches, also called the three I’s process.

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Articles and Papers



Employment outcomes improve for international VET students

This report shows that in mid-2021, 75.5% of international onshore VET qualification completers were employed after training, up 10.8 percentage points from the same period in 2020. A total of 72.8% were employed in Australia, which was 12.2 percentage points higher than in the previous year.  Overall, 64.1% of international onshore VET qualification completers had an improved employment status after training, which was an increase of 10.5 percentage points from 2020.

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Growing Australia’s digitally skilled workforce

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) commissioned the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) to explore current pathways in Australian and internationally into digital jobs. The comprehensive report identified some real opportunities, but also some glaring gaps around the complexity of digital pathways. The DSO is developing and trialling a world-first Pathways Model. Rather than focussing on specific occupations, the proposed model has four components – purpose, pathways, proficiency and performance – that can be used to define virtually all technology careers. This will provide a signposted journey that leads an individual or organisation to understand the skills needed for careers.

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Labour Market Trend Updates



Vacancy Report (Preliminary) – April2022

In seasonally adjusted terms, job advertisements increased by 8.0% in April 2022 to stand at 311,100. The strong increase in recruitment activity growth saw job advertisements reach their highest level since the start of the series in January 2006. Recruitment activity increased across all states and territories during April 2022. The strongest growth was recorded in Queensland, up by 10.1% followed by New South Wales, up by 7.6%, Tasmania, up by 7.3% and Western Australia, up by 7.3%.

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Training Package Updates



Training Package Update

The CHC: Community Services Training Package has been updated.

Minor updates have been made to the training package components so it did not require re-endorsement. Please use the compare text link to view the changes to access the impact of the changes.

Revised 28th April 2022.

Training Package Update

The AHC: Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package has been updated.

Minor updates have been made to the training package components so it did not require re-endorsement. Please use the compare text link to view the changes to access the impact of the changes.

Revised 16th April 2022.





Business Opportunities/ATMs

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Description: CASA is seeking a Supplier to develop and deliver a series of lead audit training courses (Training Courses) to participants, together with associated course materials.

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Business Opportunities/ATMs

Agency: Department of Defence – DSRG
Category: 86000000 – Education and Training Services

Description: This contract is for the engagement of a suitably qualified service provider to deliver training courses to Defence personnel in the use of in-service Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (scuba) air equipment within the military context for the Fleet, akin to standard scuba air equipment, as well as the supervision of military diving with in-service scuba equipment, and local maintenance (operational level maintenance) within the military context.

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