Newbery Consulting VET News – 26th October 2022

Hello and welcome to VET News,

To all those lucky people heading off to the National VET Conference in the Gold Coast next week. I hope you all have an awesome time. It is always a great conference and hopefully I can make it next year.

There are some significant articles in this VET News. Please take not of the newly released National Skills List. This list has a significant influence on the priorities for targeted enrolments and for international education.

Another interesting announcement is that ASQA are scrapping their General Directions and rolling these into their guidance material for providers. This is notable because it converts what was a clearly objective regulatory requirement (enforceable under the National VET Regulator Act) into “guidance” that is advisory in nature. This is a departure for the first time that I am aware of where ASQA is removing a component of current regulation and instead changing to a softer approach in relying on “guidance” to the sector. They say is it “reflects our willingness to work with providers” which I think is true based on our engagement with the regulator particularly over the last two years. I do think the regulatory environment has improved. I do worry that removing the General Direction on the retention requirement for student assessment items will result is poorer assessment practices but let’s wait and see.

For all CRICOS providers, please not the announcement on the requirement to return to normal compliance arrangements by June 2023 as the regulator winds back the flexibility arrangements that were allowed under COVID.

Lastly, we are excited to announce our newly released webinar on admin in support of compliance. This is a valuable professional development opportunity particularly for the admin team and those responsible for important components within the RTO operation such as marketing, enrolment, fees, credit transfer, assessment quality control and issuing AQF certificates. We hope it is valuable to you and it can be accessed at the following link: Admin in Support of Compliance.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

Training Package Assurance

The Australian Government has decided (in consultation with states and territories) that the Training Package Assurance function will not transition to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Instead, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will establish an independent Training Package Assurance function to ensure training products meet national standards. The department will commence undertaking training product assurance from 1 January 2023. This will help drive continuous improvement in training product development and ensure high quality training products are delivered to users of the VET system.

Read more.

ESOS National Code: return to compliance

In March 2020, TEQSA and ASQA announced flexibility in regulatory arrangements regarding educational services for international higher and vocational students studying either in Australia or offshore.

ASQA now expects that all providers will transition to compliance with the ESOS National Code by 30 June 2023, where it is safe and practical to do so. This transition period enables certainty for providers to forward plan, including through the enrolment of students and commencement of courses of study in early 2023.  ASQA expects that providers will actively adjust modes of delivery and student support services to comply with the National Code.

Read more.

Self-assurance working model

ASQA has released a report on the outcomes of the third phase of research to co-design with the VET sector, a working model for self-assurance. The co-designed working model for self-assurance provides a framework for providers to identify systems and practices to monitor quality and compliance. Providers can then use these to support continuous improvement against the Standards.

Read more.

Guidance for Providers

ASQA has reviewed the suite of General Directions and determined that they be integrated as part of our guidance materials for providers going forward. It is important to note that the expectations of providers in relation to the matters covered by the previous General Directions remains, and there are no new obligations being imposed.


Other VET News

New VET Information Standard in development

As part of the Commonwealth Government’s VET Data Streamlining program, NCVER is leading the development of a new VET Information Standard on behalf of Commonwealth, state and territory governments and regulators. Once approved, the new VET Information Standard will replace the AVETMISS VET Provider 8.0 Collection Specifications.

Read more.

2022 Skills Priority List released

The National Skills Commission’s 2022 Skills Priority List (SPL) has been released and is now available as a digital interface that allows people to filter and search for jobs that are in high demand. Employees that are in high demand are primarily health care professionals and teachers, however a list of the top 20 occupations (based on both current shortage and projected future employment growth) also shows that there are shortages in information technology and construction sectors.

Read more.

Industry Fast Fact Sheets

The Fast Fact Sheets on AAPathways span all of the training package industries and provide you some information on specific industries as well their corresponding apprenticeship commencement data. All Fast Fact Sheets have been updated with the latest data from National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Articles and Papers

Education at a Glance 2022

Education at a Glance is the authoritative source for data on the state of education around the world. It provides information on the structure, finances and performance of education systems across OECD countries and partner economies. The 2022 edition focuses on tertiary education, looking at the rise of tertiary attainment and the associated benefits for individuals and for societies. It also considers the costs of tertiary education and how spending on education is divided across levels of government and between the state and individuals.

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Apprentices and trainees 2022: March quarter

This publication provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. There were 387 830 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2022, an increase of 17.1% from 31 March 2021. In the March quarter 2022, compared with the March quarter 2021 commencements increased by 23.6%, to 85 470 and completions increased by 11.5%, to 22 310.

Read more.

TVET sector resilience in the face of disruptive global challenges

UNESCO-UNEVOC held two experts’ meetings on 19 August – focusing on resilience in the face of economic and employment trends and changing technology – and on 24 August on resilience to climate change, natural disasters, conflicts and pandemics. Experts looked at overcoming disruptions, developing agile responses and creating more flexible systems. They emphasized the need to improve individual resilience, institutional resilience and also systemic and technological resilience at the same time.

Read more.

Labour Market Trend Updates

Internet Vacancy Index Results – September 2022

In seasonally adjusted terms, job advertisements decreased by 5.9% (or 17,600) in September 2022 to stand at 282,600. Despite this monthly fall in job advertisements, over the last twelve months job advertisements have increased by 19.7%. Online job advertisements are up by 67.9% (114,300 job advertisements on pre-COVID-19 levels.*

Read more.

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • PMA: Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining
    Revised 21st September 2022.
  • AVI: Aviation Training
    Revised 20th October 2022.
  • CUA: Creative Arts and Culture
    Revised 19th October 2022.
  • RII: Resources and Infrastructure Industry
    Revised 19th October 2022.
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update

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


Approved extension transition period

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for qualifications in the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package. The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for these qualifications listed below ends on 31 January 2024: –

  • SIT10116 – Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture)
  • SIT10216 – Certificate I in Hospitality
  • SIT20116 – Certificate II in Tourism
  • SIT20316 – Certificate II in Hospitality
  • SIT20416 – Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • SIT30116 – Certificate III in Tourism
  • SIT30216 – Certificate III in Travel
  • SIT30316 – Certificate III in Guiding
  • SIT30516 – Certificate III in Events
  • SIT30616 – Certificate III in Hospitality
  • SIT30716 – Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House)
  • SIT30816 – Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • SIT30916 – Certificate III in Catering Operations
  • SIT31016 – Certificate III in Patisserie
  • SIT31116 – Certificate III in Asian Cookery
  • SIT40116 – Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
  • SIT40216 – Certificate IV in Guiding
  • SIT40416 – Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • SIT40516 – Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • SIT40616 – Certificate IV in Catering Operations
  • SIT40716 – Certificate IV in Patisserie
  • SIT40816 – Certificate IV in Asian Cookery
  • SIT50116 – Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
  • SIT50316 – Diploma of Event Management
  • SIT50416 – Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • SIT60116 – Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
  • SIT60216 – Advanced Diploma of Event Management
  • SIT60316 – Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management

Upcoming Events

National VET Conference
3 November 2022 – 4 November 2022
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreThe 2022 National VET Conference will be delivered over two days on the 3rd and 4th November 2022 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will include an exciting range of presentations, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary and elective sessions.Register
VDC Teaching & Learning Conference 2022
17 November 2022 – 18 November 2022
OnlineThis year’s theme Re-Emerging will focus on life skills and practical strategies, enabling participants to embrace the exciting future of VET evolving from this period of transformation. The VET sector has managed to overcome significant challenges, demonstrating its resilience by reworking teaching and business models coupled with innovation and strategies to support and engage learners. VET professionals rose to the challenges and now it is time to re-emerge.Register


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