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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.
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