This is our first newsletter for 2019. The year has certainly started in a hurry and I can’t believe it has taken this long to get organised. The plan is to release VET news once per fortnight to keep you on top of all things that are happening across the sector and particularly of any changes in the training packages which seem to be occurring frequently at the moment. There is certainly lots of training package changes notified in this edition.
There are also some notable announcements from the regulator. Of most significance is the release of the new general direction in December 2018 relating to Resourcing requirements—for applicants seeking initial registration or change to scope of registration. If you are not aware of this general direction, then you definitely need to take an interest.
To support our subscribers and clients we have posted some guidance on the website that highlight some consideration. Adding items to your scope of registration just got a whole lot easier and, in my view, dangerously easy! Visit the following link to read the post (Click).
ASQA has released a checklist of key dates and information to help RTOs stay on top of their obligations and compliance requirements. The checklist is a great tool for RTOs to use to track deadlines for the five important requirements they need to complete this year. To read more,click here.
The annual collection of AVETMISS data for 2018 to the National Centre of Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is due today, 28th February 2019. To read more, click here.
ASQA sent an invitation to RTO’s which contains a unique URL link to the Annual Declaration on Compliance.The annual declaration online form is available until 12pm Sunday 31 March 2019. Read more,click here.
General Direction on Resource Requirements
As of 14th December 2018, ASQA released a General Direction on Resource Requirements for RTO’s. The general direction provides guidance on the resource requirements that organisations must meet at the time of lodging an application for:
initial registration as an RTO
initial registration as a provider on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to deliver VET courses
change to the scope of an existing RTO and/or CRICOS registration to deliver VET courses.
ASQA has revised the application process for initial accreditation of a vocational education and training (VET) course. Applicants will need to submit the new VET course concept form to show evidence that sufficiently established industry need and support for the proposed course and that appropriate industry stake holders have been identified for consultation during the course development.
The Privacy Notice and Student Declaration at Schedule 1 of the National VET Data Policy has changed.
As of June 2019, RTOs must use the new Privacy Notice. RTOs are no longer required to collect and keep a record of student consent however RTOs are still required to provide the Privacy Notice to students at enrolment.
The first ever survey of Australia’s VET workforce will commence in March 2019.
This national survey will provide a better picture of the VET workforce, which will help to inform future planning and support.
The USI Office has launched a new RTO Onboarding Pack. The RTO Onboarding Pack provides RTOs with everything they need to know to get started with the USI and as a helpful resource for new staff in the RTO.
BSB: Business Services Training Package
Revised 21st February 2019.
CPP: Property Services Training Package
Revised 8th February 2019.
AVI: Aviation Training Package
Revised 31st January 2019.
ICT: Information and Communications Technology
Revised 30th January 2019.
CPC: Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
Revised 17th January 2019.
CUA: Creative Arts and Culture Training Package
Revised 21st January 2019.
NWP: National Water Training Package
Revised 21st December 2018.
2019 Skills Conference
The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT will be hosting the 2019 Skills Conference at Dockside Darling Harbour on the 13 June. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Driving innovation in Vocational Education and Training’ exploring what people in the VET industry can do to address skills shortages.
The No Frills conference is where researchers, practitioners, providers, government and industry representatives come together and share information on Australia’s VET sector. The conference will be held from Wednesday 10th July to Friday 12th July 2019 in Adelaide.
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