Newbery Consulting VET News – 28th February 2023

Hello and welcome to VET News,

Today is the final day for the submission of your 2022 AVETMISS report to the NCVER. If I am just reminding you of this now, I do apologise for ruining your day. Better to get this reminder now from me that miss the submission cut-off. I am sure most of you are all over this. We know from our RTO Data Cloud clients that most clients submitted very early this year which is great. With VET Data Streaming developments progressing in 2023, this quarterly or annual reporting obligation may change in the future. We will keep you up to date on any developments in that space.


Also, just a final reminder that if you were wanting to make a submission to the Inquiry into the Perceptions and Status of Vocational Education and Training, these submissions must be made by the 1st March which is this Wednesday. We submitted our response yesterday although it has not yet appeared on their website as yet. I sincerely would encourage you to make a submission. These inquiries conducted by government matter as the outcomes of the inquiry will be used to shape government VET policy. The link to the inquiry homepage is below:



Some of the key points we made in our own submission included:
  • We presented evidence and information on the inadequacy of government sponsored information available on VET qualifications online. We pointed out where this information is inaccurate or out of date and provided some suggestions about how the government could be implementing strategies to compete for relevance in internet search engine results.
  • We provided feedback about the absence of adequate career pathway information relevant to VET qualifications. We identified where this information is currently either inadequate or in many cases is biased toward higher-ed qualifications. We also proposed changes to the way we are communicating career pathway information to young people to present VET options that are proven to result in a shorter training time, at a lower cost and leading to more immediate employment outcomes with higher pay then higher-ed alternatives.
  • We presented information about how government messaging presenting private VET providers as “exploitative profiteers” is undermining public confidence in vocational education training and damaging the perceptions and status of VET. We also recommended changes to the way government refer to VET providers in the media to reflect the diversity of the VET sector not simply TAFE.
  • We provided feedback on the confusion that is created by the university self-accredited Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas that are often directly competing with nationally endorsed qualifications. We have recommended that higher-ed providers should be restricted to delivering AQF levels 7-10 only (bachelor degree to doctoral degree) qualifications.
  • We recommended reforms to the way VET is funded through the national skills agreement to trial a program where employers are provided access to a “skills voucher” which would allow them to engage a provider of their choice to develop and implement training partnerships between VET providers and industry.
  • We provided feedback on the often aggressive and direct unsolicited marketing practices by some tertiary education and training providers to secondary school students including the distribution of “early offers”. We have recommended prohibiting any tertiary education and training providers from direct and unsolicited marketing to persons who are secondary school students and reforms to the rules relating to the career guidance information being provided to secondary school students to ensure this information is independent and free from any commercial bias or conflict of interest.
  • We have provided some observations about the “Fee Free TAFE” program about its likely consequence in devaluing VET qualifications and leading to much higher non-completion rates in addition to students who are not committed to the course they are entering. We have recommended that student need to contribute even a modest fee toward their tuition to give them some “skin in the game”.


Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

New! – RTO and ESOS Obligations Checklists – Published

ASQA have published updated obligation checklists for 2023 including for both RTO and ESOS obligations. These checklists are great to pin up to remind you about important obligations. These include obligations such as:

  • updating your contact details on asqanet
  • reporting your annual vet activity (AVETMISS) data to NCVER
  • submitting your annual declaration on compliance
  • submitting your 2022 quality indicator data
  • paying ASQA your annual registration charge (ARC)
  • checking if your registration will expire this year.

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Annual Declaration on Compliance (ADC) – 17 April 2023

ASQA have announced that the reporting time for the Annual Declaration on Compliance will change this year from its usual submission date. The Annual Declaration on Compliance begins on 17 April 2023 and closes on 17 May 2023. All RTO CEOs will receive a unique weblink from ASQA via email on the day. ASQA is encouraging RTOs to check and confirm all details on ASQAnet are updated if required.

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Strategic Review of Online Learning – Final Report

ASQA have announced the publication of the Strategic Review of Online Learning in the VET Sector Final Report. This was a significant body of work undertaken following the sector’s response to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. While online learning and blended delivery are not new, the rapid growth of online learning throughout the pandemic resulted in both risks and opportunities.

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Other VET News

Understanding NCVER’s data collections and surveys

As the custodian of Australia’s VET data, NCVER manages several statistical collections and surveys that are used to inform policy and provide program insights.

Here’s an overview for our readers who are new to VET or needing a refresher…
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Inquiry into the Perceptions and Status of Vocational Education and Training

Following a referral from the Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, on 30 November 2022, the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training commenced an inquiry into the perceptions and status of vocational education and training.
The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make a submission to the inquiry addressing the terms of reference by Wednesday 1 March 2023.

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Australian Skills Classification

The next update to the Australian Skills Classification, due mid-year, will include a range of both new and revised occupation profiles. For the first time, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) is inviting feedback on the draft profiles from interested stakeholders, ahead of their publication.

The consultation period closes on 1 March 2023.

Not familiar with the Australian Skills Classification? Watch the quick video explainer here.

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Submit an abstract for ‘No Frills’ 2023 by 10 March

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your insights and expertise at the 32nd National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’.

The theme for the conference is: Skilling Australia’s current and future workforce.

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February TAC Update

The first edition of the TAC Update for 2023.
The beginning of the year is always a good time to consider what is on the horizon – and what an incredibly busy year for the VET Sector it is looking to be.

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Articles and Papers

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Promoting gender equality in STEM-related TVETThe International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women, in collaboration with institutions and civil society partners that aim to promote women and girls in science. This Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.Read More 
UNESCO’s Global Skills Academy convenes partners to set up action plan to support 10 million learners by 2029

The GSA organized a partners’ meeting to present and define a common action plan on the path to supporting 10 million learners by 2029.
The meeting, which took place online on 8 February, gathered over 45 participants, including representatives from the private sector and international organizations, UNESCO and the UNEVOC Network.

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Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

CSC – Correctional Services Training Package
MEM – Manufacturing and Engineering
FWP – Forest and Wood Products Training Package

Extended transition period
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for the qualification AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction for all ASQA registered RTOs with scope for delivery for continuing students only.

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Qualifications Update

View the latest updates to the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Qualifications.

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Business Opportunities/ATMs

Agency: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Category: Education and Training Services
Description: National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) support project

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AusTender materials are released by the Department of Finance. AusTender materials are subject to change and should be verified on the AusTender website to ensure the information is up to date and correct:

Business Opportunities/ATMs

ATM ID: 2022/23 – ERD – 001
Agency: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Category: Education and Training Services
Description: The Department is seeking to engage a service provider to develop and deliver a training package and tools to empower farmers and land managers, including First Nations, to engage in carbon farming and adopt low-emissions practices into their operations. The provider will deliver the training to advisers in the land and agriculture sector via train-the-trainer sessions.

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AusTender materials are released by the Department of Finance. AusTender materials are subject to change and should be verified on the AusTender website to ensure the information is up to date and correct:

Upcoming Events

Jobs and Skills Australia update

You are invited to join a live webinar hosted by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), where an overview of JSA, and the findings of the Labour Market Update report for the quarter ending December 2022, will be presented.

Date: Monday 6 March 2023
Time: 2 – 3 pm AEDT

Professor Dawkins will provide an overview of JSA, including functions and priorities, and Jo Reeve will discuss our approach to engagement.
Rayeed Rahman will present on JSA’s new Labour Market Update report, that will be released this week, which provides information about issues affecting Australia’s current and emerging labour market.

The update brings together a range of JSA, and Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources to analyse the state of the Australian labour market in the December quarter of 2022.

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2023 Tasmanian Training Awards coming soon

Be part of the annual awards for excellence in vocational education and training.

The Tasmanian Training Awards are conducted annually by Skills Tasmania and recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. They recognise and reward the achievements of students, teachers/trainers, registered training organisations and employers.

As the premier awards for VET in Tasmania, they are the perfect opportunity to showcase the commitment that individuals, registered training organisations and employers contribute to VET.

Detailed information about this year’s awards will be on the Skills Tasmania website in March, with nominations opening on Monday, 27 March 2023.

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AVETRA’s 25th Annual Conference
Melbourne- 27 & 28 April 2023VET + Challenging times, Challenges of our time and Challenges that lie ahead is the theme for this year’s AVETRA Conference.The AVETRA 2023 Conference showcases scholarly and applied research of, for and from within vocational education. It is the leading annual gathering of researchers, VET practitioners and leaders, education policy makers and representatives from industry, unions and employers in Australia and
New Zealand.Read More
32nd National VET Research Conference – 2023
Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2023RMIT University Melbourne City Campus (Storey Hall).
‘No Frills’ is a well-known annual national conference and a key part of NCVER’s engagement with the VET sector. It is an opportunity to showcase research to VET practitioners and build the capacity of researchers. It provides participants with a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and be a part of an event that encourages thought-provoking presentations and opportunities to network in a relaxed and friendly environmentRead More.


RTO Data Cloud

Newbery Consulting has been supplying student management software for over 10 years. A cloud based RTO student and learning management system that provides RTOs the capability to manage their training operation and meet all national and State reporting and compliance obligations. It would be our pleasure to offer you access as a trial user and you can evaluate the system capabilities for yourself.

Don’t continue to pay too much for cloud based AVETMISS software. Have the flexibility to only paying for your additional users as you need them. Set up your online enrolments and customise your certificates at no extra cost. Need to manage your CRICOS and State funded enrolments, no problems. Get in contact with the team at Newbery Consulting today and request to be set up as a trial user.

Visit RTO Data Cloud for further information.

Observation AssessmentThis webinar is aimed to increase your understanding of observation assessment. Joe will explore the common problems with observation assessment, explore criterion referenced assessment as a foundation assessment method and talk through designing observation tools and mapping observation assessment. Benchmarking will also be discussed, along with the dos and don’ts of recording observation evidence.
This webinar is packed full of valuable information that will help ensure that your students are receiving the benefit of valid criterion referenced assessment according to a nationally consistent standard and of course to develop a proactive and positive RTO compliance culture.Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $25.00Register Here

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