Newbery Consulting VET News – 29th July 2021

Hello and welcome to VET News,

I am very happy to announce that the long awaited changes to the ESOS Act to allow non-CRICOS providers the authorisation to deliver certain “ESOS exempt” courses to international students has occurred with effect of the 29th June 2021. This has been a significant problem for some time. Previously, an RTO would be in breach of the ESOS Act if it enrolled an international student to complete a short course like first aid or RSA. It made no sense at all and was contradictory to the allowance under the visa conditions for these students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight to support their living cost. We have argued this point for many years. How could we expect an international student to work in accordance with our workplace requirements if we provided them no viable option to acquire the competency they need to work safely in many service industry jobs. Well, that problem has basically now been solved. Well done to the Department of Education Skills and Employment. It probably took a little longer that we would have liked,,, but finally it is through. Well done!

I recommend that you read the announcement in full (first news item below) but for your ease of reference, the ESOS-exempt courses are:

  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site
  • HLTAID014 Provide Advanced First Aid
  • HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
  • HLTAID016 Manage first aid services and resources
  • HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • BSBWHS332X Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities
  • SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol
  • HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely
  • SITHGAM001 Provide responsible gambling services
  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

CRICOS registration no longer required for some ESOS courses

Effective from 29 June 2021 via the Education Services for Overseas Students (Exempt Courses) Instrument 2021, Registered Training providers are able to offer select supplementary courses to overseas students without registering the courses on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The instrument means non-CRICOS registered providers can deliver the ESOS-exempt courses to overseas students, if the provider meets the domestic requirements for registration and delivery.

For further information, click here.

New forms for submitting course accreditation applications

Updated forms for course accreditation are now available on the ASQA Website. The updates align to the recently endorsed Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2021. Applications submitted on or after 1 August 2021 must use the latest version of these forms.

Read more.

Other VET News

Exploratory analysis of VET qualification similarity

The National Skills Commission has analysed more than 1300 VET training package qualifications using natural language processing techniques to identify similarities between them. The analysis covers qualifications from all 56 training packages from the National Register of VET from December 2020. The outputs of the model are available from the Exploratory Analysis of VET Qualification Similarity searchable dashboard.

Read more.

TTAC ‘Policy 13 – Supervision under a training contract’ changes

The Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) has recently approved a revised ‘Policy 13 – Supervision under a training contract’.
The TTAC Policy 13 – Supervision under a training contract’ outlines the supervision requirements for training contracts and provides clear advice to employers and supervisors concerning their obligations in relation to the supervision of apprentices or trainees, in delivering relevant, appropriate training and in providing a safe work environment.

For further information, click here.

RTO Annual Declaration on Compliance

RTOs must provide TAC with an annual declaration which indicates that the RTO meets the requirements of the Standards and if not, the action taken to address the non-compliance. The declaration covers the RTO’s entire scope of operations, including services provided on its behalf through third party arrangements, and for all locations. The RTO Annual Declaration on Compliance is now open and a link to access the declaration was emailed to the RTO’s Legally Responsible Person on 8 July 2021. Responses are due by 30 September 2021.

Read more.

Articles and Papers

Apprentices and trainees 2020: December quarter

The most recent data on apprentice and trainee training activity shows that commencements for the December quarter 2020 increased by 141.5% compared with the December quarter 2019. The total number of apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2020 was 297 920, an increase of 13.9% from 31 December 2019. The steep increase coincides with the introduction of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy, which reimburses 50 per cent of the wages employers pay a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7000 per quarter. The subsidy is available to employers who meet eligibility requirements.

Read more.

Government-funded students and courses 2020

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system.
In 2020, 1 191 400 students were enrolled in government-funded VET, an increase of 3.5% from 2019.
An estimated 7.0% of the Australian resident population aged 15 to 64 years participated in government-funded VET in 2020. Participation was highest among those aged 15 to 19 years (at 18.4%).

Read the full report.

Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation (NERO)

The Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation, or NERO, is a new experimental dataset, developed by the National Skills Commission. It provides timely information on employment in 355 occupations across 88 regions in Australia. Until now, this type of data was only readily available every five years as part of the ABS Census of Population and Housing. With NERO, the insights can be produced monthly.

For further information, click here.

Labour Market Trend Updates

June 2021 Vacancy Report

Job advertisements fell 0.5% (or 1,200 job advertisements) in June 2021 to stand at 241,900. This is the first month-on-month fall in national recruitment activity since job advertisements started recovering from the COVID-19 low point observed in April 2020. The level of recruitment activity nationally remains significantly elevated compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, up by 43.8% (or 73,700 job advertisements). Online job advertisements stand 3.5 times higher than at April 2020, up by 172,500 job advertisements.

Read more.

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • CHC: Community Services
    Revised 20th July 2021.
  • ICP: Printing and Graphic Arts
    Revised 20th July 2021.
  • BSB: Business Services Training Package
    Revised 23rd July 2021.
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualification Update 

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

View here.


Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) – Expressions of Interest

The Tasmanian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and motivated individuals interested in being considered for appointment as a member of the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee.

For further information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Careers and the Future of Work
Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2021
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM

The upcoming webinar will discuss:

  • The types of sustainable careers needed in Australia
  • How the Australian VET system is supporting growth of sustainable careers
  • Initiatives to encourage a green workforce for the future.

Register here.

National Skills Week
Date: 23rd – 29th August 2021

National Skills Week is an initiative of SkillsOne, who will be driving the initiative working with government and stakeholders to achieve unique and beneficial outcomes, accompanied and supported by unprecedented media coverage. It is a great opportunity to promote your business or organisation and the contribution you make to the skills, trades and VET sector.

To register, click here.

Worldskills Australia National Championships
Date: 26 August 2021 – 28 August 2021
Location: Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

The 2021 National Championships will give regional winners from across the nation an opportunity to put their talent to the test. Over 500 competitors will showcase and benchmark their skills on a national stage as they compete for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the International Competition in Shanghai 2022. Locations are to be confirmed based on the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

To register, click here.


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