Newbery Consulting VET News – 30th April 2020

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Compliance & Regulatory News

Annual Declaration of Compliance

The Annual Declaration of Compliance, which is a requirement for all providers, is due by 11.59pm on Thursday 30 April. Providers must submit their declaration online. 

ASQA has already extended the deadline by a month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASQA sent each organisation’s CEO an email on Friday 21 February with a unique URL to access the survey. 

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Streamlining ASQA’s VET accredited course application processes 

Course owners of existing VET accredited courses will be required to submit the new VET accredited course–Intention to renew form as the first stage in the renewal of accreditation process. The introduction of this stage will require course owners to provide evidence that: 

  • sufficiently demonstrates the ongoing, established industry need and support for the course to be renewed 

  • appropriate industry stakeholders have been identified and agree to be involved in the consultation activities during the review and redevelopment stages. 

For further information, click here.

ASQA releases guide to support providers to meet default obligations under the ESOS Act 

To help providers understand their obligations regarding provider default, ASQA has produced the ‘Guide to provider default obligations under The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) 2000 Act’. 

Any CRICOS providers who choose to put their registration on hold during the current COVID-19 pandemic should be aware that they will still be required to address their provider default obligations together with ASQA and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) . In order to put their registration on hold, a CRICOS provider is obliged to first cease providing courses to its overseas students. The Guide to provider default under the ESOS Act provides information on how a provider can meet their obligations to these students in this situation. 

For further information, click here.

Extended transition period for three training products 

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for: 

  • AHC51016 Diploma of Sports Turf Management until 31 July 2021, and 
  • CPP30115 Certificate III in Urban Pest Management, and  
  • CPPPMT3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides for Western Australian cohorts until 29 September 2021. 

The relevant training product will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period, unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior. 

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Government announces financial relief for sector 

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business have announced a package of measures to lift the financial pressures on registered training organisations. 

Among measures announced are:

  • Fees and charges for providers registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021 will be waived. ASQA will reimburse fees already paid. 
  • ASQA’s move to full cost recovery, due to start on 1 July 2020, will be delayed until July 2021. 
  • For six months, there will be an exemption from loan fees associated with VET Student Loans. 

View the relief package here.

Further extension to the transition periods for three qualifications 

ASQA has recently approved further extended transition periods for the following qualifications: 

  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing until 21 July 2021 
  • MSF30413 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing until 2 June 2021 
  • MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology until 19 January 2021. 

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ASQA publishes distance learning guidance 

ASQA has published a new website section to present compliance guidance for providers offering distance learning options. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many VET providers have begun implementing distance learning techniques (including online delivery) as a way of continuing to provide services. 

View here.

ASQA approves extended teach period for VET accredited courses due to COVID-19 pandemic 

Following on from ASQA’s previous decisions to extend transition periods for qualifications due to COVID-19, ASQA has decided to expand this decision and extend the teach out period of 56 VET accredited courses by six months. 

View the list here.

Other VET News

Understanding the return on investment from TVET 

This Guide presents an analytic framework that summarises some of the main elements and issues that need to be considered in measuring ROI. This includes establishing the scope, context and purpose for measuring ROI, adopting guiding principles, identifying costs, benefits and factors that impact on ROI, and approaches to data collection and analysis.

The Guide introduces a framework that looks at the ROI equation from a range of perspectives – including economic and social dimensions – and for different stakeholders, including individuals, businesses and societies. The Guide presents relevant ROI indicators and measures drawn from the existing international research. Finally, it provides guidelines to planning and collecting ROI data, along with a set of practical pro forma resources and case studies to assist the reader.

View the ROI Guide here. 

Understanding the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package 

On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From Monday 6 April 2020 weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.

Providers may now apply to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to receive a supplementary payment under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package in exceptional circumstances.

View the package here.

Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register 

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) is assisting in matching recently displaced apprentices and trainees with potential employers. This register provides an opportunity for apprentices and trainees who have lost their jobs but also to employers from any size business who have a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee.

For further information, click here.

Articles and Papers

Australia’s VET workforce 

A recent NCVER survey shows 246,167 people were employed at Australian RTOs as at February 2019, including 45,628 at TAFEs and 200,539 at other RTOs.

The report also shows that 29% of the total VET workforce were employed as trainers and assessors, with the proportion of these workers being higher at larger RTOs

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Apprenticeships and the Recovery Briefing Paper

The National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA) has released a their Apprenticeships and the Recovery Briefing Paper, exploring the impact a recession will have on the apprenticeship sector and the many ways in which apprenticeships can help recover the situation.

The overall aim being to provide high quality school to work transitions for vocationally oriented students, support business activities through the recovery phase and in so doing ensure that Australia has the right mix of skills to underpin future growth and economic development.

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Upcoming Events

NCVER ‘No Frills’ 2020 Conference
Online 7th -10th July 2020

Theme: Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET.
The 29th National Vet Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will be held online for the first time ever, with a combination of pre-recorded content, key note speakers, workshops and presentations on the future of VET.

For more information, click here.

Australian Training Awards 2020

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.
The Australian Training Awards have extended the nomination period for its Direct Entry categories to Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

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Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

Changes to CPP: Property Services Training Package on training.gov.au:

  • 1 Qualification updated
  • 2 Units of competency updated

Opportunities

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