VET News – 31st January 2017

Hello and welcome to VET News

Just a reminder, that we are entering the reporting season. Over the next five months the following reports are due in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations:

Total VET activity reporting, Due no later than 28 Feb, Click Here for more information

Annual CEO Declaration on Compliance, Due no later than 31 Mar, Click Here for more information

Quality indicator reporting, Due no later than 30 Jun, Click Here for more information

Ok, I have some important news to share. My two big sisters that have been sharing my journey in Newbery Consulting for many years are both leaving the business for other pursuits. It is a sad day for us, but at the same time we are all excited for both Cathy and Anne Maree. Cathy started with us in 2013 assisting me with responding to our many enquiries we receive each day. Cath then moved into a project coordination role assisting our clients moving through to their initial registration. As our Applications Manager, Cath has been instrumental in working with clients to prepare their application evidence. Cath has decided it is time to retire from the workforce and spend more time with family/friends and on the golf course! Anne Maree has been with us a little longer starting in 2009. Anne Maree has performed work for Newbery Consulting as a Training Developer, Compliance Consultant and Auditor (not to mention VET News Editor!). Anne Maree has decided to take on an education leadership role in the Middle East. That is the brain drain at work right there!

To both of my beautiful sisters, I want to thank you so much not only from me but on behalf of all the staff at Newbery Consulting for your tireless and valuable contribution to our business. I appreciate you putting up with me all of these years and for your sometimes-candid advice. You will both be missed dearly and we hope you enjoy the next stage of your journey in life.

Good Training

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA update

Regulatory decisions update

On 5 January 2017 ASQA provided notification of its regulatory decisions to cancel the registration of the following RTOs:

  • 5 Star Training Institute Pty Ltd – RTO ID 41132;
  • AJK Image Pty Ltd as trustee for The Nicole Kratzmann Family Trust – RTO ID 31807 trading as AKISS (Advanced Knowledge in Skin Science);
  • Australia-Wide Business Training Pty Ltd – RTO ID 20992;
  • Childs Training Pty Ltd as the trustee for the Childs Family Trust – RTO ID 30956 trading as Quality Unlimited;
  • Clear Fountain Pty Ltd – RTO 41048 trading as NITE School and Nationwide Instructors, Trainers and Educators;
  • DJ Howle Pty Ltd – RTO ID 91702 trading as Onsite Training Services;
  • Entertrain Institute of Technology Pty Ltd – RTO ID 21169 trading as Entertain Interactive Pty Ltd;
  • Excellent Training Institute Pty Ltd – RTO 40923;
  • June Dally-Watkins Pty Ltd – RTO 91435;
  • Master Group (Aust.) Pty Ltd – RTO 40938 trading as Master Group;
  • Optimal Progression Pty Ltd – RTO 40598; and
  • Todd Rutherford – RTO 32499 trading as Drilling Skills Australia.


ASQA cancels ASCET Tech’s registration

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of Victorian-based training provider ASCET Institute of Technology (RTO ID 20770).

Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said an audit of ASCET Tech’s operations by ASQA identified behaviour that was critically and systematically non-compliant with the requirements of the vocational education and training (VET) quality framework.

Annual Declaration on Compliance
ASQA has issued a reminder to RTO CEOs that they may complete and submit their annual declaration on compliance any time during February and March.ASQA will notify CEOs by email at the beginning of February of their obligation to complete this declaration. CEOs are advised to check their details on to ensure that ASQA has access to a current email address.

VET reform

VET Student Loans update

In its latest newsletter, the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training has provided the following update:

  • The application process for interested and eligible providers to become new VET Student Loans approved course providers from 1 July 2017 was opened on 23 December 2016. The VET Student Loans Approved Course Provider 2017 Application Guide and package is available on the Department’s website.
  • Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 19 February 2017.
  • Listed providers who have been approved for VET Student Loans as part of the transition process do not need to reapply through this process. There will be a parallel process for listed providers and Not-for-Profit providers to apply to offer additional courses not already on the approved course list.
  • A review of the methodology to determine eligible courses and loan caps, including costs of delivery, will be undertaken starting in February 2017.


NCVER update

AVETMISS Reporting
The collection window for direct reporting of 2016 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity to NCVER opened on 3 January 2017 and will close on the 28 February 2017. NCVER advises that no extensions will be available for reporting 2016 AVETMISS data.

Data Support Bulletin December 2016
Included in the December bulletin are details of a new:

  • USI classification code; and
  • AVS error.


Victorian reform

The Victorian Department of Education and Training is seeking feedback on proposed Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 that will replace the 2007 Regulations on Monday 26 June 2017.

The draft Regulations are available on the Department’s website (see link below).

Feedback on the draft proposed regulations can be submitted to until Tuesday 28 February 2017.


Training Package News

TGA updates

Training package changes
There is a new release of the following training package:

  • CPC08 Release 9.3: 17 January 2017
  • CPP07 Release 14.4: 17 January 2017
  • CPP Release 4.2: 17 January 2017
  • MSM Release 2.1: 12 January 2017
  • MEA Release 1.4: 23 December 2016
  • AMP Release 2.2: 19 December 2016

Events, Resourcing & Funding News

Australian apprenticeship update

Click on the link below to view the Training Package qualifications recently implemented in States and Territories.UPDATE 11/01/17>>

Industry Skills Fund cut

On 19 December 2016, the Australian Government announced the decision to close the Industry Skills Fund to new applications as part of a range of changes to programs through the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed the government would save $119 million by prematurely terminating the Industry Skills Fund, which subsidises businesses to train their staff on a co-contribution basis.

Recent VET Publications

Government-funded students and courses – January to September 2016

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 – broadly defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training delivered by TAFE institutes and other government, community education and other registered providers.


Unpaid Work Experience in Australia Report, December 2016
Department of Employment, Australian Government

On 22 December 2016, the Department released a report on the prevalence, nature and impact of unpaid work experience in Australia. The report, which was based on the results of a nationally representative survey of 3,800 Australians aged 18-64 years, found that unpaid work experience is common in Australia. Many of the survey results were positive, for example:

  • 71 per cent of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their most recent episode of unpaid work experience;
  • 70 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed they had developed relevant skills and new knowledge as a result of their unpaid work experience; and
  • 27 per cent were offered a job by their host organisation following their most recent period of unpaid work experience.


Administration of the VET FEE-HELP Scheme
Australian National Audit Office

On Tuesday 20 December 2016, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released ‘Administration of the VET FEE-HELP Scheme’ – a report that assessed the effectiveness of the design and administration of the troubled Vocational Education and Training (VET) loan scheme with an aim to inform the new VET Student Loans program that goes into effect on Sunday 1 January 2017.

The audit found that the VET FEE-HELP Scheme was not effectively designed or administered which led to cost blowouts and insufficient protection to students from unscrupulous training providers. The ANAO report estimates the program to have cost the government $2.2 billion in bad loans that will never be repaid.


Other News of Interest

Anne Maree is Middle East bound

After years of preparing Newbery Consulting’s monthly VET News, this will be Anne Maree’s last newsletter.

On 4 February, she heads to Abu Dhabi in the UAE, to take up a 3-year contract as a vocational instructor at a women’s tertiary college.

Anne Maree said of the move, “I’m so excited by this amazing opportunity to make a return to teaching, and in the process, to help young Emerati women gain the knowledge and skills they need to join the workforce.”

The news articles presented in this edition of VET News have been researched and prepared by Anne Maree Newbery.
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