5th February 2018

Compliance & Regulatory News

New National VET Data Policy

A new National VET data policy was agreed by skills Ministers at the council of Australian Government Industry and Skills Council meeting on 24th Nov 2017. The policy came into effect on the 1st Jan 2018. The policy allows for a six month transition period so you need to have a read and comply with the new requirements between now and 1st July 2018.

The new policy requires students entering into VET courses to be advised about how information about them and the course in which they are enrolling will be treated. Students are now required to sign a declaration which is provided within the new National VET Data Policy.

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PS, Reminder that your Total VET Activity report is due no later than 28th Feb 2018 – click here

Regulatory Decisions Update

The National Regulator has release its recent regulatory update which includes details of its regulatory decisions to cancel provider registration.

Regulatory Decisions update – 30 Jan 2018 click here.
Regulatory Decisions update – 18 Jan 2018 click here.
Regulatory Decisions update – 16 Jan 2018 click here.

ASQA Cancels further Security Qualifications

The National Regulator has announced its intention to cancel further qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Sage Academy of Training. ASQA is currently attempting to contact the students who are affected by what it has described a behaviour which is beyond “the typical non-compliance” that it detects.

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National Code 2018 – Commenced from 1 Jan 2018

The revised National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code) commenced from 1 January 2018. The new National Code introduces new requirements to protect students including enhanced consumer protection and new requirements relating to the engagement and use of Education Agents.

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Consultation on unduly short courses and training product reform

In December 2017, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP announced public consultations with VET stakeholders on unduly short courses and training product reform. This follows the review completed by ASQA into unduly short training which included a number of recommendations. The Department has set up a website where all of the background and discussion papers can be accessed. Submissions to the public consultation processes will be open until 9 March 2018.

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Articles and Papers

NCVER – Latest publications

Identifying work skills: International approaches

The digital revolution and automation are accelerating changes in the labour market and in workplace skills, changes that are further affected by fluctuations in international and regional economic cycles and employment opportunities.The purpose of this paper is to investigate how other nations or regions are dealing with these issues.

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Australian apprenticeships: trends, challenges and future opportunities for dealing with industry 4.0

This paper explores some of the challenges and constraints within the Australian system of apprenticeships to adequately respond to industry 4.0. It also presents some of the current directions in government policy and explores opportunities within industries and the training system itself to create change.

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VOCEDplus – Latest releases

Training product reform: what is the case for change?

In November 2016, the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) agreed that work be undertaken to examine and develop a case for change for enhancements to the design of training products, The purpose of this paper is to state the case for change and to seek feedback on the enhancements to the design of training products to ensure they support skills development into the future.

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Australian vocational education and training statistics: young people in education and training 2016

This paper presents a summary of statistics relating to young Australians aged 15 to 19 years who participated in education and training during 2016. As at August 2016 there were 1.5 million young Australians aged 15 to 19 years, of which an estimated 83.2 per cent participated in education and training.

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Other VET News

Australian training awards.

Congratulations to all who achieved outcomes in the Australian Training Awards 2017.

To see the results click here.

Training Package Updates

Changes to training package: AHC: Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package

  • 21 qualifications updated
  • 2 new units of competency added
  • 35 units of competency updated
  • 3 units of competency removed

To access the revised training package, please click here

Changes to training package: AMP: Australian Meat Processing Training Package

  • 1 qualification added
  • 18 qualifications updated
  • 1 qualification removed
  • 1 skill set added
  • 1 skill set updated
  • 14 units of competency added
  • 9 units of competency updated

To access the revised training package, please click here

Newbery Announcements

Proud Sponsor of Precious Kwagala

Newbery Consulting is very proud to sponsor Precious Kwagala a young lady living in Uganda. Our sponsorship of Precious is a long term commitment to help with the cost of education and healthy living. Precious is only in grade three but has already decided that she would like to be a nurse. With our staff (and their children), Precious just acquired a bunch of new pen pals! The sponsorship is through Life Charity Focus who are a small charity doing amazing work in Uganda. For us, it is a very small commitment which has far reaching positive outcomes.

To find out more about Life Charity Focus please click here

Newbery’s Audit Guide – Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

Check out our free audit guide which covers evidence relating to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Of course this standard is only one component of the VET Quality Framework of which RTOs are required by the legislation to comply with, although most components of the VET Quality Framework are also covered within the standards.

To access the guide click here

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