Newbery Consulting VET News – 6th September 2019



Hello and welcome to VET News,
I hope you are all well. Another big addition of news. See below a recent clarification from the national regulator in relation to third-party arrangements. I participated in the webinar the week before last and it was not particularly illuminating. I like David Garner and his approach to engaging with the VET community. He is a rare commodity within ASQA. He did provide some clarification on a few issues. It is clear that whilst third-party advertisement must clearly be in the branding and the name of the RTO, there is an allowance for the third-party to have a small acknowledgement that they are delivering the service as an “agent” of the RTO who is “offering” the service. I was also able to confirm in writing this week that the regulator does not consider click based advertisements such as Google Ads to constitute an “offer” of service where the wording of those ads is generic such as “Study business”. If the advertisement identified a specific training product than it would constitute an “offer” and would need to identify the RTO. They also confirmed for me that training products that appear in a drop-down list do not need to identify the RTO’s who are offering these services. Thank God!


Anyway, a couple of good clarifications provided by the regulator. I am trying to get around to writing an article on the website that unpacks all of our advice and current understanding of these requirements so, stay tuned for that. 

Next week, I am attending the National VET Conference in Brisbane. Whilst I am not presenting this year, I am assisting Velg with their Guru Panel (unfortunate name) and will be available if anyone wants to come up and say hi and ask any questions. Fairly sure that you can book in for a time when I am available through Velg. So, if you have any tricky questions, I am basically available to answer them. Bring along your assessment or training and assessment strategies if you like. We will have 15 minutes to unpack these and answer any questions. Other than that, if you are attending the National Conference please come up and say hi.

Good training,
Joe Newbery
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Compliance & Regulatory News


Clarification on third party arrangements for VET in schools

Following the release of the General Direction and fact sheet on third party arrangements, ASQA has clarified the impact where a school engages an RTO to deliver a course to VET in schools students, and the school provides some support in the delivery.

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Articles and Papers

A clearer view of the total VET landscape is emerging

The report Total VET students and courses 2018 provides an estimate of nationally recognised VET undertaken by students over the last four years. It shows that less domestic students and more international students engaging in nationally recognised programs, This report also shows that the majority of the decline in nationally recognised program enrolments was in certificate IV and diploma and above level qualifications.

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Life at 24: Then & Now

Life at 24: Then & Now uses data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) to provide a snapshot of how study, training and work have changed for Australians aged 24 in 2018 when compared with those of the same age in 2008. This paper shows fewer young people are working in their career job at age 24 than ten years ago, with significantly higher rates of young people uncertain whether the job they have is the one they would like as a career.

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VET in Schools participation declines

This report reveals that over a five year period, the number of school students undertaking VET as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) has declined by 6.7% to 230,700.
The report also indicates that Certificate II qualifications continued to be the most popular (undertaken by 54.8% of all VET in Schools students), however the number of students undertaking qualifications at this level has declined by 2.6% since 2014.

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New pilot initiative makes hiring women a priority for regional businesses

The Career Revive pilot program,  will help up to 30 medium to large regional companies find better ways to attract and retain skilled women. It will work with business to test what interventions help break down the barriers women face when returning to work.

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Youth employment program to trial industry engagement

The Morrison Government will invest $10 million to expand the Youth Jobs PaTH program to help industry fast track jobs for young Australians. Youth Jobs PaTH helps young people learn the skills that employers need, and gives them a chance to demonstrate those skills in the workplace while providing businesses a wage subsidy of up to $10,000. 

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2019 State priority occupation list now available

The State priority occupation list (SPOL) is produced each year by the Department of Training and Workforce Development in consultation with key stakeholders, including the State’s industry training councils, to inform and guide workforce planning and development for Western Australia. It is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for WA.

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Upcoming Events

2019 National VET Conference, Brisbane, 12 – 13 September 2019

The 2019 National VET Conference will be delivered over two days on the 12-13 September at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)  through an exciting range of presentations, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary and elective sessions. Pre-conference Master Classes will be held on Wednesday 11 September.

NSW Training Awards, 12th September 2019

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. Tickets are now available.

Queensland Training Awards, 14 September 2019

Queensland Training Awards recognise individuals and organisations that strive for and have achieved success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training.




Training Package Updates

Changes to training package: ICT: Information and Communications Technology
  • 6 qualifications added
  • 3 qualifications updated
  • 8 qualifications removed
  • 15 skills set added
  • 10 skills set updated
  • 11 skills set removed
  • 53 units of competency added
  • 19 units of competency updated
  • 45 units of competency removed

For more information, click here.

Changes to training package: BSB: Business Services Training Package
  • 4 qualifications added
  • 15 qualifications updated
  • 4 qualifications removed
  • 1 skill set added
  • 33 units of competency added
  • 4 units of competency updated
  • 28 units of competency removed

For more information, click here.



Business Opportunities

ATM ID: 10175   
ATM Title: Procurement of Training Services for the Academic Phase of the Aviation Artificers Course for Army & Navy  Category: Education and Training Services 
Description: This procurement seeks to engage the services of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for the delivery of training, commencing 01 January 2020 for an initial term for five (5) years until 01 January 2025, with two (2) extension options, each for a period of two years, to be exercised at the Commonwealth’s discretion. The selected Service Provider will deliver nationally accredited vocational training to military students, with the outcome being the award of qualifications by the RTO.   

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Business Opportunities

ATM ID: APSC – 2019-4851   
ATM Title: 2019-4851 – SES Orientation
Agency: Australian Public Service Commission 
Description: The Customer is seeking quotations from Suppliers with expertise and experience in the design, development, and delivery of learning activities, materials and support resources for employees transitioning to senior executive roles. Experience in the public sector is preferred but not mandatory   

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