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Training for Employment Scholarships

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

You may be eligible for funding of up to $7 500 to assist with training costs.

Training for Employment Scholarships (funded and managed by the Commonwealth Government) assist business by supporting job specific training for new and young employees. Now available throughout Australia, this program funds training to equip new employees with the skills and/or qualifications required to do their job.

Training must be directly relevant to your business and fall within one of the following categories:

  • accredited training: Certificate I or II;
  • non-accredited training: seminars, licenses, and tickets required for working in specific industries and worksites; or
  • foundation skills: courses improving employability such as reading, writing, numeracy and computer skills.

Your business is eligible if you:

  • have fewer than 200 employees; and
  • have hired an unemployed person aged 18-24 years within the last 3 months and they require job specific training.

The Training for Employment Scholarship program is available until 30 June 2016. For more information or to apply visit or call 13 28 46.

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Aviation - WA Nominal Hours Guide

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The AVI Aviation Training Package v1 - WA Nominal Hours Guide has recently been finalised and is now available for download.

Download the AVI Aviation - WA Nominal Hours Guide

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Results of 2015 ASQA Survey published

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently published the results of its 2015 survey of training providers and VET sector stakeholders.

More than 2000 registered training providers, other training providers and course owners and 111 sector stakeholders completed the survey in July and August.

Read the full survey results

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Draft Wholesale qualification available for review

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The draft Certificate III in Business to Business Sales (Wholesale) qualification is now available to view as part of Service Skills Australia’s (SSA) major review of the Retail Services Training Package.

The Online Feedback register allows you to provide comments on each individual component of Draft 2.

Feedback on Draft 2 can be provided until COB Monday 7 December 2015 .

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Input sought on proposed changes to Assessing Fitness to Drive

Monday, 16 November 2015

The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released the proposed draft Assessing Fitness to Drive (AFTD) guidelines and accompanying consultation report which outlines the proposed changes to medical standards and guidelines for drivers.

AFTD is a joint publication between the NTC and Austroads. It aims to increase road safety by helping health professionals:

  • assess the fitness of their patients to drive
  • promote responsible behaviour in their patients
  • conduct medical examinations for licensing drivers as required by licensing authorities
  • provide information to inform conditional licence decisions.

The proposed changes include removing the advice inserted in the 2012 edition of AFTD that included reference to the use of glycated haemoglobin levels (HbA1c > 9%) as an indicator for ‘satisfactory control’ of diabetes. Other proposed changes generally provide greater flexibility for individual assessment of people with a chronic disease or medical condition without compromising public safety.

The NTC calls on interested parties to make a submission to make sure the final changes to AFTD meet the needs of as many Australians as possible. A copy of the NTC’s proposed draft Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines and accompanying Consultation Report for the Review of Assessing Fitness to Drive is available from the NTC’s website and submissions can be lodged through the site between now and Friday, 8 January 2016.

People making submissions may wish to use the submissions template.

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WA joins national rail safety scheme

Monday, 9 November 2015

Western Australia has now joined South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory as participants in the National Rail Safety Regulation and Investigation scheme; a significant step forward in national transport reform.

The WA Parliament's passage of the Rail Safety National Law last month enables the state to join the scheme, with regulatory oversight by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

Rail safety in Australia was once a patchwork of state and territory arrangements, but is now an increasingly seamless and efficient national system. Western Australian rail operators will enjoy reduced regulatory complexity, more efficient accreditation services under the national law, and enhanced safety through independent accident and incident investigations.

Efficiency gains through joining the national scheme will result in lower compliance costs for operators. Rail passengers in urban areas will also benefit from the highest national rail safety standards.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's extensive national experience in investigating rail occurrences and identifying safety issues will complement the new regulatory framework—underpinning a clear focus on assuring the safety of the travelling public.

In addition, as a result of work currently being undertaken by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, Australia will soon have national frameworks for drug and alcohol management and fatigue management for rail operations.

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TLISC Aviation Workforce Skills Study Survey

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

TLISC has been contracted by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to undertake a study which will consider workforce and training issues affecting the Aviation industry. In particular it will seek industry perspectives on:

  • areas currently experiencing skills shortages;
  • emerging skills and industry’s capacity to meet demand;
  • factors affecting labour supply;
  • comments on the current training framework, including the quality of skills training, the impact of training costs and whether these impacts are disproportionate compared to other industries;
  • the impact of Asia-Pacific traffic growth and opportunities for the Australian aviation industry;
  • measures industry can implement to respond to these aviation workforce challenges, including outcomes of existing programs

TLISC are also interested in receiving any reports your organisation may have developed which address any of the issues listed above.

In addition, two surveys have been developed, one which seeks the views of the Aviation industry, the second is for those organisations involved in delivering training to the Aviation industry. Those surveys can be accessed by the following links:

Surveys and submissions will close on COB Friday 13 November 2015. If you have any questions about this project please contact

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TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package Release 1.0 endorsed

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package Release 1.0 was endorsed on 12 October 2015 and has now been released on The training package includes 10 qualifications, 10 skill sets and associated units of competency covering Material and Deployment Logistics, Stevedoring, Warehousing and Logistics.

For more information, visit the Transport and Logistics Training Package page on the TLISC website.

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Release of findings from VET FEE-HELP audit project

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has today released the findings from its VET FEE-HELP audit project.

The project was launched in April after the authority recorded an increase in the number of complaints it had received against registered training organisations (RTOs) approved to participate in the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson said the number of complaints received by ASQA pointed to a potential systemic issue and, as a result, the authority undertook 21 targeted audits and interviewed more than 400 students.

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Project underway to strengthen training sector

Friday, 16 October 2015

The State Government has launched its Training Sector Reform Project to examine the function and structure of Western Australia's public training system to ensure a sustainable system which equips students with the best skills to get jobs.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the project stemmed from the independent review of the vocational education and training (VET) sector in WA, led by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares.

The review made a number of recommendations for the Government in relation to the functionality of WA's public training system. The Training Sector Reform Project will focus on the network of State Training Providers (STPs), to enhance their function and ensure the training being delivered strongly aligns to meet the needs of industry.

The project steering committee is chaired by former Government Minister Cheryl Edwardes with representatives from industry and Government. Former Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer John Langoulant is leading the project work.

The project steering committee is expected to present its initial report to the Minister in December, with outcomes to be progressed in the months following.

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Second round of funding available for women in non-traditional roles

Monday, 5 October 2015

Applications are again open for training scholarships for women to pursue non-traditional trade and skills areas.

Acting Training and Workforce Development Minister John Day launched the latest round of the Expanding Career Options for Women scholarship program, targeting occupations in which women make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce.

The program will enable women to develop skills and gain qualifications in many transport industry areas such as aviation, maritime, road, stevedoring, rail, warehousing and logistics.

The scholarship amounts to $1.2 million over four years and will provide 400 scholarships to the value of $3,000 each, for women starting studies in trades and industries with low female participation.

Scholarships will be available to women over 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in more than 170 specified qualifications. Employers offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to eligible women can also take advantage of the program.

Funds can be used to cover costs associated with training, including learning resources, mentoring and fees, as well as for transport costs and childcare.

The inaugural round of the program attracted more than 150 applications from women aged 18 to 59, from metropolitan and regional areas.

Applications close on October 31, 2015.

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MAR Training Package 3.0 Released

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

MAR Release 3.0 endorsed on 7 September 2015 includes Marina Operations and Maritime Operations including Marine Cookery, Watchkeeper Deck, Master up to 500 GT and Master unlimited.

Throughout 2015 all qualifications and units of competency in MAR13 will be aligned to the new Standards for Training Packages and will be transferred to the MAR Maritime Training Package.

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AVI Training Package Released

Friday, 4 September 2015

Release 1.0 of the AVI Aviation Training Package was endorsed on 1 September 2015. The package includes AVI50115 Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control), 12 units of competency and 2 Skill Sets.

Throughout 2015 all qualifications and units of competency in AVI08 will be aligned to the new Standards for Training Packages and will be transitioned to the AVI Aviation Training Package.

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New plan to address Peel workforce challenges

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The State Government has outlined a series of targeted priority actions in a four-year plan that will strengthen workforce development opportunities in the Peel region.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the Peel Workforce Development Plan 2015-2018 had a strong focus on improving education and training outcomes for young people, while also enhancing links with industry.

"The workforce development plan identifies and explores many key issues that impact the region's economy and workforce participation, while also outlining a series of priority actions to address these issues," Mrs Harvey said.

The plan was prepared by local stakeholders on the Peel Workforce Development Alliance, which will also oversee the implementation of priority actions, and is the result of extensive community consultation.

Mrs Harvey said the plan was the latest initiative to target employment and training in the region, with the Government recently committing to establishing a Peel workforce development centre. This will provide local job seekers with comprehensive career advice and support.

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New tool to better match apprentices/trainees to employers

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Group Training Australia in conjunction with Ithaca Group has developed a web-based tool to improve the matching of apprentices/trainees to employers aimed at increasing apprenticeship/traineeship completion rates.

The initiative is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training.

The tool has been developed following the findings of research conducted by Ithaca Group in 2011 for the former NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training and included in their report A Fair Deal.

The research found that the mismatch between apprentices and their employers was one of the major reasons for high attrition rates amongst apprentices.

The key message is that the more effort put into the selection of suitable candidates for apprenticeships and matching them to employers who are equipped to provide them with a supportive learning environment, the more likely an apprentice will see that they are getting a fair deal and persevere with their training until they have completed their qualification.

The web-based tool is targeted at intermediaries whose role it is to assist in the selection process. This includes the staff of group training organisations, recruitment agencies such as the new Commonwealth-funded Jobactive providers, Commonwealth-funded Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, and school careers advisors.

The tool can be accessed at

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Views sought on a new framework for fatigue research

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A discussion paper released recently by the National Transport Commission (NTC), proposes an agreed terminology, systems and processes that will enable a new framework to support comparable and accessible data across industry, governments and enforcement agencies.

Chief Executive of the NTC, Paul Retter said only when all the evidence was on the table would it be possible to determine whether the current regulations were appropriate.

“This project won’t be proposing changes to Australia’s fatigue laws, but it will ensure that we have consistent and more accurate data about how fatigue affects drivers and the safety of our nation’s roads,” Mr Retter said.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law has prescriptive work and rest hour rules, in addition to chain of responsibility obligations and an overarching duty not to drive while impaired by fatigue.

“At the moment there is no simple test for driver alertness like there is for alcohol or speed, because fatigue levels are relatively difficult to establish and measure. In the future new technologies may be able to tell drivers whether they are in a fit condition to drive. The challenge is to collect enough robust evidence about what fatigue level should be considered safe,” Mr Retter said.

“We know that hours of work are not the only cause of fatigue. Crash data indicates that other factors, such as times of travel, and quality and quantity of sleep also impact on driver fatigue.

“This is an opportunity for transport operators and drivers to demonstrate real life practices that help drivers do their jobs and keep safe.”

A copy of the NTC’s discussion paper is available here and submissions can be lodged between now and Friday, 16 October 2015.

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Transport and Logistics Training Package update

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Transport & Logistics Training Package Release 1.0 - Draft Components are now available for viewing prior to being submitted to the Department of Education and Training for endorsement.

The draft TLI Training Package Release 1.0 contains:

Updates have also been made to the following projects:

If you have any queries please contact Judy Green -

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State priority occupation list (SPOL) 2015 Released

Friday, 14 August 2015

The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is a list of occupations produced annually by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) which are rated according to their identified priority status in Western Australia. Further information on the SPOL is provided in the SPOL Summary Paper. More detailed information is available in the SPOL Scope and Methodology Paper, or you can simply browse this list of SPOL FAQs.

You can search over 700 occupations and see their current priority status. Select one or a number of occupations and click the ‘Print occupation profiles’ button to find out more about the occupation(s).

If you have queries regarding specific occupations, please contact the LTC. Training councils are the first point of contact for feedback regarding the list. For general enquiries regarding the list please email

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Aviation Training package update

Friday, 7 August 2015

The AVI Aviation Training Package Release 2.0 is the second release of the transitioned training package, and contains 20 qualifications, 42 skill sets, and 204 units of competency.

The AVI Release 2.0 draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency can be found below:

Feedback may be provided by interested aviation industry stakeholders directly to, Senior Training Package Specialist - Aviation by no later than 24 August 2015.

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Awards showcase high achievers in training

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The State Government has recognised the top achievers in the vocational education and training sector, announcing the finalists in this year's WA Training Awards. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said 24 apprentices, trainees, students and trainers were among the finalists, contesting seven individual categories. They join 18 training organisations and employers vying for honours in six categories. Finalists were selected from more than 170 applications.

"The WA Training Awards allow us to recognise the endeavours of individuals and organisations that shape our exceptional training system," Mrs Harvey said. "They also increase awareness of the State's VET sector and in turn encourage other West Australians to embrace education and training as the foundation for success." The Minister said the finalists represented a range of industries and training pathways, including three finalists contesting the coveted WA Apprentice of the Year award.

The LTC would like to warmly congratulate Angela Lewis for being nominated as Vocational Student of the Year. Angela is studying to become a navigational watch keeper which will allow her to sail on any size vessel anywhere in the world and is a step closer to her long term ambition of being a Captain.

Winners of this year's awards will be announced at a presentation dinner on September 4, 2015, sharing in more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. They may also have the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Hobart in November.

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My Skills 3.0—new look and new functions

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

MySkills continues to improve and evolve into a sophisticated and useful tool for employers, students, and training organisations.

The new homepage contains:

  • A location identifier to help you search your area for the nearest training organisations;
  • Industry sector pathway searches
  • Skills shortages information to let you know where VET courses lead to jobs in demand
  • Data to highlight some of the successful courses in terms of earning salaries and employment outcomes
  • A news section to let you know about Skills and Training programmes and events
  • A faster more intuitive search engine

Other new features in My Skills include:

  • Student outcomes information for 230 of the most popular courses
  • Career pathways information for many courses, to see how courses relate to occupations within a career stream
  • A VET FEE-HELP calculator to help you understand your loan obligations if you choose to access financial assistance for your training
  • Identification of sanctioned training providers
  • Course and training provider comparison tools

My Skills is dedicated to providing comprehensive information to help you choose the training that best suits your needs.

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Public comment sought on taxi green paper

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Transport Minister Dean Nalder recently released a taxi green paper, seeking input from customers and industry about how Western Australia can best deliver a safe, flexible and innovative environment for on-demand transport.

The On-demand Transport - Discussion Paper for Future Innovation paper is available for public comment from July 24, 2015 until October 16, 2015. The paper, drafted with input from industry stakeholders, seeks a more flexible licensing environment so the industry is free to innovate and provide new services.

The paper proposes a simplified licensing model with more flexible licence 'types' that focus on safety standards, rather than operating locations or times. The new licences would work alongside improved taxi plates.

Other concepts include:

  • licence fees set at the cost of regulation
  • a structured driver licensing regime, where Government sets minimum standards and industry provides extra training, depending on the services being provided
  • encouraging the formation of co-operatives or corporates to operate taxi services
  • allowing drivers and vehicles to work with several dispatchers to improve choice and competition.

It also proposes using consistent regulations to govern the licensing of on-demand vehicles creating a consistent environment for all providers and reducing red tape.

The reforms aim to transition the industry from a highly regulated environment to one that is influenced by consumer choice and greater self-regulation.

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Expression of Interest to operate as a Skills Service Organisation

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The Australian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, invites applications for funding to be a skills service organisation. Skills service organisations will provide a range of independent, professional enabling activities to support industry reference committees to review and develop training products, including training packages.

Read the announcement by Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham or visit the Skills Service Organisations page for more information.

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Funding Grants for Transport and Logistics Industry

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

In 2015 The Australian School of Applied Management is administering a national initiative to support the development of Transport and Logistics sector employees across Australia. The initiative will provide staff members who work in the Transport and Logistics sector with grants for leadership development:

  1. Mid to Senior Level Managers and Leaders can apply for $7,900 Individual Grants to undertake the Australian Applied Management Colloquium
  2. Employees at all levels can apply for a limited allocation of subsidised seats to attend the Workplace Mental Health Program.

All applications for funding will be reviewed prior to July 31st 2015.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Shreya Aggarwal at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 1300 138 037 or via


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New Apprenticeship Network open for business

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) has opened its doors nationally. The Australian Government is investing up to $200 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network which will operate from more than 420 locations nationwide from 1 July 2015. Read the announcement by Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham here or see the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network page for further information.

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VET FEE-HELP amendments to the VET Guidelines come into effect

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

From 1 July 2015 important reforms to the VET FEE-HELP (VFH) scheme come into effect as part of the first phase of amendments to the VET Guidelines. The second phase of amendments will come into effect from 1 January 2016.

These reforms are the latest of Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham‘s measures to protect vulnerable students from the unethical actions of a small number of unscrupulous providers and their agents.

For further details:

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New name for Apprenticentre

Monday, 22 June 2015

From 1 July 2015 the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) will deliver services with a stronger focus on apprentice recruitment and job-matching. The AASN service will also offer advice and mentoring for employers and apprentices throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

To avoid duplicating the AASN services, the State Government will focus on fulfilling the statutory functions of administration and regulation of apprenticeships in accordance with the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (WA) and associated regulations. ApprentiCentre will be renamed from 1 July 2015 to become the:

Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office or abbreviated to: DTWD Apprenticeship Office

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News logo now displays skill sets

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 (TGA) was recently changed to display skill sets. As a result, RTOs may receive advice regarding skill sets via TGA's change notification system.

The homepage now includes the following advice:

Skill Sets on Scope

The new Standards for VET Regulators, requires Skill Sets form an official part of an RTO's scope. As a result all RTOs scopes have now been automatically updated to reflect their capacity to deliver Skill Sets. These Skill Sets scope items are based on their implicit and explicit scope items and will be updated through the regulatory management of an RTO's scope. Individuals will need to contact the RTO directly to determine whether they are actually delivering this Skill Set.

If you have any questions please contact the TGA Help Desk.

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Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linesperson) available for comment

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The draft Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linesperson) and units of competency developed specifically for incorporation in the qualification are now available for comment. To view the qualification and units of competency please click here.

Feedback can be provided by inserting comments or track changes in the qualification and units of competency or sending comments via email to by COB 28 May 2015.

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New Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

On 27 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the successful organisations that will form the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

The Apprenticeship Network introduces innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and in-training.

Eleven organisations make up the new Apprenticeship Network with services being delivered through more than 280 network provider sites. Strong coverage will also be achieved in rural and remote areas via outreach servicing arrangements in an additional 160 locations.

For more information:

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New Arrangements for Training Product Development for Australian Industry

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

On 21 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the New Arrangements for Training Product Development for Australian Industry.

The new model places industry at the centre of training product development through Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which will be overseen by the industry-led Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

The Department of Education and Training will soon be inviting expressions of interest to set up Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) to support IRCs to engage with their industry sectors and facilitate training product development under the guidance of the committees.

Arrangements will be put in place to ensure a smooth transition to the new model which will be fully operational from January 2016.

A factsheet of the new arrangements is also available.

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WA Training Awards 2015 - applications close 8 May

Friday, 17 April 2015

Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close on Friday 8 May 2015.

If you are working on an application or thinking about putting yourself or your organisation in the spotlight, now is the time to start polishing your application.

The WA Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

You could win a share in over $80 000 in cash and prizes and the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Hobart this November.

Visit the WA Training Awards website for lots of tools for applicants to help you put together an award winning application and information on how to enter today!

If you have any questions, please direct them to

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TLISC 2015 E-Scan Released

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) have released the 2015 Environmental Scan (E-Scan), its flagship annual review of the skills requirements of the workforce, and the progress of the national training system in meeting these needs.

A host of economic, technological and demographic forces across Australia and the Asia Pacific region are shaping the immediate future of the country’s $132 billion Transport and Logistics industry. Changing requirements for jobs and skills across road, logistics, rail, aviation, maritime and ports, and the way industry and the training system responds to these, will have a significant impact for the 820,000 strong workforce and the economy at large.

For more information, please visit:

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The country’s best honoured at national awards

Monday, 13 April 2015

The leaders in Australia’s transport and logistics industry have been honoured at the annual Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Awards for Excellence in Melbourne.

The 2015 Awards for Excellence recognise the achievement of outstanding organisations and individuals in the areas of training and workforce development across the transport and logistics sector.

The awards were presented at a gala dinner before a 150-strong audience, comprising industry leaders, training organisations, government representatives and other stakeholders.

For more information about the award winners please visit:

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New Standards for RTOs come into effect

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Registered training organisations (RTOs) are advised that the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 have come into effect from April 1.

The new Standards have strengthened the requirements for RTOs to individually assess each prospective student to ensure that they have the capability, existing skills and competencies to be able to complete the training program. Any RTO using a third party to recruit prospective learners must have a written agreement with that third party and the regulator must be informed of any such agreements. Each RTO must also have a documented plan and have developed resources that will allow it to systematically monitor the recruitment services.

There are also clear requirements in the Standards relating to information about fees and government funding. If a third party is recruiting a learner into a qualification paid by VET FEE-HELP, the RTO is responsible for ensuring the information provided to a learner explains they will incur a debt. The prospective learner must understand how they will need to repay that debt, and they must also understand other implications of entering into a VET FEE-HELP arrangement.

While brokers can play an important role in referring students to RTOs, it is essential that a proper assessment of each learner’s needs and capabilities is undertaken. RTOs are ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the Standards—including by making sure that this part of the enrolment process is being properly carried out.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) have published a variety of resources to assist RTOs in making the transition to the new Standards, including a comprehensive users’ guide, detailed transition and mapping information and responses to more than 200 frequently asked questions

Resources developed regarding the new Standards are available on ASQA’s website—

TAC has released its Users’ Guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The document can be found here on the TAC website.

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National Track Safety Induction courseware available

Thursday, 26 March 2015

In conjunction with Australian rail owners and operators, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) have developed the NTSI training courseware to cover the core, common competency requirements of level 1 track safety awareness across Australia (this supersedes the ‘One Track’ course materials released in 2011). The NTSI course materials are aligned to two national units of competency:

The NTSI training courseware has been developed through a committee consultation process. Committee members comprised representatives from fourteen accredited rail operators and infrastructure managers including Aurizon, Australian Rail Track Corporation, Coleman Rail, Downer Rail, Department Planning Transport and Infrastructure (SA), Genesee and Wyoming, John Holland, Leighton Contractors, Lend Lease, Metro Trains Melbourne, Public Transport Authority (WA), Queensland Rail, Transport for NSW and V/Line; plus representatives from the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

To ensure the quality and consistency of NTSI training delivery, Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) are invited to apply to become approved providers through which the training will be recognised by participating operators.

For more information, or to apply as an authorised RTO to deliver the National Track Safety Induction course, please contact our Workforce Development Manager Vikki Stewart on 02 6270 4513 or

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Free TLISC PD workshops for RTOs

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Commencing in early May 2015, TLISC will host a series of free RTO workshops in Perth open to all training providers. The sessions will provide updates about each of the Training Packages TLISC is responsible for; and inform participants about development and review processes planned throughout 2015.

This will also be an opportunity for RTOs to review TLISC’s newly developed resources for Supply Chain and Logistics Management before they are released more broadly.

There will be time allocated for Q&A throughout the day.

The four-hour sessions will be held on the following dates:

5 May1pm-5pm
6 May8am-12pm
6 May1pm-5pm

To register for one of these sessions, please click here.

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Attend the WA Training Awards webinar

Monday, 23 March 2015

Are you thinking of applying for the WA Training Awards 2015? Attend the webinar to give you a competitive edge!

The Department of Training and Workforce Development will be holding a webinar on Tuesday 24 March at 10.00am to help you put together an award winning application for this year’s competition.

Ask questions, hear from the judges and gather valuable information on the judging process and the tools you can use to make it easier to complete your application.

You'll also gain an insight to the WA Training Awards presentation dinner and what to expect at the Australian Training Awards.

Register your attendance by emailing and you'll be sent the instructions to log in closer to the session.

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New legislation to strengthen regulation of training providers

Monday, 23 March 2015

Legislative amendments were recently passed by the Australian Parliament to further target unscrupulous Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and improve training quality.

The amendments to the National Vocational and Education Training Regulator (NVETR) Act 2011 will:

  • enable the Australian Government to make new standards that address emerging issues which impact on the quality and integrity of training for individuals and students;
  • require anyone marketing a VET course, including brokers and other third parties, to clearly identify which registered training organisation (RTO) is providing the qualification; and
  • extend the registration period for RTOs from five to seven years so the national training regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – can focus its attention on investigating and acting upon high risk, poor quality providers.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, said this will enable ASQA to take action against an RTO, where they, or their marketing agent or broker, fail to provide clear information to a prospective student about the qualification they are signing up for, where the training will be undertaken, how long the course will take, what support services are available and the associated costs.

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New Standards for VET Regulation - Commencement Date and Transition Arrangements for RTOs

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

RTOs are advised that the commencement date for the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 is Monday 6 April 2015 for RTOs registered, or seeking registration with TAC.

For RTOs registered before commencement of the new Standards, a three month transitional period will apply from the commencement date. This period is an opportunity to finalise arrangements for transitioning from the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) to the new Standards. RTOs are encouraged to transition as soon as possible following the commencement date.

Further details of the transition arrangements are available through the TAC website, or by contacting the TAC Secretariat, - (08) 9441 1910

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Youth Pilot Programmes Now Open for Applications

Friday, 6 March 2015

Applications to the Youth Employment Pathways and Training for Employment Scholarships are now open.

The two pilot programmes within the Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream, are open for applications and will be available until 29 February 2016, unless funding is expended sooner, in selected regional areas and areas of high youth unemployment.

The Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways are new ways of delivering skilled young employees to businesses. These new programmes will address youth unemployment by supporting businesses to employ more young people; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.

The Youth Employment Pathways and the Training Employment Scholarships programmes will be trialled across all states, with 21 regions selected for the Youth Employment Pathways and 11 for the Training for Employment for Scholarships.

For a full list of the regions see below:

To view maps of the regions and for Guidelines, Factsheets, and further information, visit

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New Standards for RTOs information session videos

Friday, 6 March 2015

Videos of ASQA’s Standards information sessions are now available to view from ASQA’s YouTube channel:

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New scholarships encourage women into industry

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

If you are a woman over 18 who has left school and are thinking about training in a ‘non-traditional’ industry, you may qualify for a State Government scholarship.

These scholarships can be used to help with costs associated with undertaking training, including student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, tools, equipment, accommodation, transport and childcare fees.

One hundred scholarships will be available in the first year of the program.

For institutional training:

  • $3000 will be available for women planning to do a publicly funded institutional training course in an approved qualification.

For traineeships:

  • $1000 will be available for women planning to do an approved traineeship; and
  • their employers will receive a $2000 incentive payment.

Either women or employers can apply for the scholarships.

There are 22 approved qualifications linked to non-traditional occupations in the T&L industry to choose from.

View the full list of eligible qualifications here.

Further guidelines, including eligibility criteria, approved providers and application information will be available on 16 March 2015.

Applications close 15 May 2015.

For further information contact the Department at or (08) 6551 5947.

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The Phillip Clarkson Essay Prize 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA) is inviting essays from individuals discussing the consequences of future transportation innovations. In particular they are keen to review essays which discuss:

  • Passenger transport innovations which may include issues of accessibility, sustainability, environment, economics and regulation and control
  • Transportation management innovations - freight and passenger transport across all modes and including both operations and infrastructure
  • Industrial logistics innovations - supply chain management, inventory, procurement and their underpinning technology

Essays should be between 2000 and 6000 words and should focus on how innovations can sustain Australia’s transport and logistics industry to maintain Australia’s competiveness.

A prize of $400 and an iPad will be awarded to the essay which most effectively shows how innovation will determine and support the Australian Transport and Logistics industry over the coming decades.

For more information please go to the CILTA website.

All entries along with a 100 word summary should be sent to by 1st April 2015.

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New legislation to strengthen regulation of training providers

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

On 25 February legislation was introduced into Parliament to further target unscrupulous Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and improve training quality.

The Bill will amend the National Vocational and Education Training Regulator (NVETR) Act to:

  • enable the Australian Government to create new quality standards to quickly address any problems with VET providers or VET courses;
  • require anyone marketing a VET course, including brokers and other third parties, to clearly identify which registered training organisation (RTO)is providing the qualification;
  • extend the registration period for RTOs from five to seven years so the national training regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – can focus its attention on investigating and acting upon high risk and poor quality providers.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said the Bill sends a clear signal that, when required, the Australian Government will take strong action against those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable students and taxpayers.

The Bill builds on significant reform being implemented across the VET sector, including a national VET complaints hotline, improved data reporting, $68 million to strengthen ASQA, new trade support loans and tougher new standards for RTOs.

The Australian Government continues to work in partnership with students, employers, training providers and the states and territories to reform Australia’s national VET system.

The Amendment Bill’s parliamentary page can be found here.

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Maritime Training Package Endorsed

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Maritime Training Package MARV2.0 was endorsed on the 27 February 2015 and is now available on MARV2.0 includes a range of Skill Sets covering Radio Operators, Fast Rescue Craft and Offshore Familiarisation. It also includes the suite of Engineering, Engineer Watchkeeper, Marine Engine Driver (Steam) and Marine Surveying Qualifications. These qualifications and relevant units of competency have been aligned to the Standards for Training Packages and revised to better reflect AMSA and STCW requirements.

For more information about the endorsement and other Maritime projects, click here.

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Accommodation assistance for training doubled

Friday, 27 February 2015

A State Government decision to double the accommodation allowance for off-the-job training will help about 650 apprentices and trainees in Western Australia each year. New travel allowance rates are $70 per night for overnight stays below the 26th parallel and $110 per night above the 26th parallel.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said this would help students who were required to live away from home temporarily as part of their training.

Many apprentices and trainees, particularly those living in regional and remote areas, need to travel long distances to attend off-the-job training and this funding will help reduce the high cost of accommodation in metropolitan Perth and regional WA.

In a related move, the State Government has arranged for lecturers to visit regional centres such as Karratha, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Geraldton, rather than requiring students to travel.

Mrs Harvey said this more efficient delivery model allows apprentices and trainees to remain in the region and minimise major disruptions to their training and employment schedule.

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Nominations open for WA Training Awards

Monday, 23 February 2015

Motivated and inspiring apprentices, trainees and vocational education and training students are being encouraged to enter the WA Training Awards 2015.

Applications are now open in 14 categories, including WA Apprentice of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year, WA Training Initiative of the Year and WA Employer of the Year.

Judges will be looking for individuals and organisations outstanding in their respective field and can be great ambassadors for training in WA.

Individual winners will be announced in September and will receive $5,000. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best in the Australian Training Awards later this year.

Applications for this year’s awards close at 5pm on Friday, May 8, 2015

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State Aviation Strategy released

Monday, 23 February 2015

The State Aviation Strategy - the first of its kind to be developed in Western Australia - was released recently by the State Government.

The Strategy aims to support the economic and social development of WA through the provision of safe, affordable, efficient and effective aviation services and infrastructure.

A list of actions have been proposed whereby the State will work in partnership with airports, regional shire councils, airlines and the resources and energy sector to ensure adequate services continue to meet our demands.

The Strategy is designed to provide a sound framework for policy setting, and future planning and investment in Western Australian international and domestic air services and airport infrastructure.

To view the State Aviation Strategy, visit

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SPOL Questionnaire

Monday, 23 February 2015

The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is an annually-produced list of jobs that are considered critical to the State and/or have demonstrated significant unmet demand.

The Logistics Training Council is looking to industry and RTOs to gain feedback on the current SPOL and address any new skills shortages which may be considered for the 2015 SPOL.

If you have feedback on any of the listed occupations and/or there are other occupations you would like consider for inclusion in the 2015 SPOL, please complete the following questionnaire:

For further information please contact the LTC or email:

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Further ASQA FAQs about the Standards for RTOs 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015

Further responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) received at the ASQA information sessions held in November and December 2014 have been published.

Read the responses to FAQs from the information sessions.

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Employers urged to have their say on training

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Australian employers will be contacted in the coming weeks as part of the Survey of Australian Employers to identify the ways in which they meet their skill needs and how effective these strategies are.

Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the 10 minute survey aims to collect the views of 9 000 employers, from across the country and from all industry sectors.

Businesses are randomly selected from the Australian Business Register to participate in the survey, which will be conducted from now until June this year.

The Survey of Australian Employers is a biennial survey conducted on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments. The results will be published on NCVER’s Portal in late 2015 in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Employers’ use and views of the VET system.

Results from the last survey (2013) are available from:

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Doors open at one-stop-shop for job seekers

Monday, 16 February 2015

Four job services will be available under one roof at a new job centre in Forrest Place, Perth. The new centre now houses the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre, Career Centre, Education and Training International and Migration Services.

The centre provides a central location to access several of the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s services. Job seekers, skilled migrants or school leavers who want career guidance or information about training opportunities will find it here.

The new centre provides an important link for people to access the necessary training to either enter the workforce, upskill or transition to a new career path.

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Fully subsidised professional development opportunities available for RTOs

Thursday, 12 February 2015

On behalf of the Australian Government, ACPET is offering to all RTO staff fully subsidised professional development opportunities to enhance their understanding and application of foundation skills within day to day work.

The 8-month series, accessible via workshops, face-to-face, webinar or home tuition recordings will cover the following topics:

  • Refresher on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF)
  • Introduction to the ASCF and Core Skills for Work Development Framework (CSfW)
  • Advancing the application of Foundations Skills and Leading my RTO’s Foundation Skills agenda
  • Qs and As: Foundation Skills scenarios to success – Master Class

Participants will be recognised as a Foundation Skills Peer on completion of the complete ACPET professional development series.

For more information on the series, click here.

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Free TLISC PD workshops for RTOs

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Commencing in early March 2015, TLISC will host a series of free national RTO workshops open to all training providers. The sessions will provide updates about each of the Training Packages TLISC is responsible for; and inform participants about development and review processes planned throughout 2015.

This will also be an opportunity for RTOs to review our newly developed resources for Supply Chain and Logistics Management before they are released more broadly.

There will be time allocated for Q&A throughout the day.

A four-hour session will be held in Perth between 8am – 12pm on 5 May.

To register for one of this session, please click here.

For more information, please contact Paul Walsh by email or on 03 9604 7207.

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Apprenticentre - New fact sheets

Monday, 9 February 2015

ApprentiCentre has produced some new fact sheets to support apprentices, trainees, employers and others with helpful information related to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Competency Based Wage Progression (CBWP) and Institutional Training

This fact sheet explains the correlation between minimum training and employment requirements for an apprentice/trainee and wage progression.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

If an apprentice/trainee has prior learning and/or apprenticeship training, this may be recognised. This fact sheet explains how RPL and credit transfer works, and how to go about seeking it.

Registration of a Training Contract

The training contract contains the obligations of the employer and the apprentice/trainee in relation to the apprenticeship/traineeship. This fact sheet explains the purpose of a training contract, and what's required to register one.

Extending and Completing Training Contracts

This fact sheet will assist apprentices, trainees and employers with helpful information and answers to frequent questions about extending and completing training contracts.

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Public input sought on options to improve heavy vehicle roadworthiness

Monday, 2 February 2015

The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released four packages of options designed to improve the roadworthiness of the heavy vehicles that use Australia’s road networks.

The NTC encourages governments, the heavy vehicle industry and all other interested parties to consider the merits of the options contained in the draft Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement.

Each of the four packages of options includes potential changes to inspection processes and procedures, education and training, greater capability to target the highest risks, scheduled inspections, accreditation schemes, and possible changes to chain of responsibility laws.

The NTC would now actively consult stakeholders about these options and will present its final recommendations to Australia’s transport ministers in July this year for their consideration. Feedback is encouraged via the NTC’s website before Monday, 23 March 2015.

Anyone making a submission should include evidence where possible; to ensure any changes best reflect the needs of Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, other road users and the Australian public.

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National Training Complaints Hotline Launched

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has launched a new National Training Complaints Hotline.

The National Training Complaints Hotline is a joint Australian and state and territory government initiative, which protects students and makes it easier for consumers, such as apprentices, students, employers and others, to lodge complaints if they are concerned about any aspect of the training system.

The National Training Complaints Hotline directs complaints to relevant authorities, connecting consumers to the appropriate organisation.

Find out how to access the hotline and more about how it operates.

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National Consultations for Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The VET Reform Taskforce is undertaking a round of national face-to-face consultations in every capital city throughout January and February 2015. To coincide with the face-to-face sessions, a series of webinars will also be delivered by the Taskforce during this period.

The purpose of the consultations is to discuss and listen to feedback from our stakeholders on the future VET Reform and the Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses.

The Taskforce encourages a broad range of stakeholders to participate, including:

  • employers
  • industry and training peak bodies
  • registered training organisations
  • students
  • VET service providers.

To ensure that as many organisations as possible have an opportunity to participate, the organisers ask that participants limit their representative nominations to one representative.

Click the following links to register for the Perth morning or afternoon consultation sessions on 3 February.

If you are unable to attend the Perth sessions, you can register for webinars which will be held from 3.00pm - 5.00pm (AEDT) on 21 or 29 January.

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New Standards for VET Regulation - Information Sessions for RTOs

Monday, 19 January 2015

To help guide RTOs through the process of transition to the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, TAC will be conducting half-day information sessions throughout February in metropolitan and regional areas.

The sessions are intended to provide an overview of the new requirements, introduce some of the changes to TAC's regulatory approach under the Standards for VET Regulators 2015 and examine in greater detail some specific areas of the Standards that have been raised by WA providers.

Participants will receive copies of resources designed to assist RTOs in understanding their compliance requirements, and be given an opportunity to ask questions about how the Standards will be regulated in practice.

The sessions have been scheduled for the following dates and regions throughout WA:

Bookings are essential. To register online to attend one of these sessions, please click your preferred date above.

For further information about the information sessions, please feel free to contact the TAC Secretariat via email or by phone (08) 9441 1910

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Industry Skills Fund Open for Business

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today opened the new Industry Skills Fund for applications.

Applications for the Industry Skills Fund are now open. Visit the Industry Skills Fund page on for further information, including downloading the application form, Programme Guidelines, and Customer Information Guideline.

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ASQA FAQs about the Standards for RTOs 2015

Friday, 16 January 2015

ASQA have recently developed and published responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) received at the information sessions held in November and December 2014.

Read the responses to FAQs from the information sessions

This page will be updated frequently throughout January 2015.

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Nominations open for the ARA's industry awards event

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards are being held once again, with nominations for the premier event now open.

After a successful inaugural event in Melbourne last year, the Awards will be making their way to Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, to be held on the evening of Thursday 9 July 2015.

The Presentation Dinner will bring together leaders from all across the rail sector to unite and support the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies in the industry.

Some of the 16 categories for 2015 include Career Achievement; Customer Service; Employee Engagement; Innovation and Technology; Safety; and Workforce Diversity. All proceeds from the event will go to the TrackSAFE Foundation, a registered Harm Prevention Charity established by the industry endeavouring to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network resulting from suicide and reckless behaviour.

Nominations will close on Friday 24 April 2015.

For further information on the Awards and to nominate visit

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New Federal Department of Education and Training

Monday, 12 January 2015

As recently announced by the Prime Minister, a new Australian Government Department of Education and Training has been formed. The department will be responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research. We would also like to welcome the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, as the Minister for Education and Training.

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Industry Skills Fund Launch

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The $476 million Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream (the Fund) is a key element in the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and will deliver up to 200,000 training places and training support services over four years. The Fund provides Australian businesses with access to training so that they are better placed to succeed in a rapidly changing economy.

Businesses that apply for funding under the Industry Skills Fund must financially co-contribute to the proposed project.

The Fund primarily targets Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including micro businesses, which plan to upskill and reskill their workforces to better position themselves for growth opportunities. Large businesses are also eligible for the Fund, but they will be required to make a higher contribution to the costs of training.

Assistance is available in the following categories:

  • Skills Advice
    • Help identifying skills opportunities and maximising training outcomes.
  • Training Grant
    • Co-investment for businesses looking to improve the skills of their workforce for an identified growth opportunity.

Launch of the Industry Skills Fund - Growth Stream

The following information is now available on the Industry Skills Fund landing page on

  • an overview of the Fund
  • eligibility requirements
  • the Customer Information Guide
  • merit criteria, including the Merit Assessment Guide
  • fact sheets
  • sample enquiry and application forms
  • the Programme Guidelines

Interested businesses can call the single business service on 13 28 46 , or complete a simple online enquiry form, available here from 19 January 2015.

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2015 Awards for Excellence – Nominations now open

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Do you know of an outstanding program or person in the Transport and Logistics Industry that deserves national recognition?

Nominations for the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence open today. Nominations will remain open until close of business Monday 2 February 2015.

These national Awards recognise organisations and individuals who are leaders in skills, training and workforce development.

The Entry Guide and selection criteria are available here.

Your application must be made on the Nomination Form that you will find here.

Click here to read more about the Awards and access the Entry Guide and Nomination Form.

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FAQs about the Standards for RTOs 2015

Monday, 5 January 2015

ASQA has recently commenced publishing responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) received at the information sessions held in November and December 2014.

This page will be updated frequently throughout January 2015.

FAQs about the Standards for RTOs 2015

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Draft Aviation Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency available for comment

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Draft Rail units of competency, skill sets and qualifications will be available for comment on the TLISC website until the end of January or the beginning of February 2015. Dates vary, so please check the TLISC website for confirmation. To view the draft qualifications, skill sets and associated units of competency, please click on the links below.

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Draft Rail Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency available for comment

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Draft Rail units of competency, skill sets and qualifications will be available for comment on the TLISC website until February or March 2015. Dates vary, so please check the TLISC website for confirmation. To view the draft qualifications, skill sets and associated units of competency, please click on the links below.

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Reminder: Unique Student Identifier Scheme Commences 1 January 2015

Thursday, 18 December 2014

What do RTOs need to know about the USI?

From 1 January 2015, RTOs are required to meet standard 3.6 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which relates to implementation of the USI for all new and continuing students.

From 1 January 2015, under the Student Identifiers Act 2014, an RTO must not issue a VET qualification or statement of attainment to an individual unless the individual has been assigned a student identifier

Students are encouraged to apply for their USI themselves. While RTOs are not required to apply for USIs on behalf of students, they can do so with students’ permission through the USI Registry System. This may be the most appropriate option depending on your business model. Over 80,000 USIs have already been created. RTOs can access this service through the USI website or alternatively via a webserver interface with your Student Management System.

Where can RTOs get help with the USI?

Responsibility for the USI lies with the USI Office, part of the Australian Government Department of Industry. The USI Office is assisting training organisations, students, parents and others with the implementation of the USI through a range of information and communication products in both online and ready-to-print formats. The USI office has also published a USI Registry System User Guide for Organisations.

Please refer to the USI Support materials page on the USI website.

Further questions relating to the USI should be directed to the USI Office in the Department of Industry by calling 13 38 73 or emailing

Where can RTOs direct students for information on the USI?

Information on the requirement for students to obtain a USI and how to do so is available on the dedicated USI website ( An RTO can link to the USI website to provide information on the USI to their students and prospective students.

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New Minister for Training and Workforce Development

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The LTC welcomes the announcement of the new Minister for Training and Workforce Development, the Hon Liza Harvey MP and congratulates her on her new portfolio.

Ms Harvey takes on the portfolio of Training and Workforce Development following her appointment by the Hon Colin Barnett.

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Australia's training system continues to deliver jobs

Monday, 8 December 2014

Published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Student outcomes 2014 provides information on VET students’ employment outcomes, and satisfaction with their training.

The survey shows shows 77.6% of graduates are employed after training, with those employed full-time earning on average $57 400 per year. Those who train as part of a trade apprenticeship or traineeship fare particularly well with 91.4% employed after completion.

The survey also identifies the benefits for VET graduates:

  • 72.5% of those employed after training gained at least one job-related benefit resulting from their training.
  • 59.7% improved their employment status after training.
  • 44.4% of those that weren’t employed before training are employed after.
  • 14.8% of those who already had a job are employed at a higher level after training.

The results are positive for student satisfaction. 87.6% of graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of their training, and 90.2% would recommend their training provider. While 77.9% of graduates find their training relevant to their current job.

Over 42 000 students who completed their training with government funding or with a government supported VET provider in 2013 participated in the survey.

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2015 TLISC E-Scan Discussion Paper

Monday, 8 December 2014

Ahead of the 2015 Transport and Logistics Environmental Scan (E-Scan) release in February next year TLISC has released the E-Scan Key Findings Discussion Paper. Stakeholders are invited to comment on the Paper which summarises core outcomes from the 2015 E-Scan industry consultation process.

The Discussion Paper focuses on the drivers of change and emerging trends at an industry level, identified skills and workforce development challenges; and highlights opportunities for moving forward. It also identifies key findings relating to skills and labour shortages for each sector, as provided by the industry.

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the findings outlined in this document by close of business on Monday, 19 January 2015.

All comments should be emailed to

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NTC Chain of Responsibility discussion paper

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A review of the chain of responsibility duties provides an opportunity for the transport industry to have a say in how these laws could be improved and encourage safer behaviour on our roads.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released a discussion paper as part of its review of the chain of responsibility (CoR) duties in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

The discussion paper outlines a number of issues with the current CoR regime, which stakeholders have identified through previous consultations. These include whether it allows for an integrated and proactive approach to road safety, concerns about the clarity of the law, and whether all appropriate parties are covered.

The paper also details a number of options for improving the regime, such as the potential inclusion of a principal duty of care or further specific duties on supply chain parties.

The NTC invites submissions on the discussion paper until 30 January 2015.