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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.

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Vision for WA’s future workforce training

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia (Skilling WA) aims to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce that is flexible, diverse and responsive to changes in labour market, economic or social conditions. The first edition of Skilling WA was launched in 2010.

In response to the State’s emerging economic and labour market challenges since the release of the original Skilling WA, the State Government developed and recently released the second edition of Skilling WA. This second edition outlines the strategic direction to further build on the work of the first edition and provides the framework for the delivery of workforce planning and development in Western Australia.

Skilling WA, second edition identifies five strategic goals, 25 areas of strategic focus, and 88 priority actions which State Government agencies and industry stakeholders will aim to deliver (in a lead or supporting role) as they collaboratively work towards attracting, building and retaining a skilled workforce with the capacity to meet the economic and community needs of the State.

For more information, you can also download the full version of Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia, second edition.

Read the Minister’s Statement here.

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Limited time left to download CCI’s free Workforce Planning Toolkit

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Surviving in a continuously evolving marketplace requires small businesses to adopt a proactive approach. Ensuring you have a productive, adaptable and engaged workforce to endure these conditions is crucial – this can be achieved through workforce planning.

It allows you to review your current workforce and plan strategies for the future and it will enable you to:

  • proactively manage the budgeting process by linking workforce needs to financial and strategic planning;
  • predict future staffing requirements and possible skill shortages or over supply which will allow for a planned recruitment strategy including time frames and costs;
  • better identify staff development needs and employees whose skills are unlikely to meet future needs can be retrained; it will allow you to create a plan to close skill gaps in order for your workforce to remain productive;
  • identify critical positions and talent in your workforce;
  • respond more strategically to change; and
  • offer a more flexible and diverse workforce.

This free download will only be available until the end of December 2014.

Download your free Workforce Planning Toolkit today.

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ARA launches rail industry overview booklet

The Australasian Railway Association has released an excellent booklet, Australia’s Rail Industry, which is aimed at conveying some of the key points of the recently released BITRE TrainLine 2 report to its stakeholders.

The booklet provides a high-level overview of Australia’s rail industry: the services that freight and passenger operators provide, our manufacturing sector, and rail’s safety and environmental performance.

It covers key rail projects around Australia, important facts about freight and passenger rail volumes, and how these figures have changed in the past decade.

The booklet also looks at the trend of government spending on rail vs. road while also comparing the volume of freight handled by the competing modes.

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ASQA’s RTO Information session presentations now available

ASQA’s national RTO Information Sessions are now underway.

Presentations from these are now available online for you to view and download.

ASQA has also published a Users’ Guide to the new Standards at

The presentations include:

Please note that the current series of RTO Information Sessions are invite-only events for the Chief Executives and nominated representatives of ASQA-registered RTOs.

ASQA is also holding Stakeholder and Consultant Information Sessions in December 2014. Invites for these sessions will be sent to stakeholders and consultants shortly.

Remember, if you’re a trainer or an RTO employee—you can register to attend an all-day Online RTO Information Session. These sessions cover the same material as the live sessions. Select your preferred session from the list below to register for an online session. You can view the session live, or return to watch later.

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Feedback for Driving Operations and Driving Instruction Qualifications and Units of Competency

The TLISC Driving Instruction and Driving Operations Steering Committees met recently to provide valuable feedback on the alignment of the 3 qualifications and associated units of competency to the new Training Package standards.

To view the draft qualifications please click on the links below.

To view the draft units of competency please click on the links below.

Comments can be provided by email to by no later than 1st December 2014.

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First steps in the transition to new RTO standards

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has identified a number of elements of the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2012 that do not have a direct equivalent in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

As an initial step in the transition process, audits conducted by ASQA will no longer include the following elements:

  • Essential Standards for Initial Registration – 5.2, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2 (this impacts initial registration audits only)
  • Essential Standards for Continuing Registration – 16.2, 17.1, 17.2, 18.2 (this impacts post-initial, compliance, renewal of registration and change to scope audits).

RTOs are still required to comply with all requirements of the current standards until the new standards take effect for new RTOs from 1 January 2015 and from 1 April 2015 for existing RTOs.

However, RTOs will no longer be requested to provide evidence against any of these elements.

ASQA is currently developing comprehensive information about the transition to the new RTO standards. This information will be published to the website soon and RTOs informed through the ASQA Update newsletter.

More information about the standards is available at

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Masters and Watchkeeping Deck Review

The Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck), Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT) and the Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited) and associated units of competency have been aligned to the Standards for Training Packages. A mapping was undertaken against Marine Orders 70 and 71 (2014), which resulted in the qualifications being restructured. To view the units of competency and qualifications please click below.

Master & Watchkeeper Deck Qualifications

Master & Watchkeeper Deck Units of Competency

Feedback can be provided by inserting comments or track changes, or by sending comments via email to by 3 December 2014.

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Industry Skills fund – Open discussion

CCI Apprenticeship Solutions on behalf of the Department of Industry invites SMEs and micro businesses to attend an overview and open discussion on the Industry Skills Fund.

The $476million Industry Skills Fund will commence on 1 January 2015 and will deliver 200,000 targeted training places and training support services over four years.

Set to address workforce capability issues’ impacting on Australian SME’s, the Industry Skills Fund is designed to assist businesses ability to adapt to change, remain innovative and respond flexibly in a highly competitive global marketplace.

George Yiannakis, Manager of Industry Skills – WA will be in attendance to provide a broad overview of the aims and features of the Fund and the potential benefits to enterprises (including SMEs). There will be an opportunity for general discussion and feedback.

The official consultation period has now closed; click here to download the discussion paper.

Event details:

Date:Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Time:5.30pm – 7.00pm, registrations from 5.15pm
Venue:CCI Function Centre, 180 Hay Street, East Perth
RSVP:Monday, 10 November

Parking will be available and refreshments provided.

To register, email Lara Battson,

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Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Discussion Paper

The Government is considering new approaches to the development and maintenance of training packages which will be underpinned by the implementation of a contestability framework to ensure employers, the training sector, graduates and the public are provided with the best possible outcomes at the best possible price and quality. Stakeholder feedback is crucial to the design of the final model.

The purpose of the Industry Engagement in Training Package Development Discussion Paper is to receive views and suggestions about contestable approaches to the development of training packages which guide industry-directed vocational education and training in Australia.

The Government anticipates the introduction of a new contestable model from July 2015.

To assist the Department of Industry in compiling and analysing the views of all stakeholders, those who would like to be involved are encouraged to provide their feedback through the Department of Industry’s Consultation Hub –

The period for providing submissions will be open until 24 December 2014.

The department will be holding a series of consultation sessions and webinars in late 2014. Further information will be available on this page. Stakeholders can also register to receive notifications on the VET Reform website – register for VET Reform updates.

The department can be contacted via email – or phone 13 38 73.

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Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses – Discussion Paper

The Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, is undertaking a full review of training packages and accredited courses in the VET system.

The Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses Discussion Paper has been released to start the conversation with industry, employers, training providers and students about whether these training packages and accredited courses are meeting their needs and the needs of the Australian economy more generally.

The paper seeks views on a range of possible approaches to addressing the issues that have been raised, and provides examples of alternative models from overseas for consideration.

This feedback will help to inform the development of reform options for training packages and accredited courses for further public consultation in the first half of 2015.

Those who would like to be involved are encouraged to provide their feedback through the Department of Industry’s Consultation Hub –

Feedback may also be provided through the VET Reform LinkedIn Group.The department can be contacted via email – or phone 13 38 73.

Consultations will be open until 18 February 2015.

In addition, the department is looking to organise a series of webinars and face-to-face meetings to enable interested people to provide feedback that way. Further information will be available on this page soon and stakeholders will be notified – register for VET Reform updates.

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New Standards for registered training providers and regulators

Ministers at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council on 26 September 2014 agreed to new regulatory Standards for training providers and regulators. The new Standards represent another important step towards an effective risk-based regulatory system and introduce important changes that strengthen industry engagement, improve the quality of training and reduce the regulatory burden on training providers.

The new Standards also increase protections for students who want to undertake nationally recognised training and strengthen the requirements for the delivery of training and assessment qualifications – qualifications which underpin the overall quality of training delivered in the VET system.

The new Standards will come into effect from 1 January 2015 and transition arrangements will apply.

As an integral part of implementing the new Standards, ASQA will:

  • develop and publish a users’ guide to the new Standards
  • undertake a series of information sessions across Australia, which will include detailed information on the new Standards, and
  • publish information and guidance on the process of transitioning to the new Standards

An overview of the new Standards can be found here.

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Professional Development for VET Practitioners

Friday 5 December 2014

1 Prospect Place, West Perth

9.00am till 4.00pm

One day registration – $250 incl GST

Webinar registration – individual $50 incl. GST

Webinar registration – group $250 incl GST

Summer Shorts is a busy one-day professional development program focussing on the topical issues faced by VET practitioners, lecturers and teachers.

Keynotes and presentations will be limited to 30 mins, interspersed with lots of networking opportunities.

If you are faced with travel restrictions, a Webinar Registration will ensure you don’t miss a minute.

All Summer Shorts presentations will be available LIVE to remote delegates via Blackboard Collaborate. Group Webinar registrations are also available if you want to set-up a remote meeting room in your workplace.

Download the Summer Shorts Flyer Here

Program Click here to view the Interactive Program

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The new Australian Apprenticeships Support Network

The new Australian Apprenticeships Support Network will commence from 1 July 2015, replacing the current Australian Apprenticeships Centres.

Current support services are largely administrative – providers handle all contract sign-ups for apprentices and trainees, manage claims for Commonwealth incentives and work with employers, state governments and other stakeholders to administer training contracts.

While these are vital functions, service delivery needs to be equally focussed on supporting the people at the heart of the apprenticeship arrangement – the employer and the apprentice – if we are to see improved completion rates and more people participating in apprenticeships.

The new Network will deliver targeted advice and support at the right time at all points of the apprenticeship cycle – from pre-commencement to completion – to help ensure employers and apprentices make well-informed decisions and remain engaged in the apprenticeship relationship to completion.

Under the new arrangements, individuals interested in an apprenticeship will have access to entry-level screening for suitable matching to an apprenticeship or further training.

Employers and their apprentices will be supported through individual case management and mentoring services will be available for those at-risk of not completing the apprenticeship arrangement.

For further information on Australian Apprenticeships Support Network see the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network factsheet, and the FAQs;

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    National information sessions for RTOs – ASQA Roadshow

    The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will receive an additional $68 million in funding over the next four years to implement new training standards and provide a risk-based approach to regulation, including the ability to crack down on serious breaches and to ensure high quality training providers have the autonomy to spend more time skilling the workers of the future.

    ASQA will hold information sessions in Perth on Nov 6 & 7 on the new standards to ensure RTOs have full details about the changes and expectations for service delivery.

    The sessions will provide information about the new national standards being implemented from 1 January 2015 for prospective training providers and 1 April 2015 for existing providers.

    All RTOs currently regulated by ASQA will shortly receive an invitation to attend the sessions including details about how to register.

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    Are you ready for the USI?

    From early 2015 almost three million Australians who have enrolled in vocational training will receive a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

    Implemented and managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, the USI is major step forward in helping Australian students by providing online access to a record of their training achievements that will help them get a job or promotion, as well as get credit toward further study.

    Online access to consolidated records of their training will be extremely useful to students undertaking training a number of times over their life, especially if they train with different providers and in different states and territories. The USI will help them to assemble evidence of their training for job applications and further training.

    It will also assist training organisations working with clients to complete credit transfers, establishing completion of prerequisites and some forms of recognition of prior learning.

    The USI provides benefits for administration of the national training system as well as benefits for students and training organisations. With the USI, many more sources of data (although depersonalised) can be linked and analysed to examine trends in program expenditures and effectiveness.

    You can learn more about this exciting initiative by visiting the USI website or by emailing the USI Taskforce.

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    Have a great day at Fremantle Ports Maritime Day

    Fremantle Ports Maritime Day is on Saturday 8 November, between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

    Features include maritime displays and careers information at B shed, activities by the Australian Army, activities for kids, and lots of activity along the wharf and on the harbour with quay side Svitzer tug tours, free harbour rides and the Fremantle Harbour Classic Yacht race (from 1pm).

    The Logistics Training Council will be exhibiting at this event, which promises to be the biggest so far, so please come and say hello.

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    Policy changes for NZ trainee registration

    The following footnote relating to New Zealand passport holders has been removed from the Apprenticeship Policy:

    New Zealand passport holders may be registered in a training contract provided they have been resident in Australia for 6 months or more.

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development would like to clarify that the time restriction for NZ passport holders no longer applies for the registration of a training contract.

    The eligibility criteria and registration requirements in the Apprenticeship Policy (Version 3.0) is now consistent with the information section of the training contract:

    Australian Government Incentives are only available to New Zealand passport holders if the applicant has been resident in Australia for 6 months or more. However, the Training Contract with a New Zealand passport holder could still be registered. Contact your Australian Apprenticeships Centre or State/Territory Training Authority for more information.

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    Minister for Industry outlines major VET reform

    The Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP outlined a number of reforms to refocus the training system.

    The new model will enable ASQA to improve education and support for training providers and reward high performers with greater autonomy and flexibility, while focusing more regulatory effort on dealing with rogue operators. ASQA’s fee revenue target will be significantly reduced and that target will reduce every year for the next three years.

    The Minister also announced that, at the end of the current contract period with ISCs, the Government would be putting the development and maintenance of training packages out to tender.

    Major announcements:

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    Download a free Workforce Planning Toolkit

    CCI has recently created a freely available Workforce Planning toolkit which allows you to review your current workforce and plan strategies to have it operate at its optimum capacity.

    CCI’s Workforce Planning Toolkit will provide you with the tools that will allow you to:

    • Proactively manage the budgeting process by linking workforce needs to financial and strategic planning
    • Manage HR strategic planning by allowing you to:
      • Predict future staffing requirements, possible skill shortages or over supply which will allow for a planned recruitment strategy including time frames and costs
      • Better identify staff development needs which will allow you to create plans to close skill gaps in order for your workforce to remain productive
      • Identify critical positions and talent in your workforce
      • Respond strategically to change
      • Offer flexibility options to a diverse range of employees

    Download the toolkit today!

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    Skills West Expo 2014

    The Logistics Training Council participated in the Skills West Expo in 18-20 September, offering advice and promoting careers in Transport and Logistics to many school leavers and career changers.

    The Expo was an excellent opportunity to engage with interested individuals, career guidance and training professionals.

    The LTC also took the opportunity to distribute copies of the new Aviation Career Pathways guide and promotional DVD free of charge.

    The event was held in conjunction with World Skills and attracted upwards of 40,000 people to the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

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    NEW What Works for LLN videos – now 25 free videos

    ‘Ideas that Work’ have recently released 7 new LLN videos for the What Works training and professional development video library. These new videos contain practical LLN tips and good practice examples to help build vocational trainers and assessors’ capacity to support learners with LLN needs.

    There are now 25 What Works videos available to view or download for free from the new What Works for LLN website.

    The What Works videos are grouped into three series:

    • Introduction to LLN series (the original 9 videos)
    • Practical LLN tips for trainers and assessors series (NOW 16 videos)
    • Introduction to workplace LLN series (new videos coming in 2015)

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    Draft Certificate in Scheduling (Rail) available for comment

    The TLISC’s Scheduling and Rostering Steering Committee met via teleconference to review the drafted TLIXXX15 Certificate in Scheduling qualification version 1. The draft for the rail sector of the TLI3XX15 Certificate III in Scheduling was accepted as ready for wider industry consultation. The draft qualification version 2 is now available for comment until 31 October 2014 and can found here:

    Comments can be provided by email to by no later than 31 October 2014.

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    SPOL and WASMOL released

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development has just released the State Priority Occupation List 2014 (SPOL) as well as the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List 2014 (WASMOL).

    The SPOL primarily informs the development of the State Training Plan, which guides the funding of training programs via the Priority Industry Qualifications List (PIQL). The SPOL Information Paper outlines in detail the methodology used for constructing the SPOL.

    Another output from the SPOL is the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL), which identifies occupations that are eligible for Western Australian-State nomination using skilled visa subclasses 190 and 489.

    Both the SPOL and WASMOL can be accessed from the Department’s website and can be found at

    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 SPOL or WASMOL methodology, please email For more specific information regarding skilled migration please contact Skilled Migration Western Australia.

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    Free Flexibility, Diversity and Workforce Planning Advice

    In an ever changing market, it is important for your small business to have a productive and engaged workforce.

    CCI are offering free face-to-face advisory sessions to assess and improve your workplace’s flexibility and diversity to ensure you have the workforce you need. CCI will also supply you with their Workforce Skills Assessment and Planning Tool which allows you to adapt your workforce to meet changing conditions. Throughout the process, CCI will provide ongoing phone support to answer any of your queries.

    Contact CCI’s Workforce Development Services team to find out how they can help your business on (08) 9365 7560 or email to book in for a free advisory session.

    The Workplace Flexibility and Diversity Service, provided by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, is funded by the Australian Government.

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    WA Training Awards finalists announced

    Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames recently announced the finalists for Western Australia’s premier vocational education and training (VET) awards.

    Congratulating the 42 finalists, who will compete for honours in the WA Training Awards 2014, Dr Hames said the high calibre of this year’s entries showed the strength of the State’s training system.

    “The awards show the quality of the Western Australian VET sector,” the Minister said.

    “Each finalist stands out in their particular field through the high level of excellence they achieve. They demonstrate what can be accomplished through a VET pathway.”

    “The WA Training Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the endeavours of these individuals and organisations that shape our exceptional training system.”

    More than 165 entries were received from across the State, covering a range of individual and organisation categories.

    Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on September 11, 2014. Some will have the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Adelaide in November.

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    Discussion Paper Released for the $476 million Industry Skills Fund

    A discussion paper has been developed to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to submit feedback to the Australian Government on the design and implementation arrangements for the Industry Skills Fund, which replaces the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF).

    The $476 million Industry Skills Fund is a key element in the Australian Government’s competitiveness agenda and will provide up to 200,000 training places and support services, over four years.

    The fund will support SMEs, including micro businesses and will be delivered through a Single Business Service, making delivery and access simpler and more streamlined for business.

    The fund will assist Australian industry to access training and support services and develop innovative training solutions so Australia will have the highly skilled workforce it needs to adapt to new business growth opportunities, rapid technological change and market driven structural adjustment.

    The fund will commence on 1 January 2015.

    Stakeholders can access the Discussion Paper, submit feedback and register to receive updates at

    Submissions to the Discussion Paper must be received by 7 September 2014.

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    Draft Certificate in Scheduling (Rail) available for comment

    The proposed Scheduling and Rostering qualification and units of competency will be developed to align with existing job roles.

    The draft Certificate in Scheduling is now available for comment and can found here:

    TLIXXX15 Certificate in Scheduling

    Comments can be provided by email to by no later than 29 August 2014.

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    Automatic updating of WA TAC training providers’ scope

    On 6 June 2014, the Australian Government Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane announced that from 1 July 2014, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will automatically update a training provider’s domestic scope to include any new, equivalent version of a training product (qualifications and units of competency) they are already registered to deliver.

    Following the Australian Government’s reform, the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (TAC) has announced that a WA training provider’s scope of registration will automatically be updated to include any new equivalent training package products they are already registered to deliver. Further information is available on the TAC website.

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    Road Transport Units of Competency available for review and feedback

    The following units of competency are now available for feedback and review.

    Tip Truck

    Comments can be provided by email to by no later than 21st July 2014.

    Chain of Responsibility

    Heavy Vehicle Licensing

    Comments for the Chain of Responsibility and Heavy Vehicle Licensing units can be provided by email to by no later than 29th July 2014.

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    Free Small Business Breakfast and Networking Series

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) invites you to the inaugural Small Business Breakfast and Networking Series which will explore the various aspects relating to Flexibility, Diversity and Workforce Planning that affect all small businesses.

    Over four breakfast sessions between 16 July and 27 August, small businesses will have an opportunity to network and industry experts will provide practical information and insights to help you prepare and adapt to the changing landscape.

    You will also receive ongoing support to answer any of your queries from the CCI Workplace Flexibility and Diversity Service team.

    To register for the breakfasts, please go to the CCI website.

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    Workplace Essentials – New brochure – Run an effective recruitment process

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development and their project partners have published the fifth in a series of workforce planning and development brochures tailored to small to medium businesses.

    The fifth brochure is titled Run an effective recruitment process and is available on the Workplace Essentials website.

    The brochure highlights the key steps employers can follow to attract a wide range of applicants and employ the right person for the job. Steps include the following: Job analysis and clarification; Job description and selection criteria; Application and assessment methods; Advertising; Interviewing and selection; and Appointment.

    The brochures are an important resource to help small to medium businesses understand the benefits of workforce planning and development.

    Previous brochures can be found in the Templates and resources section of the Workplace Essentials website.

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    Minister for Industry outlines his vision for VET reform

    On 25 June 2014, Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP outlined his vision for a more accessible and responsive national training system that gives businesses the skilled workers they need.

    New provider and regulator standards for comment

    The Minister released the new draft provider and regulator standards for consultation.  The revised draft re-examines the standards produced by the former office of the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).

    The new draft training provider and regulator standards are available here and comments are welcome via email to A series of webinars is planned throughout July and further information will be available on this website soon.

    ASQA process review

    Minister Macfarlane also released the independent review of the national training regulator, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) which makes a number of findings for how improvements can be made to the way ASQA operates that are consistent with feedback from the VET reform process.

    For more information, and to view the report, visit the publications and documents section of the VET reform website.

    The Minister also confirmed that ASQA, will not raise its fees in 2014–15, easing the financial burden on RTOs over the coming year.  The Minister noted that for the foreseeable future ASQA’s fees will not rise and indicated he would be reviewing the regulator’s operating funding to ensure it can support the reform agenda.

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    New dangerous goods code released

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, providing an updated technical resource designed to keep the transport industry and the public safe.

    The edition 7.3 of the code is of particular interest to heavy vehicle drivers, companies that use and transport dangerous goods and those who provide training on how to move dangerous goods safely.

    New amendments include:

    1. Better clarifying the description of a dangerous good
    2. Adding new materials to the list of dangerous goods
    3. Requiring minimum sized markings on large packages of dangerous goods
    4. Providing clearer requirements on how and where transport documents are kept on a vehicle transporting dangerous goods

    The new amendments also better align Australia’s dangerous good requirements with those in place overseas which is good news for Australia’s importers and exporters.

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    ASQA to automatically update a training provider’s scope

    From 1 July 2014, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will automatically update a training provider’s domestic scope to include any new, equivalent version of a training product (qualifications and units of competency) they are already registered to deliver.

    This will remove the requirement for a training provider to apply for a change of scope, and pay the required fee, to continue to deliver a training product that has been updated and endorsed as equivalent to the superseded product.

    The reform applies to updated training products that have been deemed equivalent. Where revision of a training package qualification or unit changes the outcome, training providers will continue to apply to the regulator to change their scope of registration if they wish to continue delivering the endorsed, non-equivalent product.

    The determination of equivalence is made by the relevant Industry Skills Council as part of the normal development and endorsement process.

    For more information, frequently asked questions and details surrounding this reform will be available from ASQA’s website.

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    Federal Budget: New Industry Skills Fund

    The Federal Government has announced the establishment of a new Industry Skills Fund to provide $470m over four years to support the training needs of small to medium enterprises that cannot be met by the national training system.

    The Industry Skills Fund will replace the now closed National Workforce Development fund.

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    Nominations closed for 20th WA Training Awards

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development has closed applications for the WA Training Awards 2014.

    In 2014 we celebrate 20 years of the WA Training Awards, recognising the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

    Prizes exceeding $90 000 will be awarded to State winners at a presentation dinner on 11 September 2014 hosted by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development. Winners may also have the chance to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide in November.

    Applications for this year’s awards closed at 5pm on Friday May 9, 2014.

    Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best in the Australian Training Awards later this year.

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    TLISC 2014 E-Scan released

    On top of a growing workforce to cope with increased demand, the Industry is changing rapidly as increased technology and pressure on business bottom lines drive the need for new skills.

    Speaking at the launch of the 2014 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Environmental Scan (E-Scan), TLISC CEO, Mr Robert Adams, highlighted the importance of ensuring the industry continues to develop a better skilled workforce and one that remains constantly responsive to economic and industry growth and change.

    The E-Scan was developed following extensive consultation with key stakeholders across the Industry and reveals some key challenges facing the industry:

    • Responding to rapid change and developments in supply chains.
    • Navigating the workforce needs demanded by new integrated intermodal hubs.
    • Meeting the requirements of the unprecedented growth in online shopping.
    • Finding innovative ways to keep our ageing workforce involved and encouraging young people to make careers in transport and logistics.
    • Attracting a more demographically diverse workforce.
    • Deployment of new technology.

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    Transport skills and innovation awarded Transport skills and innovation awarded

    Leaders in workforce development and industry promotion have earned praise at the annual Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Awards for Excellence in Melbourne recently.

    Now in their second year, the Awards were held at The Langham Melbourne, celebrating exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development across the Transport and Logistics Industry.

    The “2014 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award” recognised enterprises who had successfully implemented whole of business solutions to upskill and train staff through the use of TLISC Training Packages. Each of the six transport and logistics sectors had a separate award. The winners were:

    • Veolia Environmental Services (Road Transport)
    • Toll Customised Solutions (Logistics and Warehousing)
    • Regional Express (Aviation)
    • John Holland Rail (Rail)
    • Maritime Employees Training Ltd (Maritime)
    • Qube Ports & Bulk (Ports)

    Click here to view full media release.

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    VET in Schools Training Reform

    The State Government recently launched three key initiatives to improve Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools to achieve better outcomes for students and employers.

    The key initiatives under way are:

    • a Good Practice Model project which showcases schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing quality VET in Schools programs
    • a Qualifications Register , which provides guidance to parents, students and schools about what VET qualifications are supported by industry
    • new guidelines for schools and training providers to ensure quality and consistency across programs, available on a new VET in Schools section on the VETinfoNet website.

    Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames said the Government have been working closely with industry to ensure that VET in Schools delivers industry-standard qualifications, are supported through quality workplace learning opportunities and result in graduates who are well-trained and work ready.

    “Changes to Western Australian Certificate of Education requirements from 2015 will mean that students who opt for a training-focused pathway to achieve their WACE will complete a Certificate II or higher qualification, which is likely to see the program get even more popular,” Education Minister Peter Collier said.

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    Training Provider Forum 2014

    Training Providers Forum is Western Australia’s leading Forum on Training and Workforce Development.

    This year’s Forum will be held at the Crown Perth, Burswood on Monday 19 May and Tuesday 20 May.

    This two day conference and exhibition with provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals.

    Who should attend?

    Training Providers Forum is aimed at all those involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training (VET) in Western Australia.

    It is anticipated that approximately 600 delegates will attend, from private and state training providers, industry skills councils, schools, universities and other government departments.

    How much will it cost to attend?

    Two day Registration – Early Bird (before 18 April 2014)$550.00 inc GST
    Two day Registration$600.00 inc GST (after 18 April 2014)
    One day Registration$300.00 inc GST

    For the program, more information and to register:

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    Free literacy resources now available

    TLISC has just released more free resources to support the implementation of Foundation Skills in the transport and logistics industry.

    Making the Connections (now available)

    A resource for industry based VET trainer/assessors who have little or no awareness of the increasing emphasis on identifying and addressing LLN issues in the competency based training and assessment framework.

    Three Steps to Core Skill Support (now available)

    This resource models a 3-step process that any VET trainer can use to support LLN skill development. While tailored to vocational trainers delivering TLI10 qualifications at AQF levels 1 and 2, and in particular units from TLI21610 Certificate II in Warehousing Operations, the resource can be used in a range of industry contexts. Find out how to provide LLN support and build successful course outcomes, as well as how FSK Foundation Skill Training Package units can support TLI10 delivery.

    Meetings on Track (order now)

    This is a WELL resource which has been developed for the rail industry to support the unit TLIE2029 Conduct Workplace Information Briefings. It also has relevance to the Foundation Skills Training Package unit FSKOCM09 – Use oral communication skills to facilitate workplace meetings. The resource consists of a DVD and a CD containing a facilitators guide and learners guide which are flexible enough for use and adaptation in many sectors. It will be available shortly and 500 copies will be available initially.

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    Chain of Responsibility Delayed

    The new Chain of Responsibility laws are expected to be introduced in mid-2014 in WA rather than the previously stated March date. A comprehensive communications campaign is being undertaken by Main Roads to ensure that all stakeholders and industry members are informed of the changes to existing legislation and the potential impacts on their businesses leading up to implementation.

    A Chain of Responsibility Overview of the Changes and a list of FAQs are now available for download from the Main Roads website.

    For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage .

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    Trucking Australia 2014

    Trucking Australia 2014 will be held on Hamilton Island on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June 2014.

    In his keynote presentation, Andrew Niven, Group Manager, Safety and Sustainability for Linfox Asia-Pacific, will discuss the general health and wellbeing issues faced by the trucking industry, as well as outlining strategies that large and small businesses can use to make sure their drivers and other staff are at the top of their game.

    The session will finish with an open forum where delegates can share their experiences and discuss their ideas about how to promote health and wellbeing in the industry.

    Full delegate registration for Trucking Australia 2014 is only $475 (incl GST), and four star accommodation is available at a special event rate of only $270 per night (incl GST).

    Click here to register for Trucking Australia 2014.

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    Feedback Requested On Options to Improve Chain of Responsibility Regime

    Australians interested in improving the effectiveness of the Chain of Responsibility regime have been invited to comment on a recently released options paper.

    The options paper has been developed by a joint industry and government taskforce appointed by the Council on Transport and Infrastructure (COTI) to help identify potential improvements to the regime.

    In November 2012, COTI decided to establish the review to examine the COR provisions. The aim is to ensure that they are fair, effective and appropriately targeted, as well as consistent with relevant principles agreed by the Council of Australian Governments and with provisions of work health and safety legislation. The NTC and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are providing the taskforce secretariat.

    There will be further consultative activities, including further workshops with industry groups and regulatory bodies to help refine any proposals.

    Click here to make a submission through the NTC website.

    Submissions can also be sent to:
    Chain of Responsibility Taskforce – Assessment of Options Paper
    c/o National Transport Commission
    Level 15/628 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Submissions to the issues paper close on 14 March 2014.

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    NEW What Works for LLN videos – now 18 free videos

    ‘Ideas that Work’ have recently released 9 new LLN videos for the What Works training and professional development video library. These new videos contain practical LLN tips and good practice examples to help build vocational trainers and assessors capacity to support learners with LLN needs.

    There are now 18 What Works videos available to view or download for free from the new What Works for LLN website.

    The What Works videos are grouped into three series:

    • Introduction to LLN series (the original 9 videos)
    • Practical LLN tips for trainers and assessors series (NEW 9 videos)
    • Introduction to workplace LLN series (new videos coming in 2014)

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    NTC seeks feedback on a proposal for a national accreditation scheme for pilot and escort vehicle drivers

    The NTC is seeking feedback on a proposed national accreditation scheme for pilot and escort drivers accompanying the transport of large and heavy loads across state borders.

    There currently exists significant divergence between the states with respect to the requirements to become a pilot or escort driver, with those qualifications – where they exist – not always recognised across borders.

    In 2012, representatives of the state and territory road agencies agreed that the development of a national accreditation scheme and operational guideline for pilot and escort drivers was important in order to meet the growing demand for the movements of oversize loads, especially from the mining and agricultural industry.

    The initial stage of the project was managed through Austroads and forms the basis on which the NTC’s discussion paper, Harmonisation of Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Requirements – National Accreditation Scheme, was prepared.

    The NTC would really like to hear from industry, including pilot and escort drivers, on their feedback on the proposed scheme and how it should be structured.

    Following the consultation period, NTC will make recommendations for the harmonisation of accreditation requirements and standards to the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials Committee, while Austroads will develop an Operational Guideline that provides a finalised, consistent approach to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to implement and manage.

    Submissions are open until 21 February 2014. To make a submission or download the discussion paper, please click here.

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    State Government launches new free incident notification app

    Perth commuters can download a new smartphone app – Right Move Perth – from today to access real-time information on incidents and road conditions around the metropolitan area, helping them avoid congested areas and better plan their journeys.

    The new app can access information on road works, crashes, traffic signal faults, train and bus service disruptions, major events, project information and weather warnings to help plan their journey.

    By saving favourite routes, the app will inform users of incidents or delays on their regular routes, and it can also access information from personal smartphone calendars to advise of incidents near upcoming appointments.

    Users will be notified of any incidents within a one kilometre radius no matter where they are in the metropolitan area and once a journey is under way, if anything changes, Right Move Perth sends an audio update.

    For public transport users, Transperth has also launched a smartphone app, which is free to download and available on Apple and Android devices.

    The Transperth app enables users to find next services from any stop, station or jetty, plan their journey, view fare information and access their SmartRider balance.

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    CleanRun EcoDrive

    CleanRun EcoDrive is a tool for fleet managers to drive down vehicle emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The initiative is designed to deliver measurable results using minimal resources. It is a free resource and involves nominal setup expenses. The benefits can be threefold:

    1. Budget Savings
      Reduced fuel costs
      Reduced vehicle maintenance
      Reduced accidents
    2. Health and Safety
      Safer, better drivers – more alert, less fatigued
      Reduced exposure to toxic emissions
    3. Environment
      Reduced emissions and carbon footprint
      Green business edge, enhanced corporate image

    The CleanRun EcoDrive toolkit includes a training DVD for drivers, trainers and fleet managers. Get started right away with the CleanRun EcoDrive toolkit available from

    CleanRun EcoDrive is an initiative of the Department of Environment Regulation. Contact or (08) 9333 7441.

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    Training Packages Update

    Version 4 of the TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package was endorsed and released on at the end of December. The TLISC has details of the new and revised qualifications for Road Transport, Warehousing, Logistics, Ports and Rail on their website. The position of Senior Training Package Specialist for Rail has also been filled as Ron Horne has joined TLISC.

    Version 5 of the AVI08 Aviation Training Package was endorsed and released on the website. Similarly, the TLISC has details of the updated training package here.

    For the Maritime training package, the TLISC has developed units of competency and skill sets for marine radio operators and fast rescue craft operators.  These units and skill sets were submitted to the NSSC on 14 January 2014 for consideration at their 28 February 2014 meeting. Click here further information.

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    Owner Drivers Act Review

    The Department of Transport (DoT) has commenced public consultation on a review of laws for a safer, more sustainable road freight transport industry in Western Australia. Stakeholder and public comment is being sought on the efficacy and relevance of the Owners-Drivers (Contracts and Disputes) Act 2007, which regulates the business relationship between owner-drivers of heavy freight vehicles and their customers.

    The legislation, which came into effect on 1 August 2008 in response to industry concerns, provides a framework for owner-drivers and hirers to negotiate suitable rates of payment.

    The statutory review will consider the first five years of operation of the Act, including the Road Freight Transport Industry (RFTI) Tribunal, established to adjudicate between owner-drivers and hirers; as well as the Road Freight Transport Industry Council, established to develop guidelines for rates, contracts and conduct.

    Individuals and organisations involved in the WA road freight transport industry supply chain, as well as the general public, have until 31 January 2014 to make submissions for the review.

    To view the discussion paper or make a submission, visit

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    TLISC Skilling Transport eBook

    Skilling Transport is a new free e-book that provides case studies of workforce development in action from large and small businesses, across the spectrum of broad, holistic approaches through to highly specialised, smaller scale initiatives.

    This eBook enables us to showcase the industry and its people in writing and on video. Filmed on location, this footage brings a more dynamic perspective to telling industry’s story.

    To download your free copy of Skilling Transport for iPad, simply click here to visit the Apple App Store.

    The videos and case studies contained in the eBook will soon be available on the Workforce Development section of the TLISC website.

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    Introduction of National VET Provider Collection from 2014

    All RTOs must implement policies and procedures to collect full Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) compliant records from their clients, for all training activity conducted from 1 January 2014.

    Each registered training organisation must then report this data to the National VET Provider Collection—managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)—in early 2015.

    There will be a 12-month transition grace period that an RTO may access if it is not fully prepared to commence this data collection.

    For information on how to access these transition arrangements, please visit the ASQA website.

    What are the ‘National VET Provider Collection’ data requirements?

    Every RTO, with the exception of those that meet certain exemption criteria, must collect full AVETMISS-compliant records from all students each calendar year. Early in the following year, the RTO must report data to the NCVER.

    Information on NCVER, the National VET Provider Collection and AVETMISS can be found on the NCVER website.

    This reporting will commence in early 2015

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    NTC Annual Report 2012-13 released

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released its annual report for the 2012-13 financial year.

    NTC Chief Executive and Commissioner, Paul Retter, said that 2012-13 marked the beginning of a new era for the Australian transport industry.

    Key highlights from 2012-13 financial year include:

    • The NTC adopting a ‘co-design’ approach with stakeholders to explore a range of improvements to the current heavy vehicle charging system to ensure it is more practical and fair.
    • The NTC’s work on new and emerging technologies, such as Electronic Work Diaries and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, including how to harness the productivity and safety benefits these technologies present.
    • The revision of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers in consultation with industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators and health professionals to ensure that it reflected best practice and the latest knowledge in the field.
    • Working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, industry and governments to revise the National Driver Work Diary. These changes, also informed through public consultation, are expected to enable drivers to fill out the daily sheets more rapidly, as less information is required and some duplication has been eliminated. The revised diary will be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator when the fatigue laws come into effect.
    • The Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme reaching a significant milestone in October 2012, with the approval of more than 1000 heavy vehicle combinations since its inception in 2007.

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    2013 Student Outcomes Survey: national training scorecard released

    Employment outcomes for graduates have remained steady over the past year with 78.2% employed after training.

    Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Student Outcomes 2013 provides an annual national scorecard on Australia’s training system.

    Each year students are asked what they have done six months after training, why they undertook the training, how satisfied they were and what benefits they got from training.

    The results show that 83.4% of graduates undertook their training for employment-related reasons, of which 81.1% were employed after training.

    Satisfaction with training remains high, with 87% of all graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

    The survey was completed by more than 75 000 students across the nation.

    Other findings included:

    • 80.7% of graduates thought their training was relevant to their current job
    • 60.6% improved their employment status after training
    • 32.9% were employed in the same occupation as their training course

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    2014 Awards for Excellence

    TLISC has recently announced the 2014 Awards for Excellence will be held on Thursday 10 April in Melbourne.

    A new award category will recognise trainees who have demonstrated hard work and outstanding achievements within the VET sector.

    We encourage RTOs to consider their 2013 students for nomination in the Trainee of the Year Award category.

    The Chairman’s Award in 2014 will acknowledge an individual, enterprise or Registered Training Organisation who has developed programs and strategies that demonstrate innovation in quality training outcomes within the Transport and Logistics industry.

    All other award categories will remain the same.

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

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    Mentoring Skill Set Resource

    TLISC has developed a resource with embedded mentoring skills to support the implementation of the Mentoring Skill Set through innovative approaches to learning and assessment as agreed with key industry stakeholder representation.

    This resource has been developed to the TLI10 V3.0 Transport and Logistics Training Package, NVR/AQTF audited for compliance and assessment tasks are mapped to the following unit of competency:

    TLIM4004A Mentoring individuals and small groups

    The Mentoring Skill Set learning and assessment resource is available on the TLISC Resources website.

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    Registrations open for heavy vehicle charges public consultation forums

    The National Transport Commission is encouraging members of the heavy vehicle industry to register to attend upcoming public consultation forums on draft options for new heavy vehicle charges to apply from 1 July 2014. The NTC will soon release a draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) outlining several options for heavy vehicle registration and fuel charges, for public comment.

    These forums will be an opportunity for industry to learn about the options that NTC is putting forward within the draft RIS, ask questions and have their say.

    The public forums will be held in Fremantle and Port Hedland on 27 November and 28 November respectively. Registrations can be made online here or by calling toll free 1800 907 834.

    Once the draft RIS is released, members of the heavy vehicle industry and other stakeholders will also have an opportunity to respond to the draft RIS by providing written submissions to the NTC.

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    Training Matters focus on Maritime

    In the most recent issue of Training Matters there is an interview with Challenger Institute of Technology’s Maritime Director Nihar Rai, to find out more about the Institute’s newest training tool.

    Training Matters also visits the Mid-West to find out more about Durack Institute of Technology’s award winning Aboriginal Maritime Training Program.

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    Road freight transport industry work health and safety report

    A new report has been released on the Safe Work Australia website that identifies the road transport industry as a priority area in the current Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.This report focuses on the work health and safety issues affecting the road freight transport industry, primarily the workers within this industry. This industry has one of the highest frequency fatality rates of all industries with 18.6 deaths per 100,000 workers alone in 2010-2011.

    The road freight transport industry consists of businesses that are ‘mainly engaged in the transportation of freight by road’, but can also include businesses ‘mainly engaged in renting trucks with drivers for road freight transport’. The primary categories are delivery service (road), furniture removal service (road), log haulage service (road), road freight transport service and truck hire service (with driver).

    The main findings of the report are as follows:

    • there was a 48 per cent decrease in the annual number of work-related injury fatalities in the last four years;
    • the road freight industry maintained the highest fatality rates across all industries between 2002-2011;
    • of injuries and fatalities, 78 per cent were attributed to drivers working on the open road who became involved in a vehicle incident either as a single vehicle (majority) when, for example, the vehicle rolls-over or leaves the road, or in a multiple vehicle incident; and
    • there were approximately 4,000 non-fatal workers compensation claims requiring a week or more away from work each year from 2002-2011.

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    New Rail Career Pathways Website

    The CRC for Rail Innovation has recently launched the Rail Career Pathways website as a key career building tool for anyone new to the rail industry with links to further study, industry bodies and current projects.

    Rail Career Pathways can be used also as a free resource both for current Australian rail workers looking to change, grow or move their careers as well as workforce and careers professionals to use as a resource tool in attracting and developing talent for the rail industry.

    Rail Career Pathways details career profiles across Engineering, Trades and Technicians, Operations and Corporate Support. Each of these full career descriptions will cover a description of what to expect in the role, the skills and attributes required, working conditions, and training and related career paths for your future.

    There is also an A-Z of Rail Careers covering over 150 roles across the rail industry with an accompanying short description.

    Visit to find out more about how rail can offer you the career pathways into an industry that continues to change the way we live.

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    Number of people finishing training rising

    The number of people likely to complete publicly funded training shows signs of steadily increasing, up from 28.9% for people who started training in 2008 to 35.5% for those who started in 2011. The data, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), is based on statistical techniques used to estimate completion rates.

    Of all VET students who enrolled in 2011, those most likely to complete their qualifications are young people (aged 25 years and under) with no prior post-school qualifications who are studying full-time at a Certificate III qualification (56.2%).

    Of students of all ages, those enrolled in diploma level (43.6%), certificate IV (41.6%) and certificate III (40.9%) qualifications are also more likely to complete their vocational qualifications. The field of study a student chooses also plays a role, with completion rates highest in education (58.8%), society and culture (48.5%) and natural and physical sciences (43.8%).

    Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: the likelihood of completing a VET qualification 2008-11 are available from

    Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012 are available from

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    Butler extension nearing completion

    Work on the extension of Perth’s northern railway corridor to Butler has reached a key milestone with construction of the station nearly complete. Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the project would be an essential transport link to the rapidly-growing northern communities and would also ease congestion on Perth’s roads.

    The laying of track to the station is now 80 per cent complete but the project also involved laying about 87km of fibre-optic cable (for communications like radio, CCTV and signalling) and more than 28,000 concrete sleepers. The installation of the station’s roof panels is almost complete and engineers are working on installing lifts and completing cladding to the inside walls.

    “The station itself is due for completion early next year, after which engineers will begin work on signalling and electrical components of the project. The project’s budget includes funding for 11 new buses which will work as feeder services to the new station,” the Minister said.

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    Australasian Rail Industry Report

    Rail in Australia is growing at a substantial rate, with passenger journeys increasing by 84 million over the past four years taking the total annual figure up to 784.2 million journeys.

    The Australian Rail Industry Report, commissioned by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and with contributions from 22 rail operators, has quantified rail’s transport task, its energy usage and locomotive profile for 2012, bringing to light new statistics on just how much the industry as a whole is increasing in its activity.

    The average passenger train can take 525 cars off the road and reduce carbon emissions by the same amount as planting 320 hectares of trees.

    Freight increased by over 8 per cent to 929.6 million tonnes, with ore constituting for 53 per cent of that figure, followed by coal at 33 per cent.

    The 2012 Rail Industry Report is the ninth annual report of its kind commissioned by the ARA. To view the full report, click here.

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    Foundation Skills Workforce Development Project

    The Foundation Skills Workforce Development (FSWD) Project is a $1.5million initiative of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) which will scope, design and implement a range of initiatives aimed at building the capacity of organisations who deliver foundation skills. The project includes the following;

    • five Workforce Development Projects;
    • a minimum of 20 Workforce Development Workshops;
    • a Foundation Skills Champions Network;
    • scoping for a Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework; and
    • Workforce Development information distribution and an e-newsletter.

    The project is being coordinated by the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology through the assistance of TAFE SA. The Commonwealth and the jurisdictions are participating in the project through a project steering committee.

    To promote the project activities, the SA Government has recently implemented the FSWD webpage.

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    2014 TLISC Environmental Scan – Have your say

    It’s that time of the year again when the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) prepares for its annual Environmental Scan (E-Scan).

    Every year TLISC undertakes an analysis of industry trends, and gathers intelligence on the skill needs of the current and future transport and logistics workforce.

    This is conducted over a short but intense time period and relies on real-time evidence captured across all industry sectors.

    You will have the opportunity to provide input in a number of ways.

    • Make a submission via our ‘Call for Submissions’ template which is available now. Click here for more information and to access the template.
    • Take part in our online E-Scan surveys which will be available on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

    The 2014 TLISC Environmental Scan will be released in April 2014.

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    Training Package Update

    TLISC currently has qualifications, Skills Sets and individual Units of Competency available for industry validation. Click on the following links to be taken to the relevant area of their website to view more information:

    • Stevedoring Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units for Comment (Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package)
    • Aviation Qualifications and Units for Comment (Draft AVI08 Aviation Training Package)
    • Rail Qualification and Units for Comment (Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package)

    In relation to the Draft MAR Maritime Training Package, industry feedback received has been considered and amendments have been made where appropriate. The quality assurance review for the Units of Competency, Skill Sets and Qualifications is complete and the Case for Endorsement is before the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) for consideration and endorsement.

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    Action taken to improve taxi industry

    Major reform of the taxi industry reached an important milestone with the introduction of the Taxi Driver Licensing Bill into State Parliament.

    The Bill included the Taxi Driver Penalty Point system (TDPP), which targeted the minority of taxi drivers who breached regulations.

    The penalty system would be similar to the motor vehicle driver’s licence system where taxi drivers would accrue penalty points for a breach of a number of prescribed offences – most of which related to taxi regulations.

    Some offences include:

    • refusing a fare without good cause
    • unlawfully terminating a fare
    • refusing to carry an assistance dog
    • failing to take a passenger on the most economical route.

    The Key to your Future Career Video

    The LTC is proud to launch ‘The Key to your Future Career’ promotional video which we hope will serve as an introductory tool for those interested in joining our exciting industry. You can download a copy of the video here or if you would prefer a DVD copy, just contact us.

    The LTC is very grateful for the invaluable assistance and input received from a wide variety of organisations from both the T&L industries and Government in the production of this video.

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    Road Transport Career Pathways Booklet

    The LTC is proud to announce the launch the second in a series of new publications which offer an in-depth look at opportunities in the transport industries, including career pathways and case studies. This second booklet, titled Road Transport Career Pathways gives a detailed view on the Road Transport industry, including licensing, career progression and the educational opportunities


    We would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who assisted in the formulation of the publications by providing valuable information, images and case studies. Copies are available to download on our website, or please contact the LTC for hard copies.

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    Fair Work Commission has issued a decision increasing apprentice wage rates

    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently issued a decision that increases apprentice wage rates in Modern Awards. The FWC has increased the percentage rates for first and second year apprentices, introduced adult apprentice provisions and altered wage rates for adult apprentices in a number of modern awards.

    Further details of these award increases can be found here.

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    Rail Qualifications/Skill Sets and Units for Comment

    Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package V4.0 Qualifications, Skill Sets and associated Units of Competency for Rail are to be found here.

    This draft material is available for industry validation until Wednesday 18 September .

    Feedback on the units should be provided in writing to

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    Major Training and Funding Reform

    Future Skills WA is a major new reform of the way training is subsidised and delivered in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. Under Future Skills WA, eligible students will be guaranteed a place in a range of State priority training programs. Many of these reforms will come into effect from 1 January 2014.


    Student fees will increase from 1 January 2014. Indicative fee rate increases for non-concession students are outlined here. The fee rates will be finalised when the fees schedule is officially published later this year.

    Under the new funding structure, apprenticeships, traineeships (listed here), priority industry training qualifications (listed here) and foundation skills will receive the highest rate of subsidy, keeping fees for state priority courses as low as possible for students.

    VET-FEE HELP will only be available to students studying with approved providers from January 2014. For information on how RTOs can apply to become an approved provider please follow this link.

    If a student falls outside these forms of funding, concession funding (which remains unchanged by the reforms) may also be available.

    Unique Student Identifier

    The USI is a randomly-generated alpha-numeric code that will be assigned to an individual student for life and will be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from when the USI comes into effect in January 2015.

    The USI initiative will impact all providers of nationally recognised training once implemented. From that date, it will be a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and the conditions of RTO registration to have a valid USI for a student before that student is issued with a qualification or statement of attainment. For more information on how the USI will affect RTOs, please follow this link.

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    New TLISC Assessor App

    The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) recently launched its new TLISC – eResources app, giving assessors an innovative and interactive tool to conduct on-the-job assessments.

    The app has been developed for Transport and Logistics assessors, providing them with a paperless method of conducting assessments. It already contains more than 160 assessment resources mapped as compliant to Units of Competency from TLISC Training Packages, with more to follow. Learning Resources will be available in future releases.

    TLISC believes the technology offers assessors many advantages, including the ability to record assessment outcomes in real time.

    Furthermore, it will cut down the amount of time spent on paperwork. Trainees and assessors alike can complete their components online together with the results then emailed back to the RTO for later processing by the assessor.

    TLISC – eResources is available now through the Apple App Store (for iPad) with an Android version due for release in the near future. For assessors without access to a tablet, PDF versions of the resources are also available for download from the TLISC T&L Resources website:

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    Traineeships for Wholesale established

    The Minister for Training and Workforce Development has approved the establishment of SIR30412 Certificate III in Business to Business Sales under Classifcation B. For more information on traineeships generally and how to apply for them, please visit the Apprenticentre.


    Training Contract Requirements

    QualificationConditionsTitle of apprentice under training contractNominal period (months) full timePart timeSchool based
    646.1SIR30412 Certificate III in Business to Business Sales
    Trainee24 months

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    Draft TLI10 material available for industry validation

    During 2012-2013 considerable work has been undertaken to develop new qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for inclusion in the TLI10 Training Package.

    The T&L sectors and job roles covered by the new material include:

    • Waste Industry
      • drivers
      • offsiders
    • Furniture removals
      • furniture removalists
      • team leaders
      • pre packers
    • Bus and Coach Operations
      • Operations Managers
    • Customs Broking
      • Customs Brokers
      • Classifier/compilers

    The new qualification for Waste Industry drivers supports the new technologies and equipment types which have emerged in this rapidly evolving sector.

    Furniture removals will have a qualification continuum supporting career pathways from entry level through to team leader, with additional Skill Sets supporting packing and pre-packing specialists.

    The Diploma of Bus and Coach Operations focuses on the key aspects of managing and scheduling the movement of people, and will also provide clearer career pathway support.

    Customs Brokers, who are currently required to be licensed, will have a qualification that not only meets regulatory requirements, it also provide competency standards that fulfil the needs of a well-rounded Customs Broker.

    This draft material is available now for industry validation. Feedback on the units should be provided in writing to For more information about this review please see click here.

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    State Budget 2013-14: Transport Infrastructure Investment

    Edgewater Train Station will get a new 1,000-bay multi-storey car park under the State Government’s $5.7billion investment in public transport to cope with Perth’s rapid population growth. The new multi-storey car park will provide an extra 564 low-fee Park and Ride bays for commuters using the northern rail line, taking the total number of parking bays available at Edgewater station to about 1,400.

    Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the car park would cater for the increasing number of people using public transport in the northern corridor. “Last year alone, there were an extra 750,000 boardings on the northern line, adding to what was our busiest year on the public transport network, reflecting the dramatic increase in the population of Perth,” Mr Buswell said. “We are the fastest-growing capital city in Australia, with growth of 3.3 per cent. Last year alone, 75,000 people moved to our city – and our people transport network catered for an extra five million boardings.”

    The Treasurer said the population growth added 96,500 vehicles to Western Australian roads, taking the total to 2.2 million. “More people are using our services than ever before – so we are investing in public transport infrastructure for the long term to combat congestion,” he said.

    The State Government has committed $5.7billion over the next four years to major transport projects including the Airport Rail line, MAX Light Rail, a 37km section of the Perth to Darwin Highway and the Edgewater Train Station car park. In addition, the Government has continued its investment in the State’s road network, with $1.1billion for Main Roads this year alone – that includes $500million for the northern suburbs.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    Changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

    The Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, recently announced a change to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. This change, in effect from 3 August 2013, will cease the standard completion incentives payment of $3000 to employers engaging existing workers as apprentices or trainees in non-priority occupations. Eligible employers will continue to receive the payment where the apprenticeship commenced up to 2 August 2013.

    Employer incentives will be retained for all new workers (defined as having been employed for less than three months), existing workers who are undertaking qualifications which lead to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) and existing workers who are in the aged care, child care, disability care and enrolled nursing sectors.

    For further information refer to the Summary of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program and the program changes overview.

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    Chain of Responsibility Update

    The new Chain of Responsibility laws are expected to be introduced in March 2014 in WA. A comprehensive communications campaign is being undertaken by Main Roads to ensure that all stakeholders and industry members are informed of the changes to existing legislation and the potential impacts on their businesses leading up to implementation.

    A Chain of Responsibility Overview of the Changes and a list of FAQs are now available for download from the Main Roads website.

    For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage.

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    Transport of Dangerous Goods Code to be updated

    The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation. Some of the changes proposed in the package include:

    • Updating markings and labels to be consistent with regulations for air and sea transport;
    • Improving certainty for business by incorporating approved exemptions into law;
    • A clear requirement for prime contractors and drivers to carry transport documents and emergency information so that they are easily locatable in the event of an emergency; and
    • Introducing the requirement for prepared emergency plans to be followed in an emergency situation.


    Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws Amendment Package No.2 (Explanation of changes document)

    Model Amendment Regulation Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail Package No.2

    Feedback on the proposed amendments contained in the package is invited until submissions close on 2 September. Find out how to make a submission to the NTC here.

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    Completion rates for apprentices and trainees: 2012 data released

    Completion rates are increasing for trainees but not for trade apprentices, according to data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012.

    Individual completion rates increased from 55.4% for trainees who started in 2007 to 57.1% for those who started in 2008. By contrast, individual completion rates for trade apprentices have decreased slightly from 56.3% for 2007 commencements to 55.8% for those who started in 2008.