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 athttp://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/workforcedataworkforcedevelopment/occupationlists/Pages/default.aspx.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more specific information regarding skilled migration please contact Skilled Migration Western Australia.
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 WDS@cciwa.com 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.
The Warehousing and Logistics Steering Committee held its first meeting on 22 and 23 July in Perth and Melbourne to discuss the new Standards for Training Packages and prepare for the validation of the warehousing and logistics qualifications and units of competency.
The nine warehousing and logistics qualifications and associated units of competency have been transitioned to the new Standards for Training Packages. The draft documents are now available for review via the links below:
Feedback can be provided by inserting comments or track changes, or by sending comments via email to email@example.com by 27 August 2014.
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.
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 http://business.gov.au/IndustrySkillsFund.
Submissions to the Discussion Paper must be received by 7 September 2014.
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:
Comments can be provided by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 29 August 2014.
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.
The following units of competency are now available for feedback and review.
Comments can be provided by email to email@example.com by no later than 21st July 2014.
Comments for the Chain of Responsibility and Heavy Vehicle Licensing units can be provided by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 29th July 2014.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Click here to view full media release.
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:
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.
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: http://vetinfonet.dtwd.wa.gov.au/tpf.
TLISC has just released more free resources to support the implementation of Foundation Skills in the transport and logistics industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage .
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).
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.
‘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:
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.
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.
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:
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@DER.wa.gov.au.
CleanRun EcoDrive is an initiative of the Department of Environment Regulation. Contact cleanrun@DER.wa.gov.au or (08) 9333 7441.
Version 4 of the TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package was endorsed and released on training.gov.au 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.
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.
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 www.transport.wa.gov.au/OwnerDriversActReview.
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 railcareerpathways.net.au to find out more about how rail can offer you the career pathways into an industry that continues to change the way we live.
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 www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2647.html
Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012 are available from www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2632.html
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
The 2014 TLISC Environmental Scan will be released in April 2014.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 opportunitiesavailable.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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: www.resources.tlisc.org.au.
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
|Qualification||Conditions||Title of apprentice under training contract||Nominal period (months) full time||Part time||School based|
|646.1||SIR30412 Certificate III in Business to Business Sales|
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:
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 email@example.com. For more information about this review please see click here.
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.
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.
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.
For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage.
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:
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.
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.