TAC Talks

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​​'TAC Talks', the official podcast of the Training Accreditation Council. Listen as TAC Auditors and experts discuss targeted aspects of compliance and quality.

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Ep10 - Protecting Learners when there are Industry Licensing Outcomes 

It's hard to think of an industry area where there are not some specific requirements to work in a job in that industry.  The details of those requirements range depending on what industry thinks is critical so that the job is done safely and well. These details sit on a spectrum, ranging from industry taking unskilled workers and training them on the job, through to specific qualification requirements or national requirements that form part of a license or registration. 

This podcast explores this spectrum and how it is important to ensure any licensing outcomes are clearly understood by your RTO and by potential learners.

More information on this topic is available in the:

uploaded 14 December 2022

Ep9 - Transition Arrangements

Clause 1.26 and 1.27 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 outlines the transition and teach out arrangements for RTOs when a training product has been superseded or removed or deleted.  Because the arrangements are different for when products are superseded vs removed or deleted, we do have some confusion in the sector.  This confusion also happens regarding enrolments.

This podcast provides clarity around Clauses 1.26 and 1.27 of the Standards for RTOs in relation to transition and teach out arrangements for RTOs.

More information on this topic is available in the:

*please note that on 13 December 2022 The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP announced that SSOs would now be replaced by Jobs and Skills Councils (JSC) instead of Industry Clusters. 

uploaded 14 December 2022

Ep8 - Industry Engagement

Vocational education and training (VET) enables the skilling of people for industry and the workplace. This means that the training and assessment delivered by registered training organisations (RTO) should accurately reflect workplace requirements.

Effective industry engagement enables RTOs to reflect the needs of industry and current workplace requirements.

This podcast examines Clauses 1.5, 1.6 and 1.13b of the Standards for RTOs in relation to industry engagement and what this means for RTOs.

More information on this topic is available in the:

uploaded 12 September 2022

Ep7 - Trainer and Assessor Requirements

TAC frequently receives questions on the requirements for trainers and assessors in the VET sector.

Common questions include - Why am I not qualified to train or assess in the VET sector when I have a Bachelor of Education, or higher level qualification in adult education, and previous teaching experience? Why are these qualifications or former experience not considered ‘sufficient’? What vocational and industry skills do I need to become a VET practitioner?

This podcast answers these commonly asked questions and provides information on:

  • specifications within the Standards for RTOs;
  • credentials you must hold to be a trainer and assessor in the VET sector and reasons for these; and
  • how RTOs and individuals can meet these requirements.

More information on this topic is available in the:

uploaded 30 August 2022

Ep6 - Who is TAC and What is its Role?

The Training Accreditation Council (TAC/the Council) is Western Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) Regulator responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of VET services in WA.

Join both the Chairperson of the Council, Anne Driscoll and A/Director Training Regulation, Lisa Barron for this podcast that discusses the role of the Council and its guiding principles, why WA has a State based VET Regulator and insights into TAC's regulatory functions and current strategy. 

More information on this topic is also available via the TAC website under 'About Us' at the following links:

uploaded 25 July 2022

Ep5 - Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs

Every learner is unique, they have had different experiences, undergone different learning, have different learning styles, different ambitions and motivations, and have different challenges. The RTO therefore, should develop responsive training and assessment strategies that reflect their understanding of varying learner needs.

This podcast unpacks the requirements in Clauses 1.1, 1.2 and 1.7, Standard 4 and Clauses 5.1 and 5.2b of the Standards for RTOs and provides insights on strategies RTOs can adopt to support and meet individual learner needs.

More information on this topic is also available in the:

uploaded 14 June 2022

Ep4 - Amount of Training

The term "Amount of Training" refers to the time a learner is to be formally engaged with the RTO in structured learning activities. The amount of training determined must be sufficient to enable the learner to meet the requirements of the nationally recognised Training Product in which they are enrolled, whether that is a single unit of competency, a skill set or a qualification

This podcast unpacks Clauses 1.1 and 1.2 of the Standards for RTOs in relation to amount of training and the responsibilities of the RTO.

More information on this topic is also available in the:

uploaded 26 April 2022

Ep3 - Delivery of the Training and Education Training Package

The quality of training and assessment in the TAE Training and Education Training Package and specifically in the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is pivotal to the quality of delivery in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector overall.

This podcast examines Clauses 1.22 – 1.25 of the Standards for RTOs that detail specific requirements for RTOs that deliver training products from the TAE Training Package. More information on this topic is also available in the:

uploaded 1 December 2021

Ep2 - Understanding Fee Protection

This 10 min podcast unpacks Clause 7.3 of the Standards for RTOs in relation to fee protection where learner fees are collected in advance. More information on this topic is available in the Users Guide to the Standards for RTOs.

uploaded 30 July 2021

Ep1 - Do Units of Competency have an Australian Qualifications Framework level?

This 10 min podcast explores the topic of how units fit into the Australian Qualifications Framework.

More information on this topic is available in the:

uploaded 4 June 2021

Last modified: 14/12/2022 4:54 PM