TAC Update - Issue 44- December 2018

TAC Update - Issue 44- December 2018

Issue 44- December 2018


TAC Secretariat Christmas hours


The TAC Secretariat would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to working with you again in 2019.


Please note, the TAC Secretariat will be closed from 4.30pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen 8.30am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.


Please note: For this period the RTO Portal will be unavailable due to maintenance and RTOs will be unable to lodge applications during this period.


Changes for the TAC Secretariat


On 1 July 2017, the Department of Education Services was dissolved as part of Machinery of Government changes and the Council's Secretariat was transferred to the Department of Education (DoE).


Subsequently, Government approved the transfer of the TAC Secretariat to the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) and on 1 January 2019, Secretariat staff previously employed by DoE will become staff of DTWD.


The TAC Secretariat will remain at its current location at Level 9, 20 Walters Drive, Osborne Park, however postal and email addresses and phone numbers will be changing. Redirections will be in place for an extended period and further communication will be provided in the new year to advise of new contact details.


Accreditation framework review


The Council is conducting a review of its course accreditation framework to strengthen and streamline the course accreditation process in Western Australia. The review has been initiated by the Council in response to the outcomes of a review conducted by the Commonwealth on the alignment of the Standards for VET Accredited Courses with the Standards for Training Packages.


As part of the Council’s review process, we will be seeking feedback from course developers, with a survey to be conducted in the near future.


If you are not a course developer and would like to make comment, please email your interest to TAC@des.wa.gov.au


Initial registration applications


In line with changes announced earlier this year, initial registration applications received on or after 1 August 2018 will be considered for a registration period of up to 2 years where application requirements have been met and compliance has been demonstrated.


RTOs granted an initial registration period of up to 2 years that apply for re-registration will be subject to a renewal of registration audit.


For more information, please click here.


New self-assessment tools


From 1 October 2018 it is a requirement for RTOs applying for Renewal of Registration (RTO1b application) or Initial Registration (RTO1a application) to complete and submit an Initial/Renewal Application Self-Assessment Tool with their application. The self-assessment tool includes the additional evidence requirements that apply to these applications and can be found here.


RTOs applying to amend their registration will be required to submit additional evidence for applications made on or after 1 October 2018. The evidence requirements are outlined in the Amendment to Scope Application Self‐Assessment Tool, which can be found here.  Submission of this tool with the RTO2 – Amendment to Registration application is optional.


Renewal of registration applications


If you are planning to continue your RTO’s registration, the Council would like to remind applicants to submit their renewal of registration application at least 3 months prior to the registration expiry date. This allows time for the application to be considered ahead of the RTO’s expiry.


The Council will not renew an RTO’s registration where an RTO submits their renewal application after their registration expiry date.


Total VET Activity data for 2018


The collection window for direct reporting of Total VET Activity to NCVER of 2018 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity will open on 2 January 2019 and close on 28 February 2019.


For more information, click here.


2018 TAC RTO and Stakeholder surveys


The Council recently finalised its 2018 RTO and Stakeholder surveys with the surveys being conducted by Research Solutions Pty Ltd on behalf of TAC. The Council conducts the surveys as part of its commitment to communicate effectively with RTOs and stakeholders and to gather important information about TAC’s performance and effectiveness.


TAC would like to thank all RTOs and stakeholders who participated in the surveys, with over 64% of RTOs and 42% of stakeholders submitting a response to the surveys. Overall, perceptions of TAC’s performance was positive with 84% of RTOs and stakeholders rating TAC’s performance as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.


The findings from the surveys will provide valuable insights regarding TAC’s performance, current concerns and issues impacting on the regulation of the VET sector in Western Australia. The 2018 survey findings will also help focus TAC’s priorities over the short to medium term, contribute to the development of the TAC Annual Regulatory Strategy, and to the range of professional development activities provided to the sector as part of the TAC Education Program.


The next TAC survey will be undertaken in 2020.


Click here to view TAC Surveys of RTOs and Stakeholder Perceptions of Performance 2018 report.


Last modified: 13/11/2019 1:15 PM