TAC Update - Issue 26 - November 2013
TAC Update - Issue 26 - November 2013
TAC Secretariat Christmas Shutdown
All of us here at the TAC Secretariat wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to working with you again in 2014.
The Secretariat will be closed on Friday 27 December 2013, in addition to the Christmas and New Year public holidays.
New Compliance and Complaints Manager
Welcome Gerry Westenberg, the TAC Secretariat's new Manager, Regulation (Compliance and Complaints). Gerry comes to TAC with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the VET Sector, including 16 years as a Training Systems Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, 2 years as a supervisor of training with the NSW Rural Fire Service and 5 years as an AQTF Lead Auditor.
Gerry's appointment follows the departure of Janet Matheson at the end of July 2013. We all wish Janet well in her future endeavours.
Strategic Industry Audit of Aged Care and Home Community Care qualifications in Western Australia
The Training Accreditation Council conducted a Strategic Industry Audit (SIA) of Aged Care and Home and Community Care qualifications during 2012-2013 and has formally endorsed the report of the Stage 1 findings. The report identifies a number of key areas of compliance and non-compliance with the AQTF Standards and provides recommendations to improve the quality of training and assessment in this industry area.
Click here to view the report.
Standalone Delivery of Imported Units of Competency
If an RTO has a qualification on its scope of registration, that RTO can offer, deliver and issue statements of attainment for units of competency named as core or elective units within that qualification.
However, units that are not explicitly named as core or elective units within that qualification (e.g. imported units) cannot be offered on a standalone basis. These units must be added to an RTO's scope of registration separately.
Please note that applications for amendment to registration should be received 4 months in advance of the anticipated delivery date to allow sufficient time for review and processing.
Future Skills WA
Future Skills WA is a major new reform of the way training is funded 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 priority training programs and will commence on 1 January 2014.
Further information is available from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
Total VET Activity - Exemption Date Change
From 1 January 2014, an RTO must implement policies and procedures to collect full AVETMISS data from their clients. From 1 January 2015, an RTO must submit AVETMISS compliant data on all nationally recognised training where the RTO is responsible for issuing a statement of attainment or qualification.
RTOs who believe they will be unable to collect this information from 1 January 2014 for submission in early 2015 can apply to TAC for a number of exemptions. Information regarding the below exemptions can be found in the Implementation of Total VET Activity document and the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy.
1. 12 Month Transition Arrangement Application
2. National Security, Border Protection & Policing Issues Application
3. Vital Community Services Application
4. Enterprise RTO Application
5. Short Units or Modules Application
The closing date for all applications has been extended to 31 December 2013.
New AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS)
NCVER have now announced the launch of the AVETMISS Validation software AVS, a web based product that will replace the existing PC based MS Access tool to validate data to the AVETMISS standard.
AVS is ready for AVETMISS Release 7 for VET providers, which comes into effect on 1 January 2014.
AVS is available on the NCVER website.
Unique Student Identifier (USI) On Hold
The Student Identifiers Bill 2013 was listed for debate in parliament recently. Due to a full legislative program and the federal election being called, the Bill was unable to be considered.
As a result, implementation of the Unique Student Identifier scheme will not commence on 1 January 2014. Further advice will be provided when available. If you have further queries please contact the USI Taskforce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on AVETMISS, visit the NCVER website.
Meeting with the Hon Terry Redman MLA, Minister for Training and Workforce Development
On 10 October 2013, the Hon Terry Redman MLA met with members of the Training Accreditation Council. Members discussed with the Minister some of the work done by the Council during the 2012-2013 financial year, and several upcoming changes to VET regulation that will affect a number of industry areas. The meeting provided a valuable opportunity to discuss VET regulatory matters impacting on stakeholders and provide updates on recent developments throughout the training sector.
Reporting Requirements for RTOs Registered with TAC
It is a requirement of registration with TAC that RTOs comply with mandatory reporting requirements. These reporting requirements include Quality Indicator Data and Client Qualification Register (CQR) Data. RTOs that have not submitted data by the required due date are not demonstrating compliance with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration and penalties may apply.
2012 Competency Completion (CCOS) reports, 2012 Learner and Employer Survey data and Client Qualification Register (CQR) data for the January - June 2013 reporting period are all overdue. CQR data for the July - December 2013 reporting period falls due 31 January 2014. For further information, due dates and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the 'RTO Reporting Requirements' flyer available on the TAC website.
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