Special Bulletin - COVID-19 impact on the VET sector and RTOs

Special Bulletin - COVID-19 impact on the VET sector and RTOs



Dear Subscriber


COVID-19 impact on the VET sector and RTOs


The Training Accreditation Council acknowledges the widespread concern regarding COVID-19 and the challenges this health issue poses for VET providers. In this context, further information is provided regarding adaptive measures for RTOs.


If your organisation needs to implement temporary measures to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes to where you deliver, delivery modes and methods, adaptive measures undertaken by RTOs may include:

  • sequencing training and assessment to bring forward theoretical components  across single or multiple units to continue learning,
  • where work placement is mandatory, placements may need to be deferred until such time that placements may be conducted,
  • where work placement has been partially completed, both students and the RTO should retain evidence of the placement completed to date, including any log books,
  • where the training package or accredited course allows, make use of simulated workplace environments, paying attention to specific assessment conditions described in the assessment requirements for each unit of competency,
  • where students are in different locations, make use of technologies such as video recording and other tools such as Skype.

RTOs must ensure any adaptive measures are documented. 


As the impacts of COVID-19 may take many forms for different RTOs, where a provider is impacted and are investigating alternative arrangements for their students, the Council recommends they contact the TAC Secretariat on (08) 9224 6510 or via email tac@dtwd.wa.gov.au to discuss the proposed arrangements. The Secretariat will work with RTOs on a case by case basis. 


Delivery and assessment of First Aid units


The First Aid Industry Reference Committee through Skills IQ have issued a statement regarding the delivery of first aid units of competency. This advice can be accessed here.


The IRC indicates that RTOs should perform a risk assessment when deciding whether or not to continue to provide First Aid training, taking into account:

The IRC advice also addresses specific concerns about the transmission of the virus while performing ventilations on manikins. The Council recommends that RTOs make themselves aware of this advice. Should you require further information please contact Skills IQ for further advice.


Additional sources of advice

  • The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has updated its factsheet for VET providers, which can be found on the Department’s website.
  • The Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice and more information, including specific clinic locations by visiting www.healthywa.wa.gov.au.
  • The Australian Government Department of Health has published general information and fact sheets for the education sector about the Coronavirus on their website.


Last modified: 27/03/2020 11:21 AM