TAC Update – Issue 65 – August 2021

TAC Update – Issue 65 – August 2021

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Issue 65 - August 2021

Welcome to the August TAC Update

A key and fundamental feature of the Training Accreditation Council’s regulatory approach is engagement and collaboration with VET and industry stakeholders who share the responsibility of assuring quality VET outcomes. In recent months, the Council has consulted with over 45 Western Australian stakeholders to identify patterns of systemic risk to the quality of VET and to inform TAC’s regulatory responses. The result of these consultations and other research culminates in the development of the TAC Regulatory Strategy
2021-2023
and we look forward to sharing the Strategy with you soon.
 
Overall, stakeholders were positive about the quality of training and acknowledged the challenges faced by RTOs over the last 18 months. Any systemic concerns identified by stakeholders were generally linked to training products aligned to licensing or regulatory outcomes. Concerns about RTO practices were related to training and assessment meeting the requirements of the training product, assessment practices and support for learners.
 
RTOs and other stakeholders can continue to comment on VET quality through the Commonwealth Government's Quality Reform consultations. The Council encourages all WA VET and industry stakeholders to contribute to these discussions and links to the most recent surveys and support materials are available in the Skills Reform Survey article in this issue of the TAC Update.

What's in this edition?

  • Expressions of interest for membership of the Training Accreditation Council 
  • TAC Education Program
  • Focus on Quality - Fee Protection
  • Understanding the VET Sector
  • TAC Fact Sheets
  • Renewal of Registration Applications
  • Transition Extensions
  • Other important updates

Expressions of Interest for membership of the Training Accreditation Council are now invited 

Help influence the quality of vocational education and training in Western Australia.
 
The Minister for Education and Training is looking for a person with effective leadership skills, strategic thinking abilities, knowledge and experience in quality assurance to help influence the quality of VET throughout Western Australia.  
 
If you have these skills, plus knowledge and experience of the national VET system, we would like to hear from you.
 
EOIs must include a curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two pages (using the approved proforma) and be accompanied by a covering letter outlining how you meet Council member requirements as outlined in the selection criteria (maximum of two pages). 
 
Information about TAC, the role of the TAC members, FAQs, selection criteria and CV proforma are contained in an information package available here
 
Expressions of interest must be lodged by email to kieran.tynan@dtwd.wa.gov.au and received by Monday 13 September 2021 at 5.00pm (WST).
 

TAC Education Program - upcoming events

September

14 - Developing Units of Competency for Accredited Courses
21 - The Course Accreditation Process

October

14 - Preparing for Audit
Click here to view the full TAC Education Program schedule and/or register for an event:
The full list of Education Program recordings and resources is available on the TAC Website

Focus on Quality - 


Fee Protection - what is it and what does it mean for your RTO?

Fee protection relates only to ‘Prepaid fees’ (sometimes known as ‘fees collected in advance’) received from a learner before, during or after enrolment but prior to the relevant services having been provided in full. VET fee protection measures were legislated to encourage enrolment and provide peace of mind and protection for learners investing in training. 

For more information on the protection of prepaid fees and the requirements of Clause 7.3 in the Standards for RTOs listen to the most recent TAC Talks on Understanding Fee Protection.

Understanding the VET Sector

The Vocational Education and Training Sector is complex, made up of many stakeholders, frameworks and registers.  TAC has released a clip which unpacks the sector to help you understand it a little better.

TAC Fact Sheets

Feedback received from stakeholders indicate TAC Fact Sheets are a useful and valued form of guidance and communication on RTO compliance obligations and topics of interest. TAC regularly updates existing Fact Sheets and publishes new Fact Sheets.

The following Fact Sheet was recently revised:

The full suite of TAC Fact Sheets is available on the TAC website.

Renewal of Registration Applications

An application for renewal of registration must be submitted to TAC prior to the end of the RTO's registration period. It is recommended you submit your application at least four months prior to expiry to allow sufficient time for review and processing. 

If you need help submitting your renewal of registration application, this clip provides step by step instructions on how to complete an RTO1b Renewal of Registration Application via the RTOPortal.

Transition Extensions

At the August 2021 meeting, the Council agreed to extend the transition periods for the following accredited courses:

  • 52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies; and
  • 52709WA Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing.

A full list of training products approved for an extended transition period is available on the TAC Website.

Other important updates

WA Skills Summit


More than 130 people attended the WA Skills Summit on 30 July, including Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, other members of Cabinet and business leaders across a number of sectors including the resources, defence, construction and healthcare industries. 

Click here to read the immediate initiatives which were put in place to begin addressing workforce needs. 

Finalists announced for WA Training Awards

Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s WA Trainer of the Year Award. Winners will be announced at the WA Training Awards in September. Visit the website for a full list of the 2021 WA Training Awards finalists.

CRICOS registration no longer required for some ESOS courses

The Commonwealth Minister for Education and Youth has made a legislative instrument allowing providers to deliver certain courses in both the VET and higher education sectors to overseas students without CRICOS registration.  The Education Services for Overseas Students (Exempt Courses) Instrument 2021 exempts these courses with effect from 29 June 2021. Exempt courses will not require CRICOS registration to be offered to international students from that date.  

More information is available in the ESOS Supplementary Courses Fact Sheet.

Mandatory Vaccination of Aged Care Workers bulletin now includes students on placement   

The Department of Health advises the Australian Government is working closely with the states and territories to implement the National Cabinet decision to mandate that at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination be administered by mid-September 2021 for all residential aged care workers, irrespective of their age. The Department of Health issued a bulletin 'Mandatory Vaccination of Aged Care Workers' on 3 August 2021 which states students are proposed to be included in the scope of the workforce now requiring vaccination. 

More information is available from the Department of Health's website.

Skills Reform surveys


RTOs and other stakeholders can continue to have their say about the quality of training through the Commonwealth Government's Quality Reform consultations.
Input on Skills Reform items can be made via the following surveys:

Latest NCVER Reports

NCVER have released a number of new reports including:

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