TAC Update - Issue 30 - November 2014
TAC Update - Issue 30 - November 2014
TAC Secretariat Relocation
The TAC Secretariat is moving to new premises at Level 9, 20 Walters Drive, Osborne Park, on Monday 17 November 2014.
To facilitate this move, the Department’s offices will be closed to the public on 14 November 2014, with operations set to recommence from the new premises at 1:00 pm on Monday 17 November 2014.
The postal addresses and telephone numbers for the TAC Secretariat will remain unchanged.
New VET Standards
A reminder that the new VET Standards have been released. TAC will issue regulator updates regarding the Standards and their implementation and transition arrangements via Special Bulletins and TAC Updates, including the publication of a User’s Guide in the coming weeks.
The new Standards can be accessed on the Commonwealth’s Department of Industry VET Reform website.
Update: Unique Student Identifier
The Student Identifiers Act 2014 was passed in June 2014, and the Unique Student Identifier (USI) scheme for the VET sector will begin from 1 January 2015.
The USI is a 10 character code that will remain with a person for life, and will be required whenever that person undertakes nationally recognised training.
The legislation requires RTOs to have a valid and verified USI for each student before a testamur or statement of attainment can be issued. The USI scheme will be regulated through the current AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards and the new Standards for RTOs. Each student’s USI will be reported as part of Total VET Activity (TVA) reporting.
The USI scheme will not apply to students who complete their training before 1 January 2015, even if the testamur or statement of attainment is issued after this date.
A student can create their USI at no cost through an online student portal, or an RTO can apply on a student’s behalf with that person’s permission. RTOs will be required to protect the USI to ensure students’ privacy and for this reason it must not appear on testamurs or statements of attainment.
The USI Registry System is now open to students and RTOs. RTOs are encouraged to establish their access arrangements before the scheme comes into effect from 1 January 2015.
For further information or to apply for a USI, please visit the USI website. Any further queries should be directed to the USI Office: 13 38 73 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RTOs accessing state funding can also contact the Department of Training and Workforce Development: email@example.com.
Reminder: Total VET Activity
It is a requirement under Condition 6 of the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for RTOs to comply with the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy. The Policy states that RTOs must submit AVETMISS compliant data on all nationally recognised training where the RTO is responsible for issuing the statement of attainment or qualification. This mandatory reporting is known as Total VET Activity (TVA).
TVA reports for the 2014 calendar year are required to be submitted by the end of February 2015, unless an exemption applies under the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy. RTOs accessing partial exemptions (for Enterprise RTOs and short units/modules) must still report a partial client file, and RTOs accessing a full exemption must still submit data on any training products that fall outside the scope of that exemption.
A full list of RTOs that have accessed TVA exemptions is available from the TAC website, and the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy is available from the NSSC website.
Further information, fact sheets, frequently asked questions and assistance with AVETMISS reporting and validation are available from the NCVER website. A Data Support Bulletin is also available for RTOs who wish to subscribe and stay up to date.
Training Package Discussion Papers
The Commonwealth Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP has released two discussion papers for consultation.
The Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model Discussion Paper seeks views and suggestions about contestable approaches to the development of training packages which guide industry-directed vocational education and training in Australia.
The Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses Discussion Paper is designed to start the conversation with industry, employers, training providers and students about whether training packages and accredited courses are meeting their needs and the needs of the economy more broadly.
To access the discussion papers and find out how to provide feedback, please visit the Department of Industry’s VET Reform site.
Update: 2014 Strategic Industry Audit (SIA) of VET in Schools (VETiS) in Western Australia
The VETiS SIA has concluded with the final report outlining the findings and recommendations available on the TAC website. The VETiS SIA audit sample included a total of 31 RTOs audited across 22 qualifications and a number of industry areas and delivery arrangements.
TAC would like to thank and acknowledge RTOs and Schools for their participation and assistance with the SIA.
Comment on the Work Health and Safety Bill
On 23 October 2014, the Minister for Commerce, the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, tabled the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (WHS Bill) in Parliament and announced the opening of a public comment period for this draft legislation.
The public comment period is open until close of business on 30 January 2015.
The WHS Bill is a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety Bill (model WHS Bill) developed by Safe Work Australia for implementation by Australian states and territories. The Government has released the WHS Bill as a Green Bill for public consultation.
The Green Bill is for consultation purposes and does not necessarily represent the Government's settled position. The tabling of the Green Bill should not be construed as locking in a transition from the WA OSH Act to a Western Australian version of the model WHS laws.
The WHS Bill contains the core provisions of the model WHS Bill with some modifications to suit the Western Australian working environment.
Further information, including the WHS Bill and a template for making your submission, can be found on the Department of Commerce website at http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/work-health-and-safety-bill-2014.
If you have any queries regarding the process of making your submission, please send an email with the details to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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