TAC Update - Issue 36 - January 2016
TAC Update - Issue 36 - January 2016
The collection window for reporting 2015 AVETMISS data opened on 4 January 2016 for reporting all nationally accredited training activity. Data for the period January — December 2015 is due to NCVER by 29 February 2016.
If your RTO reports AVETMISS data via a State Training Authority, please check their due date for receiving data as it may be earlier than this.
If you are having difficulties validating or submitting your data, please contact the NCVER Client Support team either by phone on 08 8230 8400 or 1800 649 452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, no reporting extensions will be available for reporting 2015 AVETMISS data. If your RTO does not have any delivery to report, please advise your Registration Officer via email.
Extension to single-day course exemption from USI requirements
The Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative became mandatory from 1 January 2015 for all nationally recognised VET delivery, except where specific exemptions apply.
The temporary partial exemption for ‘single-day courses’ from the USI which was scheduled to lapse on 31 December 2015 has now been extended until 31 December 2016.
For further information on the exemptions, including how to apply, please visit the TAC Website.
New Fact Sheets
As part of the Training Accreditation Council’s educative strategies and focus on consistent interpretation and application of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, the following Fact Sheets have been developed and are available on the TAC Website:
1. Amount of Training
2. Vocational competency and industry currency
3. Delivery of TAE
4. Industry Engagement
6. RTO Complaints and Appeals
7. Credit and RPL
Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015
A reminder that new requirements for trainers and assessors and the delivery of training and assessment qualifications came into effect from 1 January 2016.
The requirements relate to:
· Trainers and assessors (Clauses 1.13-1.16);
· Individuals working under the supervision of a trainer (Clauses 1.17-1.20);
· Delivery of the training and assessment qualifications for trainers and assessors (Clauses 1.21-1.24); and
· Independent validation of training and assessment qualifications (Clause 1.25).
For more information refer to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and the TAC Users' Guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 on the TAC website.
Changes to VET FEE-HELP from 1 January 2016
The Australian Government has announced a number of changes to VET FEE-HELP which were effective from 1 January 2016. These include:
· new student protection requirements;
· new eligibility requirements for VET FEE-HELP provider applications;
· stricter financial viability requirements for approved providers;
· changes to provider payment arrangements;
· limits to providers’ total loan amounts; and
· sanctions for poor performing providers.
Information about these reforms is available on the Department of Education and Training (Australian Government) website http://www.education.gov.au/vet-fee-help-reforms.
Detailed information and resources for higher education and VET providers is available at https://www.education.gov.au/help-resources-providers.
A student fact sheet outlining the changes for students accessing VET FEE-HELP can also be downloaded from https://docs.education.gov.au/node/39356.
New Skills Service Organisations announced
The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP,announced the outcome of the Expression of Interest process to identify Skills Service Organisations to support Industry Reference Committees in their work to develop and review training packages. For full details please visit: https://www.education.gov.au/skills-service-organisations
Quality of assessment in vocational education and training - Discussion paper released
At the 20 November 2015 meeting of the COAG Industry and Skills Council it was agreed the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, consult with VET stakeholders and all jurisdictions on reform options to improve assessment in VET.
The Quality of assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion Paper has been released to seek stakeholder views on reforms to improve the conduct of assessment in VET. Priority areas for investigation include approaches to strengthening the skills of VET trainers and assessors, consideration of improved validation of assessment, and options for tougher regulatory interventions.
The Commonwealth is inviting responses to the paper, available on the department’s website at www.education.gov.au/improving-quality-assessment-vet, with submissions due by Friday 11 March 2016.
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