TAC Update - Issue 58 - December 2020

TAC Update - Issue 58 - December 2020

Issue 58 - December 2020

Welcome to our December edition

Throughout 2020, the Training Accreditation Council has continued to strengthen its relationships with RTOs and stakeholders and improve the overall quality of the VET sector. The Council’s guiding principles communicate the way in which the Council undertakes its business and regulatory approach. These principles state the Council: 

Through this, stakeholders and RTOs are well informed of the Council’s regulatory approach, and that RTOs understand the audit process and are provided with opportunities for rectification and continuous improvement. 

Recently, you may have noticed a number of announcements from the national VET regulator, ASQA, regarding their rapid review and changes to their audit approach and wondered what this may mean for TAC regulated RTOs.

While the language being used by the national VET regulator may sound slightly different, the practices being implemented are in line with TAC’s well understood and established regulatory approach, including our audit practices.

If you have any questions about TAC’s regulatory approach, don’t hesitate to contact your Regulation Officer on (08) 9224 6510.

Finally, the TAC Secretariat will close for a short period from Christmas Day 25 December 2020, re-opening on 4 January 2021. The Council and Secretariat staff wish you all a wonderful festive season and look forward to working with you in 2021.

What's in this edition?

  • Skills Reform
  • TAC Education program - Jan to July 2021
  • Focus on quality - Maintaining Scope
  • TAC RTO and Stakeholder Survey
  • 2019-2020 TAC Annual Report
  • Other important updates

Skills Reform - Raising the quality of training

The Commonwealth Government's Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has recently announced reforms in strengthening the role of industry and employers, improving VET qualifications and raising the quality of training. They are now seeking views from all those that engage with the VET sector on:

  1. how to create a shared understanding of RTO quality and support RTO excellence;
  2. what works and what doesn't in the current Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) 2015; and
  3. how can we ensure a high quality VET workforce?

Comments are invited via a Training Experience Survey and an RTO Standards Survey which seeks feedback on individual Clauses and Schedules.

The Skills Reform background papers and surveys are available on the DESE website here.

TAC Education Program Jan to July 2021

TAC's Education Program of events for January to July 2021 is now available on the TAC website.

There are a number of new workshops planned for the first six months of 2021 as well as old favourites such as the assessment workshops. New workshops include ‘Meeting RTO requirements in amendment to scope applications’ and ‘RTO scope management’.

We look forward to seeing you at these workshops, whether remotely or face to face, and hearing your feedback.

Click here to view the full TAC Education Program schedule and/or register for an event:

Focus on quality -Maintaining Scope

Under Standard 4 of the Standards for RTOs, RTOs must ensure that all information disseminated by the RTO is both accurate and factual. This means that RTOs must ensure their scope of registration always reflects the most current training products (and follows processes dependent on whether the training product is not equivalent or equivalent).

Staying up to date on changes to training packages can be a challenge for RTOs, but did you know training.gov.au allows you to subscribe to notifications about changes and updates to nationally recognised training components that affect your RTO?

TAC has produced a video with instructions to access these automatic notifications. See the video below for this information.

TAC RTO & Stakeholder Survey

2020 TAC RTO and Stakeholder surveys

Every two years, TAC surveys its RTOs and stakeholders seeking information about TAC’s performance and effectiveness. The survey provides the Council with information to help shape and improve its regulatory services.

The latest survey, conducted during August and September 2020, was undertaken by a Western Australian business, Research Solutions Pty Ltd.

TAC would like to thank all RTOs and stakeholders who participated in the surveys. Responses were received from 75% of RTOs surveyed, a significant improvement from 64% in 2018. 100% of stakeholders participated in the survey, a major improvement from 42% in 2018.

Overall perceptions of TAC’s performance rated extremely high, with 89%of RTOs and 90% of stakeholders rating TAC’s performance as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Both RTOs and stakeholders also rated TAC’s communication as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ (93% of RTOs and 95% of stakeholders).

The findings from the survey provides TAC with valuable information of RTO experiences in the audit process, assists in determining future TAC education workshops, identifies areas for improvement and insights which will help focus TAC priorities over the short to medium term.

For further information, a copy of the survey report can be found on the TAC website.

2019-2020 TAC Annual Report

Following its tabling in Parliament in late September 2020, the Council’s 2019-2020 Annual Report is now available to view on the Council’s website.

The Annual Report outlines the Council’s approach to regulation, achievement against key priority areas and reflects its regulatory responsibilities under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and the Standards for VET Regulators 2015.

A key focus for the Council during the reporting period has been supporting RTOs impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, through what has been a challenging period. The Council implemented a range of strategies to help reduce regulatory burden on RTOs during the height of the pandemic in Western Australia, and with support from the State Government, the Council was able to provide regulatory fee relief to RTOs and accredited course owners.

Annual Report highlights include the significant expansion of the Council’s education program, endorsement of the Focus on Quality: TAC Regulatory Strategy 2019-2021, and finalisation of the strategic review into third party arrangements

Other important updates

Australian Training Award and WA Training Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners from the WA Training Awards and Australian Training Awards. The full list of winners and finalists is available at:

WA Training Awards

Australian Training Awards


Changes to the National VET Data Policy

The National VET Data Policy has recently changed, and along with it the Privacy Notice included at Schedule 1. These changes come into effect from 1 January. More information on these changes is available here.


Total VET Activity Data for 2020

Total VET Activity (TVA) is a mandatory national reporting requirement for RTOs.

TVA refers to the collection and reporting of data that complies with the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS).

AVETMISS is a national data standard that ensures consistent and accurate capture and reporting of VET information about students.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is the custodian of the standard.

The collection window for direct reporting of TVA to NCVER of 2020 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity will open on 2 January 2021 and close on 26 February 2021.

For more information, click here.


New USI Website

The Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar launched its new website this month. Check out the new USI website here.


Implementation Support for BSB Training Package

PwC’s Skills for Australia has developed a number of implementation materials to support training providers in their delivery of the updated BSB training products. This includes a BSB Interpretation Manual and BSB Virtual Roadshow.


TAC Christmas Closure

The TAC Secretariat will close for the Christmas and New Year period from Christmas Day 25 December 2020 and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2021.

During this time, enquiries may be directed to tac@dtwd.wa.gov.au and will be responded to from 4 January 2021.

Locked Bag 16, Osborne Park DC 6916

P 08 9224 6510

E tac@dtwd.wa.gov.au

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