TAC Update - Issue 63 - June 2021

TAC Update - Issue 63 - June 2021

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Issue 63 - June 2021

Welcome to the June TAC Update

The Training Accreditation Council’s Strategic Plan identifies the provision of quality education and support materials as a key strategy to encourage and promote compliance of RTOs with the Standards for RTOs.
The design of TAC's Education Program is based on analysis of data from audits, complaints, the biennial RTO survey, stakeholder consultation and most importantly, feedback from participants of TAC workshops and webinars. The feedback indicates that workshops are effective in increasing the capability and understanding of participants of the role of TAC and in supporting RTOs to meet the requirements of the Standards. 

Since January 2021, TAC has conducted 9 webinars, 2 workshops, 1 event to third party providers and 1 regional workshop in Albany reaching over 547 participants either in person or online. In addition, TAC has continued to develop and update the website and its suite of Fact Sheets. 
We are now launching TAC's Education Program for the next six months which is available now on the TAC website.
Over the remainder of 2021 and beyond, TAC will continue to deliver its well-regarded education program while expanding our offerings to embrace a wider range of educative approaches.  Using podcasts and instructional clips, TAC will create ‘bite sized’ material on aspects of compliance and quality.  More information is provided later in this newsletter on the launch of TAC's podcast series titled “TAC Talks”.  
We will continue to provide information through the monthly TAC Update and TAC YouTube channel, and will now also provide information through our new TAC LinkedIn profile. More information on how to subscribe or follow TAC on YouTube and LinkedIn is available later in the newsletter.
We look forward to engaging with you through our new avenues and hope that you subscribe, follow and connect with us via all of these mediums.

What's in this edition?

  • TAC Education Program
  • Focus on quality - The AQF and Units of Competency
  • TAC is now on LinkedIn
  • New TAC Fact Sheets
  • Other important updates

TAC Education Program - upcoming events

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

There are a number of new workshops planned for the last six months of 2021 as well as old favourites such as Preparing for Audit and Course Accreditation. New workshops include Reasonable Adjustment and Inclusive Practice and Understanding Training Packages.

TAC is also working on developing a number of podcasts and videos over the next 6 months and we encourage you to subscribe to TAC's YouTube channel to receive notifications on when these are released. Recordings of all previous workshops are also available on the channel. 
We look forward to seeing you participating in the Education Program, whether remotely or face to face, and hearing your feedback.


2 - Understanding Vocational Competence and Industry Currency
12 - RTO Governance - Driving Quality Through Good RTO Business Practice
20 - Becoming an RTO Information Session


3 - Broome Workshop
  • Designing RTO Training and Assessment Strategies
  • Making an Assessment Decision

- The Course Accreditation Process
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 - 

The AQF and Units of Competency

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is an incredibly important cornerstone of our National training system as all qualifications that are included in national Training Packages or accredited by TAC must adhere to the AQF. 

A common question about the AQF from RTOs is whether individual Units of Competency have an AQF level.

In response, TAC has developed the Australian Qualifications Framework and Units of Competency Fact Sheet which provides more information on 'how to determine the level of complexity for a unit of competency' and 'what to do when the same unit appears in qualifications at different AQF levels.'
TAC has also developed the podcast Do Units of Competency have an Australian Qualifications Framework level to explore this topic further. This podcast is the first in a series titled TAC Talks. Look out for new episodes to be released over the next 12 months.

TAC is now on LinkedIn

To assist RTOs with real time information regarding TAC and the VET sector, TAC is now on LinkedIn.  Follow TAC now for regular updates.

New TAC Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets provide training providers with more detailed information and guidance on the Standards for RTOs. The full suite of TAC Fact Sheets is available on the TAC website.

New and revised Fact Sheets include the following topics:

Other important updates

Western Australia calls skills summit to address workforce needs

The West Australian government has convened a skills summit to enable industry leaders to offer ideas on boosting the state’s skills and training system. The summit on June 30 aims to assemble industry representatives from across a number of sectors including resources, defence, construction and healthcare industries.
Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have called the gathering “to hear from some of WA's business leaders on what more can be done collaboratively, and more immediately, to address existing skills needs across sectors”.

More information on the summit is available here

Update on Skills Reform

With the first phase of consultations on the immediate priority reform areas now completed, the VET Reform Engagement Team are turning their focus to reporting back to the sector what they have heard so far from stakeholders.
The following two new 'what we've heard' are now available:

Nominations open for Australian Training Awards

Nominations are open for the 2021 Australian Training Awards, the peak national awards of Australia’s VET sector. The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of VET.
Nominations are now open for five direct entry categories of the 2021 Australian Training Awards:
  • 2021 Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
  • Australian Apprenticeships—Employer Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Small Employer of the Year Award
Nominations for these categories close June 30. More information is available here

Pandemic impacts student's employment outcomes

Latest NCVER research shows the COVID-19 pandemic had a wide impact on the employment outcomes for students who had completed a VET qualification in 2019.
VET Student Outcomes 2020: impact of COVID-19 on domestic students examines how students who completed a VET qualification in 2019 were impacted by the pandemic in terms of employment outcomes at the end of May 2020.

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