TAC Update - Issue 67 - October 2021

TAC Update - Issue 67 - October 2021

Issue 67 - October 2021

Welcome to the October TAC Update

The Council this month released its Focus on Quality: TAC Regulatory Strategy 2021-2023. The TAC Regulatory Strategy informs RTOs and VET stakeholders about specific focus areas the Council has identified as posing the highest risk to the quality of VET and the regulatory actions to monitor and minimise those risks over the next two years. 

Engagement with our VET and industry stakeholders to inform the Council on the issues that impact the quality of VET is critical. Between May and June 2021 the Council consulted with over 45 stakeholder groups to seek their views on risks to quality of training in WA. The insights shared by WA stakeholders made a valuable contribution to the development of the Strategy and is greatly appreciated.

The Regulatory Strategy also confirms TAC's ongoing commitment to an education program that delivers practical information to support RTO business improvement and compliance practices. The TAC education program is available on the TAC website.  

Click here to view full details of the Focus on Quality: TAC Regulatory Strategy 2021 - 2023. 


What's in this edition?

  • TAC Education Program
  • Focus on quality - Transitioning qualifications, units and skill sets  
  • Winner of Trainer of the Year Award
  • Transition Extensions
  • Course Accreditation update
  • Other important updates

TAC Education Program - upcoming events


18 - Reasonable Adjustment and Inclusive Practice


3 - Understanding Training Packages
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 

Transitioning Qualifications, Units and Skill Sets 

The Standards for RTOs require RTOs ensure delivery of the current version of a training product at all times. There are two exceptions to this requirement:

  1. when approved by the VET regulator (Clause 1.26) or 
  2. where a training package requires the delivery of a superseded unit of competency (Clause 1.27).

What do the Clauses mean for your RTO?   

At times the VET regulators will approve an extension to the transition period for training products. When this occurs the RTO is able to deliver the superseded training product until the end of the extended transition period. 

A full list of training products approved for extended transition periods is maintained on the TAC Website.

Some qualifications and skill sets import units from other training packages as a core unit and, at times, into mandatory electives required to achieve specialisation in a qualification. These imported units are called 'named' units. Clause 1.27 means an RTO must continue to deliver the 'named' unit in the qualification or skill set even if it has been superseded in its source training package. 

For example, an RTO is delivering the SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and the packaging rules for this qualification lists the (superseded) unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid as a core unit, so the RTO must continue to deliver this unit as part of the qualification until SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation is updated on training.gov.au with the replacement unit (HLTAID011 Provide First Aid).

For further information on transitioning qualifications, units and skill sets view Fact Sheet Transition and Teach Out

Congratulations to the winner of Trainer of the Year Award

Now in its 27th year, the WA Training Awards celebrates the training sector's brightest stars. Congratulations to Maryke Gray who was announced as the winner of the WA Trainer of the Year Award at this years' ceremony at Crown Perth.

The WA Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation or in partnership with an RTO. This award is sponsored by the Training Accreditation Council.


Transition Extensions

 At its October 2021 meeting, the Council agreed to extend the transition period for:

  • Thirteen qualifications from the Business Services (BSB) Training Package
  • One qualification from the Health (HLT) Training Package 
  • One qualification from the Electrotechnology (UEE) Training Package 
  • Eight first aid units of competency 

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

Course Accreditation updates  

Council accredited the following course:
  • 52890WA Certificate II in Community Health and Well Being to 31 October 2026
Council extended the accreditation period for the following courses:
  • 52781WA Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts to 31 July 2022
  • 52832WA Course in Underpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ) to 30 April 2023
  • 52823WA Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) to
    30 April 2023

DMIRS is hosting a virtual forum for RTOs on proposed new mandatory arrangements for risk management training in the mining industries  

New Work, Health Safety legislation due to be implemented in January 2022 may provide RTOs with an opportunity to offer nationally recognised risk management training to mining industries. 

While the Work, Health Safety (Mines) Regulations are not yet finalised they currently propose all candidates for appointment to Statutory Functions (eg. Mine Supervisor) will be required to attain specified units of competency in risk management prior to successful completion of a Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) invigilated Law Exam.

DMIRS will be holding a virtual forum in mid-November to provide more information about the potential opportunities and requirements for RTOs seeking to provide training and assessment of the nominated risk management units. If you are interested in attending this forum, please send contact details to boe@dmirs.wa.gov.au

State Budget 2021-2022: Includes initiatives aimed at boosting skills and training in WA  

The 2021 - 2022 State budget provides significant training investment for initiatives aimed at ensuring industry has access to a skilled local workforce.

More WA students will be encouraged into vocational education and training (VET) with a $121.4 million budget allocation to ensure training continues to be affordable and accessible and enables people to find work in local industries throughout Western Australia. 

Read more about the announced State budget allocations for training via
2021-22 WA Budget - Fact Sheets - Education and Training.


Other important updates

Seeking feedback on Mandatory Workplace Requirements in training Products

Where mandatory workplace requirements (MWRs) are included in nationally recognised training products, learners must complete a work placement as part of their VET course.

The Commonwealth Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has engaged The LTG Unit Trust to review how MWRs are currently expressed in training packages, and seek RTO views on their implementation, how they can be improved to give greater clarity and consistency. The experiences and perspectives of RTOs will be critical to inform the development of advice for training product developers.

You are invited to have your say on mandatory workplace requirements through an online survey. The survey will be open for responses until 5 November 2021. Take 10 minutes to provide your response now.

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:
  • Sharing a good practice story submission
    Have you seen or been involved in effective collaboration and innovation in the VET sector? Use the link above to submit feedback. Submissions close 31 October 2021.
  • Stay informed on the outcomes of stakeholder consultations regarding Skills Reform via What we’ve heard
Latest NCVER Reports
NCVER have released a number of new reports including:

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