TAC Update - Issue 68 - November 2021

TAC Update - Issue 68 - November 2021

Issue 68 - November 2021

Welcome to the November TAC Update

As part of its commitment to assuring the quality of training services delivered in the Western Australian VET sector, the Council undertook a Community Services Strategic Industry Audit (SIA) involving 16 RTOs and across four qualifications in the community services, aged care, disability and home and community care sectors in Western Australia.

The SIA occurred between May and July 2021 and investigated specific issues including online delivery and the quality of training undertaken in VET delivered to secondary students (VDSS) and in traineeship pathways.

The outcomes of the SIA were positive and identified strong evidence of RTO industry engagement with the community services sector to ensure industry expectations are met in training delivery and assessment, and that RTOs are meeting the requirements of the training package. 

Click here to view the final report of the Community Services Strategic Industry Audit

What's in this edition?

  • TAC Education Program
  • Focus on quality - Properly informing and protecting learners 
  • TAC Fact Sheets
  • Transition Extensions
  • Course Accreditation update
  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination information
  • Other important updates

TAC Education Program - upcoming events

December

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 

Properly informing and protecting learners when delivering units of competency linked to occupational licensing 

Clauses 5.1 and 5.2 of the Standards for RTOs require RTOs, prior to enrolment or the commencement of training (whichever comes first), provide prospective learners:

1. advice about training products appropriate to meeting the learner's needs, taking into account the individual's existing skills and competencies; and
2. current and accurate information that enables the learner to make informed decisions about undertaking training with the RTO.
 
In the case of units of competency linked to occupational licensing, State or Commonwealth government licensing agencies may require additional assessment requirements. For RTOs, this means they must ensure any assessment linked to the licensing requirement is clearly distinguished from information about assessment designed to meet the requirements of units of competency. 

For example, if conducting units of competency linked to heavy vehicle driver training, the requirements of the unit of competency must be clearly explained, identified and represented as separate from the Practical Driving Assessment requirements conducted on behalf of the Department of Transport by RTO staff authorised to do so.

For further information on the advice and information RTOs must provide to prospective learners, view TAC Fact Sheets on Marketing and Advertising, Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs and RTO Complaints and Appeals

TAC Fact Sheets  

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

This month, TAC has released the following Fact Sheets:

Transition Extensions 

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

  • Two qualifications from the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
  • 9 High Risk Work units from the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package 
  • One unit from the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package

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 courses:
  • 52891WA - Course in Early Career Discovery
  • 52890WA - Certificate II in Community Health and Wellbeing
Council extended the accreditation period for the following courses:
  • 52781WA Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) (Commercial Dance) 
  • 52832WA Course in Underpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ)
  • 52823WA Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS)

Congratulations to Western Australia's runner up for Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards 

Congratulations to Maryke Gray, the 2021 RUNNER UP Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year announced at the Australian Training Awards held in Perth on 18 November 2021. 

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training sector.  

Read more about Maryke's story and the 2021 Australian Training Awards here.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination information  

Based on the latest health advice, the WA Government recently announced that a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces will be introduced in Western Australia through a phased approach. The policy will apply mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for expanded industries in WA as well as requiring critical workers to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions. 

A Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations summary has been published by the WA Government and based on this information, VET providers such as TAFE Colleges and private RTOs will be included in the list of industries and occupations where mandatory vaccinations apply (Group 2). 

While the Public Health Act directions are yet to be released, for RTOs this may mean that students undertaking work placements or on-the-job training in Group 1 or Group 2 industries will need to be vaccinated by the dates specified.    

Further information on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination is available from the WA Government website here

Other important updates

Review of TAE Training and Education Training Package

The Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is currently undertaking a holistic review of the TAE Training Package and is seeking insights on key issues, themes and changes that have occurred in the education landscape. The review will seek to address the skills and knowledge needs of the VET workforce now and into the future.

To provide feedback on issues you have identified within the TAE Training Package, email info@skillsforaustralia.com or respond to the SSO survey here

Skills Reform

To stay informed about the Commonwealth Government's Skills Reform agenda, there are a number of recent items available for stakeholder's consideration including:
Latest NCVER Reports
NCVER have released a number of new reports including:

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