TAC Update - Issue 71 - March 2022

TAC Update - Issue 71 - March 2022

Issue 71 - March 2022

Welcome to the March TAC Update

TAC's engagement with industry, VET and other key stakeholders plays a pivotal role in developing the Council’s understanding of risks to quality in the VET sector, the identification of emerging issues of concern that should be monitored and ensures that regulatory approaches undertaken by the Council are transparent, proportionate and support confidence in the integrity of nationally recognised training products issued by training providers.

This well established exchange of information between stakeholders and TAC includes meetings with:
  • various state and national industry regulators to discuss jurisdiction, complaint referral mechanisms, licensing requirements, changes to training products, the quality of training, as well as providing opportunities for TAC to seek specific industry expertise in relation to training, assessment, and RTO facilities and equipment to meet the requirements of the training product;
  • state and national government agencies and peak industry organisations with responsibility for VET to discuss developments in training packages, industry based issues or concerns with quality, and broader VET issues such as the AQF review, national quality reform, VET Delivered to Secondary Schools or mandatory work placements in training packages; and
  • VET regulators to discuss national quality reform, shared risks, jurisdiction, RTO quality and complaints about RTOs.
Additionally, stakeholder engagement informs TAC strategic reviews and customised professional development workshops for the sector.

These meetings provide rich and important intelligence that assists the Council in its work. The Council looks forward to continuing valued stakeholder engagement activities with RTOs, industry and VET stakeholders throughout 2022.

What's in this edition? 

  • TAC Education Program
  • Save the date - TAC Event in May
  • Focus on Quality - Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs 
  • WA Training Awards 2022
  • Transition Extensions
  • Course Accreditation update
  • Other important updates

TAC Education Program - upcoming events

March 2022

30 - Becoming an RTO

April 2022

8 - Assessment Validation
 

May 2022

10 - BUNBURY EVENT
Designing RTO Training and Assessment Strategies
 
10 - BUNBURY EVENT
Making an Assessment Decision 
 
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
 

SAVE THE DATE - TAC EVENT - 18 MAY 2022

TAC is running a half day event exclusively for TAC Registered RTOs.

Date:     Wednesday 18th May 2022
Time:     8.00am - 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
Venue:  The Boulevard Centre
              99 The Boulevard, Floreat

The event will provide a number of workshops considering issues related to training and assessment.

Registration details will be provided soon.
 

Focus on quality

Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs

Reference to RTO obligations to identify and respond to specific learner needs is found throughout the Standards including Clauses 1.2, 1.3b, 1.7, 1.8b, Standard 4 and Clauses 5.1 and 5.2b.

The glossary in the Standards defines educational and support services for learners and includes:
- language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) programs or referrals to these programs; and
- equipment resources and/or programs to increase access to learners with disabilities, and other learners in accordance with access and equity.
 
As per Clause 5.1, RTOs must provide accurate and accessible information to the learner prior to enrolment about the requirements of the training and the extent of support services an RTO can provide. 

While RTOs are not expected to be all things to all people, RTOs could provide marketing information to prospective learners that they can use to determine if the RTO and the programs it offers will be appropriate and accessible and will respond to their needs.

The Council has recently revised its Fact Sheet Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs which provides additional guidance and useful resources for RTOs.  

Additionally, guidance for RTOs on implementing reasonable adjustment can be found in the TAC Fact Sheet Reasonable Adjustment and Inclusive Practice.

2022 WA Training Awards

The WA Training Awards continue to put our State's top achievers in the spotlight by recognising and rewarding the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.
The Council is proud to support the 2022 WA Training Awards and encourages all RTOs to promote the awareness of the Awards within their organisations and to colleagues within the VET sector. 

Organisations and individuals from across Western Australia and from all areas of training are encouraged to nominate for the Awards. There are a number of award categories for which nominations can be made.

For more information and to apply for the awards visit the WA Training Awards website. Applications close on Friday 29 April 2022 and the Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony at Crown Perth on 21 September 2022.

The 2022 WA Training Awards are coordinated by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board.

 

Transition Extensions 

At the 299th meeting in March 2022, the Council agreed to: 

extend the transition periods for-

  • Two qualifications from the Health (HLT) Training Package

extend further to 31 May 2022 the transition periods for-

  • Ten units of competency that lead to the issuance of high risk work licences

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

Course Accreditation updates

Council extended the accreditation period for the following courses to 30 June 2023:

  • 52835WA Certificate IV in University Access Program;
  • 52750WA Diploma of Commerce Curtin Stream; and
  • 52751WA Diploma of Commerce UWA Stream.

Other important updates

Skills Reform update

RTOs and other stakeholders can continue to have their say about the quality of training through the Commonwealth Government's Quality Reform consultations. 
Have your say to improve VET for secondary schools students via the following feedback forms:
  • If you are a school, RTO or learner, or interested in improving VET for secondary students, share your views via the following feedback form here
  • If you are an industry representative or employer, share your views via this feedback form here.
Closing date for feedback is 5pm AEST 31 March 2022.

Latest NCVER Reports

NCVER have released a number of new reports including:

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