TAC Update - Issue 27 - April 2014
TAC Update - Issue 27 - April 2014
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2014 Strategic Industry Audit of VET in Schools in Western Australia
During 2013, the Training Accreditation Council endorsed a Strategic Industry Audit (SIA) of VET in Schools (VETiS) delivery in WA. The SIA will focus on the quality of training and assessment being provided to VETiS students across a number of industry areas and delivery arrangements.
The scope of the SIA has now been determined, and the audits of RTOs included in the sample will be conducted during May and June 2014. It is expected that the final report will be released later this year.
Adoption of National Guidelines
The Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009 have been updated to enable consistency with the national VET Regulator for the regulation of VET in Western Australia. The amended regulations take effect from 1 January 2014 requiring the Training Accreditation Council (The Council) to comply with the Standards for VET Regulators 2011.
On 13 February 2014, the council adopted the AQTF National Guidelines for a Registering Body as the Council's established guidelines underpinning its operations as a registering body, ensuring compliance with the Standards for VET Regulators 2011.
To view the Guidelines and Standards, please click the following links.
AQTF National Guidelines for a Registering Body
Standards for VET Regulators 2011
Increase in TAC Registration fees
Fees for registered training organisations will increase from 1 July 2014. The new schedule of fees, applicable to applications received from 1 July 2014, is available from the TAC website.
The method of calculation for Registration, Amendment to Registration and Annual Fees will not change significantly, and remains based on the scale and scope of a provider’s operations. For this reason, RTOs are encouraged to review their current scope of delivery to ensure that fees are not charged for qualifications that have expired or that the RTO no longer wishes to deliver. In some instances this will result in a reduction of fees payable and ensure that the information held on the national database training.gov.au is a true reflection of the RTO’s operations.
RTOs that wish to remove qualifications from scope can submit an amendment to scope application via RTONet https://stars.dtwd.wa.gov.au.
New Fees for Course Accreditation Applications
Fees for accredited course applications increased from 1 March 2014. The new schedule of fees, applicable to applications received from 1 March 2014, is available here.
Compliance Monitoring Audits
Under the updated VET Regulations, a new category of audit has been introduced which allows for the monitoring of ongoing compliance with the requirements of registration as a result of the outcomes of previous audits. This new category of audit is referred to as a Compliance Monitoring Audit (CMA) and will come into effect from 1 May 2014.
Further information regarding the criteria for a CMA and costs involved is available from the TAC website.
2014 WA Training Awards
The Council is supporting the 2014 WA Training Awards, by sponsoring the WA Trainer of the Year category.
The Awards recognise and reward individuals and organisations that have excelled in vocational education and training – from apprentices, trainees and vocational students, to training professionals, training providers and employers committed to the training and development of their staff.
There are a number of award categories and people and organisations from across Western Australia and from all areas of training are encouraged to nominate for the Awards.
The Council is proud to support the WA Trainer of the Year category and encourages all RTOs to promote the awareness of the Awards within their organisations and colleagues within the vocational education and training sector.
For more information or to register your interest, go online to http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or contact (08)6551 5609.
Nominations close on Friday May 9, 2014 and the Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Perth on 11 September 2014.
The 2014 WA Training Awards are coordinated by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board.
Training Providers Forum 2014
Training Providers Forum is Western Australia’s leading forum on training and workforce development.
This year's Forum will be held at Crown Perth, Burswood on Monday 19 May and Tuesday 20 May.
The two day conference and exhibition will provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals.
Who should attend?
Training Providers Forum is aimed at all those involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training (VET) in Western Australia.
It is anticipated that approximately 600 delegates will attend, from private and state training providers, Industry Skills Councils, schools, universities and other government departments.
How much will it cost to attend?
Two day Registration
Early Bird (before 18 April 2014) $550.00 inc GST
After 18 April 2014 $600.00 inc GST
One day Registration $300.00 inc GST
For the program, more information and to register: http://vetinfonet.dtwd.wa.gov.au/tpf
Trial to Extend VET FEE-HELP
The Australian Government has implemented a trial to extend VET FEE-HELP loans to selected subsidised Certificate IV qualifications at selected VET FEE-HELP providers. This trial commenced on 13 January 2014 and will continue until 31 December 2016.
For more information about the Certificate IV trial, please visit the Australian Government Department of Education's website.
Reminder: Standalone Delivery of Imported Units of Competency
If an RTO has a qualification on its scope of registration, that RTO can offer, deliver and issue statements of attainment for units of competency named as core or elective units within that qualification.
However, units that are not explicitly named as core or elective units within that qualification (e.g. imported units) cannot be offered on a standalone basis. These units must be added to an RTO's scope of registration separately.
Please note that applications for amendment to registration should be received 4 months in advance of the anticipated delivery date to allow sufficient time for review and processing.
Reporting Requirements for RTOs Registered with TAC
It is a requirement of registration with TAC that RTOs comply with mandatory reporting requirements. These reporting requirements include Quality Indicator Data and Client Qualification Register (CQR) Data. RTOs that have not submitted data by the required due date are not demonstrating compliance with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration and penalties may apply.
Client Qualification Register (CQR) data for the July - December 2013 reporting period is now overdue. For further information, due dates and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the 'RTO Reporting Requirements' flyer available on the TAC website.
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