The Australian Government will replace the Community Development Program (CDP) and is committed to working in partnership with First Nations Peoples as the replacement program is developed. Interested parties, particularly those delivering services in remote Australia, who wish to be kept updated as work on the new jobs program progresses can register their interest with the NIAA. Register here: New remote jobs program | National Indigenous Australians Agency (niaa.gov.au).
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research *NCVER) have released a report exploring occupations that can be entered into via either a vocational education and training (VET) pathway or a higher education pathway. It examines whether these individuals do the same job tasks and roles, if there are differences in how well the qualifications prepare them for the role and whether they have the same occupation and employment outcomes, such as salary and career pathways.
Properly informing and protecting learners when delivering units of competency linked to occupational licensing – TAC
In a related update TAC have reminded RTOs that 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, TAC explains 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.
The LDSC will be hosting our annual RTO Forum in December 2022 (dates to be advised in October). RTOs are encouraged to send through questions and/or topic suggestions they would like to have considered at this year’s Forum. Please send your comments through to Amanda@ldsc.asn.au by COB Friday 30 September 2022.
Keep an eye out for next months’ newsletter announcing the presenters and dates for the Forum and information on how to register to attend. We look forward to seeing you all there.
The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) have also agreed to extend the transition arrangements for the following until 31/01/2023
Minister for Skills and Training, Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, announced an initiative to focus on simplifying VET qualifications, avoiding duplications and improving transferable skills. The Federal Government will work with states and territories, unions, and industry to make the qualifications system easier to understand, and focused on giving Australians transferable and relevant skills they need now and the future.
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The Bunbury Regional Business Engagement Forum is an exciting opportunity to hear about upcoming local work, incentives to engage new staff and the launch of a new $100,000 grant round to support business win and deliver more work in the South West. Hosted by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, the Bunbury Regional Business Engagement Forum is designed for WA small and medium enterprises operating in your region. You will hear about Government grant funding, trainee and apprenticeship initiatives support opportunities and networks in the region, and upcoming work and contracts.
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With a date now set for the opening of the Airport Line, the State Government has today announced changes to the extensive bus network that will better link the local community to the line's new stations. twenty-seven new buses will also be added to the network with around 50 additional drivers to be hired and trained as part of the expansion. The changes will deliver an additional 1.7 million bus service kilometres each year on the network, with 90 additional bus stops to be installed.
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A broad group of transport industry members have agreed on reforms to industry standards that prioritise safety and efficiency. A transport industry roundtable including major companies, associations, unions and federal ministers has backed a shared set of principles calling for reforms that set enforceable standards across the industry. The roundtable included workplace relations minister Tony Burke, Woolworths, Coles, Uber, DoorDash, major transport operators, industry associations and the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU). Ahead of the jobs and skills summit, the roundtable called for urgent action to ensure a safe, sustainable, viable, and fair road transport industry for all supply chain participants, including independent contractors, and non-employee transport workers in the on-demand and rideshare economy.
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Australia is embarking on the next generation of submarines and in doing so, ensuring Royal Australian Navy receive personnel training with UK partners under the AUKUS partnership. Having Royal Australian Navy submariners train alongside Royal Navy crews is an important step to further strengthen Australia’s defence ties. Australia welcomes submarine training opportunity from United Kingdom. Australia welcomes submarine training opportunity from United Kingdom.
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