Retention of apprentices critical during COVID-19 pandemic

Retention of apprentices critical during COVID-19 pandemic
Ron Maxwell, VERTO CEO is urging employers to consider the importance of retaining apprentices.
The Morrison Government has committed to the future of our apprentices with their stimulus package, announcing wage subsidies and financial support that will help around 70,000 businesses to retain 117,000 apprentices. The impacts of COVID-19 has impacted on many trades where a large proportion of the operators are small businesses, many have seen a significant downturn. These small businesses play an important role in developing the next generation and ensuring a strong future for their industries and the communities in which they live and work.

Feature Article: Preparing your ASQA CEO annual declaration response

Submission of annual declaration:

RTOs must submit their annual declaration on compliance by midnight 31 March. ASQA has sent an email on Friday 21 February 2020 to each RTO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)containing a unique URL to the RTOs survey. A reminder email was also sent by ASQA to CEO’s on Friday 13 March 2020 advising of the requirement.

If the CEO’s email has not been received by your RTO check your details in ASQAnet urgently and take action to rectify any errors with contact details.  Notify ASQA immediately so the email with the survey link can be sent to the CEO. Not receiving the email is not an excuse to fail to submit your RTO’s declaration as it is a requirement of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs) 2015.

RTO obligations:

RTOs are required to adhere to Clauses 2.1; 8.1; and 8.4 specifically in the SRTOs 2015:

Clause 2.1

The RTO ensures it complies with these Standards at all times, including where services are being delivered on its behalf. This applies to all operations of an RTO within its scope of registration.

Clause 8.1 

The RTO cooperates with the VET Regulator:

  • by providing accurate and truthful responses to information requests from the VET Regulator relevant to the RTO’s registration
  • in the conduct of audits and the monitoring of its operations
  • by providing quality/performance indicator data
  • by providing information about substantial changes to its operations or any event that would significantly affect the RTO’s ability to comply with these standards within 90 calendar days of the change occurring
  • by providing information about significant changes to its ownership within 90 calendar days of the change occurring
  • in the retention, archiving, retrieval and transfer of records.

Clause 8.4

The RTO provides an annual declaration on compliance with these Standards to the VET [vocational education and training] regulator and in particular whether it:

  1. currently meets the requirements of the Standards across all its scope of registration and has met the requirements of the Standards for all AQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] certification documentation it has issued in the previous 12 months
  2. has training and assessment strategies and practices in place that ensure that all current and prospective learners will be trained and assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Standards.

CEO responsibility:

Whether the CEO completes the declaration on their own or in consultation with RTO compliance staff the responses provided should be honest and accurate. Therefore, reliable sources of data must be referred to when responding to each question asked in the survey. Information from the RTOs internal audits, reviews or quality checks are critical indicators of the RTOs past and current compliance status. If your organisation has adhered to Clause 2.1. by ensuring it is compliant with the SRTOs 2015 at all times you should have been ‘systematically’ monitoring the RTO’s compliance and have analysed the data obtained by your compliance activities.


If your RTO does not have current and reliable data on its compliance status you should follow ASQA’s advice provided in the correspondence sent to the CEO and utilise ASQA’s Self-Assessment Tool to assist in preparation of the annual declaration.  If your RTO does not have the capability or resources to undertake the self-assessment or preparation of the annual declaration then seek assistance from experts like EDministrate to ensure you fully comply with ASQA’s requirements.


TV presenter defends his taxpayer-funded paycheque

TV presenter defends his taxpayer-funded paycheque
TV presenter defends his taxpayer-funded paycheque
Scott Cam has it back at the recent criticism levelled at this efforts thus far as national careers ambassador suggesting it is no-ones business how he negotiated his  $345,000 salary. According to the celebrity tradesman, his salary is the ‘value of his brand and the profile’

NSW reviewing its vocational education and training system

NSW reviewing its vocational education and training system

The VET review commissioned by the NSW government aims to respond to challenges including a dramatic decline in VET participation and course completion rates. Close to half (47.5 per cent) of students who do enrol fail to complete their course.   Its terms of reference will include how university courses might incorporate vocational education and training (VET) courses to help students become more job-ready.

Calls for reform in the tertiary education system in Australia

Calls for reform in the tertiary education system in Australia

Australia’s dual-sector universities are calling on governments to implement landmark recommendations reforming the tertiary education system.  The institutions are advocating for better links between VET and higher education, and for both sectors to provide more flexibility for students in course offerings. 

VET International Practitioner Fellowships |VDC NEWS | Edition 3 | February 26 2020

VET International Practitioner Fellowships

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute is offering five (5) Fellowships of $13,000 to  VET practitioners who are employed within Victorian Government contracted Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including TAFEs, private RTOs and Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board registered Learn Local providers (LLp).