VETinfoNews November 2019 edition

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of VETinfoNews We welcome your feedback and contributions. Please email us at
Welcome to the November 2019 edition of VETinfoNews
We welcome your feedback and contributions. Please email us at

The Lower fees, local skills program launched on 14 October and has been very well received.
Through the program, course fees for 34 VET qualifications will be halved in 2020 and 2021, and fees are capped annually at $400 for concession students and at $1,200 for non-concession students.
Go to to find out more!

WA VET Ambassadors: Matthew King

WA Trainer of the Year 2019 Matthew King took to the national stage last week where he added runner up in the Australian Trainer of the Year his plethora of achievements.

As an electrotechnology trainer at Swan Trade Training Centre, Mathew provides inspirational learning experiences whilst remaining relevant to industry.

With a genuine passion for working with young people, Matthew believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation.

As a VET Ambassador, Matthew will play a key leadership role promoting VET in Western Australia and continuing to seek opportunities to inspire innovative teaching practice for our vocational education and training sector.

New release of TAE training package
A new release of the TAE training package — TAE 3.0 — is now available on

It includes two new Inclusion of People with Disability cross sector units.

  • TAEXDB401 Plan and implement individual support plans for learners with disability
  • TAEXDB501 Develop and implement accessible training and assessment plans for learners with disability

Each of the following TAE qualifications has had one additional unit added to the elective bank.

  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development

What hasn’t changed

  • The bank of core units.
  • The trainer and assessor credential requirement upgrade (see FAQs here).
  • Requirements for learners who hold or are attaining the Certificate IV.

WA TAFE college governing council membership Expressions of interest 2020

Would you like to help shape the strategic direction of training in Western Australia?

Expressions of interest are now open for membership of the governing council of the Central Regional, North Metropolitan, North Metropolitan, North Regional, South Metropolitan and South Regional TAFE colleges. EOIs are also sought for the Governing Council Deputy Chairperson position at North Metropolitan  and South Regional TAFEs.

Applications are open until Friday 24 January 2020.

 Full details and how to apply

New VET partnerships to drive jobs growth in regional WA

Exciting new partnerships and programs from North Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE will focus on skills development for local communities, creating more apprenticeships and traineeships, and showcasing careers in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries to secondary school students.

Read the full story

Enterprise Training Program boosting training and upskilling

WA’s social assistance and allied health sector has welcomed the new Enterprise Training Program (ETP), which provides support to employers to help upskill their workforce. Working in partnership with an RTO, employers in the social assistance and allied health sector can apply for up to $300,000 in funding.

Funding for approximately 3,500 training places for aged care and disability care workers has been allocated since the roll-out of the pilot program, with skillsets linked to the Certificate IV in Ageingand the Certificate III in Individual Support the most common.

Read the full story >

In the South West of Australia, the Noongar seasonal calendar includes six seasons in a yearly cycle: Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang.Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually.

This weekend we enter Birak — the sixth of the Noongar seasons (December to January) – the first summer, season of the young. Birak sees the rains ease, and the warm weather take hold. Afternoons are cooled by the sea breezes that abound.

Traditionally, Noongar people enjoyed the bounty of fresh seafood this time of year, and burned sections of scrubland in mosaic patterns, to encourage new growth and make it easier to move across country.

Have you read the 153-page final report from the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework?
It’s available here on the Commonwealth Department of Education website >Would you like a quick explanation of what’s being proposed following the review of the AQF?
WorldSkills National Competitions coming to Perth in 2020!

In very exciting news for our Western Australian VET sector, it was recently announced that Perth will host Australia’s premier skills showcase the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.

Showcasing up to 60 different skill categories, this is Australia’s biggest VET competition. It brings together the nation’s best and brightest apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and industry professionals who will compete for the title of national champion in each skill category. It’s going to be an action-packed event! Be sure to stay with VETinfoNews for all the latest updates and announcements.

Read the full story

TeamWA is getting ready!

On Friday 22 November, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced the WA Training Squad for the WorldSkills Australia national championships at a special medal ceremony.

Recognised for their outstanding performance throughout the regional WorldSkills competitions, 196 competitors received medals with 66 being nominated for the WA Training Squad. From this squad, the WA team will be selected to compete as Team WA at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships here in Perth 13—15 August next year.
Read the full story

The Australian Training Awards were held on Thursday 21 November in Brisbane,
and once again the best of VET in WA VET was in the spotlight.

Two of WA’s nine nominees from the WA Training Awards 2019 winners received accolades.

Barminco, one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services, won the the prestigious Large Employer of the Year Award in recognition of their excellent training programs, dedication to staff development and successful partnerships with RTOs.

Matthew King, an electrotechnology trainer at Swan Trade Training Centre, came in runner-up position for the Australian Trainer of the Year Award.  Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course run by in-house staff in Western Australia.

Wayne Collyer, former Managing Director at South Metropolitan and Central Regional TAFEs,  was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the VET sector over more than 30 years.

Throughout his career Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees, including his executive membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Board.

Read the full story

Applications for the 2020 WA Training Awards open in February 2020! 

Nominations now open for 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards
The Awards applaud the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people under 29.
Nominations close 11 December.  Find out more
Great resource for VET promotion and training information

The SUCCEED magazine, from, is an excellent resource to promote VET to students and clients. Topics include:

  • what is VET, and what to expect from a VET course;
  • study options that VET offers;
  • an explanation of qualification pathways;
  • information about training providers; and
  • an overview of course fees and student loan options.

It also has VET success stories to inspire and motivate students, a section promoting apprenticeships and traineeships, and career development information. Last but not least, it provides a comprehensive profile for 15 industry areas, each with a “what to study” course list aligned with industry categories and career possibilities.

Take a look at SUCCEED

  • Perth is now even more attractive for international students, boosting education, training, jobs and tourism for Western Australia.
    Read the full story
  • In an Australian first, TAFE has partnered with Rio Tinto to develop a new Certificate IV in Remove Operations qualification that will create career pathways.
    Read the full story
  • WA energy utility providers join forces with TAFE to upskill WA workers to service the future electrical landscape.
    Read the full story
  • Bel Skinner, a music lecturer at North Regional TAFE, was nominated for an ARIA award as Music Teacher of the Year, a first for the VET sector.
    Read the full story
  • Reduced course fees under the new Lower fees, local skills program are paving the way for training aligned with new METRONET jobs.
    Read the full story
This selection of news stories is from

Applications are open until 13 December
2020 Industry Skills Forecast: What does your industry need?

Artibus Innovation has been commissioned by the Australian Government to support the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for Construction, Plumbing and Services and Property Services in their work reviewing, renewing and developing vocational education and training (VET) within their sectors. You’re invited to have your say.

TAC education program for RTOs and VET practitioners

As part of the Training Accreditation Council’s commitment to provide registered training organisations and VET practitioners in Western Australia with professional development opportunities, they deliver an education program.

TAC has delivered a great range of workshops through 2019 to support our WA VET sector, and we look forward to seeing what they’ll be offering in 2020.

Missed something?
TAC provide recordings of their most popular workshops, and downloadable resources, on their website.

View the available recorded sessions and resources

Automotive consultations and projects
A number of AUT projects are in initial consultation or training product review/development stage, including heavy and light vehicle, marine, motorcyle, sales and administration, and body repair qualifications and skill sets. View the AUT projects

Draft rail materials
TACs have finalised draft TLI training package materials for the Network Fault support and the Train and Network Control Operations Review projects. AIS invites you to provide feedback.

Rail Network Fault Support
 Train and Network Control Operations

Exhibited Animal Care and Marine Wildlife Project
Feedback is invited for the updated Certificates III and IV in Captive Animals, new units of competency and new skill sets.

 Have your say

Business services
Business enterprise skills and technical skills projects in the BSB training package are now available for review and feedback is invited. BSB projects

Creative Arts and Culture (CUA)
TDraft training products for a numver of areas within the CUA training package, including Screen, media and broadcasting, Arts and Health, and Music, are now available for review and feedback.

 Review of CUA

New projects for new skills as Gas industry expands
The Gas Industry Reference Committee has initiated four projects to review and develop qualifications and occupational skills standards to address the changing skill needs of the industry.
 Find out more

The Commonwealth Government’s new National Careers Institute (NCI) will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.

Newly appointed Careers Ambassador Scott Cam is working with the NCI to make sure individuals and business can take advantage of the career pathways on offer. Resources, including career development videos, will become available over the next few months.

Visit the NCI website

WA Industry Training Councils on Facebook

Did you know that most of our WA ITCs are on Facebook? Visit them via the links below, and follow their page to keep up with all the latest news.
WA nominal hours guides

The following WA nominal hours guides have been finalised for the training package, and are now available for download from the Department’s website.

  • ACM Animal care and management (v3)
  • CPC Construction, plumbing and services (v9.5)
  • MEA Aeroskills (v4)
  • MST Textiles, clothing and footwear (v2)
  • MST Textiles, clothing and footwear (v2.1)
  • SFI Seafood industry (v1)
  • TLI Transport and logistics (v5.1)
Free NCVER webinar
The dynamics of qualifications: Implications for VET
Join NCVER in this free webinar as they explore new research into how industry demand for VET and higher education qualifications has shifted over a decade. Tuesday 10 December 2019 from 1.30—2.00 pm ACDT.If you can’t attend the webinar, you can read the paper

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VET provider up for auction

Potential buyers are taking taking a close look at Torrens University ahead of an auction. Supplied
Think Education is part of an up-for-sale $500 million-plus portfolio of education sector businesses that also includes Adelaide-based Torrens University. The Australian and New Zealand arm of US-based company Laureate Education is expected to be auctioned early next year with Goldman Sachs being hired recently to drum up interest in the sale.

Online VET courses show mixed outcomes

By Tabatha Griffin, Mandy Mihelic Research report 21 October 2019 978-1-925717-39-6

Vocational education and training (VET) courses delivered entirely online have higher non-completion levels than other modes of training, but for students who do complete, employment outcomes can be comparable to those delivered via other modes, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

“Little is known about the online delivery of entire VET qualifications,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“We estimate that around 8.6% of all VET program commencements in 2017 were in courses delivered fully online, which is not an insignificant figure.

“Since the VET sector is underpinned by a competency-based training system, it can experience some unique challenges in the use of online learning. This study shows us that a high-quality online course can result in good outcomes for those students that complete the course.”

“Online VET however is characterised by higher subject withdrawal rates and lower course completion rates. Consultations with training providers revealed that online learning, like any form of learning, does not suit every individual or situation.”

The report uses data from NCVER collections and surveys along with information gathered from interviews with RTOs delivering qualifications fully online to examine trends across all qualifications, and in more detail for 17 individual qualifications.

It identifies five key factors that contribute to good practice in online course delivery: positive, supportive training providers, students with realistic expectations, well-structured and up-to-date resources catering to a range of learning preferences, effective student support systems, and skilled, empathetic trainers with good problem-solving skills.

“What’s important to note is that many of these good practice attributes are not unique to the online delivery context; however, how they are implemented may be,” Mr Walker said.

“The lower course completion rates can be due to many factors. This report cannot further differentiate between poor course delivery and delivery that is incompatible with a student or a situation as reasons for higher subject withdrawal and course non-completion.

“However, these findings suggest that clearer guidelines of when a qualification is unsuited to delivery in a fully-online environment, and consistency in qualification specifications of delivery aspects such as work placements and teaching when courses are delivered fully online, may be warranted.”

The report Online delivery of VET qualifications: current use and outcomes is now available at

Media enquiries: Helen Wildash M: 0448 043 148 E:

About NCVER: we are the principal provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy-makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.


Industry panel to get say in VET plan

Skills Minister Michaelia Cash. Picture: Kym Smith
Skills Minister Michaelia Cash. Picture: Kym Smith

n a greater say over the direction of skills policy through the creation of a 19-member panel to help oversee the implementation of the government’s $525m plan to boost the Vocational Education and Training system.

The move is aimed at giving industry greater ownership of the government’s reform package that was announced in the April budget, with some of the nation’s highest-profile business groups being represented on the panel including the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Skills Minister Michaelia Cash will make the announcement today and argue that the new panel — dubbed the “Industry VET Stakeholder Committee” — will help the government to achieve its target of creating more than 1.25 million jobs during the next five years.

“We are acutely aware of the workforce requirements in the Australian economy,” Senator Cash said.

“Our reform agenda will ­deliver better outcomes for Australians who make the choice to pursue a VET pathway.

“The committee brings ­together representatives of business councils, consumer advocates, peak body representatives, registered training organisations, and public, private, community and not-for-profit providers.

“Together we will improve the VET system through collaboration of commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and training providers, and shift community perceptions around industry-focused training.

“A strong VET sector will support millions of Australians to obtain the skills they need to participate and prosper in the modern economy.”

The panel of 19 industry figures held its inaugural meeting in Canberra last week and will meet regularly once a month through to June 2023 to help identify future skills shortages and ensure that Australians are equipped to fill these roles.

Other groups represented on the panel include major accounting firms KPMG and PwC as well as the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia, TAFE Directors Australia, the National Australian Apprenticeships Association, Community Colleges Australia and Adult Learning Australia.

Scott Morrison has flagged that VET reforms are a key reform agenda priority and is working to deal with the challenges outlined in the Joyce review that declared confidence in the sector was declining, outcomes were inconsistent and not aligning with industry needs and that the system was too complex to navigate for students.

At the Council of Australian Governments meeting in August, state and territory leaders agreed to work together through a new skills council to identify ­future reform priorities by the end of the year and develop a “reform road map” in early 2020.


Hey big spender, spend a little time on VET

Solid future: Young Aussies with a VET qualification have some of the best chances in the world of a secure and well-paid job.
Solid future: Young Aussies with a VET qualification have some of the best chances in the world of a secure and well-paid job.

 Solid future: Young Aussies with a VET qualification have some of the best chances in the world of a secure and well-paid job.

Australia’s education system is far from underfunded. But vocational education and training (VET) has been neglected at the expense of schools and universities.

This means young people are missing out on career paths into lucrative industries – and those industries, especially in regional Australia, are seeing rising skill shortages.

Many students are turned off VET as an education option while still at school, during the prime years to be starting it.

This has been blamed on “education snobbery” in Australia’s funding priorities.

A recent OECD report shows that Australia forks out far more than most other countries on schools and universities

But VET has been left short-changed to the tune of around 46% less than the OECD average.

These funding priorities don’t make educational or economic sense.

VET can provide skills that are in hot demand, particularly outside the major cities. 

Unfilled jobs – many in traditional trades – have increased almost seven times faster in regional areas than in metro ones since 2015.

Compounding this problem, the numbers of students choosing VET at school have fallen over the past decade.

Across the country, only about one in four students in our schoolsparticipates in some form of VET. 

And this slide is accelerating – with a 7% decrease since 2014, along with a 13% drop in school-based apprenticeships.

But research shows that trying out, and sticking with, VET during school leads students to make better decisions about their future work and study options.

This is more important than ever, with technology changing the future – and availability – of work in many of the professions that rely on a university degree.

We have to change course if we are to stem the increasing drain on skills.

Fitting more VET into school is not a matter of more class time or more money – our students already spend among the most time in class in the world and we spend more money than most. 

It is a matter of our education system’s priorities.

Despite (valid) criticism of some parts of Australia’s VET system in recent years, it has generally served us well.

Young Aussies with a VET qualification have some of the best chances in the world of a secure and well-paid job. 

Compared to other countries, they have nearly the same prospects – in terms of job availability and wage levels – as uni students. 

In fact, many do considerably better with trades training than going to uni.

Too many school advisers have convinced parents and students that uni is the only viable post-school option. 

For those who give VET a try during school, too many are persuaded to drop it for fear of ending up in an allegedly “dead end” job.

NSW Skills Minister Geoff Lee has lamented this “cultural bias” that favours university over VET. 

In a recent interview, CEO of Australian Industry Trade College Mark Hands labelled what we have as an “educational caste system” with VET students “second-class citizens.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, last month urged that VET “be thought of in the same sentence” as a university degree. Lee’s suggestion – and, for that matter, the Prime Minister’s – is to “talk up TAFE.”

However, as they say, talk is cheap. Restoring confidence in VET was recommended in a major review of the system earlier this year. 

A key part of this included bringing more vocational pathways into years 11 and 12 – requiring action to “boost industry confidence in VET delivery in schools”.

Yet it’s been months since the government announced a “VET upgrade“, only to be put on hold again when a fix was relegated to a “next year’s problem” by COAG.

We don’t want to be a country of “educational snobs”‘ but we have allowed the VET system to be left behind, and we risk ending up with a generation missing out on viable careers.

We don’t want to be a country of “educational snobs”‘ but we have allowed the VET system to be left behind, and we risk ending up with a generation missing out on viable careers. We all want educational bang for the buck. 

We all want educational bang for the buck. 

VET would pack a mightier punch than senselessly pumping more money into education areas that are already well funded. 

It’s time to look hard at priorities.

Glenn Fahey is an education research fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies and formerly with the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Employer Partner Program attracts high flyers

The Morrison Government today launched its Employer Partner Program at the QantasLink hangar in Perth as part of National Skills Week.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the program brings together Government and industry to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET).

“I’m delighted to announce that we’ve had Qantas, PwC Australia, Hays Recruitment, Lendlease, the BBC, Aspen Medical and CSIRO Data61 sign up to the Employer Partner Program,” Minister Irons said.

“Together we want to reach students who are about to embark on their first career and those looking to upskill or step into a new career, to let them know the kinds of opportunities that VET can help them realise.

“By joining the Employer Partner Program, these businesses are letting job seekers know their doors are open to VET graduates.

“With the employment landscape changing, what industry requires from graduates and the workforce is versatility, education and hands-on experience.”

The Employer Partner Program is part of the Australian Government’s VET Information Strategy-an initiative in the $525 million skills package announced in April this year-which will ensure Australia’s VET sector delivers the skills critical to the economy, both now and into the future.

“For those thinking about future study, there is funding available from the Australian Government to help students start a VET course today.

“There are courses in a huge range of areas – from aerospace to building and construction, to business, finance, health, science and engineering, hospitality and information technology, and so much more.

“We are working together to ensure that Australian businesses are able to find the skilled employees they need to thrive.”

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