VETinfoNews November 2019 edition

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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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