VETx – October event

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Our second networking event for the year is here! VETx in October sponsored by Axcelerate, focuses on legal and accounting practices for RTOs, with guest speakers Scott La Rocca – Senior Associate of HWL Ebsworth presenting on ‘Navigating social media and privacy laws for RTOs‘ and Tony Jolley, CPA of JPR Business Group discussing ‘6 ways RTOs can get the most out of their accountant.’ Come … Read More

The state of the Australian Vet sector

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6 Changes in VET that need to happen now. by Sally Tansley (RTO Quality Consultant and Auditor) Ongoing change is an inevitable part of our sector with the next cab on the rank being the review of the National VET Regulator (NVETR) Act 2011 (or will that be scrutiny of international education provision as per the recent release by ASQA … Read More

Scheduling validation

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What scheduling validation really looks like. by Eric Marchesani Ok we all know that we need to have a validation schedule, but what does this look like and how do we know the right amount of units and sample size? ASQA says “Your RTO will need to develop a schedule to validate each training product (AQF qualification, skill set, unit … Read More

ASQAs New Audit Model

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How ASQAs new audit model will affect your RTO. by Emily Hodge All ASQA registered RTOs and CRICOS providers who are subject to an audit by ASQA for any reason (compliance or applications) will be affected by ASQAs new audit model. These changes have a greater impact on compliance audits than on application audits. Applicants in the process of registering to … Read More

Network with leaders in the VET sector!


Our first networking event is here! The RTO Advice Group Insider event series kicks off in July 2017. Date: 27th July Time: 4pm-6pm Venue: Metropole Fitzroy, Vic                 Key speakers for the event include Stella Harros, Marketing Education Veteran from Due-North who will be giving insights into ‘How the power of analytics can help … Read More

Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) Amendment 2017

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As of the 29th June 2017, the Standards for RTOs 2015 have been updated under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. How does this affect Trainers and Assessors? Changes have been made to the following clauses relating to trainers and assessors = Clauses 1.11, 1.14, 1.15, 1.18, 1.23 and 1.24 This amendment states that from 31 March … Read More

No requirement to upgrade TAE for trainers and assessors


We’ve been getting some enquiries from clients about whether there is any requirement for trainers and assessors to upgrade their Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to the new TAE40116. We’ve also seen some providers advertising that trainers and assessors need to get ahead of this before 2017 in order to comply with the Standards. ASQA has not released any requirement for … Read More

How to manage trainer professional development in your RTO

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Ensuring trainers and assessors are receiving the right amount of high quality and relevant professional development is a common pain point for RTO Managers and Compliance Managers. As an industry it seems to be a battle we can never quite win but with the stakes so high, it’s certainly one we need to become better at tackling. The VET industry … Read More

Applied for a 2017 Skills First Contract? Get ready for your Performance Review now!


If you applied for a Skills First contract to deliver government-funded training in Victoria under the Skills First contract in 2017, the Department has already started conducting their performance reviews. Our experience so far is that RTOs are contacted by the Department and  only given 1-3 days’ notice of the performance review. Some of our clients have had theirs already … Read More

Tips for preparing for an audit


The audit process can often feel quite overwhelming for RTOs, and if it’s your first time, you may not know where to start. In this article, Shashi Hodge, Director of RTO Advice Group, explains the audit process and discusses documentation requirements. Tips for preparing for an audit RTO: I have just received notice of my audit date. What are the … Read More

Confused about moderation and validation? You’re not alone!


Confused about validation and moderation? You’re not alone… Written by Shashi Hodge, Managing Director of RTO Advice Group If you’re confused about what validation means these days, no-one could blame you. Assessment validation has had a variety of meanings in VET over the years and the release of the Standards for RTOs by ASQA in 2015 brought a new dimension … Read More

10 tips for writing your next Training and Assessment Strategy

This list in not exhaustive however it is a guide to a few things that can commonly be missed in Training & Assessment Strategies (TAS) and some tips/questions for improving your tools.  This list has been written in response to lots of recent audits and experience with the ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015, however the same principles can be applied … Read More

Keep ahead of the regulator: Are you on top of these 3 areas?

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ASQA has released details of their regulatory strategy for 2016/2017 and three target areas they will focus on.  This strategy has been developed as a result of the 2015 Environmental Scan which identified a number of risks through consultation, VET data analysis and market research. 1. Learner Protection This target was largely introduced due to the recent reports on inappropriate … Read More

Contribute to accreditation for Grad Dip in VET Quality Systems and Compliance

Training Partners Australia in collaboration with RTO Advice Group consultants, Sally Tansley and Jacqui Hodge, are developing an accredited course that we have proposed to call “Graduate Diploma in VET Quality Systems and Compliance.” We have been talking for some time about the skills gap in the RTO compliance area and have decided to take some action to address this problem. Background … Read More

Not All RTOs are Up to Scratch: Are You Compliant?


An investigation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) found that only one in three private training providers (of 21 audited) were fully compliant. A separate analysis by ASQA found that 13% of RTOs had compliance issues. The results suggest that many registered training organisations still have some way to go before reaching full compliance with the new national Standards … Read More

USI Recovery – new tool in student portal

Students can now go onto the Student Portal on the USI website and enter in their mobile number, email address or personal details  to have their USI sent to them. Previously the USI portal required more time consuming data verification from students. How does this impact my RTO? Ensure your student admissions team and support team understand this change so … Read More

RTO Set-Up: What You Need to Know


Establishing and operating a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) can be a great pathway to a fulfilling business career. From delivering recognised qualifications that support students in achieving their professional goals to working with trainers and assessors passionate about teaching, RTO owners have the potential to build a highly successful business while supporting others with broadening their career goals. Before you … Read More

Extension to Transition Periods for new qualifications

Due to a high level of activity the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has released a notification in regard to an extension to transition periods for Training Packages that were released between September 2015 and March 2016. Usually the transition period for Training Packages is 12 months (Standards for RTOs 2015,  Standard 1.26)– this has now been extended for … Read More

The new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)

The old TAE40110 has now been superseded and replaced with the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment which is now in effect.  Here are the key changes that may impact your RTO. Update to the packaging rules There are now a total of 9 core units of competency and 1 elective unit of competency. Of the 9 core units … Read More

Crack down on VET FEE- HELP arrangements

Following lots of recent media attention in relation to brokers unethically enrolling students into Diploma level courses by targeting disadvantaged students, overpriced courses and offering sign up incentives such as free laptops (abc news article here); there have been a number of responsive actions both from the government and the national regulatory authority (ASQA), including:    Tougher  guidelines – announced … Read More