No requirement to upgrade TAE for trainers and assessors

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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!

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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

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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!

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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?

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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

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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

USI Updates

NCVER has recently reported that over 3 millions USIs have now been created with RTOs having created 570,000 of these.   The USI website has also been updated with some tips for RTOs on FAQs and how to: create a USI on behalf of a student verify a USI  find a USI 

Updates from NCVER in relation to data validation

  Download the September update here. Reminder to data entry/compliance officers to subscribe to these updates here. Also important for all RTOs who will be reporting total VET activity data in 2016 – you can now begin validation here.  Not all RTOs will have to do this – e.g. if you are reporting monthly data to SVTS or another state … Read More

We’ve settled into our new premises – please visit

You may or may not yet have had the chance to come and visit us at our brand new office. We’re very glad to have more space and better facilities both for working in and meeting clients.  Our meeting spaces include a downstairs boardroom with an inbuilt kitchenette, projector and power outlets around the main table and an upstairs ‘chill … Read More

Eduworks Resources News

Eduworks Resources have been busy reviewing and updating the look and feel of our products based on feedback from our customers. Our redesign has focused on being more user friendly to not only the students, but also to assessors.  Some of our changes include: a style ‘revamp’ – our materials have a brand new design mapping documents are now included … Read More

Get ready for tougher VTG contract compliance in 2016!

The Draft 2016 Victorian VET Funding Contract has been released and falls in line with tougher contract compliance requirements recommended in the Victorian VET Funding Review recently completed by Bruce Mackenzie. Expressions of Interest for RTOs looking to secure a Victorian Government 2016 VET Funding Contract have now closed, with a large number of RTOs submitting their applications. To ensure … Read More

VTG VET Funding Contract – 2016 Applications now open

2016 Victorian Training Guarantee Call out for Expressions of Interest released! The Department of Education and Training has issued a Call for Expression of Interest from Registered Training Organisations who are interested in applying for a 2016 VET Funding Contract under the Victorian Training Guarantee. Closing date for all expressions of interest is 2pm, 16th October 2015. The Government is … Read More