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Australian Government consultations on Unduly Short Courses and Training Product Reform

The Australian Government is currently conducting consultations on discussion papers relating to Unduly Short Courses and Training Product Reform.

Further information is available at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training website.

Skills Tasmania encourages organisations that identify issues in either discussion paper that might affect them to make a submission.

Submissions close on 9 March 2018.

To discuss any concerns about either of these projects relevant to your organisation please contact barb.dunford@skills.tas.gov.au in the first instance.


Unduly short courses

In June 2017, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released its strategic review on unduly short courses in VET. The review made a number of recommendations, including:

  • updating the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 to define ‘amount of training’ to include supervised learning and assessment activities required for training packages and accredited courses
  • enabling industry reference committees to include the ‘amount of training in training packages when they are revised or developed
  • requiring RTOs to publish product disclosure statements (PDS) for their training products that would include the ‘amount of training’ for each training product.

The review is available on ASQA’s website.

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has released a public discussion paper on its website for consultation.

Skills Tasmania encourages organisations that identify issues that might affect them to make a submission in response to the discussion paper. The recommendations are particularly relevant to organisations within the following sectors:

  • aged care/disability services
  • children’s services
  • education and training
  • equine
  • security
  • construction (specifically the white card qualification).

Lodge your submission here.

Submissions close on 9 March 2018.


Training Product Reform

On 1 April 2016 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (CISC) agreed to commence complementary longer term work to ensure that training packages remain relevant in the future, and support skills development as technology and industry changes.

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has released a public discussion paper on its website for consultation.

This discussion paper covers issues such as

  • The case for change- whether capacity of current training products have the capacity to meet future needs.
  • Whether future skills and foundation skills should form part of all qualifications.
  • How theoretical knowledge can best be assessed and whether there should be a greater focus on this.
  • Whether targeted qualifications should be expanded to provide a broader range of outcomes to provide learners with a broader and more transferrable set of skills.
  • Whether qualifications should have a minimum number/proportion of core units and electives and whether there should be minimum numbers of technical/foundation/future skills and units from other training packages.
  • Whether training packages are useful for determining training needs and whether there is a need for additional flexibility in ways of grouping qualifications.
  • The benefits and disadvantages of common units and the barriers to adopting them.
  • The links between skill sets and qualifications and how skill sets could better meet the needs of industry and students.
  • Whether there should be tighter guidelines around accredited courses to focus them on outcomes that are not covered by existing training packages.

The paper should be read in conjunction with the paper Training Product Reform – what is the case for change?

Skills Tasmania encourages organisations that identify issues that might affect them to make a submission in response to the discussion paper. You can make your submission on the response form and submit it by email.

Submissions close on 9 March 2018.