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Career Start
Career Start is a new program through which an entitlement to a Tasmanian Government Subsidised training place in a first Certificate III qualification is available. Career Start aims to increase relevant work skills in the Tasmanian community and is open to all Tasmanians aged 15 - 64 years.

Endorsed RTO System
A Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO System has been developed to support quality assurance for registered training organisations (RTOs) receiving Tasmanian Government subsidies for training services. The System protects the integrity and reputation of the Tasmanian training market.

Introduction of VET FEE-HELP
FEE-HELP for the vocational education and training (VET) sector (see VET FEE-HELP) Income Contingent Loans (ICLs) to government subsidised students at Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels through TasTAFE. Private RTOs can also apply to be a VET FEE-HELP provider. VET FEE-HELP will be available to TasTAFE students from July 2014.

Variable Subsidy Policy and Mechanism
A Variable Subsidy Policy and Mechanism has been implemented by Skills Tasmania to determine government subsidy levels to meet the real cost of training. The system enables prices to be adjusted depending on the delivery costs associated with various VET qualifications and other variables.

Strategic industry advice
Skills Tasmania has a range of programs, initiatives and activities that are focused on seeking strategic industry advice and providing support for employers. This advice is provided via initiatives such as formal Strategic Industry Partnerships, the Department of State Growth, Regional Industry Leaders Forums and the work of various committees and consultations. This work is a key aspect of the Tasmanian Government's planning process in meeting current and future skills needs of the State.

Independent Validation of RTO Assessment
Independent Validation of RTO Assessment includes a number of projects which involve working with industry and RTOs to ensure training outcomes meet the practical needs of employers. Employers can have confidence that students completing training are work ready with relevant skills and knowledge.

Supporting TasTAFE to ensure a strong public training provider in Tasmania's VET sector.

Government to Government Information Exchange
National cooperation and collaboration to improve Government to Government Information Exchange through the development of a shared information model to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the VET system, and increase transparency and value for money on public training funds. This includes a framework for sharing data and an online data storage and retrieval system.

Enhanced National Data Collection

Enhanced National Data Collection projects will improve measurement of total VET activity of all RTOs through the new national AVETMISS 7.0 Standard. AVETMISS 7.0 will provide a better understanding of VET activity in Tasmania and help Skills Tasmania make better informed choices about funding and support for Tasmanian learners, particularly equity groups.

The new reporting arrangements include mandatory reporting of all training activity, including non-government funded activity. Find out more on VET activity reporting for all RTOs

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) will give students easier access to their VET records by providing accurate and comprehensive information about students' training achievements within the VET system. The USI will help build a consistent, national system for the storage of training information with benefits to students, training organisations, employers and governments. The USI has been implemented to cover training activity from 1 January 2015. For more information visit

My Skills Website

The My Skills Website ( provides potential and current students, jobseekers and employers with information about VET course options and help to find a training provider that best meets their needs.