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Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority
Edition 48
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A message from the Director

The VRQA recently farewelled several Board members with the former VRQA Chair Tim Smith and members Graham Spencer and David Windridge finishing their terms on the VRQA Board.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Tim Smith for his leadership of the VRQA Board and Tim, Graham and David for their contribution to quality education and training in Victoria.

The Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills have provided the VRQA with a statement of expectations that outlines two new expectations for the VRQA for the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships and the review of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007. The statement of expectations has been published on the VRQA website.

There have been two significant developments in the regulation of education and training since the previous edition of e-news, which will be of interest to schools, RTOs and employers of apprentices.

A number of employers of commercial cookery apprentices have lost their ability to employ apprentices following a VRQA regulatory campaign.

We investigated 76 employers of commercial cookery apprentices around Victoria after identifying high rates of disputes and non-completion in this sector. The investigation found a number of issues relating to inappropriate supervision and training practices.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a vital part of Victoria’s training system. The VRQA will continue to work with unions, industry and relevant government agencies to conduct further apprenticeships campaigns that aim to address poor practices and promote quality training.

The Victorian Government is introducing compulsory child safe standards for registered schools and other organisations that work with children as part of its response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry.

The standards aim to create a culture where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.

The VRQA will be responsible for ensuring that registered schools and other organisations meet the requirements of the child safe standards. This will include working with school review bodies responsible for the registration and monitoring of government, Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist schools in Victoria.

Further information is available in this edition of e-news.

Lynn Glover


Employers lose ability to employ commercial cookery apprentices
 

A number of employers of commercial cookery apprentices have lost their approval to employ apprentices following a VRQA campaign.

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More information on how Employers lose their ability to employ commercial cookery apprentices
 
Child safe organisations
 

The Victorian Government is introducing compulsory child safe standards for organisations that work with children. Schools will be among the first organisations required to meet the standards.

 

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more information on Child safe organisations
 
Ministerial Statement of Expectations for the VRQA
 

The Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills have provided the VRQA with a statement of expectations that outlines new expectations for the VRQA.

 

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more information on the Ministerial Statement of expectations for the VRQA
 
VRQA Annual Report 2014–15
 

The VRQA Annual Report 2014–15 is now available on the VRQA website.

 

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more information on the VRQA 2014-15 Annual report
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