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2012 News Archive

14 December 2012: Information Sheet No. 3 - Registered Schools in Victoria

In order to provide our stakeholders with useful information that will assist them to make informed decisions we have developed the third information sheet for 2012.

This information sheet features statistics on Registered Schools in Victoria (pdf - 61.92kb)

A copy of this document can be downloaded via the link above.

6 December 2012: The VRQA is moving

6 December 2012: The VRQA is moving

The VRQA is moving to 2, Lonsdale Street, Caselden Place, Melbourne on Friday 7 December 2012. 

There will be an interruption to VRQA business from 12:00pm on Friday 7 December. We will resume normal business at 9.00am on Monday 10 December 2012. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

6 December 2012: Victorian Skills Gateway

The Victorian Skills Gateway is the one-stop-shop for information about jobs, courses and vocational training providers in Victoria. Information about jobs and courses is tailored to specific users, including students, careers practitioners, employers, adult learners and parents, helping them align their choices with the needs of the Victorian labour market.

A suite of video and written stories offer a fresh insight into jobs in demand, and users can also determine their eligibility for a government-subsidised training place under the Victorian Training Guarantee with an eligibility indicator tool.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is tablet and smartphone-friendly, with no app downloads required, so people can start their search for information about an occupation, course or a training provider from wherever they may be.

19 October 2012: VRQA Future Direction Statement

A new VRQA Future Direction Statement (pdf - 2.52mb) has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders, Board members and staff. A statement outlining the way forward for the VRQA is now appropriate considering:

  • the desirability of accounting for learnings from the VRQA’s first six years of operation, and for stakeholders’ views
  • changing principles of, and approaches to, regulation in Victoria
  • expansion of the VRQA’s powers and roles since it was established
  • the VRQA’s changed scope, after the establishment of the Australian Skills Quality Authority and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

The statement has been endorsed by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Minister for Education and the VRQA Board. 

17 October 2012: Second report on VET regulation for the National Skills Standards Council

The VRQA now reports twice yearly to the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) on VET regulation. The second report is available to download.

24 August 2012: Information Sheet No. 2 – Vocational education and training providers in Victoria

In order to provide our stakeholders with useful information that will assist them to make informed decisions we have developed the second information sheet for 2012.

This information sheet features statistics on vocational education and training providers in Victoria (pdf - 61.07kb).

A copy of this document can be downloaded via the link above.

10 July 2012: VRQA response to recent media attention

The VRQA continues to draw media attention due to confusion between provider regulation and contract administration. In response to recent articles the VRQA Chair Stuart Hamilton has written to the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Financial Review. The letter (pdf - 314.75kb) accurately sets out VRQA’s role in VET regulation and the outcomes of this approach in recent years.

10 July 2012: Report on VET regulation for the National Skills Standards Council

The VRQA now reports twice yearly to the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) on VET regulation. The first report is available to download.

26 June 2012: Review of standards for the regulation of VET - release of consultation paper

The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) has asked that the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), as a priority, undertake a broad ranging review of the standards for the regulation of vocational education and training (VET), focussing on issues of quality.

The first stage of the NSSC’s review consultation process centres on the consultation paper released on 8 June 2012 – Review of the Standards for the Regulation of Vocational Education and Training.

The consultation paper is designed to stimulate thought and provoke discussion. The paper will confirm the need for and extent of change with the national standards for the regulation of VET, which will enable the NSSC to appropriately set the priority areas and approach to the review of the standards.

The NSSC is seeking feedback to the consultation paper from all interested stakeholders by Friday 13 July 2012.

The consultation paper contains several questions to guide submissions which are summarised in Appendix A to the paper. The consultation paper and instructions for submissions from stakeholders are available on the NSSC website.

The NSSC will also be seeking feedback on the issues raised in the paper at consultation sessions with Commonwealth and State and Territory governments, VET Regulators, Industry Skills Councils, peak bodies, and other key stakeholders.

It is anticipated that the outcome of the review will be one national set of standards for the regulation of VET appropriate for ensuring quality outcomes, which are clearly documented, interpreted in a consistent manner by registered training organisations (RTOs) and regulators, and are implemented effectively through nationally consistent regulation.

It is intended that the new standards will be considered by SCOTESE in mid- late 2013, for implementation from 2014.

For enquiries regarding the review or submissions, please email nssc_standards_review@natese.gov.au. 

22 June 2012: EE-Oz Training Standards Workplace Evidence Evaluation

ElectroComms and Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council Ltd trading as EE-Oz Training Standards is the Industry Skills Council (ISC) for the ElectroComms and Energy Utilities industries.

In 2011 a workplace evidence gathering evaluation process was initiated. As part of this, a high level panel of industry experts was later established to work with registered training organisations (RTOs) with the intention of ensuring that their delivery and assessments meet the national Training Package for licensing requirements.

The workplace evidence evaluation initiative will also build the confidence of industry, unions, enterprises and regulators that RTOs are delivering training and assessment services that achieve the skill requirements of the nationally recognised qualifications.

The panel will benchmark the various methods and tools employed by RTOs such as Profiling, when capturing and recording workplace evidence for competency assessment and validation against the UEE Training Package, and the requirements expressed by electrical regulators directly and through the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council.

Electrical regulators and RTOs will receive feedback from the panel on the systems, tools, and processes and, where appropriate, recommendations for improvement. The role of the ISC is to facilitate the workplace evidence gathering processes and act as a conduit between the evaluation panel and RTOs delivering the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package.

RTOs delivering the relevant Training Package have the opportunity to participate in this initiative by Friday 29 June 2012.

Further information is available on the Australian apprenticeships website.
 

9 May 2012: Review of standards for the regulation of VET - tuition assurance schemes

At the 20 April 2012 meeting, the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) agreed to consider domestic tuition assurance schemes as part of the broader review of the standards for the regulation of vocational education and training (VET).

The NSSC did not wish to proceed at this time with arrangements that could potentially be changed following the standards review. For more information refer to NSSC Communique 5.

VRQA registered training organisations (RTOs) collecting student fees in advance, must ensure they limit pre-paid fees as per the Australian Quality Training Framework Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration Condition 5, Option 3 or hold monies in excess of Option 3 in the only measure currently approved by the VRQA - a Solicitor Trust Account.

2 May 2012: Information Sheet No. 1 - Trends in overseas students studying in schools

In order to provide our stakeholders with useful information that will assist them to make informed decisions we have developed the first in a series of information sheets for 2012.

The first information sheet features Trends observed in overseas students studying in Victorian and Australian schools (pdf - 55.39kb). To download a copy of this document click on the link above. 

14 March 2012: Principal purpose requirement for registered training organisations

From 1 January 2012 all ‘for profit’ registered training organisations (RTOs) must meet the principal purpose requirement. The RTO legal entity must have education and training as its principal purpose, unless specifically exempted from this provision.

The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Skills) Act 2010 automatically exempts a range of RTOs from this requirement including all registered schools, universities, TAFE institutions, adult education institutions, government bodies and RTOs in receipt of ACFE funding.

RTOs not included in these automatic exemption categories can apply to the Director, VRQA for a Ministerial exemption from the principal purpose requirement if they:

(a) are a community based organisation or
(b) provide education and training on a not-for-profit basis or
(c) provide education and training only to their staff members or staff members of a related entity.

To apply for an exemption from the principal purpose requirement, you must:

  1. download the Guide for organisations seeking an exemption from the principal purpose requirement of providing education and training (pdf - 56.44kb)
  2. complete the Application for exemption from the principal purpose requirement (pdf - 169.15kb).

All applications should be forwarded to:

The Director
Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
GPO Box 2317
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

14 February 2012: VRQA education provider and stakeholder survey

The VRQA conducts an annual survey that focuses on measuring aspects of provider and stakeholder satisfaction; clarity of compliance requirements; ease of accessing information on compliance and adequacy of VRQA support. In 2011 the VRQA engaged an independent survey company Sweeney Research to conduct the annual survey. All responses were confidential and the VRQA did not have access to actual survey responses other than in a summary report.

The results indicated a 52 per cent response rate demonstrating a high level of engagement with providers. Providers and stakeholders are generally satisfied with the VRQA’s services and the role of the VRQA is valued and appreciated. Further findings can be found in the summary report (pdf - 132.41kb) provided by Sweeney Research.

31 January 2012: Changes to the VRQA website regarding higher education

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) commenced regulatory functions on 29 January 2012. As a consequence of VRQA’s changed responsibilities, major changes have been made to this website.  For more information see the Transfer to TEQSA web page.

News archive

For  past news articles in 2011, 2013, 2014 and early 2015, see: VRQA news archive.