Unduly short courses
In June 2017, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released its strategic review on unduly short courses. The review made a number of recommendations, including that:
- The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 be amended to include a definition of the ‘amount of training’ that focuses on supervised learning and assessment activities.
- Training package developers be able to respond to industry-specific risks by setting mandatory requirements, including an amount of training.
- RTOs be required to publish product disclosure statements that include the range of learning activities expected, including the amount of training, for each training product on their scope of registration.
The review is available on ASQA's website.
In December 2017, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP released the discussion paper for public consultations with vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders on the implementation of ASQA’s recommendations. The paper will support public submissions to the process.
The consultations will be conducted alongside those for training product reform. These consultations will take place in the context of a number of reforms of VET focused on ensuring students and employers receive high quality training that is responsive to the needs of industry and translates into employment opportunities for individuals. The discussion paper outlines the reforms currently being undertaken by the Australian Government.
Training product reform
The future of work is changing, and in recognition of this, the Commonwealth along with representatives from states and territories and industry have been working together to examine whether training products are well-placed to provide the skills Australia’s workforce requires to adapt to these changes.
Skills ministers agreed in November 2017 to a case for change proposing enhancements to the design of training products. All stakeholders are being provided with an opportunity to examine the case for change and to have their say on training product reform, through a consultation process.
Consultations will be conducted alongside those for unduly short courses and will take place in the context of a number of reforms of VET focused on ensuring students and employers receive high quality training that is responsive to the needs of industry and translates into employment opportunities for individuals. Feedback received will influence the future design of training products, contributions and insights from all stakeholders are encouraged.
How to get involved
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has released discussion papers on unduly short courses and training product reform, available on the Department's VET Consultation web page. VET stakeholders are encouraged to provide submissions to the public consultation processes through to 9 March 2018.