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VET reset? Reform review underway - your input needed

Monday, February 8 2016

Quality of Assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion paper

The COAG Industry and Skills Council is seeking reform options to enhance the skills of VET trainers and assessors, the application of RPL, strengthening external validation and practitioner registration.  ACPET is eager to obtain RTO and practitioner/expert input in order to formulate a response. CATN and TETN will be hosting input sessions on 23 February in Alice Springs (dependent on numbers – only one registration to date!)  and in Darwin on 25 February.  To register just go to the CATN or TETN Facebook pages or email with your name and organisation.   

Responses due by email 10 March 2016 to inform the COAG Industry and Skills Council

Some  of the issues raised...

1. Foundation reforms

TAE - Observations that:
• A designated amount of time/volume of learning is to be  applied for attaining the TAE and concerns on integrity of RPL being applied to the TAE. Perhaps no RPL for TAE?
• Claims that ‘particular interests and voices’ inhibit proposals to strengthen TAE
• Limit to the numbers of RTOs issuing TAE qualifications
• TAE only delivered by those with a demonstrated period of training/assessing  in the  VET sector and with a university of higher level VET qualification
• Entrants to the TAE Diploma must demonstrate a VET employment history - but how long?
• TAEASS502B as the core unit or a specialist unity only available at diploma level?

Establish a VET Professional Association as a professional identify for the VET workforce and to:
• Act as a conduit for development of assessment skills and tools
• Develop VET teachers standards
• Input into deign of TAE qualifications
• Development and delivery of PD
• Development of a VET workforce development strategy
• Registration of VET practitioners

VET Professional Association: Three possible models are provided
• Model A. Existing professional associations work cohesively to form an association
• Model B : A  single national VET professional association
• Model C: Teacher registration model extending to the VET sector  through one national body

Development of a VET practitioner capability framework that provides:
• a common language  for knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes
• mirrors the IBSA model

2. Assessment reforms identified:
• Moderation of assessment practices  and enhancing the role of industry in validation and the independent validation
• Greatest area of non-compliance to the Standards for RTOs 2015 was the training and assessment standard
• Reassesssment of industry agreed competencies before a qualification issues

3. Reforms to the regulatory framework
• ASQA to improve detection of poor assessment
• Regulator to, if considered warranted, seek external and independent re-testing of graduates
• Training only RTOs and assessment only RTOs
• Implementation of a national TAS 


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