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Now that January has passed

Monday, February 5 2018

Now that January has passed –  and hopefully we have seen the last of that monsoonal deluge – there already seems to be a sense of urgency as we lurch into a new school/work year.

On the ACPET front, don’t forget to register for the forthcoming ACPET VET Essentials Forum at the Darwin Hilton on Thursday 22 February. This will be a full day of workshops and information sessions, covering everything from assessment practices and planning, gaining and recording practitioner currency to updates on the NT VET Investment Fund (grants) and workforce priorities.

Feedback from previous ACPET Forums is that a number of you prefer half day sessions given your other priorities. This has been noted so future sessions will be broken unto either morning or afternoon only times however for this Forum having our expert and ASQA auditor John Price fly in from Brisbane for a half-day session would be prohibitively expensive, hence more value in the full day program as scheduled. Just book through the ACPET portal or if you are technologically disadvantaged just email with attendee names and any dietary or other requirements and we can invoice you.

On the funding front, RTOs should have received a letter from the Dept TBI as to NT Entitlement Funding while User Choice advices have already been distributed.  If there are any queries or concerns please email  and I’ll raise these confidentially with the Department.
This week, member STEPS Group are hosting a number of information sessions to assist candidates needing to learn or improve their English or find employment – the first session will be at Palmerston on the evening of 7 February and another session in Casuarina on the evening of 8 February. The sessions are split into two components, one for families and friends and the other for community groups and services that support migrant clients.  For more information email

Nationally, ACPET is eager to hear from you in respect of the Federal Government consultations on “unduly short courses “ and a review of the AQF. Locally ACPET is also working with ISAC on a response to the ‘’unduly short course” paper. Don’t be shy and we can collate your responses or individual submissions are being accepted – just Google Unduly Short Courses for more information. 

ACPET NT has also invited the main architect of our Industry Certification initiative, Matt Traynor, to visit the NT in early March to advise of both the intent and advantages of this scheme and also to meet with senior government officials to outline the concept.
The ACPET NT Committee meets on Thursday to map directions for the year in the NT and to provide input for the forthcoming ACPET Board meeting and strategic planning day the week after. If there are members with any specific concerns or matters that they would like addressed please contact Michael (0438 463 598) or just email.

Michael Hall 
NT Executive Officer 



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