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NT Update

Monday, February 19 2018

Registrations are still open for this Thursdays ACPET VET EsseNTials Forum at the Hilton. VET Guru John Price will be conducting two sessions – one on currency and one on competence with a view, of course, to attaining compliance and doing business better.
During the day there will also be presentations on the NT VET Investment Funding situation, engaging internationally courtesy of Study NT and the state of play in VET nationally including the current discussions on unduly short’ courses. Just go to the ACPET PD portal or email

Consultations are underway in Darwin today on Training Product Reform and Unduly Short Courses.  Discussions will endeavour to identify those skills that the VET sector be responsible for providing in addition to technical skills and what mix of skills should qualifications contain and how should qualifications be structured?

Is grouping skills into banks useful and how broad or narrow should qualifications be to meet the future needs of students and industry? There is an opportunity to provide advice as to three main recommendations that will impact significantly on RTOs and learners: Recommendation 1: The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 should be amended to include a definition of the amount of training that focuses on supervised learning and assessment activities.

For more information please email Consultation papers are available at
Providers can submit their own feedback to the Department - deadline is 8 March 2018.

On the international front, the Chief Minister officially opened the Darwin Student Hub in the Mall last week. In attendance were international students and representatives of a number of providers including CDU, International House, ICAE, ASI, Navitas and BCA.  CDU are also supporting the hub with staffing and the offer is there for other providers to assist on a rotational basis.

The Hub is great asset to the Mall and is indeed a welcoming facility offering open space, computer and free we fi access, a smattering of comfy chairs and the obligatory bean bags that will appeal for students wanting to chill, mingle, access info or just enjoy the free – and decent – coffee.  If you are interested in supporting the hub or are considering assisting with staffing or showcasing some info on your course offerings, please email

Providers are also reminded of the forthcoming StudyNT Student Ambassador Information session next week. Providers with international students are encouraged to refer students to this Ambassadorial program not only as an amazing opportunity for students but a most visible marketing opportunity to promote your institution.

Venue is the new Darwin Student Hub (Bookings essential) on 27 February from 4pm to 5pm, Smith Street Mall, Darwin City. More info:

The Draft 2018 Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List (NTSOPL) is attached for your consideration and comment.

The list was developed in collaboration with the Industry Skills Advisory Council ISACNT who are seeking any final comments on the draft 2018 list prior to it being released in March.

All responses should be directed via email to by close of business 23 February 2018. Information on the development of the NTSOPL can be found at:

Should you at any time require further information on occupations or training, please contact the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT, found at: or by phone (08) 7913 7500

Michael Hall 
NT Executive Officer 



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