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ASQA and the VET Reform

ASQA and the VET Reform

About This Episode

Over the last 10 years we have experienced massive changes within the training industry. Since the inception of ASQA in 2011, we have experienced the highs and lows of regulation, including the pressure on RTOs with over regulation.

The tides are changing, with ASQA taking a whole new approach to how we are regulated. This has been driven by the Joyce Report from 2019 (a Report on Strengthening the VET sector) and the VET Reform.

Exciting times are ahead. Listen to this Podcast to learn more about the future of ASQA and the VET Sector.

In this episode:

  • VET Reform and the impact on RTOs
  • ASQAs new leadership direction
  • Exciting changes to the training industry and how they will impact you
  • The meaning behind the new ASQA logo
  • Working together with ASQA…

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5 Critical Aspects of a TAS

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In this episode I explain what you need to have within your Training & Assessment Strategy (TAS) to ensure it is compliant with RTO standards. In our experience, this is the area that most training organisations are non-compliant. 

But fear not: I can help you! I have addressed the five typical non-compliances and how you can ensure your TAS is compliant.

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  • How you should act on feedback in your TAS

  • The importance of speaking to student recruiters

  • Selection criteria and entry requirements

  • How to fully understand your target audience

  • Why foundation skills are so important

  • How to effectively use assessment tools

  • Why you need to constantly validate

  • How to prepare your trainers properly

  • How to handle work placements

  • Self-paced learning 

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Annual Declaration of Compliance

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It’s that time of year folks… time to get your annual declaration of compliance in! I’m going to talk to you about standards 2.1, 2.2, 8.4 and 8.6, and what you need to do to get up to date.

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  • The benefits of monthly meetings
  • How to identify weaknesses in your organisation
  • How to do your annual declaration of compliance
  • How to conduct an internal audit
  • Why it’s dangerous to not take your annual declaration seriously
  • How best to deal with ASQA
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  • What you need to do if you’re newly registered
  • What happens if you don’t complete the annual declaration of compliance

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