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Apprenticeship Incentive Review

The Australian Government is currently undertaking a review of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System (Incentive System). Financial support for apprentices and employers, combined with a range of other non-financial services and support, forms the basis of the Incentive System. This strategic review will look at numerous items associated with this.  The effectiveness of the Incentive System in encouraging the uptake …

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Improving Tertiary Education

The Australian Government invested $2.7 million over two years from 2022–23 to deliver the Australian Universities Accord through a 12-month review of Australia’s higher education system.  The objective of the Accord was to devise recommendations and performance targets to improve the quality, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of higher education, in order to achieve long term security and prosperity for the …

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Supervision of apprentices 

Regulatory change and updates happen regularly, and Energy Safe Victoria (Energy Safe) is currently seeking industry feedback regarding draft changes around the supervision of apprentices.  Energy Safe has released a draft version of the new Requirements for the effective supervision of apprentice electricians. These discuss what constitutes supervision, including clear explanation of the ratios required, as well as each party’s …

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VET Qualification Reform

In June 2023, Skills and Workforce Ministers established a Qualification Reform Design Group (The Design Group) with representatives from unions, employers, educators, and state and territory governments.   The Design Group are to provide recommendations to the Australian Government on how to reform vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and have recently tabled their first report.  This report notes that economical …

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Effective Online Training

As we all know, COVID 19 created many challenges, none more so than in the training field. In light of the pandemic, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) undertook research to identify the teaching practices and student support services that support successful online delivery. The researchers interviewed training providers and trainers delivering eight qualifications. There was a mixture …

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SpeakUP BuildUP

The SpeakUP BuildUP campaign by the VRQA is aimed at protecting the rights of women and non-binary apprentices in building and construction. Through this campaign, the VRQA are working to ensure that all women and non-binary apprentices are treated with respect and receive the quality training that all apprentices should receive. As an apprentice, your employers need to provide: If …

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Victoria’s Offshore Wind Takes A Blow

In December, the Victorian State Government released the Offshore Wind Energy Implementation Statement 3. The Statement is designed to provide both investors and industry with a level of certainty to build offshore wind energy projects in Victoria. In recent weeks however, this has been impacted by the Federal Government applying an agreement protecting wetlands associated with the Port of Hastings. …

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Electric Graduate Wage Uplift

Job Skills Australia (JSA) recently worked in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to create the VET National Data Asset (VNDA). This asset is designed to inform all users and potential users of the VET system of the opportunities available to them, as well as to gain an understanding of how VET contributes to improving economic and social …

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Economic Equity for Victorian Women

Leading on from an inquiry into economic equity for Victorian women, the Victorian Government is developing strategies to increase participation of women in traditionally male dominated sectors. The government is seeking feedback and input to inform these strategies.   A discussion paper has been created with an online survey available which seeks feedback for industry via a series of questions.  Victoria, …

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Annual Jobs and Skills Report

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) was established in November 2022.  Its central role is to advise government and other stakeholders in the national skills system of Australia’s skills needs and the ability of the training system to meet those needs. JSA recently released the Jobs and Skills Report for 2023.  In this report, trends shaping the economy and the workforce …