AISC February 2022 Meeting: A Quick Recap
Kicking off the year with significant announcements, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) recently held its 44th meeting on 22nd February 2022. The committee also approved updates for various courses to ensure the quality and relevance of the training packages.
Here’s everything you need to know about the conference:
- The committee got an update on the development of VET reforms for industry engagement, qualification design, and the creation of the National Skills Agreement.
- The final report on the Australian Industry Standards works on the National Recovery Training Program for job roles related to disaster recovery determined the common competency requirements in the sector. The first tranche of the resultant training products is also in development and is targeted to be completed in August 2022.
- After the 23rd of November 2021 release of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), the committee stated that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is now getting ready for the consultation on the 2022 update.
- AISC also mentioned that the VET industry backs the termination of the Sugar Milling project before additional training product development begins.
- The committee gave the green light to the minor changes to 11 units of competency of the UEE Electrotechnology Training package.
- Crucial measures were mentioned for the Quality Reforms. This includes improvements on the skills reform agenda, creating a VET Workforce Quality Strategy, and establishing a framework to support the continuous improvement of RTOs.
- The new chair of the Education IRC, Mr Andrew Shea, gave updates on the review of the TAE training package. AISC stated that the Education IRC is finalising plans to develop two new e-learning units and one skill set that will be reviewed in the April meeting.
Cases for Endorsement
On the Cases for Endorsement, all training package updates got the stamp of approval and will be endorsed to the Minister for final approval before going live on training.gov.au. Check out the approved training package below.
CHC Community Services – Community Services project
- 10 updated qualifications
- 6 updated skill sets
- 1 new skillset
- 65 updated units of competency
AVI Aviation – Commercial Pilot Regulatory Update
- 1 updated qualification
- 3 updated units of competency
- 2 updated skill sets
CPP Property Services – Diploma of Property (Agency Management) – Extension to Strata Community Management
- 1 updated qualification
- 1 deleted qualification
- 5 deleted units of competency
FBP Food, Beverage Pharmaceutical – Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice
- 3 updated qualifications
- 4 updated units of competency
FNS Financial Services Projects
- Trust Administration
- Royal Commission Outcomes Review
- Refresh Currency of FNS Qualifications
– 1 new unit
– 2 new skillsets
– 20 updated qualifications
– 75 updated units of competency
– 2 updated skills set
– 18 deleted units of competency
– 11 minor updated qualification
*Note: Although these projects are approved, two more units of competency are still subject to SSO recoding to update prerequisite units.
UEP Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector
- Project A: Operations Personnel
- Project B: Remote Area Essential Service
- Project C: Wind Power Generation
– 3 streamed qualifications
– 3 revised qualifications
– 159 revised units of competency
– 4 revised skill sets
Cases for Change
Other training package updates to note are the HLT Health Training with its Case for Change, now ready to proceed to training package development. The CPP Training Package with its approval denied, meaning the committee will look for more information. Here are the details of the cases:
HLT Health Training Package – Infection Control
- 2 updated units of competency
CPP Property Services – Security Training
- 2 updated units of competency
- 3 new units of competency
- 1 updated skillset
The next AISC meeting is slated for 12th April 2022.
What RTOs Should Do Next
While the new versions of the training packages are not yet out on training.gov.au, acting now gives your RTO a few advantages.
If you are not yet delivering training in these areas, this is an optimal time to get into the market early at the release of the new training packages. Talk to industry experts to learn the industry’s needs, and you might even spot new business opportunities.
But once the new courses are out on training.gov.au and your training products have been superseded, here are some things you should do:
- Update your learning materials following the new standards or acquire them from industry providers and developers and contextualise.
- Redesign your training and assessment strategy to accommodate new industry demands and learner needs.
- Make sure that the updated courses are on your RTO’s scope of registration. ASQA automatically adds the new update to your scope if it’s equivalent to your current program – but – if it’s not considered equivalent, you will have to apply for the latest update to be added to your scope.
- Start planning for transition – students who will complete within the transition period will be fine. However, if they can’t finish the course before the deadline, you must have a plan to transfer the students to the updated course before the transition period ends.
- Review your training programs to look for opportunities for improvement to deliver a better training experience to your learners.
Note that there may be special requirements for addition to scope and transition that slow down the process considerably or require extra work – for example, the stricter application requirements imposed to get TAE40116 on scope and transition from TAE40110 to TAE40116. Check requirements early and make sure your RTO has a plan and resourcing in place to meet all deadlines.
Secure required training resources as soon as possible and get the chance to be the first to offer the latest courses.