Welcome to the June 2021 issue of the VET BI report.
There were only 5 new RTO registrations in June, making it a relatively slow month for new RTOs:
45700 Firefox Training Pty Ltd (Broad Scope)
45697 Spark International College (Auto Service)
45696 Holborne Institute Pty Ltd (Food and Beverage)
45698 Gippsland Institute of Technology (Auto Service)
45699 Driver Risk Management Pty Ltd (Resources and Logistics)
Tracking regulatory decisions has become more difficult lately with the retention of history on TGA and the interface. This gives us more information but it is less coherent and each case has to be analysed individually to understand the decision and applicable dates, the AAT review process, and the resulting current status. In the interest of fairness, we will endeavour to paint any RTO mentioned in the least negative light we can given the information available. Rather than a definitive list, please treat this content as a selection of news items which may be of interest.
31215 One Step Further Pty Ltd (QLD Gold Coast, Broad Scope) – proposed, subject to review.
88185 JCE Positive Outcomes (Australian Capital Territory, Broad Scope) – reviewed/contested, but upheld
Requirement to Notify (non-sanction)
40873 Select Security Training Academy Pty Ltd (Brisbane South-West, Food and Beverage)
Requirement for record retention
45522 One 2 One Services Pty Ltd (Brisbane South-West, Business)
Suspension overturned by AAT
45207 Australian National Training Pty Ltd (Sydney Western Suburbs)
Training component changes
Many packages had at least a few significant changes.
There was a clear focus on business again, even more that last month. Note that the numbers indicate how many units were shuffled around within the qualifications (and how often) and not just the number of unique qualifications impacted. These figures provide an indication of the level of activity. Business (265), Performing Arts (67), Technology (47), Welfare (37), Building (30), Hospitality (25), Auto Service (23).
There were no changes to skills sets this month, which is unusual but not necessarily significant.
There was a continuing focus on employment-focused courses: Business (30), Foundation Skills (21), First Aid (17), Welfare (17), Training (15), Nursing (12).
There was a focus on first aid and construction-related units. The inclusion of counts for units moving in and out of qualifications means that unit change volumes follow the qualification changes: First Aid (120), Safety (51), Equipment (39), Building (38), Resources (37), Forestry (30), Manufacturing (28), Agriculture (26), Business (26), Civil Construction (21), Electrical (21).
The first aid changes appear to represent the trailing edge of qualifications being updated to refer to the recently changed first aid units. This has been going on for four months now, as almost every package updates their packaging rules to refer to the new and non-equivalent first aid units. The volume of changes is now trailing off which might indicate that the bulk of the qualifications have now been updated. It is worth checking the status of any of your qualifications on scope which include first aid units as core or elective units, and transition to the new codes and content appropriately.
This month, we saw no new funding approvals at all. Perhaps this is a seasonal feature of the per-financial year end.
You can view the reports below for all details on recent activity and changes.