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A comprehensive guide to the 2021 Evidence of Eligibility and Student Declaration Form

As part of the 2021 Contract, the Department has released an updated Evidence of Eligibility and Student Declaration Form which includes content and structural changes to reflect the introduction of new funding schemes (JobTrainer, Skill Sets etc.) and to provide further clarification on existing components of the form. In this article, we will review all of the significant changes in the 2021 Evidence of Eligibility and Student Declaration Form and provide detail on how each section of the form should be completed in a way that satisfies the requirements of the Contract.

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Job Trainer Initiative

On 11th November, Skills First-contracted Training Providers that have a JobTrainer course on their Funded Scope were notified via an SVTS enquiry about their JobTrainer commencement allocation on 11th November.

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Marketing Compliance

In this article, we look at some common non-compliances identified during audit, with respect to the marketing and advertising requirements outlined in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. All RTOs registered with the National Regulator (ASQA) must satisfy the requirements set out in Clause 4.1 of the Standards, which apply across a range of marketing methods and materials such as brochures/flyers, websites, social media, online advertisements and third party recruiting.

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2021 Skills First Contract Changes

The Department of Education and Training released several draft documents as part of the Skills First contracting arrangements for 2021 last month. It had previously been announced that the Department would offer one-year Skills First VET Funding Contracts for 2021 only to training providers holding a 2018-19 VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020), without the need for them to participate in a full expression of interest process. As we all madly scramble to complete our PDPs for another year of funding, we take a look at the most significant content changes in the 2021 VET Funding Contract and its Guidelines.

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Skills First in Lockdown

On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews released a statement of changes for Victoria and with the new restrictions in place, training providers are now facing a minimum of 6 weeks without being able to engage in face to face training with their students. This change in the way many training colleges operate could have significant implications for cash flow, given the nature of the SVTS payment logic.

In this article, we look at some ways that you can ensure continual engagement with your students, regardless of the COVID situation in Victoria.

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