Industry News & Articles

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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Skills First Withdrawals

Withdrawing students from Skills First funded courses is often an awkward and confusing process for providers, but an unavoidable scenario.

Regardless, training providers must be well prepared to handle withdrawals in a manner that complies with their contractual obligations and ensures maximisation of their claims.

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RTO Setup – How to become a Registered Training Organisation

Becoming a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is not a simple process and comes with an enormous amount of hard work, risk and cost.  Whether you decide to go it alone or engage a consultant to assist with the process, there is a lot that you should consider prior to making that decision.  In this article, we try to explain the registration process for a national domestic RTO and provide you with advice that will hopefully assist you with making the right decisions.

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Evidence of Participation

According to the Audit and Assurance Findings Report by the Department of Education, Evidence of Participation (EOP) made the top 5 most common issues identified at audit. Make sure you’re on top of your EOP obligations!

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