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Make sure you stay up to date with the most comprehensive industry newsletter, The VET Gazette, written specifically for VET sector staff.

The VET Gazette is a collection of information and relevant stories for everyone in the Vocational Education and Training sector to share. The VET Gazette is a free publication available to all RTOs and contains articles that hopefully you will find useful and informative. It is also a platform for discussion to help with explanations of what often seems confusing. Our philosophy is to keep the information simple and in everyday language and as always we appreciate your points of view and feedback.

The writer Mr Tony Feagan has over 30 years experience in all areas of the VET sector and is one of Australia’s most experienced RTO Auditor and Consultant, having worked with hundreds of RTOs on business processes and compliance issues.

Latest VET Gazette

July 20, 2017

Amount of training

"The blind leading the blind" is an idiom and a metaphor in the form of a parallel phrase which can be traced back to the Upanishads, written between 800 BCE and 200 BCE. The first translation into English gave us: Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind. For this article, you will need a comfy chair, a clear head and a strong coffee or two.

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October 15, 2015


We frequently read about the quality of education as being of concern and often the catalyst of new RTO standards being released, reforms announced and late last year, a Senate Inquiry being established.

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July 1, 2013


Operating across a number of States and Territories in Australia, I get to see firsthand the inconsistency in the way RTO standards are interpreted and applied. I understand this is one of ASQAs major battles and one that may be resolved through ongoing communication strategy and auditor moderation.

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September 11, 2012


For some time now, I have been questioning the way in which the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification is delivered because of its pivotal nature in RTO operations, flow-on compliance matters and in the broader VET environment as an education sector.

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July 1, 2012


With Queensland the last State to refer powers to ASQA, we can safely say that ASQA now carries the national responsibility for regulating a large part of the VET sector.

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May 1, 2012


Without too much fanfare, a new AQF was introduced to the VET sector back in July 2011 and with so many other changes happening simultaneously at that time, it went largely unnoticed.

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July 1, 2011


1st July 2011 marked an important day in the Australian VET sector. It was the day that the new national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, or ASQA started its regulatory role in some States and Territories.

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May 1, 2011


I often read about advertised VET sector professional development workshops on topics such as “how to pass an audit” or “getting ready for audit” and “what usually goes wrong at audit”.

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January 1, 2011


Clearly, continuous improvement has become much more important for RTOs as many more companies realise the value of a robust approach to the collection and management of improvement data.

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October 11, 2010


Back in 2004 when TAA40104 first came into play, I recall some aggressive marketing based on ‘you have to transition to the new qualification otherwise you won’t be compliant’. I also remember receiving many calls from people about the truth in this.

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