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If so, please spend just 10 minutes completing this survey to support us in our efforts to identify the current direction of our sector and to support future focus.
Please complete the NCOSS survey for the Sector Development Forum and tell us what you believe are the Community Sector’s strengths, future challenges and priorities. This information will be used to inform future advocacy.
We are pleased to advise that our External Validation Networks for RTOs will be meeting in May and June. Details of dates, industry sectors, eligibility and registration are available now......
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beyondblue has a new resource available to support CHCICS303A - Support individual health and emotional wellbeing. Visit their website www.beyondblue.org.aufor more information
A new Working With Children Check will start in NSW in June 2013. There are some things that employers and self-employed people must do by law to help keep children safe but these things are about to change. Find out more about changes to the Working With Children Check.
Until then, the current check continues.
Under the new check:
Visit Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council for the latest news about streamlining CHC08 and HLT07 training packages and review drafts as they become available for feedback click here
Check out our e-learning resources on www.workplaceskills.com.au , For quick access use the e-learning icon in the left hand menu. Current resources include:
Our industry endorsed resources are free for learners with unlimited access.
We'd love to hear from you when you've viewed or used our resources. Each resource has an online 'Feedback' section for your convenience.
New section on Navigating NSW detailing NSW Keep Them Safe initiative and related units of competency.
Draft one of the proposed new qualifications group Direct Client Care is open for feedback for four weeks from Monday 20 May to Friday 14 June 2013
The sectors within Direct Client Care Services for review are:
There have been some significant changes to the Training Packages and feedback is essential to inform development and ensure industry relevance.
The draft documents are available to download as PDF documents. Please ensure you have the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat to download and view the documents.
Please ensure you have read the 'Consultation Paper' document prior to submitting feedback so that your comments are based on the most recent draft.
Follow these links for:
Use the online feedback form to make your submission
Vet in Schools update
The following Commissioner’s Information Bulletin has been updated:
We are pleased to confirm that the Department of Education and Communities has committed to continuing for another year, their valuable relationship with state industry advisory bodies. Consequently, our plans of consultation, feedback and contribution into the role out of Smart and Skilled, identification of skills shortages, emerging job roles and advocacy for the critical sectors of Community Services and Health continues for another year. …..
I have recently joined my colleagues from other ITABs in facilitating workshops across the regions to identify regional trends, needs and priorities for our industry sectors. Most recently we worked with many organisations – industry and RTOs - in the Hunter in partnership with the State Training Services for two successful days of sharing knowledge and needs. We hope to replicate this model more widely across the state as the year progresses. If you know of regional gatherings that would be interested in a participating in a similar workshop let me know at
Our respected and highly valued workshops supporting RTOs to deliver quality training and assessment across our diverse sectors continue with outstanding participation and great feedback. It is always wonderful to work with trainers and assessors who are so committed to professional development, to sharing experiences and taking the learning back to their organisations and networks.
On the treadmill of change, it seems the already frenetic pace is picking up. Looking out it is hard to identify a place or sector not being significantly impacted. Let’s focus on the Vocational Education world for this update.
NSW VET reform “Smart and Skilled”
NSSC improving VET – The case for a new system
House of Representatives review of TAFE
Update on the review of both CHC08 and HLT07
Leadership and Management qualifications review
Smart and Skilled Reform Update
Skills List consultations for Smart and Skilled VET reform
The Department of Education and Communities is currently undertaking an industry consultation across the state to establish a skills list for implementation of the VET reform Smart and Skilled in 2014.
During the two hour consultations, invited participants are asked to address specific needs of their industry sector and to prioritise the essential training needs of the various workforces. The Department will use this information to identify the qualifications, skill sets and training that will be eligible for government funding under the new programme.
It is critical that the Community Services and Health sector identifies the essential entry level training required for our diverse workforce, to ensure access to funded training. If you are not attending a workshop, you are able to contribute by visiting the NSW Government Have Your Say website at this link.
The link to the webpage is: http://engage.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/smart-skilled-skill-list.
Please identify your workforce needs before 14 June 2013
NSSC Review of standards for the regulation of VET
The National Skills Standards Council has published a positioning paper following its broad ranging review of the standards for the regulation of VET, focussing of issues of quality. Their recommended option “Option 3” involves changes to much of the current system and will significantly impact RTOs and delivery of VET if endorsed by COAG. For further reading www.nssc.natese.gov.au/standards_review
House of Representatives Inquiry into the Technical and Further Education system and its operation
TAFEs have played a critical role in the training and development of Australians for more than one hundred years. For many Australians, TAFEs provide a critical pathway to training and skills which are increasingly needed to access employment. They also play a critical role in regions and in providing access for disadvantaged groups.
The Committee will inquire into and report on the role played by TAFEs in:
Community Services and Health ISC training package review
Currently new proposed Telehealth units are available for feedback until 17 May 2013.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers together with Children’s and Youth Services qualifications are scheduled for endorsement and are currently with the State Training Authorities around the country in the final stage of consultation. It is proposed these qualifications will be endorsed and available on www.training.gov in July 2013 for implementation and delivery by RTOs.
Leadership & Management Qualifications Review Business Services Training Package
Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is currently undertaking a review of all leadership and management qualifications in the Business Services Training Package.
The review will address current and emerging industry requirements and the recommendations identified and articulated in the Leadership and Management Final Scoping Report available on the IBSA website.
IBSA is seeking feedback from stakeholders and will be undertaking National consultation in May and June 2013. If you are involved in the implementation and delivery of any of the following qualifications it is critical that you contribute to this review:
BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management BSB51107 Diploma of Management BSB60407 Advanced Diploma of Management BSB60907 Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)
If you have any questions or queries about this project, or would like to take part in the consultation, please contact Eddie Hardman: email@example.com or Sharaf Goussous: Sharaf.Goussous@ibsa.org.au.
One in eight people living in poverty in Australia: new report
The Australian Council of Social Service released a new report showing poverty in Australia remains a persistent problem with an estimated 2,265,000 people or 12.8% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line used to measure financial hardship in wealthy countries.
The report provides the most comprehensive picture of poverty in the nation since 2006 and shows that people who are unemployed, children (especially in lone parent families), and people whose main source of income is social security payments, are the groups most at risk of poverty.
“This report reveals that despite years of unprecedented growth and wealth creation, we have made little ground in combatting the scourge of poverty with 1 in 8 people overall and 1 in 6 children living below the poverty line,” said ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie.
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