National Conference: Building Quality in VET

Australian Industry Standards was active in presenting and sitting on panels at the 2016 National VET Conference which was conducted on the Gold Coast on 15 and 16 September. The conference featured a wide range of presentations and themed sessions, providing attendees the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary, elective and master class sessions.

The theme for the two-day conference is ‘Celebrating VET’ and issues covered included training and assessment, shaping VET, Registered Training Organisation management compliance, Skills Service Organisations and e-Learning.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, gave the Conference keynote speech, outlining the Commonwealth’s activities in the VET sector aimed at ensuring industry leads the development of the VET system. The Minister advised the Government is currently considering a report from the Training and Assessment Working Group into the quality of VET assessment.

“The report covers approaches to strengthening the skills of VET trainers and assessors, consideration of improved validation of assessment, including potential for greater industry involvement, and options for tougher regulatory interventions,” the Minister said.

“I will progress reform options for further consideration with the COAG Industry and Skills Council later this year. Reforms will be carefully considered and will maintain an industry-led VET focus.”

Please refer to the link following for full details of the Minister’s speech:

AIS CEO, Robert Adams, and GM Operations, Paul Walsh, sat on panel sessions and gave a presentation about AIS’s ongoing Skills Service Organisation (SSO) activities in support of the 11 Industry Reference Committees we have been allocated by the Commonwealth. As well as providing information about current projects, a particular focus of the presentation was about how RTOs and other key stakeholders can connect with AIS for more regular updates.

For details of their presentation, please click here.

The 2017 VELG Conference will be held in Sydney.


Minister Andrews addresses the VELG Conference on the importance of skills in the Australian economy