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Mark Paterson AO Chief Commissioner, ASQA


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Transition to TAE ends soon ASQA 6

Australian Training Awards 12

Harnessing the power of the FSK Training Package 21

3 Essentials to Present Successful Webinars 18

VET CEO Conference Melbourne 8

Adapting your Leadership to win in a fast changing world 19

From Child to Adult 11

Fostering a culture of ‘Quality beyond Compliance’ 24 To Cluster or not to Cluster, that is the question 25 VET PD Events and VET eZine Glossary 26


Transition to TAE ends soon


Australian Training Awards


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t has been an exciting start to 2017 at Velg Training and we have plenty of information to pass on to you in Volume 9 of our VET eZine. Velg Training’s theme for our National VET Conference (NVC), and for 2017 overall, is ‘Building Quality in VET’. In demonstrating our commitment to this, we will continue to offer accessible and affordable professional development (PD) opportunities throughout the year via a range of free, or very low cost, webinar sessions. Keep an eye on our website and in eAlerts for information regarding these events. As mentioned, the theme for Velg Training’s 11th Annual National VET Conference is ‘Building Quality in VET’. To be held in Sydney from 14-15 September 2017, this year’s NVC features a full program of plenary and elective sessions, with pre-conference Master Classes on 13 September. The program has been compiled with careful consideration of feedback from our 2015 and 2016 events; we are sure you will be pleased with the lineup. In 2017, we are again hosting a QLD Schools VET Conference. This will build on the success of last year’s event, and will be held on 4 August 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Preceding this event on 3 August 2017 will be the inaugural Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference. This is a joint project between Queensland Tourism and Industry Council (QTIC), Gateway to Industry Schools, and Velg Training. We are very excited to be involved in this project that will contribute to both vocational and non-vocational currency for attendees. Another inaugural event we are hosting this year is our brand new VET CEO Conference. This event will provide targeted PD for high-level decision makers of an RTO. Join us on 2 June 2017 at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne for ideas on future-proofing your RTO through strategy and planning, managing growth, and leadership. There will also be a balance of RTO compliance information and invaluable networking opportunities. Further information is provided in an article in the Educate section of this eZine and sponsorship opportunities are still available. A major project our staff have been working on over the past 12 months has been the redevelopment of our website. The new website has a fresh and vibrant display that is home to a number of new and improved features. A brand-new Jobs Board is included to provide the ideal platform to post and search for jobs in the VET sector, as well as a redesigned VET Directory, which takes our previous RTO Business Directory to the next level. Much time has been invested in reviewing, updating and redeveloping the library of VET specific resources in our Knowledge Hub (previously known as the Member’s Lounge). Additionally, VelgCasts have been integrated throughout the Knowledge Hub on relevant pages,

providing you with a one-stop-shop for everything you need on a specific VET topic. Our popular products can all be found on relevant topic pages or via our Products page. Our Membership program is still growing, nearing 18,000 Corporate and Individual Members. Launching with our new website, we are excited to announce two new membership levels; Individual+ and Corporate+. Additional benefits associated with these levels include access to a PD Portfolio for storing records of PD in one convenient place, and a free printed copy of each edition of the eZine. Corporate+ also has a number of other added benefits such as three free job advertisement posts each year, a listing on our VET Directory, and the ability to have multiple account administrators. All memberships will remain on the current plans of Individual or Corporate, however if you wish to upgrade to one of our new tiers please contact our Membership Team. On behalf of the team at Velg Training, I would like to thank our editorial contributors and advertisers to date. Without you, we would not be able to keep our audience informed of the ongoing changes to the sector and continue to fulfil our Vision to Educate, Inspire and Empower the VET community. The Velgy Bunch wish you all the best for 2017 and we look forward to continuing to build quality in Australia’s education and training sector.

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elcome back and thank you for taking the time to read our latest VET eZine! Volume 9 includes articles to Educate, Inspire and Empower our readers.

Our Inspire section includes information on the Australian Training Awards’ category for Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy, in addition to articles full of tips from Damian Noud and Mark Hodgson.

The end of 2016 saw the retirement of ASQA’s CEO and Chief Commissioner Mr Chris Robinson. We thank Mr Robinson for his contributions to the VET sector and to this eZine over the years. Mr Mark Paterson AO is the new Chief Commissioner and we are pleased that he has continued ASQA’s representation in the eZine with an article in our Educate section.

The Empower section includes articles on the Foundation Skills Training Package from PwC’s Skills for Australia, a perspective of ‘quality beyond compliance’ by Maree Thorne, and a discussion on clustered assessment by Geoff Oliver. The regular round up of VET PD Events and our VET Glossary can be found at the back of this edition, to help you plan your PD for 2017 and decipher the sector’s evolving list of acronyms and terminology.

The Educate section also provides an overview of our inaugural VET CEO Conference and will take you through the planned program and what to expect. The Educate section is rounded off with a contribution from Carol Hautot based on a model for behaviour patterns.


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email address or social media profile of choice. You can also download a PDF copy of each publication. The next edition of our VET eZine will be published on Thursday 16 November 2017 and bookings are now open for advertisers. Feedback on our VET eZine is always welcome, so please email us at news@ Finally, I would like to thank Amy Lynch for her contributions as Editor of the first 8 Volumes of the eZine. Velg Training wishes Amy all the best in her future endeavours.

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Transition to TAE ends soon by Mark Paterson AO, Chief Commissioner, ASQA


n April 2016, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) announced the introduction of an updated Training and Education (TAE) Training Package, including a new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment with higher standards for trainers and assessors across the VET workforce. The AISC set an 18-month transition period to allow providers to fully develop their strategies for intended training and assessment, lodge their applications, and transition students to the new qualification. This transition period ends on 5 October 2017. There are currently around 560 RTOs with the superseded TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment on their scope of registration, yet to date ASQA has received just over 60 applications to add the new qualification to scope. ASQA has approved three applications from RTOs that met the high standard we are applying. At the other end of the scale, we have issued 22 providers with a notice of intention to remove TAE products from their scope of registration. I am aware that there is some concern in the sector about the time ASQA is spending assessing each TAE application. However, the enhanced scrutiny ASQA is applying to these

applications reflects the critical role this qualification plays in assuring quality in the VET sector. The application process requires RTOs to meet additional evidence requirements, including providing learning and assessment resources; comprehensive strategies for training and assessment; and the outcomes from independent validation of the required training products. ASQA also considers each RTO’s demonstrated TAE assessment practice when making application decisions. In ASQA’s experience, applicants are consistently compliant with the requirements around trainers and assessors (clauses 1.13, 1.14, 1.22 and 1.24). However, we are finding consistent non-compliance with the standards relating to amount of training (Clause 1.2) and the proposed assessment strategies (Clause 1.8). My message to RTOs wanting the new TAE on their scope of registration after 5 October is to submit your applications now and ensure that they are wellconsidered and logically organised. Training provider briefing sessions By now many RTOs will have registered for a place at ASQA’s 2017 training provider briefing sessions. If you have not, I urge you to do so as soon as

possible. Places are limited and interest from the sector has been strong. Twentyfour face-to-face sessions will be held in 13 locations across Australia between 26 April and 22 June. Three online sessions are also being held for those who cannot attend in person. The key focus of this year’s sessions will be ASQA’s student-centred audit approach and what this means for training providers. Other topics to be discussed include assessment practices, amount of training, industry engagement relating to training and assessment and validation of assessment practices. Mr Mark Paterson AO has extensive experience across government and industry, including experience leading government departments at both the state and federal levels. Mr Paterson is a former Secretary of the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services; the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research; and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. Mr Paterson commenced as a Commissioner of ASQA on 30 May 2016, and commenced as Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer from 1 January 2017.

#2017NVC Mr Mark Paterson will present a keynote session on Day 2 of Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference.

Take your VET skills


Use your VET skills to mentor trainers and strengthen VET systems in developing countries in the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Gain professional development, while being supported with a living allowance, accommodation and airfares. Positions are advertised monthly at or phone toll free 1800 331292 Volunteer Executive Chef Trainer Dean Parrish with trainees at Yangon Bakehouse cooking class, Yangon, Myanmar. Photo > Harjono Djoyobisorio The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative.

Diploma of Quality Auditing - BSB51615 Management Systems Auditing BSBAUD402 Participate in a Quality Audit BSBAUD504 Report on a Quality Audit

Gray Management Systems is a Registered Training Organisation with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. (RTO 3839)

How does it work? As per usual you can enrol in an individual course offering (see right) and achieve competency for just that unit. If you elect to complete all six courses you will achieve the Diploma of Quality Auditing (BSB51615).

Can courses be taken in any order? There is no particular order in which the individual courses must be completed except the 2 day Management Systems Auditing course is a pre-requisite for the 3 day Lead Auditor course.

Course facilitated by Geoff Gray - 2 Days

Lead Auditor BSBAUD501 Initiate a Quality Audit BSBAUD503 Lead a Quality Audit Course facilitated by Geoff Gray - 3 Days

BSBMGT502 Manage People Performance

Course facilitated by Steve Robinson - 1 Day

BSBRSK501 Manage Risk

Public or In-house? Feel free to attend our public courses or we can come to you. If your participant numbers are six or more it may be more cost effective to run an in-house course. Please contact us for a quote.

Course facilitated by Steve Robinson - 1 Day

BSBPMG513 Manage Project Quality

Are past students eligible?

Course facilitated by Steve Robinson - 1 Day

Yes, we welcome past students who have completed some of the units to continue their journey with us. Credit will be given to past students who currently hold valid qualifications (see right).


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BSBMGT516 Facilitate Continuous Improvement Course facilitated by Steve Robinson - 1 Day




VET CEO CONFERENCE Melbourne, 2 June 2017


he inaugural CEO VET Conference will be held on 2 June 2017 at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. The purpose of this conference is to provide CEOs and top decision makers within RTOs the opportunity to attend professional development in the areas of leadership, management and strategy; most importantly – with a VET focus! We are very excited about the program for this event. Presenters has been carefully selected to ensure the conference has the utmost relevance for CEOs, RTO owners and key decision makers. All sessions will be ‘on-topic’ and tied together by our professional Master of Ceremonies, Gerry Gannon. The day will begin with an address from the Honourable Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. Minister Andrews addressed attendees at our 2016 National VET Conference and I am sure everyone would agree that she spoke with passion and enthusiasm about the VET sector.

Next, be inspired by Australia’s leading mentor for CEOs – Alex Malley, host of In Conversation with Alex Malley on the 9 Network, and CEO of CPA. Alex has created a website and best-selling book dedicated to helping current and prospective CEOs to grow in their abilities and role as a leader. This is a ‘must-see’ session to learn about Alex’s five critical attributes of quality leadership. What is a VET conference without hearing from the powers-that-be? Mr Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner of ASQA, will take us through the latest developments from the National VET Regulator. Following on from regulation is a session providing analysis of VET funding. Jonathan Chew has an extensive background in advising on policy and is an expert on data analysis. In his session, Jonathan will be including information on the outlook across funding streams and highlighting the key strategic considerations for RTOs. Did someone say free beer? This

session will be delivered by Lynne Schinella, is a communication expert guaranteed to keep us all entertained while we learn about being great leaders and how to develop great cultures within our organisations. Keith Abraham is a thought leader in the area of passionate performance and building passionate based cultures. He will be getting us to think about the experiences we provide to our learners as clients. What do we need to focus on to keep them coming back to us? How do we make sure our clients are passionate about our organisation? Velg Training conferences always include a session from John Price! John is one of Australia’s premier VET consultants and his sessions are always engaging and have something for everyone. John will be presenting a session on leadership, compliance, productivity and morale … John usually invites special guests to take part in his sessions…I wonder who we will meet this time in this brand new session! Claire Field is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable consultants in the VET sector. She has worked in many different roles over the years giving her a breadth and Park Hyatt Melbourne 1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3002



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PROGRAM Welcome & Official Opening Gerry Gannon

The Honourable Karen Andrews MP, Assistance Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The Hon Karen Andrews

Mindful Leadership Alex Malley, Chief Executive of CPA Australia

Compliance Update The Hon Michael Lavarch AO - ASQA

depth of experience that is reflected in her presentations. Take on board her suggestions for strategy and growth to keep your organisation ahead of the curve and respond proactively rather than reactively to change.

Australian VET Funding - How did we get here and where are we headed? Jonathan Chew, Director, Nous Group

Lastly, we are excited to be hearing from someone who is ‘out-in-thefield’ – a current CEO of a successful Brisbane-based RTO which delivers qualifications nationally. Darrel Vecchio started Bizmatrix 10 years ago and has a philosophy of retaining learners for life. Darrel will talk about the Voyage of DiscoveryTM the staff of Bizmatrix have developed to assist their learners to achieve quality outcomes. This philosophy has enabled the RTO to be highly respected in the electrical and gasfitting industries.

I Was Told There Would Be Free Beer: How great leaders create great cultures Lynne Schinella, RIPE Inc.

Creating Loyal Passionate Customers for Your Business Keith Abraham, Passionate Performance Inc.

Leadership, Compliance, Productivity and Morale John Price, John Price & Associates

To wrap up, our MC for the day Gerry Gannon, will facilitate a panel session with John, Claire and Darrel as well as Matt Peachey from The Learning Resources Group to assist the audience in gaining maximum benefit from the knowledge and experience of these presenters. Gerry will then summarise the proceedings of the day and provide a transition into our networking drinks.

Strategy and Planning Claire Field, Principal, Claire Field & Associates

CEO Perspective Darrel Vecchio, CEO, Bizmatrix Pty Ltd

We are truly excited about this brand new event. Places are limited so if you’re considering attending, register soon!

Panel Session John Price, Claire Field and Darrel Vecchio

View our website for more details!

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From Child to Adult by Carol Hautot, Dynamic Solutions


re there people in your team who act like children? People who never want to take responsibility? Always quick to blame others, or their working environment? People who seem to bristle at the slightest hint of criticism; and react emotionally to any small upset?

they are unconscious habits, they can be very difficult to break. You are probably run by your Parent if you: • Need to win every argument or discussion • Feel impatient of others • Work the hardest

We don’t get taught emotional awareness at school, and there are many workplaces struggling to achieve full productivity due to people who are unwilling, or don’t know how to ‘grow up’ emotionally.

You are probably run by your Child if you: • Tend to have a lot of upsets in your world • Feel that life is unfair • Avoid commitment (or don’t complete projects you have committed to)

On the other side of the spectrum we have some leaders who act like overbearing parents. They are controlling and overly critical. For many leaders, this was the prevailing paradigm of leadership when they were coming through the ranks and so they have copied the role-models around them. This ‘parent’ style of leadership invariably leads to problems within the team.

The important breakthrough I had in learning PAC, was that Parent behaviour will nearly always illicit Child behaviour in others. If you are controlling and overly critical, your team will shy away from standing up and taking responsibility, instead opting to try to please you and get things right (by your standards) which takes away their willingness to take initiative and responsibility.

As a business coach I found the PAC model of exceptional value in helping people understand their underlying pattern of behaviour, and how it was contributing to the dysfunction in their workplace. PAC stands for Parent, Adult, Child and comes from the studies around Transactional Analysis.

The Adult state is when you are not being run by past patterns. You are present, and aware of what is going on around you. You can adapt easily and make decisions based on the facts and the evidence.

Both the Parent state and the Child state are unconscious ways of being that are controlled by patterns that we experienced in our early childhood. Because

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Workplaces function better when people know how to get themselves into Adult.



Some tips to get into Adult fast • Stick to the facts. • Keep the lines of communication open and honest • Hold people accountable for doing what they say they will do • Deal with your emotion first, before entering a discussion with others Leadership demands that we know how to bring out the best in the people around us; to truly understand their motivation and what drives them. But to understand others, we first need to understand ourselves. The PAC model can help us make sense of what drives our behaviour and what is subconsciously driving the people around us. Carol Hautot is the Director of Dynamic Conversations and has a Masters Degree in Professional Education and Training, and 25 years experience as a professional educator. She believes learning is more effective when it is fun. Dynamic Conversations was designed to blend the fun and power of theatre with best practice leadership training. She uses actors and professional scripts to entertain, educate and inspire.

#2017NVC Carol Hautot and her actors will present ‘From Child to Adult’ in the Training & Assessing Stream on Day 1 of Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference.



Recognising the improvement of lives through Language, Literacy and Numeracy The 2017 Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numberacy Practice Award


he opportunity to improve foundation skills can have a profound effect on the way people view themselves and engage with their local community. Each year, the Australian Training Awards recognise the work of Australia’s best language, literacy and numeracy practitioners. Now in its fourth year, the annual selection of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award winner is no easy feat. The Australian Training Awards program manager says the common denominator in the selection of the top three finalists in the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Practice Award each year is an unwavering passion like no other for genuinely wanting to help people from all walks of life gain the essential skills required to participate in society – from settling into a new language, to finding a career and purpose through foundation skills development. The Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual who is involved in improving the language literacy and numeracy skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

In 2016, the finalists were Jean Ditton from TAFE Queensland’s North Pimlico Campus and Petra Davis from TAFE Queensland’s Meadowbrook youth program. Jean said the award was of huge importance to the LLN community. “The Australian Training Awards are very important in, and to, the VET sector especially in the language, literacy and numeracy community, as it helps the industries (where our students go out and do work experience) get to know the diversity of applicants and some of the challenges that our students may come up against in coming into the workforce,” Jean said.

The 2016 winner of the Award was Isabel Osuna-Gatty, Senior Lecturer at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory. Isabel moved to Australia 16 years ago from Venezuela where she spent some time working in adult literacy provision. Isabel passionately believes that progress in improving literacy in Indigenous communities can be slow, but the rewards that flow from her work are immeasurable. “The pay-off for me is that the majority of the students I have worked with have gained a better job or got themselves into a better position in life. I say to my students that the one thing no-one can take away from you is your education and your capacity to read and write. To teach someone to read and write is the best gift you can give,” said Isabel. Read more about Isabel’s story in the Q&A article on page 16.

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award winners on the Australian Training Awards roll of honour include Ros Bauer (2013), Freya Merrick dos Santos (2014) and Lyn Wilson (2015). “Adult literacy underpins everything we do, in our personal lives, community or civic lives or our work lives. By winning an Australian Training Award I hope I can raise the profile of adult language, literacy and numeracy at a national level.” Ros Bauer, Consultant to Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation and Yuendumu School, Northern Territory “Receiving this award is fantastic recognition of the quality of training that can be provided in the community sector and of the value of teaching through authentic experiences in workplaces and communities. The Australian Training Awards really highlight the possibilities in the VET sector and inspire so many people with stories of people achieving great things.” Freya Merrick Dos Santos, Yarraville Community Centre, Victoria. “It’s great that the Australian Government has an award that specifically recognises the importance of foundation skills in VET.” Lyn Wilson, Sydney TAFE - Petersham College Foundation Studies, New South Wales.



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INSPIRE How to Apply Applications for the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award can be made by relevant individuals or organisations (eg colleagues, professional bodies, students, employers, industry or community representatives); or through self-nomination. Applications are received by the Australian Training Awards directly, via its website www. Applications close on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Attend the webinar for help with your application! A webinar will be held on 19 April at 11.30am (AEST) to assist applicants address the selection criteria of this award. It will be hosted by Velg Training, the Australian Government, Mr David Tout (past judge on the category and Manager, Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education Services and Senior Research Fellow in Numeracy and Mathematics at the Australian Council for Educational Research) and the 2016 winner, Isabel Osuna-Gatty.

To register your interest in attending this webinar, please email webinar@velgtraining. com

Eligibity Criteria In order to be eligible for the award the nominated LLN practitioner must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements and: • Have appropriate qualifications to deliver training to adult learners, as required by the Australian Qualifications Framework; • Have at least twelve months of professional experience in adult LLN training provision and/or have completed a post-graduate LLN qualification*; and • Have been involved in the provision of LLN training to adult learners (for same period) in the last twelve months. *Post-graduate LLN qualifications include the Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice (TAE80113); and the Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literary and Numeracy Leadership (TAE80213).

Australian Training Awards direct entry categories include: Individual • Lifetime Achievement Award • National Achievement Award • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practive Award Business • Small Empoyer of the Year Award • Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award Registration Training Organisation • School Pathways to VET Award • International Training Provdier of the Year Award

Applications for these categories are made directly to the Australian Training Awards. Entries close Wednesday 31 May 2017. The Australian Training Awards will be presented in Canberra on 23 November 2017. Find out more at

Join some of the brightest minds in online and technology-enhanced education

Are you an educator, interested in topics such as online facilitation, meeting student expectations, quality assurance, blended learning and flipped classrooms? Join us in Melbourne on 28 April for some enlightening talks and workshops.

Trina Hoefling, international guest speaker and virtual management pioneer, will speak on online education, listening to the customer and being responsive to technology advancements and workplace trends. Trina has been at the forefront in transforming the workplace virtually since 1984. Andrew Douch, a teacher, presenter and education consultant with twenty-two years classroom experience will speak on technologies that amplify learning in the classroom. Also featuring:

Christine Nicholas Michael Gwyther Karen Eager & Kathrin Colgan Clint Smith Steven Bergen Allison Miller Sarah Phillips & Miriam Reynolds

Don’t miss out on this one-off opportunity to grow as an educator

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S Y D NE Y 2 0 1 7 PRE-CONFERENCE MASTER CLASSES Wednesday 13 September 2017 8.30am 9.00am 9.00am 12.00pm

Master Class Registration Master Class

Master Class

Quality Engagement & Generation C John Price, Kerri Buttery, Robert Lowe & Raymond Simpson

The Sharp Edge of Compliance - Sometimes! Joe Newbery

12.30pm 1.00pm

Master Class Registration

1.00pm 4.00pm

TBA Mark Hodgson

A Guide for RTO Managers: Planning for quality training & assessment Kerrie-Anne Sommerfeld CONFERENCE DAY ONE Thursday 14 September 2017

7.30am 9.00am


9.00am 9.10am

Welcome to Country

9.10am 9.30am

Kerri Buttery Director of VET Content Development, Velg Training

9.30am 9.45am

Dimity Redcliffe Marketing, Conference & Events Manager, Velg Training

9.45am 10.45am

Motivational Speaker

10.45am 11.15am

Morning Tea & Networking

11.25am 12.55pm

Department of Education & Training

RTO RTO Management & Management & Compliance Compliance

Training & Assessing

Training & Assessing

VET Shaper

Foundation Skills


TBA Department of Education & Training

Governance That’s Built to Last: To Grow or Not Innovative to Grow: That is techniques the question to manage an Tamara Simon RTO effectively Marc Ratcliffe

Storytelling in the VET Classroom Danny Loh

Activating Brand You: Building the confidence & tools to build your influence Mark Hodgson

Take the ‘Play’ out of Role-Play Geoff Oliver

O RLY? Using GIFs & Memes in the LLN Classroom Mary Brooke

Is eLearning Right for my RTO? or How I learn’t the true value of Technology Julian Ridden

The Pendulum of Learner Experience vs Assessment Outcomes Jason Ash

Strong Foundations: Preparing workers for the 21st Century Chemène Sinson & Ann Leske

Google Apps for Interactive Learning Kathryn McGilvray

Future Proof your RTO through Educational Entrepreneurialism Allison Miller

Making LLN Connections: Preparing workers for the 21st Century Dave Tout

Immersive, Social, and Personal Approaches to Online Student Experiences Sarah Phillips

12.55pm 1.55pm

2.05pm 3.05pm

Networking Lunch

TBA Department of Education & Training


Digital Learning Environments: A strategic approach for RTO operations Phil Bevan

3.05pm 3.35pm

3.45pm 4.45pm

5.00pm 8.00pm

Training & Assessment Q&A Guru Panel

From Child to Adult Carol Hautot

Afternoon Tea & Networking

TBA Department of Education & Training

Quality & Compliance: A formidable intertwined (or inseparable) team John Price & David Sachse

Quality Management Processes for Reviewing Assessment Practices Carol Hunter

Achieving Quality & Efficiency in VET: Is it possible? Joe Newbery

WorldSkills Panel WorldSkills Australia

Welcome Function





CONFERENCE DAY TWO Friday 15 September 2017 8.15am 8.45am

Catch up over coffee

8.45am 9.00am

Kerri Buttery & Dimity Redcliffe, Velg Training

9.00am 9.30am

Mr Mark Paterson AO, Chief Commissioner, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

9.30am 10.00am

The Honourable Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills

10.00am 10.30am

Morning Tea & Networking Department of Education & Training

10.40am 11.30am

11.40am 12.30pm

RTO RTO Management & Management & Compliance Compliance

Changes to Funding ConTBA tracts & What Department This Means for of Education & your Business Training Nick McEwan -Hall & Marie Vassallo

The USI: Keeping national training collection records together Acting Student Identifiers Registrar & Alison Anlezark, NVCER

NCVER: AVETMISS & More... Alison Anlezark

Australian VET Funding: How did we get here & where are we headed? Jonathan Chew

Ensure your Marketing Material is Compliant Angela McGregor

12.30pm 1.30pm

1.40pm 2.30pm

Training & Assessing

Training & Assessing


Mapping for Quality Assurance Kerri Buttery

Mental Health & VET Students Marina Tomasevic

TBA Australian Skills Quality Authority

TBA Darrel Vecchio


The FSK: Building Writing Quality foundation eLearning skills Video Scripts Tim Rawlings & Darren Gray Dave Tout

TBA Australian Skills Quality Authority

What do Foundation Skills Mean for the “General” Trainer/ Assessor John Dwyer

The Webinar Formula to Extend Brand, Recruit Students & Support Learners Damian Noud

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Describing the Capabilities of Foundation Skills Practitioners Anita Roberts & Louise Wignall

Knowledge Management & Social Learning for Newbies David Lang

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The 3 P’s TBA Preparation, Department Participant and of Education & Post-Audit Training Jennine Cochrane

VET Student Loans Ombudsman TBA

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The Masterful Craft of Manipulation Laurie Kelly

The Six Steps to Killing them from the Podium Gerry Gannon

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Developing You: CPD for Standard 1.16 Neil Von Heupt

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Start with Why: Engagement, compliance & quality will follow Lauren Hollows

An Organic Look at Competency Progression Graham Rodgers

The Road to VET Quality: Empowering students to embrace curiosity Jenny Field

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Q&A Isabel Osuna-Gatty

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award Australian Training Awards, 2016 Winner


inner of the 2016 Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award, Isabel Osuna-Gatty shares her experiences as a finalist and winner in the Australian Training Awards and the inspiring pathways that led her to the LLN field. What led you to the Northern Territory and working in the LLN field? Coaching a team of Aboriginal educators and providing educational opportunities to Aboriginal learners across the Northern Territory. In 2016 you won the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the Australian Training Awards. How did that make you feel? My career began in South America managing the English language department of a private high school, developing English as a Second Language lecturing staff and teaching Literacy and ESL at the Central University of Venezuela. I continued my career in Australia as an adult Language Literacy Numeracy/ ESL teacher at various community colleges before moving into educational management. In 2008, I joined the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council as a National Industry Career Specialist. I was later appointed as the national Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) broker where I had the responsibility for brokering Commonwealth funded projects in rural and remote communities across

Do you know someone or think you are eligible for the Australian Training Awards? Further information and to apply Australia. I was approached by Ros Bauer, an LLN teacher wanting to establish a literacy program in Yuendumu, a remote community in the NT. Ros created a ‘Learning Centre’ operating out of the local shop as a product of the program: she won the inaugural Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award in 2013. I joined the Batchelor Institute after volunteering in Yuendumu for five years, and

started delivering Foundation Skills before joining the Institute’s Learning and Development team. Last year, I was successful at winning the position of Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills Senior Lecturer. This year I am also managing the Community Services and Family Wellbeing programs for the Institute. How was your experience in the lead up to the Australian Training Awards and the application process? I feel it is the culmination of a life’s work in the Education field. I learnt how to read and write when I was 3 years old, I spent my childhood reading books and writing poems and short stories. When I was in primary school, I opened an after-hours school for children with Downs Syndrome who were not allowed to attend school back then in Venezuela, my country of birth. I wanted to give them an opportunity to learn and to share my passion for education. I was very pleased to learn years later that one of my students had become a Paralympian! During high school, I tutored disadvantaged students living in the poor areas of Caracas and after finishing my studies at university, I opened a school to provide opportunities to people living in the outskirts of Caracas. In Australia, I have been raising awareness about the importance of literacy and numeracy skills in life and in the workplace. I have established many programs across the country and I have created resources to assist Australians improve their reading and writing skills. Education has been and is my life. What did you find were the personal and professional benefits of applying for the award? I was informed by my then manager Dr Mel Bat of their intention to nominate me, which actually came as a total surprise. Then the previous Director of the Humanities division who managed the Foundation Skills program, Kim Davis, together with Ros Bauer wrote the application. I provided some extra background information in relation to my previous position as part of the Industry Skills Council team. How have you enjoyed the recognition and benefits as a finalist and winner of an Australian Training Award?

It is nice to be recognised as a migrant, as a woman and a person with physical challenges. As a professional, winning the award has allowed me to be invited to present as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences in order to share my knowledge and skills with others and to hopefully inspire a future generation of practitioners. How would you describe your experience working with the Australian Training Awards? The Australian Training Awards team has been absolutely incredible. They have connected me with organisations and have facilitated presentations at conferences and other networking opportunities. Their passion and enthusiasm are contagious! What was your experience attending the Australian Training Awards? It was wonderful, I was totally taken care of, I felt respected and treated as a professional. Was there an opportunity to meet the other finalists and share your experiences? It was an absolute pleasure getting to know the other finalists in my category and meeting such as an amazing group of people passionate about what they do and about Vocational Education and Training. What would you say to others in your field about applying for the award? Being recognised as one of the top in your field is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and to share your knowledge and skills with others. What advice would you give about addressing the award’s selection criteria? Do you have any tips and tricks? Give examples of the work that you have performed, think of professional contributions which have been different from other practitioners, especially those activities which have made a difference in someone’s life. Update your resume! For further information about the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award, visit the Australian Training Awards website at

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uccessful people get the basics right as a prerequisite to their success. For example, professional tennis players have gorgeous looking racquets, but their success depends more upon reliable groundstrokes than fancy equipment. It is the same for webinar presenters. There are three essentials to present successful webinars. First however, let’s look at what is not on the list: • Your choice of webinar software •Your type of microphone • Your brand of webcam • Your makeup colour palette • Your ability to speak the Queen’s English • Your educational background • Your industry • Your hairstyle Put simply, all of the above items are white noise to the big picture issues described below. Do not be distracted by these white noise items as being the ones that will make or break your success as a webinar presenter because that simply is not true. The following three things are what you need to know. 1. Have the Right Mindset Successful webinars inevitably have a focus upon the participants not the presenter. The same observation applies to face-to-face presenters too. If the presenter cares about their audience and wants to achieve results that are genuinely in the best interests of their participants then success is almost assured. The



alignment between a webinar presenter’s motivations and their participants’ needs is critical. The science behind this is not obvious, but if a presenter is not committed to serving their audience then the participants will work this out by themselves, either consciously and/or subconsciously. It is so important that the presenter is committed to delivering what they promise and that the promise aligns with the participants’ expectations. If it does not, then the webinar will flop. 2. Write Down and Implement your Plan There are two quotes that are life or death when it comes to planning face-toface or online presentations. They are: • Perfect preparation prevents poor performance (The 5 P’s). • If you fail to plan you plan to fail. If you want to present a webinar that soars, sit down and plan it. Yes, find some quiet time, be creative and write down a detailed plan. This should not be a script, but an outline. 3. Have Fun and Engage People learn better when they are having fun. Experienced webinar presenters consistently describe how webinar engagement is their main ingredient to mastering the recipe for creating a successful webinar. Create improved webinar engagement. Be deliberate about this and do not shy away from doing it. In summary, almost anyone can become a talented webinar presenter if they

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challenge themselves to master these critical basics. Becoming a confident webinar presenter is not a Jedi mind trick. Refine your mindset, plan and engage. By embracing these three essentials you will hit winners that your webinar participants will love. Refine your mindset, plan and engage. By embracing these Damian has also created a 6 minute video with more detail about the 3 essentials. You can view it here. You are enthusiastically encouraged to ask any questions to Damian by calling 1800 287 246 or by emailing Damian is presenting a session titled “The Webinar Formula to Extend Brand, Recruit Students and Support Learners” at this year’s National VET Conference. He would love you to say hello and tell him how you are using webinars. Damian is the Lead Assessor and Team Leader of the Learner Success Team at MRWED Training and Assessment. He is a former Director of Studies and Principal at various QLD and NSW RTOs. He is fanatical about helping people improve their webinar and online presentation skills and hosts the Webinar Skills Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

#2017NVC Damian Noud will be presenting in the eLearning Stream on Day 2 of Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference.

INSPIRE Adapting your Leadership to win in a fast-changing world Mark Hodgson, Head of Consulting, About My Brain


here has never been a more uncertain time to be a leader. Most of us have now had direct exposure to the impact of what has been termed the ‘VUCA’ world. The impact of increased Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity is seen in diverse indicators such as lost jobs, reduced levels of trust and increased levels of mental health issues at work.

Learning to be OK with that is important. Your role is now to guide your team to devise the best way forward. Becoming vulnerable and saying “I don’t know” or “I stuffed up” can be a challenge. It can also be enormously liberating. You can now capture the collective wisdom that has been there all the time! Authentic

So VUCA is here. As leaders we need to change to meet the new challenges it presents.

We have run out of time for posturing egos. Contemporary leaders know their faults and are not afraid to name them (and work on fixing them up!).

7 key qualities we need to lead in a VUCA world

Energetic The world is now ‘on’ 24/7. Leaders must be able to handle stress and bring a personal energy to their work. They understand the need to build this resilience through care and discipline around their fitness, diet and rest.

To thrive in the brave new VUCA world, I believe successful leaders must be: Collaborative Power now comes more from ideas and the ability to implement them than through the accumulation of knowledge. Leadership expert, Silvia Damiano terms this the ‘Imagination Age’.

Outcome-focused VUCA leaders need to think like startup entrepreneurs. They do not have time for the unproductive meetings and other distractions. The focusing is on outputs and deliverables. What can you stop doing, shorten or accelerate to get more done more quickly?

Positions based on scarcity and control need to be replaced by collaborative partnerships – possibly with competitors. Leaders need to value speed and shared outcomes over politics. That requires new levels of trust.

must be de-politicised. It is a cost of doing business and a great way to evolve and grow. Optimistic People are extraordinary. Too many businesses concentrate on creating rules designed around expecting the worst of their staff. Hire the right folk and trust them to do great things! Equip them, inspire them and let them loose!!! Are you ready? Adjusting can be a big ask. The biggest step is in acknowledging that it is time to change. Once you make the decision to become open to new learning, the opportunities to grow - both personally and professionally – to make the best of the VUCA world - are extraordinary. Mark Hodgson is a leading thinker in Transformation – helping businesses and leaders to adapt in the face of change. He is an active thought leader, mentor, author and speaker with over 25 years of experience working with information experts, consultants and corporate decision makers. Find out more at or email


Open to Failure There is so much baggage around ‘failure’ in organisations. Again, we can learn from the small guy. Entrepreneurs adapt, discard or tweak – fast. Failure

Vulnerable In a VUCA world, it is likely that you will not know the answer or what to do next.

Mark Hodgson will be presenting in the Training & Assessing Stream on Day 1 of Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference & Master Class.


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Harnessing the power of the Foundation Skills Training Package Tim Rawlings, PwC’s Skills for Australia


he term “vocational pathways” easily rolls off the tongue, but how often have we thought about that word “pathway”? I hope that whenever this phrase was first coined it was a deliberate choice of word. While training and study will give skills and knowledge, ultimately, these are checkpoints on a longer course. The journey along the pathway is full of hills, valleys, detours, double backs, obstacles, head and tail winds and at the end we look back with some mixture of satisfaction and regret.

numeracy skills needed to participate fully in today’s workforce.” That was written in 2012. In 2016, the Australian Industry Group found that 93% of surveyed employers reported that low levels of literacy and numeracy were having an impact on their business, from poor completion of workplace documents, errors and wastage, to teamwork and communication problems. PwC’s Skills for Australia is currently consulting to gather feedback on how the FSK Training Package can be improved everything is on the table.

But to walk a pathway of any length or course requires a first step, and then a second, for there is no journey along any pathway without those early steps.

A key piece of feedback we have received repeatedly is we need to find a way of embedding the units from the FSK Training Package within vocational contexts rather than just as stand-alone qualifications. There is no suggestion that the FSK qualifications do not serve a purpose, however, unit of competency enrolment data indicates that less than 5% of FSK unit enrolments are in qualifications that reside outside the FSK Training Package.

The Foundation Skills Training Package (FSK) currently has three qualifications all of which use the term “vocational pathways” within their title. These qualifications are designed to help learners take, if not their first, their early steps on a vocational journey that will include training, study and work. The then-Minister’s opening line to the foreword of the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults, which was the basis of the Foundation Skills Training Package, is “more than 7.5 million Australian adults do not have the literacy and

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There are places around Australia, within certain states and individual training organisations, where the delivery of FSK or other LLN units is being delivered as an embedded part of technical train-



ing. Where this is happening, the testimony is that outcomes are very positive. The more practitioners involved in the current consultation process the more solid our evidence base for making changes to the Training Package, due later this year. If you do come to one of our forums you will probably hear me open by noting that for this Training Package, everyone in the room is genuinely committed to putting in the work required for success because many practitioners have seen the overwhelming impact it can have on the lives of learners. Successful LLN training, through whatever mechanism, can sow a love of learning where once resentment and avoidance grew. Tim is the Head of Training Product Development for PwC’s Skills for Australia. His team is responsible for the review of almost 400 qualifications and associated units of competency across eight industries. Previously Tim was a Senior Policy Adviser to a State Minister responsible for education and training.

#2017NVC Tim Rawlings will be presenting in the Foundation Skills Stream on Day 2 of Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference.




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For example, we frequently hear staff bemoan the requirement for a training and assessment strategy (often a generic repetitive template) or other documentation ‘to meet the standards’, and hastily resurrect documentation from the archives in readiness for audit.

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oes your organisation regard compliance as a burden or imposition? Do you have processes that are perceived to be significantly or even solely ‘for audit’ or ‘for compliance’?

Shifting focus from producing documentation to understanding process But imagine a world without ‘The Standards’. Would you ‘have to have’ a training and assessment strategy? Of course, you would. You would need a comprehensive plan identifying who may enrol in your courses, units to enable the best outcomes, how, when and where you would provide the training including sequencing and duration, resources you would need, whether it would be financially viable and so on. And, if, at the end of the course, or sooner, your plan’s monitoring mechanisms indicated your learners did not complete or engage, you would question why and make necessary adjustments. What matters most It may be efficient to document plans and processes into single documents, regardless of what they are called.



However recorded, information, planning processes, communication and continual review and improvement is far more critical and meaningful than the format. Language is key So, rather than talk about being ‘for’ standards, audit or compliance, start making discussions about how processes add value to the quality of the customer experience. If your processes do not add value question why you are doing them!

Maree Thorne has been working in VET for more than 20 years. She provides consulting services, support and professional development for RTOs and associated VET stakeholders on a range of quality management system and compliance issues.

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To Cluster or not to Cluster that is the question Geoff Oliver Background

order to complete certain tasks. They will very rarely be applying isolated skills and knowledge. To prepare students properly we must replicate these jobs as they will be performed in the workplace.

Let’s look at the big picture and think for a moment about the intent of Vocational Education and Training. Ultimately we are training people to be able to perform specific tasks and job roles in the workplace – that is what Vocational training means.

tasks in a way that is expected of them in the workplace, we would be doing them a disservice by not clustering at some stage in the training and assessment process.

Training vs Assessment For a unit like ‘Communicate in the workplace’ a worker must be doing something or they will have nothing to communicate about.

When training packages are written, job-roles are deconstructed into specific skills and knowledge that when combined, meet the job-role needs: In other words, Units of Competency.

Students can be trained about communication techniques but assessed while applying those communication techniques during completion of a workplace task.

This process enables units to be transferred between tasks for different contexts and job roles.

A Unit of Competency could be used as the basis for training, while for assessment it is clustered with other units.

Look to the workplace In the workplace on any given day a person completing tasks will be applying many and varied skills and knowledge in

To train students so they can meet workplace requirements and perform

Geoff Oliver has over 40 years’ experience in the Film & TV industry and over 15 years in Training and the VET sector. Geoff is a consultant for Velg Training and can be contacted at consulting@

#2017NVC Geoff Oliver will be presenting in the VET Shaper Stream on Day 1 of the Velg Training’s 2017 National VET Conference.

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Plan your professional development over the coming months! We have listed the major VET events taking place across Australia until September 2017. VET CEO Conference 2 June 2017, Melbourne

eZINE GLOSSARY We use acronyms throughout this publiction and on our website. Please see our VET eZine glossary below and access your complimentary copy of our extensive VET glossary online. - Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) - Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)

26th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ 5-7 July 2017, Hobart

- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

THE Conference 3 August 2017, Brisbane

- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

QLD Schools VET Conference 4 August 2017, Brisbane

- Foundation Skills Training Package (FSK)

APIEF & ACPET National Conference 23-25 August 2017, Brisbane

- Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

TAFE Directors Australia Convention 7-8 September 2017, Adelaide

- National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

National VET Conference - Master Classes 13 September 2017, Sydney

- Professional Development (PD)

- Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) - Australian Training Awards (ATA) - Core Skills for Work (CSfW) - Council of Australian Governements (COAG) - Industry Reference Committee (IRC) - International Convention Centre (ICC) - Master of Ceremonies (MC) - Member of Parliament (MP) - National VET Conference (NVC) - Parent, Adult, Child Model (PAC) - Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - Skills Service Organisation (SSO) - Training and Education (TAE)

National VET Conference 14 - 15 September 2017, Sydney

- Vocational Education and Training (VET) - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Amibiguity (VUCA)

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Are you looking to build your professional network? A Community of Practice

The Vocational Education and Training Industry Group (VETIG) is a community of practitioners committed to developing exceptionally high professional standards in training and assessment practices for Vocational Education and Training (VET) professionals. VETIG provides a forum for practitioners within the VET sector.

Member benefits Join VETIG and receive the following member benefits: • • • • • •

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The 2017 National VET Conference will be delivered over two days on the 14-15 September at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) through an exciting range of presentations, providing attendees the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary and elective sessions. The theme for the two day conference is ‘Building Quality in VET’ and will focus on multiple streams including; The Department of Education and Training, Regulator, RTO Management & Compliance, Training & Assessing, VET Shapers, Foundation Skills and eLearning. Additional Master Classes will be held preceding the National VET Conference on 13 September 2017.

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Master Classes: Wednesday, 13 September Conference Day 1: Thursday, 14 September Conference Day 2: Friday, 15 September

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