As the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the focus of government is on a skills-based economic recovery. The 2021 VET Business Summit is all about empowering your business with the knowledge to position your business at the centre of this activity.

At the 2021 VET Business Summit – Melbourne you’ll hear from leaders across government and business about the opportunities for independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Some exciting presentations include how to access Victorian Government funding and also the VET Student Loans program to support students. You’ll also hear from business leaders about their future skills needs and even a regulatory update.

For more information on what's sure to be a highly informative program – and there's more to follow – click on the presentation headings below.

Program Highlights
2021 ITECA Business Summit – Melbourne


    The Australian Government has a significant reform agenda canvassing improvements to funding models, a more accountable regulatory framework and also delivering quality information for students.  You'll hear how these tie together and the Australian Government's commitment to achieve lasting reform. [Video Message]

    Presentation synopsis:
    The National Skills Commission (NSC) is currently assessing which qualifications the Australian Government will subsidise to support the economic recovery. Importantly, the NSC is working with ITECA and other stakeholders to determine the subsidy amount. Find out how this work is being undertaken and what it means for independent RTOs that access government funding to deliver quality outcomes for students.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ What the practical outcomes of the NSC's work means for providers.
    ◾ How the NSC makes recommendations on the skills that will be subsidised.
    ◾ How the NSC makes recommendations on the level of subsidy for each qualification.

    Presentation synopsis:
    The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers. This is your chance to learn about how the loan amounts are set by the Australian Government and varied to meet the actual course of delivery. What’s exciting is advice on how to become a VET Student Loans approved provider.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The qualifications that a student can access a VET Student Loan to support their study.
    ◾ How additional qualifications are added to the approved list and how the loan amount is determined.
    ◾ How to become a new VET Student Loans approved provider.

    Presentation synopsis:
    The ‘Skills First’ program is the primary vehicle the Victorian Government uses to support delivery by independent RTOS of vocational education and training in the state. This informative presentation will review the achievements of the program. Importantly, if you’re an independent RTO looking to become a ‘Skills First’ accredited provider, you’ll hear from the Department of Education and Training on the opportunities.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ Which qualifications are on the 'Skills First' list of subsidised courses and at what level.
    ◾ An overview of of current compliance requirements and any planned changes to these.
    ◾ The opportunity to become a new 'Skills First' approved provider.

    Presentation synopsis:
    The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will spend the year playing close attention to delivery of VET In Schools programs and how RTOs transitioned to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, so come along to better understand the ramifications for your RTO. You’ll also get a better understanding of AQSA’s work to support your self-assurance capability, to critically examine and continuously improve practice for sustained compliance.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ What ASQA's compliance focus on online delivery and VET In Schools means for providers.
    ◾ The future of ASQA's self-assurance project and the practical compliance outcomes for providers.

    Presentation synopsis:
    This presentation will provide an in-depth assessment of how much Victoria's vocational education and training system depends on independent RTOs. You’ll find out the total number of students, how many are with independent RTOs and what are the major study disciplines. You’ll also see how Victorian government funding for students with independent RTOs compares against other states and territories.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The total number of RTOs and VET students in the state.
    ◾ The study disciplines experiencing the most growth.
    ◾ How Victorian government funding for independent RTOs compares with other states.

    Presentation synopsis:
    A number of RTOs are regulated by the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and this session will look at their current compliance areas of interest. These include changes to the VRQA’s provider risk framework assessing student welfare, governance and financial viability. This is sure to be an important session for all manages of RTOs regulated by the VRQA.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ An understanding of the VRQA's current regulatory focus.
    ◾ Anticipated changes in audit activity to deal with Covid-19 related risks.
    ◾ An understanding of what what the VRQA is likely to raise with independent RTOs in the year ahead.

The 2021 VET Business Summit – Melbourne provides you will the opportunity to meet with other Chief Executives, Managing Directors and senior compliance staff from independent RTOs. It’s a unique networking opportunity unparalleled in the state.

 ◾ ITECA Members – $295pp (GST Incl.)
 ◾ Non-members – $495pp (GST Incl.)


This event is brought to you by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

If you have any questions on this event contact the ITECA events team via email at or by telephone on 1300 421 017.

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