As part of its reform agenda to drive quality in the vocational education and training sector, the Australian Government is seeking advice from members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) on what constitutes best practice in vocational training assessments.
Key Issues —
The Australian Government wants to identify effective, quality assessment practices with a view to providing advice as to how Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) could be supported to improve their assessment practices, with a view to amending the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
The current reforms in vocational education and training are a timely opportunity to draw together existing knowledge about assessment practices and work with stakeholders to ensure that the vocational education and training system's infrastructure enables and supports quality assessment.
At a specially convened meeting of the ITECA Training and Assessment Interest Group, consultants to the Australian Government will seek the advice from ITECA members on the issues set out below.
Key Issues ―
Australian Government Consultation On Assessments
How can RTOs best validate assessment outcomes and processes:
■ What are the most significant challenges for RTOs in validating assessment?
■ What does good practice in assessment validation look like?
■ Are there different approaches to validation that are effective in different contexts?
■ Are there examples of RTOs effectively using new technologies to support validation?
■ Are there examples of RTOs engaging effectively with industry to support validation?
How can RTOs most effectively address requirements around RPL?
■ Has there been a change in demand for RPL? If so, what is driving that change?
■ Are there contexts or learner cohorts where RPL is particularly beneficial?
■ What is needed to support improved RPL practice?
■ Are there examples of RTOs using new technologies to support and streamline RPL?
■ Are there examples of RTO excellence in RPL that others could learn from?
As is evident, the focus areas for the Australian Government are assessment validation and recognition of prior learning (RPL). To attend the ITECA Training and Assessment Interest Group meeting on 9 September 2021, register via the link below
Findings from this consulation have potential to inform the planned revision of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and work on building RTO capability.
Membership of the ITECA is all about empowering members with the influence to drive change, and the upcoming meeting of the ITECA Training and Assessment Interest Group is one of the ways this is achieved. If you're organisation isn't a member, apply today.
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Getting Involved —
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Further Information —
If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you. Simply send an email to [email protected] or telephone 1300 421 017. Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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