Training & Education Training Package Qualification Changes Afoot

Date —

28 June 2021

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

Of considerable interest to vocational education and training professionals are proposed changes to the TAE – Training and Education Training Package. These are designed to address both immediate skills needs and to deliver longer term improvements to the TAE Training Package and are set out in three phases. The first stage is a holistic review of the TAE Training Package. The second stage is to create two new e-assessment units of competency and one new associated skill set. The third stage is to make some non-endorsable changes to the TAE Training Package.

Key Issues —

The TAE Training Package was last reviewed in 2015 and uploaded in 2016. In the five years since, the training and assessment landscape has drastically changed. Notwithstanding the core structural issues the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) sees in the existing qualifications and units of competency, there have also been additional impacts on the sector. These impacts include the necessity to train and assess online accelerated by COVID-19 and a significant focus on compliance while training and assessing in vocational education and training (VET).

In proposing a holistic review of the TAE Training Package, the Education IRC has advised the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) that the TAE Training Package is currently not fit for purpose nor is it fully addressing needs of the VET sector. The major issues are as set out below:

Identified Deficiencies ―
Department of Education, Skills & Employment

TAE units of competency do not deliver the variety, nor depth, of skills and knowledge that are relevant in a modern training and assessment environment.

The packaging rules of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment do not provide adequate flexibility for learners pursuing the variety of training and assessment job roles that exist in the modern labour market.

The TAE Training Package does not make use of ‘stackable’ skill sets that allow for a “scaffolded” approach to skill development and attainment of qualifications.

The TAE Training Package is not structured to support the range, and diversity of career pathways available to workers in the VET industry, meaning that existing qualifications (beyond TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) are often underutilised.

The structure and content of the TAE Training Package does not address the skills gaps of those working in other education sub-sectors such as VET for Secondary Students or enterprise training.

A major suggested change has been to create two new e-assessment units of competency and one new skill set. This recommendation is being made in the context where 1,008 providers have notified ASQA that they were offering all or a number of their courses via online delivery arrangements either instead of, or in addition to, face-to-face classes. It has been recommended that the TAE Training Package include skills on using a variety of technologies to ensure flexibility in the collection of valid and reliable evidence and the judgement of the same in determining competence; and ensuring that learners and their individual needs are adequately supported in an online assessment environment.

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia is providing members with the opportunity to hear directly from the Chair of the Education IRC, Andrew Shea, about the proposed changes and the practical outcomes for independent RTOs. The vehicle is the ITECA Vocational Training and Assessment Interest Group — be sure to register for the next meeting.


Online Registration 
ITECA Vocational Training & Assessment Interest Group


ITECA Interest Group – Wednesday, 14 July 2021 [Register Online]
ITECA Interest Group – Wednesday, 15 September 2021 [Register Online]
◾ ITECA Interest Group – Wednesday, 17 November 2021 [Register Online]

These events provide an opportunity for you to engage with key decision makers tasked with guiding the reform to the Training and Education Training Package. Importantly, participation in meetings of the ITECA Vocational Training and Assessment Interest Group is an opportunity available only to employees of member training organisations and and reflect the commitment to empower members with the information to make informed decisions and the influence to drive reform.

Getting Involved —

Members in the vocational education and training sector play a lead role in setting the framework for vocational education and training reform through their participation in the ITECA Vocational Training and Assessment Interest Group.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA policy 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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