VIC Skills First Program Discussed

Date —

DD Mar 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training, Higher Education, International Education

Summary —

As the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak hits independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) hard, the Victorian Government has made adjustments to the Skills First funding program.  An overview of those changes made to date, and possible future changes, was provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training to members.

Key Issues —

The response to the Covid-19 crisis has presented particular challenges for members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), particularly those funded under the Skills First initiative of the Victorian Government.  It’s in this context that the recent meeting of the ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group was timely as it allowed members to meet with the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training to discuss the program.

The recently monthly meeting of the ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group allowed members to hear directly from Greg Norton, Executive Director of Training Market Services at the Department.  It provided a timely update on program delivery in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.

Key Meeting Discussion Points —

  • Changes to payments to help providers during Covid-19
  • Initial observations of the impact of Covid-19
  • Government support for business and students
  • Adjustments to regulations and contract requirements

The ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group meets every month in order to provide ITECA members with an understanding of key issues surrounding state funding programs and empower them to make informed decisions. The member-only meetings will also be a chance to discuss the ongoing reform process in Victoria and issues affecting independent RTOs. 

Membership of the ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group is a key benefit of membership. Importantly, it gives ITECA members the opportunity to provide invaluable feedback to the Department of Education and Training, ensuring that decisions concerning program design and delivery have been made with an understanding of ITECA membership views.

To get involved in the ITECA Skills First Interest Group simply complete and return the attached form:

ITECA Member Engagement ꟷ

The ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group is just one of the many benefits that come with membership and allow you to work collaboratively with others that share your interest in providing students with quality outcomes under the Victorian Government’s Skills First funding program.

If you’re not already involved in the ITECA Victoria Skills First Interest Group, it’s a great time to get involved.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Victoria State Committee.

Further Information —

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