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Nov/Dec 2012


Hello our SITAC newsletter readers,

first of all we would like to thank you for subscribing to our newsletter in 2012. We hope that we were able to provide you with useful, practical and informative information throughout the year.

Yes, we are already talking about the end of the year. How quick did that come around? Christmas is just around the corner, in fact it’s only a few days away. Check out the countdown.

Let’s get stuck into our last edition of this newsletter for 2012. We hope you continuously subscribe to our newsletter in 2013. If you do, you might want to spread the word to others.

The SITAC team wishes you all a peaceful, enjoyable and relaxing season and all the best for 2013.

National VET e-Learning Strategy PD calendar 2012 -2013

In 2012 SITAC has conducted a series of PD session via our virtual classroom. Don’t worry if you have missed any of the sessions, because we have all the recordings available for you at our SITAC website in the section called Recordings of NT sessions. Looking for free professional development in 2013? Why not having a look at some of the offered free Professional Development workshops shown in this calendar by the National VET e-learning Strategy. NVELS Content Service advisers will organise presentation/workshops for the next year again, so keep your eyes open. Not all PD sessions are planned and entered in the calendar at this point in time for next year, but they will appear by beginning of next year. Click on the event in the calendar you are interested in and read up for more details about the session. Some sessions require registration. Should you have any question or you would like to see specific PD sessions in the calendar than contact and we try to accommodate your needs.

AVETRA Conference


The AVETRA 16th Annual Conference in scheduled for the 3rd – 5th April  2013 in Fremantle – Western Australia. AVETRA invites you to submit an abstract on their website. More info here

New generation of QR code

We all know of QR code, remember the funny speckled black and white looking squares that look a bit like bar-codes from the supermarket. We see them on business cards, news papers, magazines, retail products etc.

The one I am going to introduce you today is a bit a different type of QR code it works on the same principle but it works with sound. The free App I am talking about is called chirp.

How does chirp work? Watch the how to video below:

Introducing Chirp from chirp on Vimeo.

Have fun chirping 🙂

Women who work with ICT survey

survey_computer_societyEvery two years the Women’s Board of the Australian Computer Society conducts a survey of women who work with ICT. The survey has provided valuable insights into the employment circumstances of women in the industry.  In 2008 the survey was recognised by the European Union as an example of International Best Practice in Gender Equity Projects.

It would be very much appreciated if you could spend 5 – 10  minutes of your time to complete the survey 

2012 Australian Training Awards


The 2012 Australian   Training Awards were held at the Etihad Stadium in Docklands, Melbourne on   Friday 16 November. Service Skill Australia staff members were   lucky enough to attend the annual awards to help celebrate and give   recognition to leaders within the Vocational Education System.


Launch of the Workforce Futures Program


The Workforce Futures   Program – an innovative workforce development strategy for the Tourism and   Hospitality industry was officially launched last month. It had its   official New South Wales launch on Wednesday October 31 at the Australian   Hotels Association offices in Sydney.

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Funeral Services

service_skills_iconThe SIF Funeral Services Training Package will be one of the first streamlined Training Package to be submitted to the National Skills Standards Council’s (NSSC) for endorsement.

Service Skills Australia has fully prepared the Training Package and reports required for submission, however is unable to submit these products until the new Standards for Training Packages are endorsed at the NSSC’s November meeting.

After the new standards are endorsed, we will then move through the external quality assurance process and be ready for submission to the first meeting of the NSSC in 2013, sometime in February.

Submission documents and revised training package will be available on our website during the submission period.

For more information, contact Lina Robinson, Senior Project Officer.

Workforce skills development and engagement in training through skill sets


Skill sets are a grouping of one or more competencies below the level of a full qualification that meet a client skills need, such as a licensing or compliance requirement or specific knowledge of an emerging area.

A point of debate is the role that skills sets play compared to full qualifications which are seen as the foundation of the VET system. To throw some light on this issue, John Mills and his colleagues undertook a case study of agrifood students, which investigated the use of skill sets by students enrolled in Rural Production Studies skill sets developed by TAFE NSW and those enrolled in the Diploma of Agriculture.

An Interview with Kaye Bowman on ‘Workforce skills development and engagement in training through skill sets’ has also been released.

Australian vocational education and training statistics: pocket guide

This booklet provides a snapshot of NCVER’s current statistical publications. It presents statistics about: Australia’s public vocational education and training (VET) system; apprentices and trainees who are undertaking vocational training through a contract of training; expenditures and revenues of the public VET system; tertiary education and training; and young people’s participation in education and training.


The 2012 WorldSkills National Competition was held in Sydney in August/ September. The competition was held over three days with each competitor working a six hour day. The Floristry, Beauty and Hairdressing sectors from Western Australia once again had very high quality representatives who were successful in winning silver and bronze medals.

Congratulations to:
Floristry – silver medalist – Erin Lamb from Balshaw’s Florist trained at Challenger Institute of Technology.

Hairdressing – bronze medalist – Jessamey Mooney from Salon De Coiffure in Donnybrook trained at South West Institute of Technology.

Beauty – Lawan Kaewphum trained at Central Institute of Technology.

Read more here

ASQA opens office in the top end


The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has published a media release relating to the appointment of Jane Holt as the Darwin-based Compliance Manager for the Northern Territory.

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New training package standards and policies

The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) endorsed new Standards for Training Packages, developed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), on 16 November 2012.

Read more

Launch of Supply Nation

Supply Nation

On 5th December Treasurer Wayne Swan launched Supply Nation.

Supply Nation, formerly known as the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC ), is a not-for-profit membership body for Australian companies and Government agencies who are seeking to buy goods and services from Indigenous businesses. It provides a direct business-to-business purchasing link between Australian businesses, Indigenous owned businesses and Government agencies.

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Communities of Practice


Are you a VET practitioner who is interested in learning about the research process, and undertaking a small research project relevant to your

workplace? We encourage you to apply for NCVER’s Communities of Practice research scholarship grant.

Funding of $4000 is available to novice researchers to conduct a small-scale research project relating to a workplace issue over 12 months. Applicants

must have the support of their employer who must be willing to match funding. Participants are supported by a mentor and have a year to complete

the project, starting in April 2013.

Applications open 26 November 2012, and close 8 February 2013

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