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March 2013


Welcome to the SITAC newsletter.

We aim to provide you with the most up to date and most useful information possible throughout the year.

We hope you continue to subscribe to our newsletter throughout the year and if you choose to, please be sure to spread the word.

If there is something happening that we have not covered or is coming up and you wish to include it in the next newsletter, please click here and provide all relevant information.


The SITAC Team


SITAC have also scheduled some NT online workshops. Click here to go to the calendar to find out when and where you can get your fix.


These are hosted by our very own Stephan Schmidt. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact him here.

16th AVETRA International Conference – Early bird closes TODAY!


Conference early bird closing date has been extended to this Friday, 8 March 2013.

You can register the following ways:


CPSISC, National Skills Council for workforce development, training and research for the construction and property services industries, today released its 2013-14 Environmental Scan (EScan), indicating that low business confidence is impacting on training to meet forecast improvements in activity.

Click here to read the Media Release and to download the E-Scan!

BSB07 Business Services Training Package Workshops


Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is delivering new workshops across Australia on ‘Changes to the Business Services Training Package’ presented by Tony Cusack from February to May 2013 and ‘The new WHS qualifications – leaner, focused and up to date’ presented by Ross Armstrong from April to May 2013.

Click here to view a summary of changes to the Training Package.

Technical Amendments to VET standards 


In February 2013 the following legislative instruments were amended:

  • Standards for NVR RTOs 2011
  • Data Provision Requirements 2011
  • Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2011

There should be minimal impacts on training providers and course owners as a result of these amendments.

The amendments made are technical in nature and are detailed in the following ASQA news updates:

 Updated E-Standards for Training now available!

An updated set of standards for creating accessible and reusable e-learning content has been published for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Read more

Skills for workforce planning and development

NVELS_skills for workforce planning and development

The ability of the Australian training system to deliver high level skills and workforce development is crucial in the current economy. High-quality training will help workers and businesses take up new opportunities emerging in the economy, and allow Australian businesses to improve their competitiveness in global markets.

Read more



Regional Competitions will be running across the 30 WorldSkills Australia Regions during 2013

To find out how you can enter a Regional Competition, or to learn more about the competitions, please visit the Regions page to find your closest Coordinator.

 NT Training Awards

NT Training Awards

The NT Training Awards are the Department of Business annual premier event recognising training excellence and achievements by Territory businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers and students.

Nominations close – Wednesday 1 May 2013

To nominate or to find out more information, click here.

Top selling Toolboxes of 2012


What do training and assessment, electrotechnology, child care, numeracy, and sustainability all have in common? They are five of the Top 10 selling Flexible Learning Toolboxes (Toolboxes) of 2012.

Read more

National calendar of e-learning events


Find out what e-learning professional development workshops and sessions are on offer to VET practitioners this month.

HR Practices

HR Practices Day is a one-day conference that gives HR professionals practical and useful tools to implement in the workplace.

Register now

19th IED Field Officers Network Meeting

You are invited to attend the 19th IED Field Officers Network Meeting
being held at Darwin on:

Date:               Tuesday the 19th of March 2013

Time:              8:00am – 12.20pm

Venue:            Novotel Darwin Atrium, Brolga Room

Morning tea will be provided on the day.

Please RSVP by email to or phone Matthew on 8999 8565 by COB Tuesday 12th March 2013

Australian Training Awards


The Australian Training Awards – Nominations are now open for state and territory training awards

Key dates for state and territory training awards can be found here. For further information visit your state or territory training awards site.

To find out more, visit the National Focus category page of the Australian Training Awards website.

Entries close on 30 May 2013.

WSA Launches Team Bus Fundraising Campaign

WSA Fundraiser

Today marks the launch of an innovative fundraising campaign by WorldSkills Australia and Team Bus aimed at helping our 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos to get their toolboxes to the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

Help us by donating and sharing this link with all of your contacts. Together we can help the Skillaroos to send their 3 tonnes of tools to the International Competition.

Click here to make your contribution.

Thank you for your support from WorldSkills Australia and the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos.

Grovo – Online training and video tutorials for cloud software

“Grovo” provides a one-minute video covering every change to the world’s most popular websites, mobile apps and online tools. It is a website designed to help individuals and businesses use and discover today’s leading websites.

Through a mix of videos, quizzes and other media, Grovo provides instructions and guidance towards saving time, reducing confusion, and driving real results. This is called action-oriented learning.

Sign up and find out more by clicking here

New Ministers for Skills

Australian Government

We welcome the Hon Chris Bowen MP to his new position as Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, and Minister for Small Business. Minister Bowen replaces Senator Chris Evans who resigned from the position on 2 February 2013.

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