Hi Everyone

Last edition for the year. We decided to send this edition out a little early. Let’s face it, who wants to get a work email the week before Christmas!! It has been another big year for us and I seriously need to spend some time at the beach reading a good book. Newbery Consulting will be closed over the period 17 Dec 2011 – 08 Jan 2012 returning on Monday the 9th Jan.

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I sincerely wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and hope you take some time out with family and friends to recharge ready for a new year!

Merry Christmas,

Joe Newbery



New ASQA evidence requirements for change to scope applications

ASQA has recently updated its online Change to Scope application form on ASQAnet. The form now provides clear specifications on the supplementary evidence requirements for a change to scope. Click on the link below to see a summary of the changes in the December edition of ASQA Update:

See bottom of page one.


New Board members for the VRQA

Three new members were welcomed to the VRQA Board at the December meeting. They are Ms Michonne van Rees, Mr Richard Tudor and Mr Stephen Elder. Click on the link below to find out more about the new faces.


ASQA Transition update—Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania

Legislation referring vocational education and training regulatory powers is currently being considered by the South Australian and Queensland parliaments. The legislation has passed through the Tasmanian Parliament successfully. I predict that South Australia and Tasmania will transition in late January and Queensland to transition in May. I am not taking any bets!

Click on the link below to see a summary of the changes in the December edition of ASQA Update:

See middle of page two.


New portfolio for Senator Chris Evans

According to Senator Chris Evans, the consolidation of Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research into a single portfolio signals the Government’s determination to ensure we meet the needs of the future economy. Read Senator Evans’ media release at the following link:

Read The Australian’s story on this new ‘super ministry’ at the link below (NB. May require subscription):


Consultation period now open for two CS&HISC projects

CS&HISC has made changes to four First Aid units as part of the continuous improvement of the Health Training Package. There are also draft components for the Hospital / Health Services Pharmacy Support qualifications. Links to both project web pages are provided below.


Updated Aspire learning guides for CHC08 Version 3.0

Aspire has now released updated learner guides for CHC08 version 3.0, including incorporating the Early Years Learning Framework into the Children’s Services resources.


New IBSA resources – free to download

The following new resources may be of interest:

  • Facilitator and Participant Guides and Industry Supplements for TAESUS501A Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs
  • Facilitator and Participant Guides for TAESUS502A Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programs

Click on the link below to go to the download page:


Australian apprenticeships & traineeships updates

The link below will take you to the 9 December 2011 update which includes qualifications recently implemented in NSW, QLD and WA:


Australian apprenticeships reform

On 6 December 2011, Senator Chris Evans outlined the Australian Government’s intentions for reform of Australian Apprenticeships and announced the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program. The reforms include the national harmonisation of rules and regulations and a range of incentive and support measures. The link below provides a number of resources on the topic.


$87 million Australian Government-industry training investment

On 14 December 2011 Senator Evans announced the first round of grant recipients of the National Workforce Development Fund. The funding partnership will provide for almost 24,000 workers and trainees to upgrade their skills. Read the full media release at:


Free resources from Regional Skills Training

Interactive workbooks funded by DEEWR are available from Regional Skills Training and are intended for free use by any student, RTO or school. Click on the link below to view the resources.




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