1. CLAIRE FIELD ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR VET
The Wednesday, 25 May 2022 edition of Campus Morning Mail an article by Claire Field on how the recent election brings policy change, but it won’t settle the strategic shifts underway.
Claire is a well-recognised expert and commentator on Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) matters, including the Australian international students’ market, and points to the clear policy difference that ensued between the two major parties at the recent election in relation to VET.
In light of the recent election outcome, Claire returns to explore what’s on offer un the Labor policy plan. It had three main VET polices; these were:
- fee-free TAFE places
- limiting Commonwealth funding to non-TAFE providers, and
- VET sector reforms.
Claire writes, “The experience in Victoria indicates fee-free TAFE may not come without its challenges and the programme may not deliver a lasting increase in TAFE student numbers. Conversely fee-free TAFE is not necessarily bad news for most independent and community providers.
To ensure TAFEs receive the majority (70 per cent) of Commonwealth VET funding we can expect to see changes to VET Student Loans where currently TAFE students receive 56 per cent of VSL funding and private/community students 44 per cent.
If Labor provides the same level of funding to the VSL scheme, then independent and community providers look to lose (and TAFEs look to gain) approximately $38.25 million per annum.
Looking at Labor’s plans for the VET sector as a whole – they support the new Industry Cluster model and associated VET qualification reforms, and will establish a new agency, Jobs and Skills Australia, which will incorporate some of the work currently being done by the National Skills Commission.
And as if navigating all of these changes was not complex enough there are a broader range of strategic shifts impacting businesses, the community and the economy – which still need to be understood and addressed by both public and private VET providers.”
2. NEW SKILLS BODY TO SET TARGETS
Editor, Sandra Rossi reports in the 24 May 2022 edition of Climate Control News (CCN) that the “newly elected Labor government has promised to establish a new vocational education and training body called Jobs and Skills Australia during its first 100 days in office.’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the body would be a national partnership to drive VET education and strengthen workforce planning by working with employers, unions and the training and education sector.”
Albanese said the new body would be based on the model used to establish Infrastructure Australia.
It was created by him as infrastructure minister to provide high level advice from across the sector to set priorities and targets.
TAFE will be at the centre of Labor’s program, with the creation of 465,000 fee free TAFE places, including 45,000 new places.
The fee free TAFE initiative will be structured around areas of highest need.
It will also align to Labor’s Future Made in Australia Skills Plan which has a focus on acute skills shortages in areas such as manufacturing and construction.
3. ASQA APPROVES EXTENDED TRANSITION PERIOD FOR UEE11 ELECTRO-QUALIFICATIONS
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) advises that ASQA has approved an extended transition period for UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package Qualifications.
The advisory states, “In January this year the Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC) applied to ASQA for an extension to the transition period for UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package qualifications from 5 October 2022 until 31 January 2023. The application was made based on disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across 2021. ASQA has approved the extension.”
ASQA has published the decision on its website at: TRAINING PRODUCTS WITH CURRENT TRANSITION EXTENSIONS
The list of qualifications extended to 31 January 2023 is shown below (URL LINK TO ASQA WEBPAGE OF QUALIFICATIONS):
It was demonstrated to ASQA that learners would be genuinely disadvantage if they were required to transition to the replacement qualification as the significance of changes would not provide the expected outcomes for existing learners.
The decision was made with support from State Regulators – Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority & Training Accreditation Council Western Australia; State Training Authorities in NSW, WA, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and NT; Australian Industry Standards in their role as the Skills Service Organisation; Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee; and Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC); and feedback from RTOs delivering these qualifications.
The decision extends the transition period for these RTOs to continue training assessment and issue Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification.
The qualifications in the UEE11 Electrotechnology Training package Release 1.5 listed above will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior.
For more information or questions about this decision, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. GENERATION TP UPDATES (CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT) SUBMITTED TO STAs
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) reports that it has submitted on behalf of the ESI Generation Training Package has been updated to include five new Units of Competency and three new Skill Sets.
The update aims to address skills requirements for control room operations relating to power generation in both fossil fuels and renewable energies, encompassing automated control systems.
The newly developed Units of Competency have been incorporated into Certificate III in ESI Generation.
Please visit the AIS projects page to access the Case for Endorsement, Training Package materials, and a mapping document which tracks changes to existing Training Package products.
The Generation IRC is seeking the support of STAs by close of business Tuesday, 14 June 2022 for the Case for Endorsement, prior to submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).
For more information, please contact Industry Skills Specialist, Shaun Thomas on M: 0409 505 196 | E: email@example.com
5. SAY YES TO THE TRADES
Superior Training Centre (SCT) and The Bulldogs have partnered to support the ‘SAY YES TO THE TRADES’ FAIR 2022.
The employers and careers event focuses on employment issues facing high school students and job seekers as well as the skills shortages business are experiencing.
The fair brings together training, employers, service providers, and government to show students choosing trades, is a first option.
The other goal is to spur businesses to actively employ young apprentices and invest in staff training.
The event will be held at the Canterbury Leagues Club June26, 2022, 10.00 a.m – 3.00 pm.
The partnership between STC and the Canterbury Bulldogs One Community Program for schools in the west and southwest Sydney, is to:
- increase the employability of students
- deliver hands on training in schools
- expand the career options for students
- make trades a first option in minds of more students
- gather employers who want to invest in training their staff
The goals of the SAY YES TO THE TRADES FAIR:
- Trades and employer focussed event about industry careers
- Highlight the many pathways into and from trades
- Women and trades promotion
- Dialogue with employers and providers on the realities of trades careers
- Give real scope for understanding the many advantages of apprenticeships
For more information or sponsorship opportunities about the partnership or proposed event program, contact Robert Parsonson, General Manager at STC on M: 040 7284 067 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. CCN AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Climate Control News (CCN) has opened nominations to the 2022 CCN Awards of Excellence. The awards recognise achievement, contribution and leadership in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry.
CCN states, the CCN Awards of Excellence are, “an expansion of our existing HVACR Leadership Awards, now in its 8th year. The broadened and refreshed programme recognises the talented individuals and teams making a positive impact in today’s HVACR industry.
The awards will be presented to winners at a special event on 10 November in Melbourne, held in conjunction with the annual CCN Live Industry Forum. CCN’s Awards of Excellence are about people, not projects. We want to give recognition to our industry’s best and brightest.”
Click on the category links below to NOMINATE NOW:
- Rising Star of the Year (under the age of 30)
- Tradie of the Year
- Contractor of the Year
- HVACR Leader of the Year
- Diversity Champion of the Year
- Sustainability Champion of the Year
- HVACR Team of the Year
- Woman of the Year in HVACR
Entries close: Wednesday 31 August 2022.
Nominate a potential winner.
For more information on each category download the awards criteria below: VIEW AWARDS CRITERIA
7. HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEXT NSW WOMEN’S STRATEGY
Women NSW is inviting Women across the state to shape the direction and priorities of the next NSW Women’s Strategy. It will be a new strategy for the NSW Government.
The focus of the strategy will be to provide opportunities for women to realise their goals and reduce the barriers that hold back achievement.
To help develop this strategy, Women NSW wants to hear from women and girls about their experiences and priorities. They will also review evidence on women’s progress and consult with relevant community groups.
The promotion for feedback call states, “The next strategy will focus on three broad ‘pillars’:
- Economic opportunity
- Health and well-being
- Participation and empowerment
A Discussion Paper has been developed that outlines these pillars in detail and includes questions that will help guide the strategy’s development.
To this end Women NSW is, “leading a state-wide consultation process that will help shape the direction and priorities for the next NSW Women’s Strategy.
What is the NSW Women’s Strategy?
The NSW Women’s Strategy provides a policy framework to help improve the lives of women and girls.
It guides how we make decisions and what areas we need to focus on to improve outcomes for women and girls in NSW.
How can I get involved?
Getting the next strategy right relies on input from a wide range of women, so we want to hear from you!
Share your experiences and priorities with us at: www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/nsw-womens-strategy-consultation
Have your say to help us understand what is important for the next NSW Women’s policy by:
- Completing the survey
- Voting in the quick poll
- Sharing your story
Public consultation closes on 5pm, Monday 20 June.
For more information on the NSW Women’s Strategy visit www.nsw.gov.au/women-nsw
8. CONNECTING WOMEN IN TRADE DAY
The Hunter Region Local Jobs Program is holding an information session on connecting women to trades. The Information Session will be held as follows:
When: Thursday 2 June 2022, 9:00 AM – 11.30 AM
Venue: UGL Broadmeadow
Location: 16 Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292
About the Information Session
The program is designed to provide career aspirants with an understanding on what a trade career in the manufacturing industry looks like and some hands-on skills through an RTO (TAFE NSW). Included are skills development in key areas such as resume building and interview technics.
The session will include a site tour at the UGL Newcastle Operations, apprentice Q&A panel and an overview of the TAFE course. Interested persons will have the opportunity to enrol in the course on the day.
Places are limited to 20 so register your interest in the information session now, where you will be contacted to discuss registration and eligibility requirements.
HunterNet Group Training in partnership with Manufacturing Skills Australia and TAFE NSW have designed the program to raise awareness for women to access a career in the manufacturing industry. There are huge opportunities with the Hunter Region in well-paying apprenticeships and traineeships within this sector and women career aspirants are encouraged to consider and pursue the many amazing careers in this leading-edge technological sector of industry.
Refer attached flyer for details of the Information Session and the Course.
For more information contact Karla or Jess, anytime on either of the below details.
Karla Notman- email@example.com |M: 0466 606 467
Jess Dobija- firstname.lastname@example.org |M: 0436 305 365
9. CAREERS NSW AND YEAR13 DIGITAL EXPO
Careers NSW has written to advise that it has “recently partnered with Year13 for this year’s Digital Career Expo. The aim of the Expo is to engage and connect to Gen Z audience.
Information about Careers NSW is on the Year 13 Digital Expo link below with the ability for attendees of the conference to book appointments with Career Practitioners and Industry Experts
A Careers NSW Industry Expert, Morgan Clementson, was also interviewed for the Expo which can be viewed here www.year13.com.au/expo/year13-expo-2022/pathways-stage.
Whether you’re a fresh face new to the Australian workforce, thinking about next steps or wanting some inspo for a complete career change, Careers NSW has your back. From free, tailored career advice and finding the right fit for your skills and interests, to invaluable connections with industry experts, you’ll find no shortage of support and guidance here.
Careers NSW’s high-quality service is geared towards people at any stage of their career journey – which means you could be missing out on interview questions hacks, personalised career resources and ongoing learning opportunities to put you in the best possible position. So, lose the FOMO and check out Careers NSW website for more important information – you’ll thank us later.
The service also provides personalised Career Guidance (limited to adults who reside in seven priority regions
Browse a range of career support resources, tools and information.
Whether you’re unsure of your next career move or have a specific career in mind, you can speak to a career advisor to access quality career guidance.
If you have a career or industry in mind, you can speak to an industry expert to learn more about a specific industry.
Speak to a Skills Hub Customer Care Specialist to understand how to upgrade your skills and access fee-free training in emerging industries.”
10. AASN PROVIDER SURVEY
The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Services (AATIS) eNewsletter – Edition #78 of 26 May 2022 is seeking Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider stakeholder feedback to a survey that will soon close.
It writes, “The AATIS Stakeholder Survey will shortly be closed, so we would love to hear your feedback about use of our service. Your response will help inform our work, including future projects and resource development, and enhancements and updates to existing resources.
We invite anyone from across the Australian Apprenticeships and careers industry to complete the survey, so please feel free to share it within your organisations. We encourage AASN Providers to complete the survey to improve the group’s representation in the survey results. All responses are confidential.
For further information on this survey, or for information and resources about Australian Apprenticeships, please email AATIS at email@example.com or call us on 1800 338 022.
AATIS is also conducted a webinar to launch its newest resource, The Employer Handbook. The promotion states, “AATIS is excited to launch our newest resource, the Employer Handbook.
The Employer Handbook has been developed to support employers and managers who are considering whether to enter the Australian Apprenticeships system. It can be used by service providers as an information resource for employers, with a customisable version available.
During this webinar we will showcase the Employer Handbook, and discuss the key content within it. We will also demonstrate some of the other employer resources provided by AATIS.”
11. SE DONATES $200K WORTH OF PRODUCTS TO UNIVERSITIES & TAFES FOR TRAINING
Editor, Sean Carroll in the 26 May 2022 edition of Electrical Connection, writes that Schneider Electric has donated products worth over $200k to universities and TAFEs to help support the next generation of electricians.
The article states, “Developed as part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to sustainability, the Developed as part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to sustainability, the Circular Partnership program was designed to give a second chance to surplus products. Instead of being sent to recycling plants, 7.7 tonne of electrical materials have been diverted to educational facilities over the past year.
Donations include materials that future electricians will use regularly in their day-to-day roles. Including power sockets, distribution blocks, switchboards and current breakers, the equipment gives students hands-on experience to help prepare them for their future careers.
Since its inception in 2021, thousands of students across the country have benefited from the program, including those at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Australian Trade Training College, College of Electrical Training and NECA Training.
“The Circular Partnership program has helped our apprentices enormously. At CQ University, our students’ learning experience is our top priority,” College of Trades CQ University Australia electrical teacher Barney Brough says.”
12. AUDITOR FINDS RISK OF ‘SNOOPING’ IN COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING SYSTEM
In latest edition of GovernmentNews, 26 May 2022 Judy Skatssoon reports on an interesting finding by the WA Auditor General on privacy safeguards weakness of Western Australia’s Covid-19 contract tracing system.
The article states, “A report tabled by the state’s Auditor General Caroline Spencer last week looked at WA Health’s Public Health Covid-19 Unified System (PHOCUS), which gathers information about people who have tested positive for covid and their contacts.
The state government engaged external vendors in April 2020 to deliver the cloud-based system, which gathers information from a range of sources including check-ins, public transport e-ticketing systems, ride share services, pathology labs and CCTV.
As of March this year it held data about 128,600 covid-positive people as well as 41,400 close and casual contacts and 50,400 travellers.
Ms Spencer said the department had allowed unnecessary access to the system, with the vendor able to access the system more than a year after the end of its contract.
There was also inadequate monitoring of who was using the system, increasing the risk of inappropriate access to highly sensitive personal data including information about pregnancy and medication.
WA had also given the community little information about the types of information PHOCUS collected and hadn’t made clear that the information was stored indefinitely.”
13. HELP IDENTIFY DANGEROUS RECALLED ENERGY STORAGE BATTERIES WHICH CAN CAUSE FIRE
The article stated, “Installers of renewable energy systems are urged to help identify and warn consumers about a recall of dangerous recalled LGES (previously LG Chem) branded energy storage batteries. These batteries may have been supplied in other branded systems by other distributors, such as SolaX or Opal.
The batteries can overheat and catch fire, which could lead to serious injuries and property damage. Since October 2019, there have been nine reported incidents in Australia resulting in property damage and one injury. Four of those were in Queensland. There have also been five incidents and one injury reported in the USA.
Contractors who think they might have installed any recalled batteries should help their customers find out by visiting the LG Energy Solution website and following the instructions to check the serial number.
ESO recommends to switch off the batteries until replaced. To switch off the battery, refer to the instruction manual of the energy storage system or contact the manufacturer for advice.
For more information on:
- LGES or LG Chem branded batteries, contact LG Energy Solution Australia via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 677 273, or visit the Product Safety Australia website
- SolaX or Opal system branded batteries, contact SolaX Power via email email@example.com or call 1300 476 529 or visit the Product Safety Australia website.”
14. VICTORIA SEEKS SMARTER IDEAS THAN SOLAR TAXES TO MANAGE GRID VOLTAGE
Renew Economy in its 25 May 2022 edition reports on the Victorian Government’s deliberation with resolving future network voltage challenges to avoid imposing constraints on uptake of solar growth.
Reporter, Michael Mazengarb writes, “he Victorian government is calling for industry input into how to best resolve future network voltage challenges, hoping to avoid imposing constraints and new “solar taxes” on households and businesses as the uptake of rooftop solar continues to grow.
Victorian energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the state government was kick-starting the consultation to ensure state regulators and distribution network operators understood the options available for managing grid voltages, while also supporting more households and businesses to make the switch to solar.
“As rooftop solar continues to boom in Victoria under our programs like Solar Homes and Solar Heating and Cooling, there is a growing need for distribution businesses to manage network voltage to support the decarbonisation and decentralisation of our energy system,” D’Ambrosio said.
“We know getting voltage management right is essential to protecting consumers from unnecessary solar export curtailment, power quality issues such as flickering lights and appliance malfunctions, increased energy consumption, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.”
In parts of the grid with high penetration of solar and other distributed energy resources – like batteries or electric vehicles – management of grid voltages can pose a challenge for distribution network operators, effecting the quality of electricity supplies to nearby consumers.”
15. SOLAREDGE OPENS 2GWH BATTERY CELL FACILITY TO MEET GROWING DEMAND
Editor, Sean Carroll in the 26 May 2022 edition of Electrical Connection reports on the opening of a new massive sized 2GWh battery cell facility in South Korea to meet the growing world demand for batteries.
Sean reports, “SolarEdge Technologies, a provider of smart energy technologies, has opened Stella 2, a 2GWh battery cell manufacturing facility to meet the global demand for battery technology.
Located in Eumseong Innovation City of Chungcheongbuk-Do, South Korea, Stella 2 is currently producing test cells for certification with a ramp-up expected in the second half of 2022.
Once ramped, Sella 2 will enable SolarEdge to have its supply of lithium-ion batteries and the infrastructure to develop new battery cell chemistries and technologies.
The facility is planned to manufacture battery cells for SolarEdge’s residential solar-attached batteries as well as battery cells for a variety of industries, including mobile applications, energy stationary storage solutions (ESS) and UPS applications. The facility can scale its battery cell capacity in the future to support the growing needs for storage solutions offered by the company.”
16. WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY PRICES ROSE ABOVE $5,000 PER MWH
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) reports in its latest new of 15 May 2022, that wholesale electricity prices rose above $5,000 per MWh on 15 and 17 May 2022.
The AER states on its webpage, “On 15 May 2022, the wholesale electricity 30-minute price in Queensland was above $5,000 per megawatt hour (MWh) for the 6 pm period.
On 17 May 2022, the wholesale electricity 30-minute price in South Australia was above $5,000/MWh for the 7 am, 7.30 am, 8 am and 8.30 am periods.
The AER will publish a report into these high prices by the end July 2022.
The AER monitors and reports on wholesale electricity markets and is required to report on events that result in wholesale electricity 30-minute prices exceeding $5,000/MWh.
The AER is also required to report when average FCAS 30-minute prices go above $5,000/MW over consecutive 30-minute periods.
These reports are designed to examine market events and circumstances that contributed to wholesale market price outcomes and are not an indicator of potential compliance issues or enforcement action.
17. AUSTRALIA’S ENERGY TRANSITION
The 26 May 2022 edition of EnergyInsider, a joint publication of the Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and Australian Energy Council (AEC) covers the topic of Australia’s Energy Transition.
In this article the Australian Energy Council (AEC) writes, “The challenge of accommodating increasing amounts of renewable generation in Australian grids has been much discussed and the recent impact of high wholesale prices is likely to help sharpen the debate about the energy transition.”
The article takes a look at the impact of the shifting generation mix in Australia and the United States. It states, “Like Australia, the US is shifting to an economy increasingly powered by renewables. As the transition continues apace they are also facing some of the same challenges confronting the National Electricity Market (NEM) in ensuring reliability and affordability along with a lower emissions grid.
There have been news reports recently that some grid operators around the US have raised concerns that the intermittence of some electricity sources is making it more challenging for them to balance supply and demand.
A decade ago, dispatchable plants – coal, nuclear and gas-fired – supplied the bulk of the US electricity. Now renewables, wind and solar farms, have become some of the most substantial sources of power in the US, just behind coal and natural gas, with the latter providing 38 per cent of electricity generated last year.
The shifting generation mix is also “constantly” increasing ramping requirements both up and down, and is a significant departure from what has been needed from the generation fleet previously. And the decline in dispatchable generation as units retire is beginning to challenge the ISO system’s ability to meet its net peak demand after sunset and flexible capacity requirements.
We are seeing similar challenges in Australia. Locally winter can be the most challenging period for large-scale renewables due to lower solar irradiation (which will also impact output from rooftop solar) and there can be periods of subdued wind output. The capacity factors of the NEM’s combined wind and solar fleet rarely above 50 per cent and can be as low as less than 10 per cent.
At times, such as winter periods when there is no solar output and low winds, up to 16 hours of dispatchable plant may be required. And this can be for several nights. Short and long duration storage and low emissions plant are capable of delivering this. Technologies include lithium-ion batteries, pumped and conventional hydro, as well as gas and biomass peaking plants. Additional transmission and transmission upgrades will also play a role.”
For more, contact Mitchell Cutting, Australian Energy Council
18. GUARANTEE OF ORIGIN SCHEME TRIALS UNDERWAY – HYDROGEN
The Clean Energy Regulator advises that there are 17 trial projects underway around Australia signing up, to help it understand how a Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme could work for hydrogen.
The trials will inform the development of a Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme for hydrogen.
The CER webpage reporting trial states, “Active hydrogen production projects and well-advanced projects who have signed a participation agreement will be able to participate in the GO trials.
The trials are running collaboratively with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, who are responsible for wider consultation. The scheme will be co-designed with industry and key stakeholders.
Companies signed up to participate in the trials represent a range of hydrogen related products from across the entire production supply chain.
A GO scheme will measure and display key attributes of how and where a unit of hydrogen is produced, including its carbon intensity. Practical applications of a scheme are a critical step in the co-design process.
Guarantee of Origin
‘Underpinning the Regulator’s clean hydrogen future will be a Guarantee of Origin scheme that is currently in a global design process. The scheme will enable Australian businesses to sell verified low emissions hydrogen from renewable sources and fossil fuels with substantial carbon capture and storage, domestically and to the world.’
19. AMEC REPORT CALLS FOR CHANGES TO OPEN UP HYDROGEN AND RENEWABLE GAS DEVELOPMENT
The Australian Pipeliner in its 24 May 2022 newsletter included an article about the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC’s) recent draft report on opening up open up hydrogen and renewable gas development.
The article states that, “AEMC has taken the next critical step toward the development of a national hydrogen industry, releasing a draft report proposing 25 changes to the national gas and energy retail rules to include hydrogen and renewable gases alongside natural gas.
The draft recommendations provide an important development in setting up the national regulatory framework so low-level hydrogen blended gases and renewable gases can be safely supplied to existing distribution systems and appliances in homes and businesses.
The AEMC’s work in this area aims to expand existing gas market frameworks to hydrogen and renewable gases to facilitate trade, investment and innovation in these markets. In particular, establishing how the gas markets rules will apply to new facilities provides clarity for investors on how new infrastructure will be impacted.
Another aim of the AEMC’s draft recommendations is to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities for the quality, safety, reliability, and security of supply of gas, to maintain operational safety of infrastructure and customer equipment and appliances.”