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Consultation sessions – Increasing uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships across WA

The State Government, through the State Training Board is seeking input from stakeholders, including employers that currently employ apprentices, those that have never engaged with the apprenticeship system and employers that no longer have apprentices or trainees. The State Training Board welcomes comment, including suggestions to facilitate the increased take up of apprenticeships and traineeships across Western Australia.

Stakeholders are invited to one of the consultation sessions being held at the Mercure Hotel Perth:

    Registration Session
Session 1 Friday 18 August 2017 10:30 a.m. 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Session 2 Monday 21 August 2017 8:30 a.m. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Morning tea provided)
Session 3 Monday 21 August 2017 12:30 p.m. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Afternoon tea provided)

Cost: Free

To register for any of the sessions, please email ostb@dtwd.wa.gov.au by Friday 11 August 2017 with your preferred session, your name, company name and contact details.

A consultation paper is currently being drafted and will be circulated shortly.

Sustainable Health Review

In June 2017, the Government of Western Australia announced the Sustainable Health Review to prioritise the delivery of patient-centred, integrated, high quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State.

Western Australians continue to enjoy excellent health outcomes and quality health services, however the system is under increasing pressure and the health budget continues to rise. We need to focus on value and innovation to further improve health outcomes; ensure safe and high quality services; improve patient experience; and drive clinical and financial performance. 

The Sustainable Health Review will consider a range of key areas including:

  • ways to improve patient pathways and transition including through primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare
  • the mix of services across the system, including sub-acute, step-down, community and other out-of-hospital services to deliver care in the most appropriate setting
  • ways to encourage and drive digital innovation, and the most effective use of new technology, research and data
  • opportunities to drive partnerships across all sectors and levels of government
  • ways to promote safer and more efficient services
  • implementations of the review’s recommendations in the short, medium and long-term.

For further information please follow this link

Inquiry into the delivery of the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program

The Education and Health Standing Committee has resolved to inquire into the delivery of the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.

The inquiry will consider:

1. How well the program is meeting the needs of schools, students and industry

2. Challenges for regional and remote areas

3. Registration and ongoing monitoring of training organisations

4. Resourcing of the program

They are seeking feedback from VET students (who are not also ATAR students) in year 10, 11 or 12, and also from their parents/guardians.

For further information please follow this link.

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

The Australian Government has commissioned Professor Valerie Braithwaite, Professor of Regulatory Studies in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, to undertake a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act).

The review will assess the suitability of the NVETR legislative framework and its capacity to support a responsive, effective and efficient approach to regulation to ensure the quality of the national vocational education and training (VET) sector into the future.

The strategic objectives of the review include:

  • shifting the regulatory framework towards outcomes-based regulation
  • identifying any legislative changes needed to support a more efficient and risk-based approach to compliance
  • enabling swift enforcement of sanctions when poor quality training is detected
  • ensuring adequate information is available to support VET consumers’ choices regarding training, and
  • administrative improvements to the NVETR Act.

For further information please follow this link

Youth Jobs PaTH

Youth Jobs PaTH is a new program designed to better prepare young people aged between 15 and 24 for work in your business. It also encourages employers to trial a young person for a job and offers financial incentives if they hire them.

Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements:

  • Prepare: young people will be prepared for work through Employability Skills Training to help improve their chances of finding and keeping a job.
  • Trial: employers can trial a young person in an internship from anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks and receive $1,000 to help with the costs of hosting the internship.
  • Hire: employers who hire an eligible young person can receive a Youth Bonus wage subsidy  incentive of up to $6,500 or $10,000.

To find out more.

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.

To find out more.