RTO Email Scam
It has been brought to our attention that RTO email addresses, potentially sourced from TGA are being used in an attempt to trick recipients into making a payment at the instruction of the sender.
These emails, referred to as “email spoofing”, appear to be sent from a particular account but have actually been sent by an untrustworthy source. This is a reminder that businesses and individuals need to take necessary precautions when it comes to online email, network and internet security.
If you believe you have been the recipient of such emails, we recommend that you verify the authenticity of the email with the sender through other mediums (e.g. telephone) first before replying. Secondly, report such emails to the appropriate authorities, such as the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information available on TGA, please contact us by clicking here.
Changes to the display of Skill Sets on RTOs Scope
Following feedback from stakeholders, the way in which Skill Sets are displayed on RTOs scope has changed.
From 2 September, users will need to check the "Include Implicit Scope" box to view the Skill Sets that an RTO has the capacity to deliver based on the combination of their implicit and explicit scope items.
For more information about Skill Sets on scope, please visit the TGA news page.
If you have any questions please contact the TGA Help Desk by clicking here
Changes to TGA notification system
The TGA Project team have released changes to the TGA change notification system. An overview of the changes are below.
All RTOs have been automatically subscribed to receive change notification emails for their organisation and all of the training components that are on their scope. In the instance where the scope changes e.g. a new scope item is added or removed, the RTO’s subscription profile will be automatically updated to receive notifications for the item. By default, the RTO registration enquiries contact held on TGA will be used to create and receive the automatic subscription service.
All RTOs must ensure that their RTO contact details on TGA are up to date. If your organisation’s contact details are not correct in TGA, please contact your regulator.
Following feedback received from TGA users, the way that users can subscribe and manage their notifications has been improved. Using a dedicated notification management screen, users will now be able to drill down into training packages and add their choice of components (e.g. qualifications & units of competency) at one time. In addition, users can add RTOs and all their scope items to their notification profile.
The new notification emails now contain more detailed information about the nature of the changes and will provide links (where applicable) to TGA functions such as the Compare Text Tool.
The new Standards for VET Regulators, requires Skill Sets form an official part of an RTOs scope. As a result all RTOs scopes have now been automatically updated to reflect their capacity to deliver Skill Sets. These Skill Sets scope items are based on their implicit and explicit scope items and will be updated through the regulatory management of an RTOs scope. Individuals will need to contact the RTO directly to determine whether they are actually delivering this Skill Set.
If you have any questions please contact the TGA Help Desk by clicking here
Following the dissolution of the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), Secretaries of Departments with responsibilities for skills are endorsing training packages through interim arrangements until the Australian Industry and Skills Committee commences. The interim arrangements are based on the current out of session endorsement process referred to in the Standards for Training Packages.
As a result, all references to the NSSC in relation to endorsement dates have been removed from training.gov.au.
For updates regarding the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, please visit the VET Reform Taskforce website.
Following agreement from all jurisdictions, Training.gov.au will remove the word ‘vocational’ from any existing qualifications so that existing Vocational Graduate Certificates and Vocational Graduate Diplomas can be retitled to Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas respectively. This will mean that these qualifications remain available to new learners from 1 January 2015. However, retitling does not imply that the training packages have already transitioned to the new training package standards.
For Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with VGC or VGD on scope, these courses will need to be renamed as simply Graduate Certificates or Graduate Diplomas. Once the relevant training packages have been transitioned to meet the new training package standards, RTOs will be required as per usual practice and teach-out period requirements, to teach the new training package. In the meantime, RTOs should remove the term ‘Vocational’ from any courses advertised and from any testamurs issued from 1 January 2015.
There will be no change to the qualification code or content
For existing learners and holders of qualifications, the AQF implementation arrangements state that ‘…holders of Vocational Graduate Certificates and Vocational Graduate Diplomas are considered to hold, respectively, a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma’.
The training.gov.au team is pleased to announce the launch of TrainingGovAu. The TrainingGovAu YouTube channel has been created to assist users with using the functions and tools available on training.gov.au by providing short tutorial videos.
Over the coming months, more tutorial videos will be released on the channel. Check out the channel and be sure to add it to your favourites.
The first video launched is the Using the compare content tool.
If you have any feedback about the videos, please contact us at email@example.com
RTOs can now login to My Skills and identify what Training Package Skill Sets they deliver. VET consumers will then be able to search and filter for Skill Sets and see the providers offering them.
Select your RTO from the ‘My Profile’ menu item to nominate which Skill Sets on your implied scope are being offered.
The new training.gov.au (TGA) landing page has been launched. The landing page is to ensure that visitors are getting access to the information that best suits their needs by providing alternative options for accessing information about the VET Sector.
Regular users can bypass the new landing page and gain direct access to TGA by updating their bookmarks to http://training.gov.au/home/tga.
My Skills lets you search for all the nationally recognised training available near you, providing campus details and delivery modes not available on training.gov.au. If you’re looking for training, make My Skills your first stop.
RTOs – Are your My Skills details up to date?
The Commonwealth and a representative of each State and Territory Training Department will be jointly hosting a series of interactive webinar sessions, providing an overview of the new VET Activity Reporting requirements, including transition arrangements and exemptions. It will also provide Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Student Management System (SMS) vendors with the opportunity to ask questions. These webinar sessions will be helpful in supporting the transition to AVETMISS reporting for RTOs.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and VET Regulators will attend to answer any queries you may have for them.
There are a total of 8 sessions to be held – one for each jurisdiction – and they will each run for an hour.
Webinar recordings and a copy of the presentation will be made available at the end of the webinar series.
Webinar sessions are free and you can register your place for the VET Activity Reporting Webinar session for your state or territory here
Please note spaces are limited for each session and registrations for NSW and QLD are currently at capacity. You are welcome to register for a session in a different state/territory or download a copy of the webinar recording after the webinar series.
My Skills is a Government initiative enabling prospective students to search for courses and training providers. My Skills was recently updated to allow Registered Training Organisations to log in and enter information relating to their Registered Training Organisation, campuses and courses. Some of this can even been done automatically via web services and, in future, through SMS vendors.
My Skills currently receives over 23,000 unique visitors per month. Have you updated your Registered Training Organisations information on My Skills? Go to My Skills now by clicking on this link www.myskills.gov.au.
Enhancements to improve the functionality and usability of training.gov.au are now live. This means users can now:
If you require further information about these enhancements please contact the training.gov.au help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web services users can now download taxonomy information. Taxonomy information is avaliable for qualifications, in the categories of occupation and industry sector. If you require further information about web services please contact the training.gov.au help desk at email@example.com.
The training.gov.au team have been working to develop enhancements that will improve the functionality and usability of training.gov.au. Over the coming weeks these enhancements will be launched. Details of the enhancements are outlined below:
Display content of training components on web pages
Currently when viewing training components (Training Packages, qualifications, units, etc.), only the metadata for the training component is displayed on the web page. To view the actual content of the training component, the training component must be downloaded as PDF/Word documents. The content of training components will now be displayed on the web page, allowing content to be viewed without having to download PDF/Word documents.
Please note that this functionality does not extend to accredited courses or accredited course modules.
Redesigned layout of training component web pages
The web pages of training components (Training Packages, qualifications, units, skill sets and accredited courses) on the public website are being redesigned to make them more user-friendly.
The layout of information on the web pages is being reorganised to make the information easier to read and follow. In particular, the layout of the 'version history' and 'mapping information' sections will be made more intuitive.
Ability to increase the number of items displayed in search results and in tables
There are several areas in training.gov.au that list multiple rows within a table (such as the "Units of competency" table on the qualification web page). Currently these tables display 10 rows at a time.
You will be able to increase/decrease the number of rows in tables that are displayed at a time. You will be able to choose to display 10, 20, 50 or 100 items at a time.
Taxonomy information available via web services
Web services users will be able to download taxonomy information – occupations and industry sectors, associated with Qualifications.
If you require any further information about these enhancements please contact the training.gov.au helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 7 June 2013, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) agreed to implementation arrangements for strengthening the national vocational education and training (VET) data collection through enhanced reporting of training activity by RTOs. Arrangements for the introduction of the student identifier scheme were also agreed, subject to the outcome of the Student Identifiers Bill that is currently before the Parliament of Australia.
These changes are part of a set of reforms that are being introduced to support better information about VET.
The initiatives are designed so employers and individuals can make more informed choices about training options, individuals can get records of training they undertake regardless of where it occurred, industry can know the skills being developed in the training sector, and governments can develop more targeted policies and better direct funding to training priorities.
In taking the decision, Ministers recognised this change will impact some training providers more than others and so a number of tailored transitional arrangements and exemptions have been agreed.
Further information is available online on the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website (www.innovation.gov.au/vetreporting and www.innovation.gov.au/usi).
The new Standards for Training packages were officially endorsed on November 16 2012. These Standards define the structure and content of Training packages and their components and replace the former Training Package Development Handbook.
New Training packages that conform to the new Standards will begin to be endorsed and released onto TGA over the coming months.
These new packages can be identified by their three character code (e.g. “XYZ”) as opposed to the five character code of traditional Training packages (e.g. “XYZ13”).
The Training packages that have been endorsed under the new Standards will also have the following note on their details page:
“NOTE: is Training package conforms to the new Standards for Training packages”.
Accessing and downloading these new Training packages on TGA can be done in the same way as accessing and downloading traditional Training packages, by searching for the Training package Code or Title using the NRT search.
If you require further information about the new Standards for Training packages, please visit the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) website at:
The new taxonomy report allows users to export occupation and industry sector information relating to Training package Qualifications. The taxonomy report should not be confused with the already available classification report. The classification report allows users to export statistical classifications of Qualifications, Units of Competency and Accredited courses.
The taxonomy and classification reports can be found here http://training.gov.au/Reporting
The RTO report now allows users to search for RTOs by ‘Head office location state’ and by ‘Registration manager’.
The updated RTO report can be found here http://training.gov.au/Reporting/ReportInfo?reportName=RtoReport
The new Compare Text tool allows the content of a training product to be compared with the content of another training product, highlighting the differences between the two.
This tool is particularly useful when needing to see what has changed between:
- A superseded training product and the new training product that has superseded it.
- An old version of a training product and a newer version of the training product that has replaced it.
Please note the Compare Text tool can only be used to compare between two of the same type of training product (e.g. two Qualifications). The Compare Text tool is also not available for Accredited courses.
When viewing the details page of a training product, the Compare Text tool can be found immediately below the 'Release history' table.
Recent improvements to the automated Notification emails will allow users to better understand what has been updated when subscribed to Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) and Registered Training Organisations (RTO). Notification emails now include a change summary report which details exactly what information in the NRT / RTO has changed, including ‘before’ and ‘after’ values.
If you would like to provide feedback on the improved automated Notification emails, please contact the email@example.com inbox.
What are Notification emails?
Notification emails allow users to subscribe to Training Packages, Qualifications, Units, Skill sets and Accredited courses (Nationally Recognised Training) and be automatically notified via email when these are updated. For example, when a new version of the NRT becomes available or when the NRT is superseded. Similarly, users can also subscribe to RTOs and be notified when they are updated, for example when scope items or contact details are changed.
To sign up to Notifications for NRT and RTOs, you will need to:
To edit your Notification preferences and view which Notifications you have signed up for, you will need to: