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Outcomes of the Jobs and Skills Summit

Following last weeks Jobs and Skills Summit, 36 immediate initiatives have been agreed by the Government. These include: Building a better skilled, better trained workforce – $1 billion for fee-free TAFE in 2023. Addressing skills shortages and strengthening the migration system – Increasing the permanent Migration Program ceiling to 195,000 in 2022-23. Boosting job security...

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Establishment of Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management as a Traineeship in WA

We are in the process of consulting with the WA industry regarding the establishment of a traineeship for the Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management and would love to hear from stakeholders in WA’s finance sector. We are seeking to understand the level of support for this proposal and if the traineeship is established,...

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Quality of Advice Review – Proposals paper

Treasury have released a proposal paper for the Quality of Advice Review that set out 12 potential proposals for reform. The proposals are aimed at simplifying advice regulations and making advice more accessible. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the proposals. Comments can be lodged using the online template. Closing date for submissions...

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Share your views on what volunteering could look like in Australia

Throughout September Volunteering Australia will be hosting a series of workshops across the country as part of the National Strategy for Volunteering project. The Visioning Workshops are designed for everyone and you don’t need to have been involved in the project so far to come along. Whether you’re a volunteer, you manage volunteers, you research...

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Is your home-based business properly insured?

Over the past few years, more people have begun working from home with many enjoying the benefits that it can offer – better work-life balance, more flexibility in how and when they work and for many, an increase in job satisfaction. This trend has contributed to the growth of home-based businesses with people earning extra...

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Consultation open on financial adviser education standards

A consultation paper to seek industry’s views on removing the tertiary education requirements for financial advisers who have passed the exam, have 10 years’ experience in Australia and have a clean disciplinary record of financial practice has been released. The consultation paper also proposes options for amending current education requirements on new industry entrants. Anyone...

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Exposure draft legislation: Tax incentives to upskill and improve digital capacity

Draft legislation has been released to introduce two tax incentives that support small businesses to train and upskill employees and improve their digital and tech capacity. The legislation which has been released for public consultation will introduce the productivity measures that were outlined in the Budget earlier this year. -Skills and Training Boost Small businesses...

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Occupations added to the WA Skilled Migration program

Architect, Customer Service Manager, Human Resources Manager, Management Accountant, Medical Administrator and Property Manager are among the new occupations to be added to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 and 2. The WA Government has increased occupations eligible for skilled migration in WA by around 60%. The list of newly available occupations...

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Census shows students favour vocational courses

The latest census data shows an increase in the number of students choosing trades and vocational courses in Australia. In 2021, 177,032 more students were completing vocational studies compared to 2016. During the same period, 24,824 more people were studying at university. The census data also showed that vocational students are getting older, with 63%...

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National Recovery Training Program – Phase 1 endorsed

The Public Safety Training Package Release 4.0, containing new occupational skills standards aimed at building national disaster recovery capabilities, has been endorsed by the Skills Ministers for implementation. The updated Training Package includes a new Skill Set and three new Units of Competency addressing the skills required to support a recovery team member to work...