What's new

Changes prioritise WA workers

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list has been replaced. 

Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The new list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The 2016 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work. In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL.

The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS.

Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.

You can view the new WASMOL here on the Migration portal website.

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

All are welcome at the Career Centre

A response to messages on social media regarding the WA Careers Expo.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development would like to address the messages received recently on social media channels regarding this year’s WA Careers Expo.

The Department’s Career Centre attended the Expo as an exhibitor, however the Career Centre is not the organiser of the WA Careers Expo and is not involved with any decision making on how the Expo is managed.

The Career Centre is a free service which offers career planning advice to anyone who is currently participating in, or intends to enter the Western Australian workforce.

Services can be accessed by phone, email, web chat and face-to-face. The Career Centre also offers school workshops to assist students who wish to work through the career planning tools on the website. The Career Centre welcomes everyone who wishes to plan their next steps in their career journey.

For more information on the Department’s Career Centre services, and to access the variety of free career planning tools, visit their website at careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Department launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

Strengthening our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage.

This week individuals and organisations across Australia are celebrating National Reconciliation Week.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development embraces the spirit of reconciliation and is committed to providing services to assist Aboriginal people to gain skills and qualifications leading to a rewarding career.

On Thursday 1 June, the Department launched its new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 that strengthens our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage, engaging respectfully with Aboriginal partners, and continuing to work towards closing the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage.

Acting Director General Anne Driscoll said she was delighted to launch the Department’s second RAP which builds on programs and initiatives already in implementation.  “The Department of Training and Workforce Development plays a key role in helping Aboriginal Western Australians to acquire vocational skills, qualifications and employment”.

You can view and download our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 here.

For more information about the RAP,  please contact rap@dtwd.wa.gov.au.



Student support following Careers Australia receivership

Student help line available for those requiring assistance.

Following the announcement that Careers Australia has gone into voluntary administration, the Department of Training and Workforce Development has put in place a number of processes to support affected students in Western Australia.

Acting Director General Ms Anne Driscoll said the Department is sympathetic to the disruption and uncertainty the closure of Careers Australia has undoubtedly caused for these students.

“At this stage the Department is aware of approximately 600 Western Australian students that have been affected by the closure of Careers Australia. We do anticipate this number will grow. In response, the Department has established a dedicated contact point to ensure that students are provided with support and information during through this difficult time.”

Students should call the Department on 131 954, 8:30am–4:30pm Monday to Friday, or email trainingmarkets@dtwd.wa.gov.au and provide their name, contact details, the course they are enrolled in and confirm if they are a recipient of a VET student loan.

“The Department will work closely with the Department of Education, the administrators and the Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers over the forthcoming week to develop transition arrangements for affected students to assist them to continue their studies with another provider,” Ms Driscoll said.

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

Training Matters May edition out now

News and information for the WA vocational education and training sector.

Training Matters is a free magazine produced by the Department for the Western Australian vocational education and training sector. It provides high quality and informative editorial about the latest news and developments in VET and highlights the achievements of students, trainers and organisations in the sector.

Training Matters readers include:

  • registered training organisations, including staff and students at metropolitan and regional TAFE colleges and private training providers;
  • training practitioners, including secondary high school VET coordinators and career advisors;
  • industry advisory groups;
  • employers, industry and Government; and
  • other key personnel within the training and workforce development sector.

The May 2017 edition of Training Matters is out now. It features an article written by our new Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC on the key focus areas of the McGowan Government for the training sector. Other feature stories include a catch up with last year's WA Training Awards winners, a round-up of what's happening in our five TAFE colleges and a profile of four WA TAFE students who will represent Australia at next year's WorldSkills International competition. We also feature Study Perth's new Welcome Desk for international students, a first for Western Australia.

Go to the Training Matters page for more information, and to view the May 2017 edition.

2016 Student Satisfaction Survey report now available

Students report high levels of satisfaction with WA colleges.

The Student Satisfaction Survey is conducted annually to gather information about the satisfaction levels amongst students at Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. The results inform the development and improvement of policy, planning and resources, and enable the colleges to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs. The survey is also a critical component of statutory reporting for State Parliament.

The 2016 survey was conducted between Wednesday 7 September and Monday 21 November 2016 to a student population of over 47 000 across WA. Key areas of focus included:

  • the quality of lecturers;
  • how likely it is that the course will lead to a job/career;
  • the quality of resources and facilities;
  • support and additional services offered and used; and
  • access to online learning.

In total, 12 060 unique and valid completed surveys were collected. In general the report highlights a number of areas in which satisfaction levels have significantly increased from those reported in the 2015 survey results.

The Student Satisfaction Survey 2016: WA State Report has now been published and is available here.

Applications now closed

Applications for the 2017 WA Training Awards have now closed.

We are currently verifying applicant details and will confirm all applications by the end of this week.

Shortlisting across the Awards categories will commence next week. Our judging panels are looking forward to reading about WA’s best training programs, initiatives, trainers and students.

Individual applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist by Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Organisation applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a finalist by Friday 30 June 2017.

Please refer to the About the Awards section of our website for information on the Awards process and key dates.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Wordpress for all the latest information on the next phase of your WA Training Awards journey.

If you have any questions, please direct them to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

McGowan Government delivers TAFE fee freeze

Encouraging  people into training and creating opportunities

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Hon. Sue Ellery MLC announced on 2 May that TAFE fees have been frozen. The fee freeze will allow more Western Australians to get the skills they need to get decent jobs and grow our State's economy.

"The freeze on TAFE fees was an important election commitment that I'm pleased we have delivered", the Premier said. "The huge increases in fees have prevented young Western Australians from getting the training they need to enter the workforce. We recognise the importance of TAFE in preparing young Western Australians for the best possible start to their working lives.  Today's announcement will encourage Western Australians into training to create more opportunities in important industries."

The TAFE fee freeze means there will be no further increases to TAFE fees in the McGowan Government's first term. The cost of the freeze is estimated at $11.8 million over four years, and will be paid for by the new Foreign Buyers Surcharge as promised.

"At a time of economic stress and a soft labour market, we should be encouraging people into the training sector." Minister Ellery said. "The previous government's TAFE fee increases put TAFE out of reach for many Western Australians. The McGowan Government's TAFE fee freeze will encourage Western Australians back into the training sector and create more jobs."

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.


Premier's office 
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Education and Training Minister's office
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WA Apprentice of the Year travels with PM

Once in a lifetime opportunity for WA Training Awards winner Brendan Carlson.

Thanks to the WA Training awards, former Swanbourne resident and 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson was selected to travel to India with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the Australia–India Skills mission. The purpose of the mission, held in April, was to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and commitment to skilling in a global economy.

This is not his first coup; since winning the WA Training Award Brendan has also travelled to Darwin and Canberra to speak about his training experiences. Originally an Infantry Soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Brendan said the award win had certainly opened a lot of doors on his new career path.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities winning a WA Training Award has afforded me I certainly don’t think I would have travelled with the Prime Minister to talk about my training and professional experiences otherwise,” he said. “It was an extremely busy and interesting couple of days. I met with Indian students, teachers and registered training organisations and spoke about my experience completing an Electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship and the benefits that can come from this type of training.  India has quite defined social classes and we wanted to promote apprenticeships as a top tier employment category.”

The Newman resident worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an apprenticeship with Chevron as part of his transition back into civilian life. He will be traveling to Adelaide in August to speak at the TAFE Directors Australia Convention and then to Canberra in November to mentor applicants in this year’s Australian Training Awards.

Applications are now open for the 2017 WA Training Awards and close 5 May 2017. More information can be found online at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards.

Main picture: Brendan Carlson, WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 (second from right) with Australian Apprentice of the Year 2016 Shane Dealy (far right), talking to students during the Australia-India Skills Mission.

Media contact: Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer – 6551 5196

Time to shine with the 2017 WA Training Awards

From Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training

There is still time for Western Australian students, trainees, apprentices, trainers and organisations to put their accomplishments in the spotlight as part of the WA Training Awards 2017.

The 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson discovered that winning the award opened up opportunities to advance his career. Brendan worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship with Chevron, as part of his transition back into civilian life.

"The annual awards are an ideal opportunity to celebrate and honour the achievements of some of the outstanding performers from vocational education and training in the State. In addition to officially recognising training success, the awards are also a springboard for finalists and winners to build on their notable achievements and raise their profile in their chosen careers." the Minister said. "A key focus of this Government is jobs, which requires a strong, industry-driven training sector that can drive economic development. Success stories such as last year's Apprentice of the Year show how a robust training sector attracts students and allows them to move in and around the labour market."

Award winners will be announced in September and each winner will receive $5 000 in cash or prizes.  Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 close at 5pm on Friday, May 5.

For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or telephone 08 6551 5608.

Minister's office 08 6552 5700
Media statement published at mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2017/04/Time-to-shine-with-the-WA-Training-Awards-2017.aspx

Muresk Institute open day May 20

Showcasing agricultural techniques, technologies and careers.

Muresk Institute is gearing up for this year’s open day on Saturday 20 May 2017, with a full program of events and activities planned.

The open day will showcase new techniques, technologies and careers in the agricultural sector, providing visitors with the opportunity to talk to potential employers and training providers. This year’s event will officially be launched by Don Hancey, WA Food Ambassador, and will see the inclusion of a ‘chill out zone’ and a vintage car display by the Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association.

There will be plenty to see and do with activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, farm tours, quad bike and drone demonstrations, and a range of delicious lunch options – all the while surrounded by beautiful Avon Valley scenery.


Keep an eye on the Muresk Institute Facebook page for all the latest information and make sure you bookmark Saturday 20 May 2017 in your calendar. Gates open at 9 am.

View the map and directions to Muresk Institute

Visit the Muresk Institute website

Training Providers Forum 2017 program out now!

A busy and vibrant program will engage and challenge delegates. 

The Department’s annual vocational education and training conference, the Training Providers Forum 2017, will be held on Monday 29 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. In response to feedback from delegates who attended previous events, the 2017 Forum will be a one day event. 

Training Providers Forum  2017 is aimed at anyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training in Western Australia. This includes those from private registered training organisations and TAFE colleges, Industry Training Councils, schools, universities and government departments. This year the Forum themes will focus on:

  • the student experience;
  • employer perspectives; and
  • assessment.

Workshop streams will be broadly aligned to the following topics:

  • compliance;
  • language, literacy and numeracy;
  • international students;
  • workplace training;
  • student focussed training; and
  • assessment.

Attend in person or online

In 2017 delegates will be able to attend the Forum either in person or online. All the plenary presentations, the plenary discussion panel and a selection of workshops will be available live as webinars. Webinar workshops will be indicated on the program. Online delegates can choose between an individual webinar registration for one delegate or a group webinar registration, which enables you  to set up and project the online classroom.

Find out more, view the program and register for your early bird discount.

State government re-opens Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

RSMS to reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.

The State government has re-opened the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme for non-metropolitan regions (excluding Perth) and will begin processing applications for the RSMS and State Nominated Migration Program that were received prior to the suspension of the program announced on March 13. In addition, the Government has re-opened the SNMP with an interim list of occupations on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List targeting those occupations which are of a specialised nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The Government has asked the Department of Training and Workforce Development to consult with industry to develop a new list. This is expected to be complete and operational in late May.

On his first day in office Premier Mark McGowan wrote to the Prime Minister to request that Perth be removed from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Premier also reaffirmed his commitment to develop a new WASMOL in consultation with industry.

While the State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth Government to formally remove Perth as a region in the RSMS, the scheme will reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.  This will enable regional employers to secure skilled overseas workers but only when they have demonstrated that they have tested the local labour market and are unable to fill the position.

All applications for the skilled migration programs that were received before temporary suspension of the programs on Monday 13 March will be processed according to the criteria that were in place prior to this date.  For those intending migrants who were invited to apply for State Nomination under the State Nominated Migration Program, their invitations will be honoured and their applications processed.   All applications for the RSMS program prior to the temporary suspension will also be processed according to the criteria in place for this program.

It is expected that these applications can be processed within the normal timeframes for the SNMP and RSMS programs so that applicants will not be disadvantaged by the temporary suspension that was put in place following the State Election.

Further information is available on the Migration Portal at migration.wa.gov.au.

New Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

We're working to improve access and inclusion in training and employment.

Training has a critical role to play in providing people with accessible learning pathways and support to identify, enter into and maintain fulfilling careers and employment.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides ongoing support to assist Western Australia’s workforce and vocational education and training sector to be more accessible, particularly for people with disability.

Our new Disability access and inclusion plan 2017–2021 builds on our achievements to date and outlines our commitment to improving access and inclusion in training and employment.

View the DAIP here to find out more about the strategies it contains. If you require the document in an alternative format such as large or standard print, electronically or in audio format, please telephone 08 6551 5607 or email daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Sponsor the WA Training Awards for 2017

Sponsorship opportunities available

Here's an opportunity to put your organisation in the spotlight by sponsoring the WA Training Awards.

Each year the Awards partner with a range of WA businesses and training sector stakeholders to present this exemplary program and event. With a distribution network of over 10 000 individuals in training and stakeholders in the State's vocational education and training sector, the WA Training Awards presents sponsors with a unique opportunity to profile their organisation for their commitment to quality training and the development of a skilled workforce for WA.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from valuable marketing opportunities, involvement in the judging process, presentation rights at the Awards event in September, exposure to a diverse audience and much more. Packages are available to sponsor the Semi-finalist Judging Day event, Award categories and the Presentation Dinner at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and start at just $6 000.

Talk to us today about a tailored package to benefit your organisation and how you can contribute to this prestigious program. To find out more, please visit the WA Training Awards sponsorship page or you can contact Elysia Tsangarides, WA Training Awards Coordinator on 08 6551 5608 or via email to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New facilities for Goldfields students

The new Agricola Residential College opens.

On Monday 23 January the new Agricola Residential College, located in Kalgoorlie, was officially opened to meet the increasing demand for accommodation for students undertaking training in the Goldfields.

Curtin University Chancellor Colin Beckett, Vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development, and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan at the opening of the Agricola Residential College. Photo by Travis Anderson (c) Curtin University.

Curtin University Chancellor Colin Beckett, Vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry,
Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development,
and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan at the opening of the Agricola Residential College.
Photo by Travis Anderson ©Curtin University.

The project to upgrade the original facility with 180 new individual bedrooms and refurbished accommodations was made possible via funding through the State Government's Royalties for Regions Skills Training Initiative and from the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Department of Regional Development, and Curtin University.

With world-class training facilities such as Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus and Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines attracting students from all over Australia and overseas to the Goldfields area, Agricola can now offer accommodation for up to 228 students. The facility will also provide opportunities for regional, remote or rural students who may not be able to relocate to Perth to access training.

Agricola will also provide benefits to the local industry as workplaces wanting to employ locally will be able to attract graduates who wish to move into the regional workforce.

Read more in the media statement from Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development.

New website goes live

The Department's new website launched successfully on 15 December.

Welcome to the new website for the Department of Training and Workforce Development, which went live on 15 December 2016. The new website has a new design and content has been reorganised to so that it is now more aligned with our clients and stakeholders, and information is now easier to locate within each of the five main sections; Training, Career development, Workforce development, Online services and About us along the main menu bar at the top of the home page.  Additionally, the new website is compliant with all State Government requirements, including accessibility, and is mobile device friendly.

We have also provided a one-stop-shop for links to resources and information from across the website that are relevant to three of our key client groups. These can be easily accessed via the notes on the home page (pictured below) or the three icons on the right-hand side of the main menu bar.


Please browse around and take a look at what's new. We welcome your feedback on the new website – please email us via website@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use our online form to contact us

Students see a range of 'ag-tivities' at Muresk

Young people have been shown possible careers in agriculture through training at Muresk Institute.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said eight veterinary nursing students and a group from the As One Nyitting Caring for Country program had a fantastic learning experience with a visiting vet earlier this month.

“One of our farm horses, Teddy, has a history of lameness in his right front leg,” she said. “John Williams, a specialist equine vet from Ascot, came out with his mobile x-ray equipment to see Teddy. “The two student groups had the chance to see an equine specialist at work and see the inner workings of a horse’s leg.” The x-ray was connected via Bluetooth to John’s laptop so he could diagnose the problem on the spot. The students were amazed to see the bone structure of a living horse right in front of them.


​Equine vet John Williams, assisted by local farrier Ross Hall,
takes an xray of the right front leg of Teddy; one of the Muresk Institute farm horses.

A group from Northam’s PCYC also visited Muresk, spending time in the shearing shed as part of a tour of the campus and farm. Prue said shearing part of Muresk’s sheep flock was in full swing, with several shearers and wool classers hard at work. “The visit was a great opportunity for these local young people to see the type of careers available in agriculture and perhaps spark an interest,” she said. “To capture this interest we have proposed several new agriculture training programs for Muresk in 2017. One of these is the Certificate II in Rural Operations for students still in school. To help prepare them for farmhand work, students would spend one day a week at Muresk Institute’s working farm. We also have a full time course in animal studies which will start in the first semester next year. The Certificate II in Animal Studies will be ideal for those who want a job outdoors working with animals. It will help students kick start their career by providing a broad introduction to working with a range of animals and in a variety of animal care workplaces. This Certificate also provides a pathway to further study available at Muresk, such as a Certificate III in Agriculture and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Specialising in Large Animals).”

The animal studies course will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE at Muresk Institute for one semester full time and expressions of interest are being taken now. To register, phone 08 9622 6777 or email northam@crtafe.wa.edu.au.

news-muresk_logo_small.pngMuresk Institute is an education and training facility situated in the Wheatbelt (approximately 100km east of Perth). The Institute boasts modern education and training, conference and specialised research facilities. Visit the Muresk Institute website to find out more.


WorldSkills competitions champion world-class skills

Five young champions from Western Australia have been selected to join the WorldSkills Australia Skills Squad in the first stage of qualifying to represent Australia as Skillaroos at the 2017 International competition in Abu Dhabi. Their selection follows the success of TeamWA at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in October, where Western Australia won a total of 27 medals across every industry category at the event with TeamWA members having qualified through regional competitions the previous year.

Five young champions from Western Australia have been selected to join the WorldSkills Australia Skills Squad in the first stage of qualifying to represent Australia as Skillaroos at the 2017 International competition in Abu Dhabi. Their selection follows the success of TeamWA at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in October, where Western Australia won a total of 27 medals across every industry category at the event with TeamWA members having qualified through regional competitions the previous year.


WA members of the Skills Squad:  L-R Chris Williamson (Graphic design technology, North Metropolitan TAFE). Dusti-lee Franchi (Car painting, South Metropolitan TAFE),
Nick Johnston (Cabinetmaking, South Regional TAFE)Hannah Alexander (Jewellery, North Metropolitan TAFE), and Brody Young (Cookery, South Metropolitan TAFE)
© WorldSkills Australia. Reproduced by permission

The Skills Squad met for the first time in November at an orientation camp designed to prepare them for the rigorous training schedule ahead. The international competition will feature over 1 000 competitors from over 70 countries competing in skill categories for gold, silver and bronze medals.  All five members from WA are passionate about their industries and have proved they are prepared to train hard to get results. They have each been teamed up with a training expert and are now busy developing training plans to ensure they are competition‑ready by October next year. WA also has one training expert heading to Abu Dhabi; Brendan Hibbert from North Metropolitan TAFE was selected as the expert in the Graphic design category and will be working with Chris Williamson to get his skills ready for the task ahead.

The next round of WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions will be run across Western Australia in 2017. For more information visit the WorldSkills WA page

About WorldSkills Australia

WorldSkills Australia aims to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians. Our purpose is to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent. For more information, visit the WorldSkills WA web page. The international competition will be held from 14-19 October 2016 in Abu Dhabi.