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IT scholarships to benefit people on the Autism spectrum

Up to $5,000 per recipient for training

A scholarship program launched by the State Government in 2016, which benefits people on the autism spectrum and helps create a pathway to future employment, has been extended.

​The pilot program will offer a further five scholarships up to the value of $5,000 each, to people on the autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology. Software testing needs high levels of attention over prolonged periods of time, and this plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the autism spectrum.

Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees in Certificate IV and Diploma level courses in information technology, programming or software development.

The program is a collaboration between the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance based at Curtin University, the Autism Association of Western Australia, the training sector and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

For more information, and how to apply, visit our Scholarships section.

AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program workshops a big success

Supporting Aboriginal school students into further education, training or employment.

In September the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre hosted a series of forums that connected graduating Aboriginal secondary school students and young jobseekers with employers, universities and former students.

The forums are a part of the AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program which aims to improve the transition rate of Aboriginal students into further education, training or employment after year 12.

More than 80 students attended the forums and met with representatives from 16 organisations. Each employer gave a short presentation about the career opportunities available within their organisation, their application processes and what support networks and/or cultural programs they have in place for Aboriginal employees. The students also had the opportunity to register with the AWDC, so the team can continue to help them with their post schooling goals.

Guest presenters included:

  • Shell;
  • Nudge;
  • Edith Cowan University;
  • Skill Hire;
  • WA Police;
  • Australian Defence Force;
  • Pindari;
  • University of WA;
  • Murdoch University;
  • Wesfarmers;
  • Ertech Construction;
  • St Catherines – Dandjoo Darbalung;
  • Woolworths;
  • Woodside;
  • Crown Perth; and
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

For more information about the Aboriginal Youth Transition Program and other services available to support Aboriginal jobseekers, please visit the AWDC website.

Apprenticeship Office consultations a great success

Further sessions planned for 2017–18.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office held two consultation sessions in August to seek feedback on training plan quality improvement. These training plan quality improvement stakeholder consultation sessions were part of a series of regular and ongoing information/consultation sessions that the Apprenticeship Office delivers to stakeholders on a range of topics and matters relating to the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.

At both consultation sessions over 100 attendees openly discussed some of the challenges and barriers they face in relation to meeting training plan compliance requirements. This information will assist Apprenticeship Office to identify ways to support the training providers in meeting the requirements in the future. The majority of the attendees have indicated, through their responses to a subsequent satisfaction survey, that they think the consultation sessions were useful and have increased their knowledge about the relevant requirements.

More consultation sessions are planned for 2017, and will be available for attendance both in-person and online. Keep an eye on the Apprenticeship Office section of our website for more information as it becomes available.

Launch of OnBoardWA

New WA Government initiative  increasing diversity on boards and committees.

On 20 September 2017 the WA Government launched a new initiative – OnBoardWA – to increase diversity on Government boards and committees. This initiative is one tool to assist in achieving the goal of 50% representation of women across all Government boards and committees by 2019, including in chair and deputy chair roles.

A new website and register has been created at onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au to allow potential candidates to register their interest in being considered for board and committee appointments. Decision-makers will be able to search this register to identify suitable candidates and the wealth of excellent women leaders can be reached more effectively.

In a media statement for the launch of OnBoardWA, the Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA said:

"Government boards and committees rely on community members willing to offer their time, experience, expertise and advice. A cross-section of the community is needed to voice new ideas. For this to happen, it is imperative we increase the number of potential nominees through the OnBoardWA register. To ensure our State reaches its full potential, we must also fully utilise the skills, insights, perspectives and experiences of women. As a Government, we are responsible for many of the interventions required to close the gender gap. Gender balance on decision making bodies improves performance, provides representative leadership and produces real economic benefits. Our decisions are purposeful; we are working to generate positive change and create real opportunities for women’s participation.

I encourage everyone, especially women, to register with OnBoardWA to ensure a pool of talented and knowledgeable West Australians is available for selection to government boards and committees. For those of you who know a capable person, please encourage them to register with OnBoardWA."


Annual report 2016–2017

The Department's Annual report 2016–2017 is now available online.

This year’s report contains a summary of the Department’s functions, operations and performance highlights, and reflects on a year of significant change.

The full report, and our new Workforce Development supplement providing a snapshot of the Department’s key priorities for 2016–17 can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or feedback please email us at annual.report@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017. Winners were announced at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night, where they received awards for innovation, commitment and leadership within the vocational education and training sector.

All winners and finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017 should be extremely proud of their achievements.

Organisation winners

  • WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    McDonald's Australia
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
    MPA Skills
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
    Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
    North Regional TAFE

Individual winners

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2017
    Jamie Stewart
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2017
    Claire McLeary
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA
    Benjamin Rowe
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth
    Kyle Morgan
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
    Kim Dick
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017
    Esfandiar Shahmir
  • WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
    Rui Scheidt Feix
  • WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
    Jane Goodfellow

For more details about this year's winners and finalists, please visit the WA Training Awards website.

$3 000 training scholarships – 2018 applications now open!

Expanding career options and encouraging women into training.

Scholarships of up to $3 000 are available for women who are planning to take up training in non-traditional industries through the Expanding career options for women scholarship program. There are more than 240 qualifications to choose from, starting at Certificate II level, across a range of exciting and interesting industry areas.

The scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Construction Training Fund and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Over a period of four years 400 scholarships in a variety of industry areas where women currently make up less than 25% of the total workforce will be offered to eligible women in metropolitan and regional areas.

Scholarships can help with the costs associated with training, including:

  • student fees; 
  • learning resources, and tools and equipment; 
  • mentoring and coaching;
  • accommodation and transport; and 
  • childcare fees.

Incentives for employers are also available through the program, so employers of women are also encouraged to apply!

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Curtin University to offer Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk

Education and Training Minister announces new Associate Degree.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced Curtin University will offer an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute from 2019.

The new course will provide flexible delivery modes including face to face teaching at Muresk and Curtin's Bentley campus, augmented with relevant hands-on and practical experience.  Block teaching will also be considered as a means of addressing students' seasonal work commitments associated with the farming sector.

This 'frequently asked questions' document provides more information about the new Associate Degree course.

Read more about the annoucement from the Minister for Education and Training.

Hong Kong youth exchange program 2017–2018

Applications now open!

A unique youth exchange program is offering the chance to take a one-of-a-kind trip to Hong Kong. 

Twelve young Western Australians aged between 18 and 25 years will have the opportunity to participate in the International Youth Exchange Program between Hong Kong and Western Australia in October 2017 and February 2018. Young people from regional areas as well as those with Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The program offers participants opportunities to to develop self-confidence, build international networks, gain an understanding of different cultures and develop a base for future career goals.

Successful applicants will meet delegates from Hong Kong and participate in activities in Perth in October 2017, before travelling to Hong Kong for a one-of-a-kind trip in February 2018.

The program is an initiative of the WA State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

To find out more and apply online, visit the program page at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia website.

New State Training Plan 2017–2020

Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2017–2020 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 18 July 2017. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia.

The State Training Plan identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia's industries and workforce. It contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the WA economy and labour market through well-targeted training programs that enable people to access and obtain training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development. Additionally, the Plan supports the key initiatives in the Government’s Plan for Jobs by investing in affordable, high quality training that’s available through TAFE colleges and private training providers.

Particular areas of focus in this new Plan include apprenticeships and traineeships, developing programs that will increase participation in training by young people, responding to the challenges and opportunities from technology advances, supporting older workers, and skills development for the aged care, disability and allied health sectors.

Training Matters August edition out now

News and information for WA's 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 August 2017 edition of Training Matters is out now. Our cover story is of Peter Coghlan, a TAFE graduate who was insprired to leave behind his life as a tradie and join the allied health industry after surviving a traumatic accident.  You can also see the highlights from this year's Training Providers Forum held in May, and read the stories behind the success of this year's WorldSkills competitors; including Nick Johnston, our WA Skillaroo who's off to Abu Dhabi in October to represent Australia in the international WorldSkills competition. There's a wrap up of this year's very successful Muresk Open Day – and we announce the winner of Muresk's inaugural Dog vs Drone competition. And of course you can catch up on all the latest VET news  featuring the State Training Board, the Adult Migrant English Program, what's happening around WA in our TAFE colleges, some great examples of the innovative and exciting work our VET colleagues are doing, and a feature on Skills West Expo happening this month. You can also find out what's going on with a salmon census in Broome and see why baking is on the rise. 

Go to the Training Matters page for more information, and to view or download the August 2017 edition.

New website for State Training Board

Renewing the focus on meeting WA’s workforce and training needs.

Western Australia’s State Training Board is proud to announce the launch of its new website today. With a new design and new services including the lodgement of proposals for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships now available online, the website aligns with the Board’s drive to ensure vocational education and training meets the skill requirements of our State’s industries, employers and business.

With a strong focus on ensuring our VET system is maximising opportunities for Western Australians to get into the workforce or skill up, and supporting the State Government’s Plan for Jobs, the Board has set clear priorities to increase participation in training and maximise employment opportunities through consultation and collaboration with industry, employers and training providers. These priorities, along with details of current projects and initiatives that the Board is undertaking, are detailed on the new website.

Visit the new State Training Board website at stb.wa.gov.au.

The State Training Board is a statutory body established by Part 3 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996. The Board is the peak industry training advisory body to the Minister for Education and Training in Western Australia.

New Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk

Calling all emerging leaders and managers!

Solidify your leadership skills and open the door to new career opportunities through a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk Institute.

Registered training organisation One World Learning will be delivering this course at Muresk across three short blocks in August, October and December this year (see below for dates and details of the units of study). Students can enrol in one or more blocks, but will need to complete all three to obtain the full Certificate IV qualification.This comprehensive course gives individuals the tools to provide quality leadership, guidance and support to others, and the skills to organise and monitor the output of a team. Participants will gain key knowledge in applying solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, and analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources.

Take the next step in your career and enrol today! To discuss this course in more detail contact the Muresk team on 1300 994 031 or send an email to muresk@dtwd.wa.gov.au. You can also find out more about this course and other programs available at Muresk on their website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute.

Workshop dates and units

Enrol in part one: 7 – 9 August 
  • BSBLDR401 – Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
  • BSBLDR402 – Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness
  • BSBLDR404 – Lead a diverse workforce
  • BSBWOR404 – Develop work priorities
Enrol in part two: 9 – 11 October
  • BSBMGT402 – Implement operational plan
  • BSBMGT403 – Implement continuous improvement
  • BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBRSK401 – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Enrol in part three: 4 – 5 December
  • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
  • BSBCUS402 – Address customer needs
  • BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards

WA Training Awards 2017 individual finalists announced

Congratulations to WA's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers.

Education and Training Minister Hon. Sue Ellery today announced the 30 individual category finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards, the State's premier industry awards program recognising talent and excellence in the training sector.  Award winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September, and  will go on to represent the State in the Australian Training Awards later this year. 

"Some of our most promising apprentices, trainees, students and trainers from across the State are finalists in this year's Awards. This Awards program opens doors and gives finalists opportunities to take their skills even further.", the Minister said. "The training sector is key to our economic future and plays a vital role in the State Government's Plan for Jobs. Our goal is to build a strong training sector to boost the economy and the WA Training Awards support this."

The announcement of this year's finalists recognises individual talent in the training sector, like that of WA Trainer of the Year 2017 finalist Jane Goodfellow. Jane's passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood. Her extensive contributions to the industry includes developing an Associate Degree in Education and Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information about the Awards, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

2017 WA Training Awards individual finalists

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

Shayna Daniels
Kim Dick
Kirsten Holiner
Wynston Shovellor-Sesar

WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Lauren Bruce-Smith
Nicholas Johnston
Tristan Palmer
Jamie Stewart

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

Rachel Orr
Esfandiar Shahmir
Lalida Udomsak

WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education

Jia-Shian Chen
Kumbirai Gono
Rui Scheidt Feix
Charlotte Strike

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA

Harmony Broughton
Lauren Brunalli
Benjamin Rowe
Harrison Salter-Browne

WA Trainee of the Year 2017

Alex Baldock
Claire McLeary
Kristina Mutlow

WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

Jane Goodfellow
Ekta Tandon
Robert Taylor
Indumathi V

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth

Maria Baker
Chloe Blight
Nardine Burgess
Kyle Morgan

WA's finest tradies to represent Australia on the world stage

2017 WA Skillaroos team named for WorldSkills international competition.

Hairdressing work experience which turned into trying car painting, and a young gamer working to make his passion his career are two Western Australian stories from the 44th WorldSkills International Competition. WorldSkills competitions are held over a two-year cycle, showcasing skills excellence at State, national and international levels.

While females aren’t commonplace in the automotive industry, Dusti-lee Franchi’s aptitude for vehicle painting, and now national recognition, is helping to change perceptions. This achievement for the South Metropolitan TAFE trained painter is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to her craft.

Dusti-lee, 22, from South Lake will be joined by gamer Alex Schmidt, 21, from Parmelia who trained at North Metropolitan TAFE and cabinet maker Nick Johnston, 20, from Roelands who trained with South Regional TAFE.

Department of Training and Workforce Development A/Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the three WA representatives and said the remarkable achievement demonstrated where determination and perseverance could take you. “The WorldSkills International Competition experience is unparalleled in the industry. Young people get to compete against their international counterparts while making fantastic industry connections and testing their abilities in a high pressure environment,” she said. “These competitors are in good company, WA WorldSkills alumni include internationally-renowned florist Matthew Landers and fine jeweller Tayron Scagnetti.”

The Skillaroos are now training hard to do Australia proud in the international competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 19 October this year.   With more than 3 000 participants representing 77 countries to compete in 51 trades and skills, Australia – currently ranked 12th in the world – is aiming to finish in the top ten in 2017. More information about WorldSkills WA is available here on our website.

For media enquiries, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Deadly Jobs Expo lives up to its name

Thousands of people attend this year's event, organised by Perth AWDC

‘Deadly’ is an Aboriginal expression for 'fantastic' and this year’s Deadly Jobs Expo was exactly that. Thousands of people attended the event on 6 July which was organised by the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre team as part of the Town of Bassendean’s NAIDOC Family Day.

Representatives from 45 employers were on hand to talk about their current job opportunities; including the Australian Defence Force, Crown, Australia Post, Rio Tinto, Chandler Macleod, Bunnings, Officeworks and many more.

AWDC Perth Manager Carolyn Davis said she has received a lot of positive feedback about the event. “Western Power hadn’t attended before and they were overwhelmed with how much interest they received and how many people came along throughout the day.”

One jobseeker has already started work as a direct result of interaction with employers on the day and the AWDC team are confident more job placements are still to come.

For more information on the AWDCs and how they assist Aboriginal jobseekers across Western Australia, please visit the AWDC website.

Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2017 announced

Recognising excellence in our State's employers and training providers.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the organisational finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards from across the State. The organisational finalists represent the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training providers in the State.

Finalists in the individual categories for apprentices, trainees, students and trainers will be announced next month, and winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September 2017.

Small training provider finalist, Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services, provides training in WA prisons. As a result of their training programs, reoffending rates have decreased and they have seen an increase in employment retention for prisoners post custody.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information, please visit the WA Training Awards website

2017 organisational finalists

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services
  • Scope Training
  • Industrial Training Institute
WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
WA Employer of the Year 2017
  • McDonald's Australia
  • JSW Australia
  • Roy Hill
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
  • National Electrical and Communications Association WA
  • MPA Skills

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"There has never been a more important time for training in Western Australia. These finalists go above and beyond to drive opportunities and partnerships, a key factor to achieve employment targets and build a stronger WA.  We are working to ensure our training system delivers opportunities for any Western Australian wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce or change careers. These finalists are setting the benchmark because we are looking for training on which to grow jobs and support the economy."

This media statement was originally published here. Please contact the Minister's office for enquiries: 6552 5700. For all media enquiries to the Department please email media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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

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.

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 
P 08 6552 5000

Education and Training Minister's office
P 08 6552 5700

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

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.

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