This week, the Federal Government announced the release of the New Standards for Training Providers and Regulators, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Tender and the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.
New Standards for Training Providers and Regulators
The new Standards for Training Providers and Regulators released on 21st October, represents an important step towards an effective risk-based regulatory system and introduces import changes that strengthen industry engagement, improve the quality of training and reduce the regulatory burden on training providers. The new Standards will come into effect from 1 January 2015.
For more information and to view the new Standards please click here.
Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Tender
The Request for Tender for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network was released by the Department of Industry on 21st October.
With apprenticeship completion rates hovering around 50%, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network aims to place greater focus on the delivery of advice and direct support to apprentices and employers.
Submissions close 3pm on Friday 5th December 2014.
The official Media Release from Minister Macfarlane can be found here.
Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper
The Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper was released by the Australian Government on 20th October; the Government is asking relevant stakeholders to have their say on a range of new proposal and policy suggestions.
Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce said, "The Green Paper is a reflection of the Coalition Government's commitment to maintaining family farming as the cornerstone of Australian agriculture and to support those on the land who engage in food and fibre production."
He went on to say, "as a nation, we need a competitive and innovative agricultural sector – a sector that increases farmgate profitability, has expanded export and trade opportunities, and strengthens our rural and regional communities."
The Government is asking Stakeholders to comment on the broad directions and specific policy ideas raised in the Green Paper and provide further policy suggestions. Submissions are due by 5pm on 12 December 2014.
For more information and to view the Green Paper, please click here.