We are starting a series of articles discussing what is broken or can be improved in the current legislative and regulatory standards. We will also talk about how there should be no room for ambiguity and a very clear understanding in terms of what is expected from the training organisations.
Our first target is the assessment system and why it is broken.
Current legislative requirement:
Now, let's unpack the requirements:
Clause 1.8 (a) states that the assessment system must comply with the “assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited courses”
In reality, auditors are currently auditing the organisations on all units of competency details mentioned on the national register. Take the example of
BSBADM502 - Manage meetings https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSBADM502.
According to the legislative instrument, the organisations should be audited on the assessment requirements section of the unit of competency that consists of performance evidence, knowledge evidence and assessment conditions.
Evidence of the ability to:
apply conventions and procedures for formal and informal meetings including:
developing and distributing agendas and papers
identifying and inviting meeting participants
organising and confirming meeting arrangements
running the meeting and following up
organise, take part in and chair a meeting
record and store meeting documentation
follow organisational policies and procedures.
Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:
outline meeting terminology, structures, arrangements
outline responsibilities of the chairperson and explain group dynamics in relation to managing meetings
describe options for meetings including face-to-face, teleconferencing, web-conferencing and using webcams
identify the relevant organisational procedures and policies regarding meetings, chairing and minutes including identifying organisational formats for minutes and agendas.
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the general administration field of work and include access to:
reference material in regard to meeting venues and technology, catering and transport suppliers
organisational policies and procedures for managing meetings
office supplies and equipment
computers and relevant software