Independent validation of RTO assessment practices pilot update

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform, the Northern Territory has committed to the development of an independent validation of registered training organisation assessment practices pilot. 

The independent validation of registered training organisation assessment practices ('the pilot') is part of the jurisdictionally flexible reforms to improve the quality of VET teaching and training and to assure the quality of training delivery and outcomes. 

It emphasises measures that give industry more confidence in the standards of training delivery and assessment. 


The purpose of the pilot is to both:

  • strengthen the integrity of the VET sector training and assessment outcomes
  • enhance industry confidence through active engagement to ensure expectations of the required outcomes are met. 

The pilot

The Northern Territory commenced the pilot in 2012. With the research, scoping and development phases now completed, 2014 will see the implementation of the pilot, followed by evaluation and review in 2015.

The pilot developed is based on an online tool with the working title eWorkLog. It was developed and trailed in the automotive, aged care, early childhood and conservation and land management industry sectors.

The intent of this project is for industry to have a role in validating and being involved in the assessment practices of RTOs to ensure that the graduate has developed their skills to workplace standard.

Go to the eWorkLog website.  

Participating industries

The pilot invited selected industries to collaborate with registered training organisations based on inclusiveness, practicality and usefulness. The pilot will see active involvement from industry sectors working together with training providers across a range of qualifications to enhance the validation of assessment practices.

Details of the participating industries, selected qualifications and registered training organisations are as follows:

​Industry group ​Qualification ​Participants
1 - Conservation and Land Management​ AHC10110 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management​ Primary Industries Training Advisory Council (NT) Inc (PITAC)
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)
2 - Early Childhood​ CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care​ Human Services Training Advisory Council (HSTAC)
Early Childhood Australia
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
P & D Rowe Pty Ltd 
Alana Kaye
Dovaston Consulting Group Pty Ltd,
3 - Automotive Technology​ AUR30612 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology​ Transport, Engineering, Automotive Training Advisory Council (NT) Inc (TEATAC)
Motor Trades Association of the Northern Territory
Advanced Training International (ATI)
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
4 - Aged Care​ CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care​ Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
Fox Endeavours Pty Ltd
Dovaston Consulting Group Pty Ltd
BCA National Training Group Pty Ltd​

The department would like to acknowledge and thank the industry organisations who are not in the pilot but who have contributed their valuable time, knowledge and experience in the initial consultation and subsequent workshops.

Their contribution has been invaluable in the development of the model.


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Last updated: 27 September 2016