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RTOs Take Note! Changes in Early Childhood Education and Construction Sectors

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 Prepare for Regulatory Shifts: Early Childhood Education and Construction Changes You Should Know

Attention RTOs! Exciting shifts are underway in early childhood education, construction and plumbing, and services. These changes will directly impact the training packages for community services (CHC) and construction, plumbing, and services (CPC). Some of these updates have already been set in motion in the year’s first quarter, while others are slated to begin in the last quarter of 2023. If you’re providing training under the CHC or CPC, staying informed about these developments is crucial!

CHC Updates: Enhancing Early Childhood Education

In 2022, Education Ministers joined forces to enhance the National Quality Framework (NQF), drawing insights from the 2019 NQF Review. This comprehensive review involved extensive consultations with educators, families, and communities, helping shape important governmental decisions.

Phase One: Fostering Safe Transport

The initial wave of approved regulatory changes took effect on 1 March 2023. Solidifying the commitment to safety commitment within education, it focused on ensuring the secured transportation of children by centre-based services.

Phase Two: A Holistic Evolution for Education

The subsequent round of updates, which started on 1 July 2023, ushered a broader stride toward transformation, introducing impactful changes:

1. Boosting Workforce Flexibility

Addressing workforce challenges, this change offers more flexibility to services when they need to replace educators for short periods due to absences or resignations. With this approach, it ensures a continuous learning experience for children.

2. Enhancing Oversight for Better Governance

This will enhance how regulatory authorities monitor providers by broadening the description of a ‘person with management or control.’ It also means that the Education and Care Services National Law and the Family Assistance Law will work more closely together when deciding if service providers are suitable and proper for their role.

3. Streamlining Documentation for Efficiency

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) providers in Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and Victoria are at the forefront of this change. Shifting the focus to ‘program level’ documentation streamlines processes, enabling them to concentrate on the broader educational program rather than individual child records.

4. Empowering Family Day Care Services

An essential change, this gives more flexibility to family day care (FDC) services that have been running for a year or more. They can now make some changes when calculating how many family daycare coordinators they need compared to educators. This change will help deal with the difficulties in finding enough workers in the FDC sector.

5. Uplifting Education Standards

Elevating education quality, this change mandates that all FDC educators hold at least an approved certificate III level qualification before they start their job. Educators already working will have up to a year to finish getting their qualifications (this doesn’t apply in South Australia, where this rule is already in effect). This elevates the professional competence of educators, promising a higher standard of education and care.

6. Equitable Fee Adjustments

Apart from the yearly changes based on the consumer price index, this is the first time since the NQF started in 2012 that there will be some small increases in certain fees. Also, a new category will be added to show the fees for ‘large’ and ‘very large’ services separately.

7. Incentive for Excellence Amplified

To make it more rewarding and less work for services aiming for the Excellent Rating, they now have longer approval time, going from three to five years.

8. Embracing Dynamic Learning Frameworks

Phase two will also implement a set deadline in early 2024 for the original national Approved Learning Frameworks. By then, services will have to switch to using the new versions of the national Approved Learning Frameworks.

Phase Three: More Changes Coming

Anticipate a third wave of regulatory and legislative changes later in 2023, a testament to the ongoing commitment to progress.

For comprehensive insights, all decisions stemming from the 2019 NQF review are available on nqfreview.com.au.

CPC Updates: Key Changes in the National Construction Code 2022

Australia’s construction standards are based on the National Construction Code (NCC). In its latest version, NCC 2022, which is divided into separate parts called NCC Volume 1, 2, and 3, important changes have been made. These changes are especially relevant to homes and have significant implications that need to be considered.

Changes and Commencement Date:

  • Bushfire Protection (Commenced on 1 May 2023)

Changes have been introduced to enhance safety for vulnerable occupants in response to the 2009 Victorian bushfire findings. New measures include performance requirements, verification methods, and deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) criteria. These aim to provide added protection for buildings where evacuation during bushfires might not be safe. It’s important to note that compliance doesn’t guarantee complete safety, acknowledging the challenges of addressing bushfire risks.

  • Condensation (Starting on 1 October 2023)

The code addresses condensation concerns in Zone 5, Toowoomba region. It mandates using certain materials with specified vapour permeance to prevent condensation issues.

  • Early Childhood Centres (Commenced on 1 May 2023)

There are updated provisions to address situations where early childhood centres are on upper levels of tall buildings. As more high-rise buildings include a mix of retail, offices, and parking, early childhood centres are becoming part of these structures as an attractive feature for property owners and tenants. Considering the vulnerability of children in buildings, these changes aim to enhance safety. They focus on fire separation to create secure spaces for children and occupants during emergencies before evacuation.

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging (Starting on 1 October 2023)

Certain buildings with at least 9 parking spaces must add electrical distribution boards for potential EV charging. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) view EV installations as a ‘special hazard’ due to fire risks from battery failures. QFES urges Building Certifiers to consider these risks in assessments. The government states distribution board installation alone doesn’t trigger a ‘special hazard,’ but design collaboration among electrical, mechanical, and fire engineers is crucial.

  • Energy Efficiency (Starting on 1 October 2023)

Class 1 buildings require a higher 7-star thermal performance under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). For Class 2 buildings, the thermal performance standard will be raised to an average of 7 stars, and no individual sole occupancy unit should fall below 6 stars. The DTS elemental table requirements have also been increased, making it extensive. Additionally, a new separate rule is introduced, involving a “Whole of Home, annual energy usage budget.” It pertains to the energy consumption of a home’s heating and cooling systems, including air conditioning, heated water systems, lighting, as well as swimming pool and spa pumps. The changes come with significant challenges and costs, and Master Builders suggest a delay in implementation.

The NCC 2022 version has been revamped to be more user-friendly, emphasising digital access and readability.

These NCC changes collectively aim to ensure safety, sustainability, and usability in Australian buildings.

How Will the CHC and CPC Training Package Updates Affect Training

These regulatory changes in the CHC and CPC sectors will have a significant impact on vocational education and training (VET). These changes will enhance the quality and relevance of education and training programs in these fields. Let’s break it down: 

For CHC Training Package: 

  • Enhanced Quality Standards: The changes in the NQF mean higher quality education and care standards. This will demand updated training and qualifications for educators in early childhood education. Your RTO can play a pivotal role in offering courses that align with these enhanced requirements. 
  • Compliance and Oversight: With tighter regulations, your RTO should focus on ensuring that your training programs comply with the latest standards. This is vital to help educators meet the updated qualifications and provide top-notch early education. 
  • Business Opportunities: Adapting your RTO to cater to these changes can lead to increased demand for your training services. By offering programs that support the updated learning frameworks and quality standards, your RTO can experience growth and expansion. 
  • Collaboration Potential: Forge partnerships with childcare centres, construction companies, and other stakeholders affected by these changes. Your RTO can provide essential training and support to help these organizations meet the new requirements, fostering collaboration and mutual growth. 

For CPC Training Package: 

  • Safety and Sustainability Focus: The NCC 2022 updates emphasize safety and sustainability in construction. Your RTO can create training programs that educate builders, architects, and developers on eco-friendly building designs and materials. 
  • Compliance and Safety Training: With stricter building norms, your RTO can offer safety training courses that address these new standards, ensuring that professionals in the construction industry are well-prepared to adhere to the regulations. 
  • Innovation in Design: The NCC updates promote innovative building design. Your RTO can develop courses that encourage architects and designers to explore creative and forward-thinking construction solutions, aligned with the new code. 

What We’re Doing About These Changes? 

As part of our commitment to compliance and ensuring you have the latest training materials, we are currently making updates to the relevant RTO resources. All our current customers who acquired the following materials will receive the updated version for the affected units of competency for free.

CHC Units of Competency

The updates will address these CHC changes:

  • Quality concerns like broken lines
  • ACECQA updates, including the newest approved learning frameworks
  • Changes to national frameworks
  • Other requirements, such as transportation guidelines.
Unit Code and Unit Name  Estimated Completion of the Update 
CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice  Republished 
CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity  September 2023 
CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing  September 2023 
CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice  September 2023 
CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children  October 2023 
CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment  October 2023 
CHCECE044 – Facilitate compliance in an education and care service  November 2023 
CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care  November 2023 
CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning  December 2023 
CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care  December 2023 
CHCECE045 – Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children  January 2024 
CHCECE048 – Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum  January 2024 
CHCECE054 – Promote understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures  January 2024 
CHCECE047 – Analyse information to inform children’s learning  February 2024 
CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children  February 2024 
CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing  February 2024 
CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children  February 2024 
CHCECE054 – Promote understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures  February 2024 
CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers  March 2024 
CHCECE043 – Nurture creativity in children  March 2024 
CHCSAC010 – Foster holistic middle childhood learning development and wellbeing  March 2024 
CHCSAC007 – Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care  April 2024 
CHCSAC008 – Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children  April 2024 
CHCSAC009 – Support the holistic development of children in school age care  May 2024 
CHCSAC006 – Support children to participate in school age care  May 2024 
CHCECE046 – Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children  April 2024 
CHCECE049 – Embed environmental responsibility in service operations  April 2024 
CHCECE050 – Work in partnership with children’s families  May 2024 

CPC Units of Competency

Meanwhile, updates on the CPC training resources will include:

  • Quality issues, such as broken lines
  • Changes relevant to NCC 2022
Unit Code and Unit Name  Estimated Completion of the Update 
CPCCBC4001 – Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings  Republished 
CPCCBC4006 – Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects  Republished 
CPCCBC4012 – Read and interpret plans and specifications  Republished 
CPCCBC4010 – Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions  November 2023 
CPCCBC5010 – Manage construction work  October 2023 
CPCCBC4009 – Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects  August 2023 
CPCCBC4018 – Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects  September 2023 
CPCCBC4008 – Conduct onsite supervision of building and construction project  November 2023 
CPCCBC5003 – Supervise the planning of on-site building and construction work  January 2024
CPCCBC4014 – Prepare simple building sketches and drawings  September 2023 
CPCCBC4026 – Arrange building applications and approvals  December 2023 
CPCCBC5001 – Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction  November 2023 
CPCCBC4053 – Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C buildings  November 2023 
CPCCBC4021 – Minimise waste on the building and construction site  January 2024 
CPCCBC5002 – Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects  December 2023 
CPCCBC4005 – Produce labour and material schedules for ordering  December 2023 

CPCCWHS2001 – Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 

January 2024 
CPCCBC5018 – Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to three storeys  January 2024 
CPCCBC5005 – Select and manage building and construction contractors  February 2024 
CPCCBC5007 – Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor  February 2024 
CPCCBC4013 – Prepare and evaluate tender documentation  February 2024 
CPCCCA2011 – Handle carpentry materials  April 2024 
CPCCBC4004 – Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects  March 2024 
CPCSUS4002 – Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings  March 2024 
CPCCCO4001 – Supervise concreting work  April 2024 
CPCCBC4003 – Select, prepare and administer a construction contract  May 2024 
CPCCOM1012 – Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry  May 2024 

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