A family based Nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Established in 2001 which places us as one of the longest serving private RTO’s in Agriculture.
We are totally focused on the Primary and Thoroughbred industries.
Our scope (qualifications that we are approved to deliver)
Certificate II in Agriculture
Certificate III in Agriculture
Certificate IV in Agriculture
Certificate III in Feedlot Operations
Certificate II in Horticulture
Certificate III in Horticulture
Certificate III in Racing (Track Riding)
Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Rural Training Australia delivers all its training and assessment services at your workplace.
Our preferred training method is workplace face to face and our assessment methods include observation, discussion, oral questions and practical demonstrations to name a few.
Our preferred training method is workplace face to face coupled with employer observations and verification. Our assessment methods include observation, discussion, oral questions and practical demonstrations to name a few.
Where there is a unit chosen that involves Worksafe, e.g., operate forklift then Rural Training Australia will make appropriate arrangements on the student’s behalf.
Rural Training Australia is funded to deliver the traineeships/SAT training & assessment services via the Queensland, Western Australia & the Northern Territory Departments of Employment & Training (User Choice contracts)
For the first time, every student who undertakes nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia (or overseas from an Australian-registered provider) will be able to use a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to access their enrolment and achievement record from a single online source.
Students often need to provide evidence of their academic achievements, for example when applying for a job or to undertake further study.
As of 1 January 2015 students who are already enrolled in a qualification with Rural Training Australia but who have not yet completed (i.e. Current students) will need to have a USI before their qualification can be issued. Rural Training Australia will offer these students an opportunity to receive a USI through bulk application once they supply the required identification and permission for Rural Training Australia to apply on their behalf. Rural Training Australia will email these students their USI once it has been received. Alternatively, students can apply for a USI themselves and provide this to Rural Training Australia for verification, however if it is not received by the time assessment has been marked the qualification issuance will be delayed.
Students who enrol after 1 January 2015 will need to apply for a USI themselves through the USI website and supply the required ID. They will then need to enter the USI into Rural Training Australia enrolment form at the time of enrolment. Enrolments will not be accepted without the USI.
Under legislation, Rural Training Australia cannot issue a statement of attainment or a qualification to a student without a verified USI. Once the USI has been entered on the enrolment form this will be verified as part of the enrolment process.
Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, Rural Training Australia is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).
Your personal information (including the personal information contained on this enrolment form), may be used or disclosed by Rural Training Australia for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Rural Training Australia may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:
· Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and
Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:
· populating authenticated VET transcripts;
· facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
· pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
· understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
· administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.
You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.
NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER's website at www.ncver.edu.au).
Using the USI, the personal information would only be linked to the educational information when a student asks to see his or her own records or when a student authorises someone else to do so (such as a training organisation) or as otherwise authorised by Commonwealth legislation.
Rural Training Australia as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has an obligation to report student data on an annual basis to the VET regulators; the USI will form part of this reporting. Further details on RTO reporting are in OUR Privacy & Personal Information Policy.
Department of Industry, 2014, Information for Students and Parents, Click Here
Department of Industry, 2014, Privacy and Security Click Here
The USI system accepts any one of the following valid forms of Australian ID:
Names entered into the USI system must match the ID presented.
Without one of these documents a USI cannot be issued and enrolment may not be possible. In this situation it is recommended to contact Rural Training Australia and they can discuss with the USI Registrar.
Note that there is no charge to apply for a USI.
More information on applying for a USI: Click Here
RTO’s Management shall ensure that all complaints and appeals are dealt in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness and remains publically available. All complaints and appeals shall be subject to notification within the RTO’s management meeting and require the implementation of the RTO’s complaints and appeals process.
Scope of Complaints and Appeals Policy
The RTO will manage and respond to allegations involving the conduct of:
Learners may choose to submit a complaint to the RTO staff via the Informal Process or Formal Process.
(Please note ‘RTO staff’ will be considered to include third parties or partnering organisation staff)
In the event of a Learner advising that they are dissatisfied with the proposed solution for a formal complaint to the RTO’s management, the CEO shall provide an additional opportunity to provide a solution and shall apply the External Appeal process.
All appeals from Learners relating to assessment results must be received in a period no longer than 3 months following the competency decision.
Staff delivering training and assessment services on behalf of the RTO will be required to:
The RTO’s management shall maintain records of all complaints and appeals and their outcomes and reference complaints and appeals in the RTO’s Management meeting minutes identifying potential causes of complaints and appeals and takes appropriate corrective actions to eliminate or mitigate the likelihood of reoccurrence.
Records of all Informal, Formal complaints and appeals will be recorded in the RTO’s Review meeting minutes and all written student complaints records will be retrievable through the Student Complaints PCFs.
Rural Training Australia will maintain a high standard aligned to Workplace Health, Safety. Our aim is to create and maintain a healthy & safe training environment for all trainees & staff. Protect the environment whenever engaged in the field on the practical aspects of the training requirements.
Rural Training Australia offers a welfare, guidance, & external support service to all participants. The nature of the information required can either be one of training/assessment nature, external support aspect, or that of a private matter.
Please refer all matters of concern or requests to the CEO or office manager.
Rural Training Australia ensures that all staff are adequately trained in dealing with harassment and discrimination to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in creating and contributing to a harassment and discrimination free workplace
Students have access to their personal records by completing an ‘Access to Records’ form. For records to be made available to a third party, the permission of the student must be gained. Forms are available from the RTO’s administration office
Rural Training Australia will, in consideration of other participants, remove any participant from a course of training & assessment whose behaviour is adverse to the norm or is in variance with other participants.
While you are undertaking your training program, there will be times when Rural Training Australia or its Training Representative, needs to discuss your situation with others. This could be with your workplace supervisor, employer, or a workplace trainer. As part of our work there will also be a need to examine workplace samples to help assess your work against the training program requirements.
Please be assured that any discussions held with these representatives will be for the purposes of your assessment and for your development.
During the process we do not plan to discuss your evidence or work practices with other trainees, unless we have your written permission to do so.
You and your employer are required to give permission in writing for any of these discussions or viewing of evidences to occur and for samples of evidence and trainee file information to be shared with Rural Training Australia, the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) responsible for the training contract.
During and after the assessment you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire/survey regarding the quality and content. We would appreciate if you could complete this and return the form (a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be provided). Please be assured that all information/comments given will be treated in strict confidence. Information you provide is used to assist us in continually improving our services.
Rural Training Australia will at all times when engaged in assessment practices, conduct assessments according to the National VET Regulator standards. Additionally these assessments shall be of a high quality to satisfy the requirements of the relevant training package and the level of competence expected within the relevant industry domain. Alternate assessment practices can be provided for trainees who may have learner support needs.
The purpose of the training/assessment session is to ensure that you, the trainee, have gained the skills aligned to a competency. As your training is ‘workplace based’ this assessment session will be based on the same format. In other words we assess you as you go about your allotted roles at the workplace. Please feel free to ask questions and make comment as the assessment progresses.
The purpose of the assessment is to verify that you are able to apply the job role skills to perform the required tasks safely and competently. You are asked to read the description and performance criteria at the rear of this record book. Please relax and be confident in your abilities. We will have observed you using these competencies many times already in the work environment. All we will be looking for is evidence of your competency against each Unit’s Learning Outcomes as outlined in our assessment tool.
Rural Training Australia will if requested provide a flexible learning strategy to suit a person's specific needs. Please contact your trainer/assessor or the head office to organise an alternative strategy if required during or before the course.
Rural Training Australia will at all times abide by the National recognition agreements formed between all States of Australia, in the recognition of other RTO’s training & certification therein awarded. National recognition is the recognition of prior gained accredited qualifications that form part of your current training program. Please contact Rural Training Australia’s administration to apply for National recognition.
RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through:
The main principle of RPL focuses on the outcomes of learning rather than when or where the learning occurred. Evidence of competency is collected by the student and submitted to the nominated assessor and assessment is made based on the required industry standard within the relevant training package unit of competency.
If you believe this may apply to you for any part of the course, then you should request an application kit during the enrolment process.
There are many forms of assessment available to gain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
In order to have skills formally recognised in a national system, assessors must make sure you have the skill to the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful & comprehensive process that really covers the content of all of the units or qualifications you are applying for recognition. Your skills & experience from the past 2 years are the most important in the assessment because these show you are current in the industry. Assessment can happen in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you lots of time & hassle. Here are some tips & hints to prepare for a recognition process.
Rural Training Australia may at their discretion choose to provide the employer & ineligible staff the option to partake in RPL of a specific qualification.
QR CERTIFICATE VALIDATION:
Rural Training Australia will issue all certification and Statement of Attainment in line with the requirements of Schedule 5 of the Australian Qualifications Framework and the endorsed Training Packages as per the scope of registration the RTO is approved to deliver Certificate and Statement of Attainment to the learner with 30 days of being assessed as meeting the requirement of the Training.
Rural Training Australia will abide by & has a commitment to equity & the different needs of a diverse range of client groups. It also includes strategies to support those with language & literacy needs. It is the policy of Rural Training Australia to manage its operations with a positive awareness of the spirit & intent.
Rural Training Australia supports the workplace to be free of harassment on the basis of race, colour, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political conviction, impairment or sexual preference. All Employers & employees will be treated fairly.
Rural Training Australia will upon request provide support to the language, literacy, & numeracy skills of a trainee. Please refer all requests to the CEO or Administration.
AASN (Australian Apprenticeship Support Network)
Selection of participants for courses in most cases will be by nomination by the participants company & therefore an enrolment form will be required to be completed prior to or at the commencement of a course of training. An orientation & course induction shall be given on commencement of the training by trainer assessor in conjunction with the employer.
The complaints and appeals policy of Rural Training Australia provides an avenue for students to address their complaints and appeals to Rural Training Australia Management and have them dealt with in a constructive and timely manner. All outcomes of complaints and appeals will be responded to in writing. If resolution is not reached an Independent adjudicator may be sought at little or no extra cost to the student.
Steps in lodging an appeal:
Discuss the concern with the assessor initially.
If a trainee has a complaint or issue with the AASN & feels they cannot resolve it with the AASN then they can lodge the complaint with the Apprenticeship Office. Likewise if a trainee has a complaint or issue with the Apprenticeship Office & feels they cannot resolve it with the Apprenticeship Office then they can lodge the complaint with the AASN.
If a trainee has a complaint with Rural Training Australia they can do the following.
Steps in lodging a complaint or grievance.
In the case of a client having a complaint or grievance about any aspect of Rural Training Australia the following procedures will apply:
RTA Management and staff conducts periodic reviews to ensure that it is compliant with all state and federal legislative requirements for RTO’s including but not limited to WH&S, Harassment, Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Vocational Education and training legislation. Trainees may gain access to copies of current legislation or regulatory requirements by directing a request to the trainer/assessor or administration.
The overall objective of Training by ‘Rural Training Australia’ is to enhance the work capability of all trainees by assisting them improve job related skills & underpinning knowledge in related tasks.
Assisting them to develop and work through training.
Assisting them to gain job pathways.
At Rural Training Australia, our objective is achieved by providing a collaborative approach to the identification, development & strategic implementation of training for all projects. The approach includes presenting structured & unstructured learning opportunities.
The training program is linked to the core business of Rural Training Australia in the following ways:
Rural Training Australia (RTA) is committed to the application of sound financial management practices in the operation of its training and assessment services. RTA has designated the Administrative Assistant to undertake all day-to-day financial management responsibilities under the direct supervision of CEO.
The CEO shall ensure that the following fee information is provided to each client prior to their enrolment:
Rural Training Australia is unable to receive any payment above $1500.00 before Course commencement, or during the course, for learning that is yet to be received by it's enrolled students.
The following refund will apply to training cancellations:
Rural Training Australia is committed to ensuring all applications for Fee relief are processed with consideration for the stated financial circumstances of the student making application. Rural Training Australia staff will maintain all student applications for Fee Relief on the students file for audit purposes and safeguard confidential and personal information according to the Privacy and Protection of Personal Information Act 1998.
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
This option will see an individual payment plan developed by Rural Training Australia and agreed to by the student for agreed payment instalments within the period of the Training Contract delivery. A minimum deposit of $100.00 will be required from the student.
This option will only be available where a student is able to demonstrate that their current financial circumstances are causing severe hardship and prevents the student from meeting any student fee obligations.
Secondary school students are exempt from course and resource fees if they:
Additional Fee information relating to QLD User Choice traineeships Click here
Additional Fee information relating to WA User Choice traineeships Click here
In receiving a request for Fee Relief Rural Training Australia will:
In assessing a fee relief application Rural Training Australia management will apply the following assessment levels:
Option 1- Concession
A student will need to provide the appropriate card and may be asked for additional evidence.
Option 2 – Fee Instalments
A student will need to demonstrate that they have less than $600.00 per month surplus finance to qualify for Rural Training Australia fee instalment option.
Option 3 – Fee Exemption
A student will need to demonstrate that they have less than $500.00 per month surplus finance to qualify for Rural Training Australia Fee Exemption option.