SkillsIQ, at the direction of the Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a thorough update of Fitness qualifications packaged within the SIS Sport and Recreation Training Package.
If you work in the fitness industry, provide fitness training or manage people in the fitness and/or aquatic exercise industry, we would appreciate your views, thoughts and suggestions on Draft 2.
Draft 2 of the Fitness qualifications, skill sets, units of competency and their associated assessment requirements will be open for public validation from Wednesday, 10 February to Wednesday, 03 March 2021.
Arts Matters, launched on 15th February 2021, is the new advocacy platform for the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA representing over 700 organisations and individuals.
In 2018/2019 the creative industries contributed approximately $3.3 billion to the WA economy generating an estimated $175.9 million in exports. However, over the last five years Government investment in the combined arts and sports portfolio was an average of 0.8% of the total general government services, which the Chamber argues is not sufficient to ensure that the sector can survive and thrive:
"The impact of COVID-19 on the Western Australian arts and culture sector has been devastating and the road to recovery will be long. The COVID crisis has also brought to the fore, longer term trends and issues that have been impacting the sector. Changes in economy, technology and society have been challenging arts organisations to think closely about how they make work, connect with audiences and run businesses. More people want access to arts and cultural experiences and there are more opportunities to deliver this. But at the same time, government investment in the sector is declining - why?
Like other sectors of the economy, government investment should support transformation, innovation and capacity building in order to realise the potential within Western Australia’s creative sector."
Visit the Arts Matters website and get involved
Cross-Sector Mental Health and Organisational Disruption draft training products released for comment
PwC Skills for Australia have released new cross-sectoral training products for review.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to organisations across the economy, negatively impacting the mental health of many people in the workforce. With major disruption likely to occur more frequently, this project involves developing a new skill set and one new unit of competency to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to contribute to managing the mental health impacts of organisational disruption.
PwC Skills for Australia invite you to review the draft skill set and newly developed unit of competency and provide feedback via a Google form as they seek to refine these training products. FutureNow's stakeholders are also invited to get in touch with their relevant Industry Development Manager to provide feedback.
Feedback may be provided until close-of-business Friday 19th February, 2021.
Download draft training products
Provide feedback directly to PwC Skills for Australia
The latest round of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund has provided a financial boost to eight regional organisations to deliver arts and cultural activities at regional festivals in Western Australia.
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP). It is open to groups, organisations or individual artists, WA regional local government authorities and Aboriginal communities to support the costs associated with delivering arts activity that is part of a festival in regional Western Australia.
Initiatives receiving grants through the program are:
The Australia Institute's Centre for the Future of Work has released a new paper assessing likely impacts of the Federal government's proposed changes to industrial relations laws, put forward in the Omnibus Industrial Relations Bill,. The Institute argues that the Bill will accelerate non-union enterprise agreements and drive down real wages. The Institute states:
"The federal government’s omnibus Industrial Relations bill proposes sweeping changes to labour laws which will generally enhance the power of employers to hire workers on a just-in-time basis, and will put further downward pressure on Australian wages (already growing at a record-low rate). One outcome of the bill will be an acceleration of enterprise agreements (EAs) written unilaterally by employers..."
Read more and download the report
Owing to the five-day lockdown of the Perth metropolitan, Peel and the South West regions, FRINGE WORLD events and venues will be closed during this period.
Organisers have announced they hope to welcome audiences back to FRINGE WORLD from 7pm on Friday 5 February so that audiences can continue to enjoy events until the 2021 Festival ends on 14 February.
Government updates regarding COVID-19 are here.
FRINGE WORLD Festival is presented by ARTRAGE Inc, a non-for-profit registered charity. Due to the impact of cancellations this week, they will be directing all Fringe Funds raised during the 2021 Festival to support the artists impacted by this week’s lockdown.
Audiences can donate when they purchase a ticket from the FRINGE WORLD website or make a direct donation to FringeFund.org
Funds donated will be distributed between the artists who have sessions cancelled this week.
Read the full announcement
Reconciliation Australia have released their 2021 report The State of Reconciliation in Australia.
Read the report
PwC Skills for Australia have released for public validation a new skill set consisting of two new units relating to countering insider cyber security threats. The skill set has been developed as part of an urgent response to Australia's post-Covid recovery and upskilling needs. Consequently the review period is very short- responses may be provided directly to PwC Skills For Australia no later than COB Wednesday, 27th January 2021.
Review materials here
Provide a response directly to PwC Skills for Australia via this link
Release 7.0 of the ICT Information Communications Technology training package can now be found on the training.gov.au website. The update sees the remaining telecommunications qualifications from the training package absorbed into the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Information Technology, and a name change for the Certificate II, to the Certificate II Applied Digital Technologies.
View changes here
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has funded the annual beachside exhibition Sculpture by the Sea for the next three years. This year marks the 17th year of the event at Cottesloe Beach and will feature a large-scale, four-metre wide piece, 'Laminae', by New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth. Mr Booth is the featured international artist for the 2021 event and is known for using organic materials and cultural influences in his monumental artworks.
Seventy sculptures from local, national and international artists will be on show over the 18-day event, which is one of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the world. The event includes a public indoor exhibition of smaller scale sculptures, and an access and inclusion program offering special tours of the exhibition for people with diverse abilities. The popular school education program will return to give schoolchildren the chance to get out of the classroom and join in sculpture making workshops and interactive exhibition tours.
A number of significant awards and subsidies are available to exhibiting artists. For more information, visit https://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe
Read Minister Papalia's full media release