14 September 2023 – Extended Transition Period for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Qualifications
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), acting under the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, approved an extended transition period for critical Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health qualifications within the health (HLT) training package in Australia. The prolonged qualification transition period is contingent upon demonstrating genuine disadvantages that a specific cohort of learners may face if not granted an extension.
Now, let’s zoom in on the qualifications getting this extra time and how it can affect learners and registered training organisations (RTOs).
HLT Training Qualifications Covered by the Extended Transition Period
The HLT training package qualifications included in the prolonged training period are as follows:
- HLT30113 – Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT40213 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
These training updates are essential for individuals hoping to work in healthcare support roles in diverse locations. HLT30113 and HLT40213 are specific to individuals of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage who operate under general supervision within a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Their role involves delivering primary healthcare services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.
The transition period for these HLT training product qualifications has been extended from the deadline of 31 December 2024 to 31 July 2025. However, the extended transition only applies to learners who enrol or start their formal training and/or assessment on or before 13 December 2023. All students must either successfully complete their training and receive certification or transition to replacement training products by the newly established end date.
For RTOs offering these qualifications, they will remain on your scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period. The extra time will help you ensure a seamless transition process to accommodate your student’s needs while maintaining the highest standards in delivering training and assessments.
1 August 2023 – Extended Transition Period Granted for Critical Health Qualifications in HLT Training Package
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extended transition period for critical Health qualifications within the HLT training package. This rare exception facilitates a smooth and advantageous shift to new qualifications, sparing learners with potential disadvantages.
Let’s examine the qualifications and implications for learners and registered training organisations (RTOs).
HLT Training Package Qualifications Covered by the Extended Transition Period
The HLT training package qualifications granted for the extended transition period are as follows:
- HLT23215 – Certificate II in Health Support Services
- HLT37115 – Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
- HLT47115 – Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
- HLT47315 – Certificate IV in Health Administration
These qualifications are pivotal in healthcare, equipping aspiring professionals with essential skills and knowledge to contribute to various healthcare settings.
Learners pursuing or planning to enrol in four crucial qualifications within the healthcare sector can now feel relieved. The extended transition period, ending on 31 July 2024, offers them ample time to complete their studies and obtain certifications for the impacted courses. However, all students must finish their courses or transfer to replacement qualifications before the transition ends.
For RTOs like you, this training update means the specified qualifications will remain on your registration’s scope until the end of the extended transition period. You can now ensure a seamless transition process, accommodating learners’ needs and upholding the highest standards of training delivery.
3 July 2023 HLT Training Package Updates
Updates have been made to the Health (HLT) training package on training.gov.au to reflect the current changes to the industry. These changes implemented by SkillsIQ have propelled several qualifications and skill sets to latest updates and improvements.
Updated Qualifications and Skill Set for the HLT Training Update
The recent training updates encompass a diverse range of health qualifications, catering to varying levels of expertise within the industry. From foundational certificates to advanced diplomas, an extensive suite of programs has been meticulously fine-tuned to align with the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare landscape. RTOs will find the following qualifications with recent updates:
|Qualification Code||Qualification Name|
|HLT21020||Certificate II in Medical Service First Response|
|HLT31120||Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport|
|HLT31220||Certificate III in Basic Health Care|
|HLT33115||Certificate III in Health Services Assistance|
|HLT35021||Certificate III in Dental Assisting|
|HLT35115||Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting|
|HLT37015||Certificate III in Sterilisation Services|
|HLT37215||Certificate III in Pathology Collection|
|HLT37315||Certificate III in Health Administration|
|HLT37415||Certificate III in Pathology Assistance|
|HLT41020||Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)|
|HLT41120||Certificate IV in Health Care|
|HLT47015||Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services|
|HLT47415||Certificate IV in Audiometry|
|HLT47515||Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support|
|HLT47715||Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting|
|HLT47815||Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing|
|HLT51020||Diploma of Emergency Health Care|
|HLT54121||Diploma of Nursing|
|HLT55118||Diploma of Dental Technology|
|HLT57415||Diploma of Audiometry|
|HLT57715||Diploma of Practice Management|
|HLT57821||Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology|
|HLT57921||Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice|
|HLT64121||Advanced Diploma of Nursing|
Additionally, the HLTSS00059 Venous Blood Collection Skill Set has also undergone improvements to equip healthcare professionals in blood collection, ensuring the highest standards in this critical discipline.
What RTOs Can Do About the Latest Updates
For RTOs, staying abreast of these momentous updates is paramount to staying ahead in the realm of healthcare training in the VET sector. By seamlessly incorporating these changes into their training programs, RTOs can guarantee that their learners receive cutting-edge, industry-relevant instruction, empowering them to excel in their chosen healthcare pathways.
To gain a comprehensive understanding of the modificiations made to each qualification and skill set, RTOs are strongly encouraged to visit training.gov.au. By utilising the compare text feature, they can delve deep into the intricacies of the alterations implemented, grasping their profound implications for training delivery and learner outcomes.
This training update signifies an opportunity for the healthcare education community to collectively embrace a higher standard of excellence. By embracing these advancements, RTOs can actively contribute to elevating the bar in healthcare training, fostering healthier communities, and empowering professionals to make a lasting impact.
For more information and to access the full details of the updates, please visit training.gov.au.
4 March 2023 HLT Training Package Updates
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the skills service Organisation responsible for the health industry in Australia, has released an updated version of the HLT – Health training package on training.gov.au. The update, which will positively impact healthcare workers, aims to improve the clarity and consistency of the training materials and bring them in line with current industry practices.
These updates, while minor, are a critical step in ensuring that healthcare workers receive the most relevant and up-to-date training possible. With the healthcare industry constantly evolving, training programs must keep pace with the latest developments to provide workers with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high-quality care.
The update covers various healthcare fields, including nursing, dental, and allied health. It is a nationally recognised set of standards that ensures healthcare workers have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver safe and effective services. With these updates, healthcare workers can access the latest training and qualifications that reflect the current industry practices.
The training updates include changes in qualifications and skill sets and adding a new unit of competency. These HLT training updates ensure that healthcare workers nationwide can access the most relevant and up-to-date training. The new unit of competency will provide healthcare workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to address the current challenges faced by the healthcare industry.
New Revised Qualifications
|HLT21020 – Certificate II in Medical Service First Response||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT31220 – Certificate III in Basic Health Care||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance||Updated from release 3 to release 4|
|HLT35021 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting||Updated from release 3 to release 4|
|HLT35115 – Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT37015 – Certificate III in Sterilisation Services||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection VET Learning Materials||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT37315 – Certificate III in Health Administration||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT37415 – Certificate III in Pathology Assistance||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT41020 – Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT47015 – Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT47415 – Certificate IV in Audiometry||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT47515 – Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT47715 – Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT47815 – Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing||Updated from release 3 to release 4|
|HLT55118 – Diploma of Dental Technology||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT57415 – Diploma of Audiometry||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
|HLT57715 – Diploma of Practice Management||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT57821 – Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT57921 – Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
|HLT64121 – Advanced Diploma of Nursing||Updated from release 3 to release 4|
Skill Set Update
|HLTSS00059 – Venous blood collection skill set||Updated from release 1 to release 2|
New Unit of Competency
|Unit of Competency||Action|
|HLTOHC004 – Provide or assist with oral hygiene||Added|
The HLT training package updates reflect the commitment of ASQA to provide healthcare workers with the most relevant and up-to-date training. These training updates will ensure that healthcare workers across Australia have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver safe and effective healthcare services.
HLT Training Updates: Healthcare Training Quality Gets a Boost with 2 New Endorsed Infection Prevention and Control Units of Competency
The Skills Ministers in Australia have endorsed two new Infection Prevention and Control units in the HLT training package in Australia, HLTINF006 and HLTINF007, to enhance healthcare services and training.
The newly published units HLTINF006 -Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control, and HLTINF007 – Implement and monitor infection prevention and control standards, policies, and procedures, will replace and supersede the current units, HLTINF001 and HLTINF003, respectively, and are included in 16 recently released qualifications.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee agreed to the request from the Industry Reference Committees involved in the training update that the new units will replace the superseded infection prevention and control units in all current CHC and HLT qualifications through a “minor change” process. This results in an update of 29 additional qualifications without a transition period applied.
According to training.gov.au, revising the units responds to the urgency of updating skills and knowledge to comply with the infection prevention and control standards.
The “minor change” to the affected HLT training package qualifications will occur on 28 February 2023, allowing adequate preparation time to deliver the new units in the affected qualifications starting 1 March 2023.
The HLT training updates underscore the significance of ongoing education and training in the healthcare sector. It will have far-reaching effects on RTOs, students, and employers, ensuring that healthcare professionals remain at the forefront of preventing infections and delivering quality patient care.
Infection Prevention Control HLTINF006 HLTINF007 Implementation Date Changes
Following stakeholder feedback, RTOs can deliver either the superseded or new Infection Control units from 1 March to 30 June 2023 instead of the earlier announced 1 March 2023 implementation date.
The packaging rules for the affected qualifications and skill sets will be updated on 1 March 2023, allowing either unit to be delivered during the said period and again on 1 July 2023, requiring only the new unit to be delivered.
Qualifications affected by this change and currently using HLTINF001 (which will be replaced with HLTINF006) of the HTL Training Package include:
HLT Training Updates 9.0
Qualifications Training Updates
|HLT20121 – Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||HLT20113 – Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||Non-equivalent|
|HLT30121 – Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||HLT30113 – Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||Non-equivalent|
|HLT40121 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||HLT40113 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||Non-equivalent|
|HLT40221 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice||HLT40213 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice||Non-equivalent|
|HLT42021 – Certificate IV in Massage Therapy||HLT42015 – Certificate IV in Massage Therapy||Non-equivalent|
|HLT50121 – Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice||HLT50213 – Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care||Non-equivalent|
|HLT50221 – Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management||HLT50113 – Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice||Non-equivalent|
|HLT52021 – Diploma of Remedial Massage||HLT52015 – Diploma of Remedial Massage||Non-equivalent|
|HLT60121 – Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Management||HLT60113 – Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care||Non-equivalent|
Units of Competency Training Updates
|HLTAADV001 – Support clients to access health services||HLTAHW002 – Support clients to obtain access to health services||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAADV002 – Support the rights and needs of clients||HLTAHW006 – Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAADV003 – Support the rights and needs of clients in the justice system||HLTAHW052 – Deliver primary health care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients in confinement||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAADV004 – Advocate on behalf of groups or the community||HLTAHW044 – Advocate on behalf of the community||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAEDR001 – Respond to community disasters|
|HLTAEDR002 – Assess and respond to medical emergencies||HLTAHW013 – Respond to emergencies||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAEDR003 – Develop medical emergency plan||HLTAHW060 – Plan for medical emergencies||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS001 – Provide basic health service information to clients||HLTAHW003 – Provide basic health information to clients||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS002 – Assist with health assessments|
|HLTAHCS003 – Complete routine physical health assessments||HLTAHW007 – Undertake basic health assessments||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS004 – Complete comprehensive physical health assessments||HLTAHW016 – Assess client’s physical wellbeing
HLTAHW046 – Apply advanced skills in primary health care
|HLTAHCS005 – Implement basic health care plans||HLTAHW008 – Assist in planning and implementation of basic health care
HLTAHW018 – Plan, implement and monitor health care in a primary health care context
|HLTAHCS006 – Implement complex health care plans||HLTAHW046 – Apply advanced skills in primary health care||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS007 – Provide support to men with cancer||HLTAHW035 – Provide information and support around cancer||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS008 – Provide support to women with cancer||HLTAHW036 – Provide information and support to women with breast cancer||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS009 – Provide support to clients with diabetes|
|HLTAHCS010 – Provide support to clients with chronic disease||HLTAHW028 – Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS011 – Provide support to clients experiencing alcohol and other drugs problems||HLTAHW012 – Assist with prevention and minimisation of substance misuse||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS012 – Provide support to older clients||HLTAHW014 – Work with Elders in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS013 – Provide eye health care||HLTAHW030 – Provide information and strategies in eye health||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS014 – Provide ear health care|
|HLTAHCS015 – Facilitate access to tertiary health services||HLTAHW043 – Facilitate access to tertiary health services||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHCS016 – Develop primary health care programs||HLTAHW045 – Plan, develop and evaluate primary health care programs for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander comm.
HLTAHW066 – Manage the delivery of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care
|HLTAHPR001 – Develop health promotion programs||HLTAHW023 – Plan, develop and evaluate health promotion and community development programs
HLTAHW067 – Manage health education and promotion
|HLTAHPR002 – Promote awareness and early detection of cancer to men||HLTAHW035 – Provide information and support around cancer||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHPR003 – Promote awareness and early detection of cancer to women||HLTAHW036 – Provide information and support to women with breast cancer||Non-equivalent|
|HLTAHPR004 – Promote awareness and early detection of diabetes|
|HLTAHPR005 – Promote awareness and prevention of chronic disease||HLTAHW028 – Provide information and strategies in chronic condition care||Non equivalent|
|HLTAHPR006 – Provide healthy lifestyle information||HLTAHW021 – Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care||Non equivalent|
|HLTAHPR007 – Promote lifestyle change||HLTAHW034 – Provide healthy lifestyle programs and advice||Non equivalent|
|HLTAMAT001 – Provide antenatal health care||HLTAHW029 – Provide information and strategies in maternal and infant health
HLTAHW057 – Provide antenatal health care
|HLTAMAT002 – Assist with childbirth||HLTAHW058 – Prepare for and support childbirth||Non equivalent|
|HLTAMAT003 – Provide postnatal health care for mothers and babies||HLTAHW029 – Provide information and strategies in maternal and infant health
HLTAHW059 – Provide postnatal and infant health care
|HLTAMAT004 – Assess children’s health||HLTAHW038 – Assess and promote physical and emotional wellbeing of children
HLTAHW039 – Monitor early childhood growth and development
|HLTAMAT005 – Provide health care for children||HLTAHW038 – Assess and promote physical and emotional wellbeing of children
HLTAHW039 – Monitor early chlidhood growth and development
|HLTAMED001 – Work under instructions to support the safe use of medications||HLTAHW015 – Work under instructions to support the safe use of medication||Non equivalent|
|HLTAMED002 – Support the safe use of medications||HLTAHW037 – Support the safe use of medications||Non equivalent|
|HLTAMED003 – Administer medications||HLTAHW020 – Administer medications||Non equivalent|
|HLTAMED004 – Manage medications in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care||HLTAHW071 – Manage medicines in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care||Non equivalent|
|HLTARES001 – Gather information and report on community health||HLTAHW010 – Identify community health issues, needs and strategies||Non equivalent|
|HLTARES002 – Prepare and maintain community health profile||HLTAHW033 – Maintain community health profile||Non equivalent|
|HLTARES003 – Research community health||HLTAHW061 – Engage in community health research||Non equivalent|
|HLTASEW001 – Work according to the principles of social and emotional wellbeing care||HLTAHW024 – Work in alcohol, other drugs & mental health care w/ Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Comm
HLTAHW049 – Work effectively in social and emotional wellbeing
|HLTASEW002 – Assess and support the social and emotional wellbeing of clients||HLTAHW009 – Provide information about social and emotional support
HLTAHW017 – Assess and support client’s social and emotional wellbeing
HLTAHW047 – Support and promote social and emotional wellbeing of staff and clients
|HLTASEW003 – Provide support to clients affected by loss, grief or trauma||HLTAHW051 – Respond to loss, grief and trauma||Non equivalent|
|HLTASEW004 – Contribute to the care of clients living with mental illness||HLTAHW073 – Practise social and emotional wellbeing in a clinical setting||Non equivalent|
|HLTASEW005 – Provide supervision for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health workers||HLTAHW077 – Provide supervision for social and emotional wellbeing workers||Non equivalent|
|HLTASXH001 – Promote men’s sexual health||HLTAHW026 – Provide information and strategies in sexual health for men||Non equivalent|
|HLTASXH002 – Promote women’s sexual health||HLTAHW027 – Provide information and strategies in sexual health for women||Non equivalent|
|HLTASXH003 – Provide sexual health care||HLTAHW056 – Provide sexual and reproductive health care||Non equivalent|
|HLTAWOR001 – Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health support role||HLTAHW001 – Work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities
HLTAHW004 – Perform work role in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
|HLTAWOR002 – Work in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care||HLTAHW005 – Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context||Non equivalent|
|HLTAWOR003 – Use and promote reflective practice in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care||HLTAHW065 – Apply reflective practice in an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander primary health care setting||Non equivalent|
|HLTAWOR004 – Provide support to address social and cultural determinants of client and community health||HLTAHW022 – Address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health||Non equivalent|
|HLTAWOR005 – Contribute to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health strategies||HLTAHW048 – Apply a strategic approach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG009 – Develop massage practice||HLTMSG001 – Develop massage practice||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG010 – Assess client massage needs||HLTMSG002 – Assess client massage needs||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG011 – Provide massage treatments||HLTMSG004 – Provide massage treatments||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG012 – Apply relaxation massage clinical practice||HLTMSG005 – Provide remedial massage treatments||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG013 – Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments||HLTMSG003 – Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG014 – Provide remedial massage treatments||HLTMSG005 – Provide remedial massage treatments||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG015 – Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs||HLTMSG006 – Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs||Non equivalent|
|HLTMSG016 – Apply principles of pain neuroscience|
|HLTMSG017 – Apply remedial massage clinical practice|
|HLTMSG018 – Adapt massage practice for athletes||HLTMSG007 – Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes||Non equivalent|
Preparing for the Shift in HLT Training Package in Australia: What RTOs & Learners Need to Know
With the new HLT training updates, RTOs must deliver and issue the qualification testamur as it appears on the national register.
Starting 1 March 2023:
- Students who have completed the outdated (superseded) unit(s) but will only finish the qualification after 28 February 2023 will receive a statement of attainment for the older unit.
- RTOs must perform a mapping exercise to identify any training and assessment requirements that have been addressed and any gaps.
- RTOs must conduct any gap training and assessment as necessary.
- The outcome of the new unit’s competency must be recorded on the testamur/record of results aligned with the qualification.
- Students who still need to study the superseded units must learn the new units starting 1 March 2023.
New training resources are currently in development for select qualifications and units included in the recent HLT training updates.