Understanding MST Training Package and Transition Period Updates: Advantages for RTOs, Learners, and the Industry

Latest MST Training Package and Transition Period Updates
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Vocational education and training industries continually evolve, requiring institutions and learners to adapt to changing standards and qualifications. In some cases, a longer transition period is necessary to ensure a seamless transition for students and training organisations. The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recently approved an extended transition period for various MST qualifications. This article explores the specifics of this extension and its implications for learners, training institutions, and the industry.

Understanding the Rationale Behind Extended Transition Periods

ASQA operates within the framework of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. While these standards establish transition periods for qualifications, ASQA has the authority to approve more extended transition periods in certain situations, as outlined in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b), and (c) of the standards.

ASQA’s approach to granting extended transition periods is rigorous, ensuring that learners are not disadvantaged during these transitions. To merit an extension, training institutions must demonstrate that a specific cohort of learners would indeed face genuine disadvantages if the extension were not granted.

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The Recently Approved Extended Transition Period

ASQA has recently granted an extended transition period for several MST qualifications:

  • MST20616 – Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • MST30819 – Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • MST40119 – Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development, and Production
  • MST50119 – Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • MST60119 – Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for these qualifications will conclude on 31 January 2025. Importantly, this extension applies to students who commenced their studies in these qualifications on or after 20 December 2023, the previous transition end date. Students enrolled in these qualifications must either complete their courses or transition to replacement qualifications by the new transition end date.

Consultation and Collaboration

The decision to grant an extended transition period for these MST qualifications was made following consultations with two key regulatory bodies: the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC WA). These collaborative efforts ensure that regulatory decisions align with the broader industry’s best interests and needs.

Maintaining Scope of Registration

Despite the extended transition period, it’s essential to note that these MST qualifications will remain on the scope of registration for the relevant Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) until the end of the extended transition period. This means that training organisations can continue to offer and deliver these qualifications during this time, provided they adhere to the prescribed standards and guidelines.


ASQA’s approval of an extended transition period for MST qualifications reflects its commitment to supporting a fair and smooth transition for learners. This decision, made in collaboration with regulatory bodies, underscores the adaptability and responsiveness of the vocational training sector in Australia.

As students pursue their studies in fashion design and technology, they can do so with the confidence that they have sufficient time to complete their qualifications or transition to newer ones. This approach not only benefits learners but also maintains the quality and credibility of vocational education in the country.

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