Evaluation of COAG RPL Projects

Evaluation of Year 1 Projects from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programme in Victoria.

Skills Victoria commissioned this report to evaluate each of four projects the Victorian Government funded in 2007 as part of a Commonwealth, State and Territory initiative to build the training system’s capacity to deliver quality RPL and drive good practice.  Victoria’s strategies under this initiative address both systemic issues and professional development needs of the VET sector in developing RPL capacity.  The focus of the four (4) projects were to:

  1. report on the impact of government policy drivers related to RPL, which proposes solutions to any impediments in the take-up of RPL caused by Victoria’s policy drivers;
  2.  enhance the strategic knowledge, skills and capabilities of TAFE senior management to lead effective change strategies that increase and improve RPL in TAFE Institutes/Universities with TAFE Divisions;
  3.  provide training to strengthen the capacity of the Victorian VET system to deliver improved RPL outcomes, with a particular focus on Skills Stores networks; and
  4. investigate and enhance the capacity of private RTOs to provide high quality, efficient assessment services for RPL.

The report is in two parts:

Part 1 assesses the degree to which each project met its stated objectives, and identifies the key learnings that influenced the outcomes of each project and would influence future project design.  The analysis has been informed by the written reports, interviews with a selection of key stakeholders and the expertise of the consultant.

Part 2 identifies themes and gaps arising from the initial briefs or the projects’ outcomes, and uses the analysis to suggest future activity to increase RPL.