Employer Resource Assessment
TO BE COMPLETED AND RETAINED BY THE SUPERVISING REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION FOR AUDIT PURPOSES.
This form is made available to assist a supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) to comply with their obligations under the Further Education and Training Act 2014 (FET Act).
Apprenticeships and traineeships are pathways to obtaining a qualification or statement of attainment by completing employment-based training with an employer. It is essential the employment arrangements, including facilities, range of work and supervision, support an apprenticeship or traineeship outcome. The SRTO plays an integral role in assessing an employer’s capacity to provide the facilities, range of work and supervision when the SRTO prepares the training plan required for the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Before the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) can register a training contract for an apprenticeship or traineeship, Section 17(5)(f)(i&ii) of the FET Act requires a registered training organisation (RTO) to accept the nomination to become the SRTO. It is a requirement for the SRTO to prepare a training plan and complete an employer resource assessment (ERA). The ERA is an approved form under Section 66A and will assist the SRTO in determining the employer’s capacity to provide or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work and supervision required under the training plan. Section 74 of the FET Act requires the SRTO to take all reasonable steps to ensure the training plan is signed within three months of the start of the apprenticeship or traineeship, or within 28 days of a change of SRTO or permanent transfer. The ERA must be reviewed at intervals of no greater than three months. This aligns with the legislative requirement to review a training record. Changes to the training plan and/or the commencement of additional apprentices in the workplace will require the SRTO to review the ERA and retain evidence of the review.
If the employer is unable to provide, or arrange to provide the training resources necessary to achieve the outcomes of the training plan, and is unwilling/unable to negotiate alternative arrangements the SRTO must not commit to the training plan and must immediately advise the employer, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider and DESBT.
Where the employer is a GTO or PEO
In the case of a group-training organisation (GTO) or principal employer organisation (PEO) the SRTO is required to complete an ERA of the first host employer’s workplace. For permanent transfers where the new employer is a GTO/PEO, an ERA is required for the first host employer. It is not a requirement to review the ERA at three monthly intervals for GTO/PEO contracts.
In completing this form, the SRTO named confirms that where any personal information is included in the answers provided, the SRTO:
- Has taken all reasonable steps to be satisfied that the relevant person has provided their consent (either express or implied) to the SRTO disclosing that information to DESBT; or
- Is satisfied that it is otherwise authorised or required under a law to disclose that information to DESBT or the AASN Provider.
For the purposes of this form, ‘personal information’ means information or an opinion, including information forming part of a database, whether true or not, and whether recorded in material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Apprentices, trainees and employers can always seek advice and support from:
- their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider
- Apprenticeships Info (Department of Employment, Small Business and Training) on 1800 210 210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- their training organisation.
- for apprentices and trainees
- for employers
- about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Apprenticeships support officer
If at any time you need to speak to us about your traineeship just call and ask for Jacqui.
Jacqui will guide you from commencement through to completion. If there's anything she cant help you with she will recommend an alternative solution via our extensive industry networks.
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