Upfront Assessment of Need

To ensure students get the support they need to successfully complete their subsidised training, an upfront assessment of need (UAN) process is to be undertaken before they commence training.

If you are a new training provider contact a UAN mentor to help you get started with understanding and implementing the UAN process and to establish an agreement with a Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS) funded Learner Support Services (LSS) provider. 

For more information and to find UAN mentors and LSS providers, read the LSS Fact Sheet.

The Spotlight on Upfront Assessment of Need webinar delivered on Monday 19 April 2021 provides a on screen guide to navigating the UAN webpage for training providers and an insightful live interview with a UAN mentor, followed by Q&A with representative from the Department of Innovation and Skills and UAN mentor, based on live questions from the training provider audience on the UAN.

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Upfront assessment of need process

From 1 July 2021 school students accessing VET courses commencing from 1 January 2022 will undertake the VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) process. VETRO is triggered by a referral to training from a school to a training provider. On receipt of the referral the training provider will conduct the upfront assessment of need in accordance with the update UAN Guidelines (Incorporating VETRO for School Students) and the Process Map for Eligibility, Entitlement and Conducting VETRO.

Employment Service Provider Referral Training Form

An Employment service provider can refer a job seeker to a training provider using the Employment Service Provider Referral to Training Form.

School Student Referral to VET form

The School Student Referral to VET practice form is now available to training providers to explore prior to its implementation form 1 July 2021 for school students commencing courses from 1 January 2022.  The Instructional Guide on the School Student VET Referral online form (PDF) is a valuable resource to help training provider staff learn about, explore, experiment with, and develop experience using the form before it is formally introduced on 1 July 2022.   

On 1 July 2022 the version that will be linked to reporting functions for training providers in the Skills and Employment Portal will replace this practice version.

Learning and Support Report

The report consolidates all elements and outcomes of the UAN process and confirms to the Department in real time that UAN process has been completed in full.

Complete the Learning and Support Report.

Interpretation report

To interpret the literacy and numeracy needs of an individual, complete the CSPA Interpretation Report.

Upfront assessment of need fact sheets

It important that prospective students and employers understand the benefits of the UAN and these fact sheets have been developed to help training providers explain it. This includes a fact sheet for employment service providers, jointly prepared by DIS and the Commonwealth Government, to help explain their responsibility when referring a job seeker to subsidised training.

Workshop recordings

Preparing for the implementation of VETRO for school students

The VET Readiness Orientation process will be used for all school students seeking access to an approved subsidised course commencing in 2022. VETRO is a subset of the Upfront Assessment of Need process.  The following professional development will assist training providers who deliver to school student under subsidised training arrangements to prepare for the implementation of VETRO from 1 July 2021.

All training providers with a FAA are encouraged to review narrated presentations or the power point versions only were available, to assist with preparation and planning for implementation of VETRO from 1 July 2021.