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NVPDW: Validation - The findings

15 November 2021

This 60-minute session is one of five available during the 2021 National VET PD Week.The first webinar in National VET PD Week will provide a run-down of the research that resulted in a paper on independent validation of assessment, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research in July 2021. Find out what the sector had to say from the author of the report!

About this session

Don’t have time to read research reports?

In July 2021, NCVER published a research report: Begin with the end: RTO practices and views on independent validation of assessment, which sought to deepen understanding of the persistent issues registered training organisations (RTOs) encounter when conducting independent moderation and validation of assessments, and of the nature of industry involvement in these processes.

Join the author of the paper on independent validation of assessment, Francesca Beddie, as she unpacks the findings. She will give you a quick run-down of the research that resulted, what previous pilots found was effective, and distill the points made by the many RTO practitioners she interviewed.
It’s quite likely what you hear won’t be new but instead will show you are not alone in facing challenges!

Throughout National VET PD Week, sessions will hone in on some of those challenges identified by the research:

  • Clarifying definitions and requirements
  • Ensuring validation contributes to continuous improvement
  • Operating in the online environment
  • Engaging with colleagues, including in industry

Got a burning question for Francesca?  She is ready to respond to your live questions and comments at the event, but you can also Click Here to record your question on notice.

Key topics covered within the session

  • The research: Independent Validation of Assessment
  • What RTO practitioners had to say
  • What are the common challenges?
  • What was found to be effective?
NB. Can't make the session?
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Date & Time

15 November 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACDT: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • Trainers and Assessors
  • RTO Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Lead Validators
  • Anyone who plays a role in validation processes at your RTO

What to expect

Presented by Francesca Beddie, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint (in PDF format)
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Francesca Beddie

Francesca Beddie is a former Australian diplomat. She served in Jakarta, Moscow and Berlin and was private secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She also worked as a senior official in the Australian Agency for International Development.

During the past ten years, as co-founder and director of Make Your Point consultancy, she has developed and facilitated training programs in effective communication and international negotiations. These programs have been successfully delivered to a variety of government agencies within Australia and overseas.

From 2009-2012, Francesca was General Manager, Research at the National Centre for Vocational and Education Research (NCVER). Her division was responsible for the conduct and commissioning of research on the outcomes of training for the labour market and society.

Francesca trained as an historian. She wrote a commissioned history of the Department of Health, Putting Life into Years, The Commonwealth’s role in health since 1901, (Commonwealth Department of Health, 2001) and writes regularly on policy and history.
She is editor of Australian Garden History, the quarterly magazine of the Australian Garden History Society, which promotes awareness and conservation of significant gardens and cultural landscapes through engagement, research, advocacy and activities.
She has conducted major research projects as an independent researcher, published by NCVER, on topics such as applied research in the VET sector and its place in the innovation cycle and most recently RTO practices and views on independent validation of assessment.


Monday, 15 November 2021

10:45am (AEST: QLD) - 11:00am (AEST: QLD) Registration
11:00am (AEST: QLD) - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD) Webinar

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter Francesca Beddie before the session, please use the Questions On Notice link in the session overview (towards the top of this page).

Alternatively you can email your questions to

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