What are Companion Volumes?

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There will be the option to print the entire Implementation Guide, Learning Strategies Guide or Assessment Strategies Guide using the "Print Version" Button. Each section also has a print friendly version option also.

Further relevant information not contained in a companion volume will be available via web links.


Primary Audience

  • VET Practitioners (i.e. RTO Managers, Trainers and Assessors)

Secondary Audiences

  • State and Territory Training Authorities (STA’s)
  • VET Regulators (i.e. ASQA)
  • Other Industry Skills Councils (ISCs)
  • Learners (i.e. automotive apprentices, trainees, high school students, etc)
  • Automotive Industry


The Automotive Companion Volume structure has been separated into three distinct focus areas namely:

  • training - this area is focussed on the implementation of training including learning and assessment specifically related to the Automotive Training Packages. It is separated into three guides;
    • implementation guide,
    • learning strategies guide, and
    • assessment strategies guide
  • industry - this area is focussed on providing information on the Automotive Training Package that is tailored to the meet the needs of the specific sectors of the industry
  • careers - this area is focussed on providing information on the Automotive Training Package that is tailored to the specific sectors of the industry and that provide meaningful information for potential new entrants to the industry, careers guidance counsellors or other stakeholders.


The Automotive Training Packages Companion Volume(s) is/are quality assured following the cycle represented in the diagram below. This cycle is designed to coincide with changes made to a training package as a result of continuous improvement activities. However, a companion volume may be subject to more frequent updating to ensure industry currency. It is also important to note that it is a policy requirement that a Companion Volume be quality assured as part of the training package endorsement process and that training package developers document the quality assurance process.

Training package developers are to evaluate the changes required to companion volume(s) as a result of the changes being made to training package components that are to be submitted for endorsement. This evaluation is to identify those areas of companion volume(s) that need to be changed and any specific stakeholders that are required to assist with making these changes.

ASA is to allocate staff to undertake the development of changes to companion volume(s) and external stakeholders to effect appropriate development activities. External stakeholders may include representatives from both the Automotive Industry and RTOs who have subject matter expertise in those areas that have been identified for development.

ASA may provide access to those changes to a companion volume that were made during the development stage to relevant industry and RTO stakeholders for comment and feedback. When a training package is being submitted for endorsement ASA will provide access to the relevant companion volume(s) for quality assurance. Quality assurance will include both equity and editorial reports and independent quality report. Any changes to content as a result of these reports will be considered and incorporated as applicable by ASA. 

Changes to a companion volume as a result of a training package going the endorsing body for endorsement will be implemented once the endorsing body has endorsed the changes to the training package.

It is important to note that the endorsed components of a training package that RTOs must follow are located at www.training.gov.au