Toyota recall on LandCruiser, Prado and other models over defective fuel pump

More than 45,000 Toyota vehicles have been recalled over concerns a defective fuel pump could increase the risk of crashes, but potentially dodgy parts may not be able to be replaced for months.

Key points:

  • More than 45,000 vehicles, including some of Toyota’s most popular models, are affected
  • Replacement of defective parts is expected to begin in June
  • Toyota will contact owners to advise them of the product recall and to schedule repairs

The fuel pumps on popular Toyota models such as the LandCruiser, Prado, Camry, Corolla and Hilux models manufactured between 2013 and 2019 could stop working at any time, causing them to stall.

“A loss of power while driving could increase the risk of a crash, which may cause injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Affected vehicles, which were sold across Australia, may also have problems being restarted.

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COVID-19: Engineers aren’t on the frontlines – but here are some ways they are helping

Charlotte Barkla

 by Charlotte Barkla  March 19, 2020 in Manufacturing 4 min read 1

COVID-19: Engineers aren’t on the frontlines – but here are some ways they are helping

An increased demand for medical supplies worldwide provides an opportunity for the engineering profession and manufacturing sector to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

Toilet paper and pasta might be flying off supermarket shelves, but the demand for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks is also of increasing concern, especially for medical staff and those more susceptible to the virus.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated 89 million medical masks, 76 million pairs of gloves and 1.6 million sets of goggles would be required each month to deal with the coronavirus.

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Proposed changes to pilot and engineer exams during COVID-19

From the website

31 March 2020

Last week CASA announced a range of exemptions being put in place to help the Australian aviation industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment.

This week we also saw the escalation of social distancing as the government puts in place further measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

These decisions have resulted in some of you experiencing difficulties with booking and sitting pilot and aircraft maintenance engineering exams.

We recognise this will have impacts on statutory time periods for the completion of exams.

As a result, we are working to put in place measures to provide relief to candidates who are part-way through an examination program, including Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) examinations.

This is expected to include a six month extension of the statutory time period for CPL and ATPL in which you can complete your exams, and a 12 month extension to AME examinations (including Schedule Of Experience pathways).

It is important that we all adhere to social distancing measures and do our part and the exemption we will put in place will ensure candidates are not disadvantaged in the current environment.


Shane Carmody
Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

WorldSkills Australia National Championships postponed for COVID-19

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced the Worldskills Australia National Championships, due to be held in Perth this August, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The championships are Australia’s largest vocational education and training (VET) competition, attracting more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Competitions will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. Competitors currently preparing for the 2020 championships, will be able to compete in 2021.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to ensure the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in WA is well placed to manage COVID-19 developments. They are working closely with lead agencies including the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health to ensure their approach is informed by, and aligns with, central coordination points.

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Changes to operations at WA TAFE colleges from Monday

  • TAFE colleges to develop a new delivery of training in response to COVID-19
  • From Monday, March 30 until April 9, there will be a temporary pause in face-to-face delivery of most courses
  • Lecturers and non-teaching staff will prepare to move to a new style of training in Term 2
  • TAFE’s role is critical in training people through the pandemic and to prepare for the recovery phase 

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2020 WA Training Awards


The measures we have all adopted in response to COVID-19 and the rapidly evolving situation have unfortunately led to the Department’s decision to cancel the 2020 WA Training Awards program. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

We understand that an abbreviated form of the program that could be undertaken at national level is under consideration and we will keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime, the Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website.

While we realise this will be disappointing for those who were applying, this decision aligns with the State Government position at this time.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development places the highest priority on the safety and health of our students, training providers and extended communities.

At times like this, the importance of a skilled workforce becomes very clear, both now to support Western Australians during this crisis and later as part of the recovery process as we emerge from the impacts of COVID-19. As we work to manage this, we look forward to a time when we can begin to rebuild our communities together.

Should you require further information please contact the Training Awards team at

Thank you again for your support of the WA Training Awards and we look forward to your continued involvement in 2021



Applications for the 2020 WA Training Awards are now open. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Information about the Awards can be found at and via the WA Training Awards Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Digital collateral on the WA Training Awards website is also available for download at

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Friday 1 May 2020.

Should you require further information or would like additional promotional material please contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5952 or at  

Thank you again for your support.

Maria Rologas
Public Relations and Events Officer (Wed, Fri)

Department of Training and Workforce Development
Postal Address: Locked Bag 16, Osborne Park WA 6916

P: (08) 6551 5503


Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia

South Metropolitan TAFE – Applications Now Open

Have you thought about upskilling your workforce – or furthering your studies – at South Metropolitan TAFE next year?

Applications are now open to study at South Metro TAFE in 2020.

South Metro TAFE is one of Western Australia’s largest training providers, offering courses from pre-apprenticeship, to short courses, to advanced diploma.  Delivery can be in your workplace, or on campus, online or in the classroom.

South Metro TAFE works closely with industry to ensure courses reflect the latest trends and technologies. 

For more information, and to find out where a South Metro TAFE course could lead, click here:

We also have a number of testimonial videos on our youtube channel which may be of interest.

Please let me know if I can assist further.

Kind regards,

Chloe Banyard
Communications Coordinator (Tuesday and Thursday)

South Metropolitan TAFE
Murdoch Campus – 130 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia, 6150
T: +61 8 9229 9252

NMTAFE (Balga) – Recommencement of Automotive & Marine Trimming

Training of Automotive Trimming Apprentices has recommenced at Balga Campus under the \”Local training for Local Needs\” initiative developed by the State Government.

Apprentice training ceased a few years ago and the few employers who took on apprentices in Automotive Trimming had to send apprentices to TAFENSW for training.

The team at Balga has been busy developing resources for delivery as well as attending to Teaching Qualifications over the past 12 months and they are pleased to add that the numbers of registered apprentices has started to flow back into the courses at Balga.

Late last year the Automotive and Marine Trimming started with 5 apprentices who were joined by a further 7 apprentices this year with a total of 12 apprentices enrolled state wide.

The facility at Balga Campus houses not only the Automotive and Marine Trimming (inc Aviation Upholstery), but also Furniture Upholstery and Manufactured Textiles. A one stop shop for the associated Craft Trades for WA.

Employer and Apprentice feedback has been very positive and the training facility is well established again with specialist tools and equipment. We still have a way to go I am happy with the quality of all the resources and facility and we have not dropped the ball at any time while striving to be on top of the game in Quality Training that meets Industries needs at this early stage.

For further information, please contact Gary McCormick | Part Time Lecturer Automotive & Marine Trimming Technology North Metropolitan TAFE | L Block Balga Campus, Gate 1 Loxwood Road, Balga 6010 M 0438 821 346