Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter December 2019

December 2019

In this issue of the Australian Industry Standards NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) Newsletter:

New South Wales Update:
  • Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant
  • Drivers of participation and completion of VET
  • Consumer information insights project
  • Smart and Skilled Skills List and Fee Schedule
  • NSW Government LifeLauncher website
  • Fee free Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Free training for young people over summer in drought affected areas
  • Careers at Council website launched
  • NSW Industry Skills Report
National Update:
  • AIS Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions
  • Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review
  • Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) update
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) reform
  • Training Package update
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Paul Humphreys – Executive Officer
About the AIS NSW ITAB 

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Industry to provide independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW. This ITAB grouping includes Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries. 
Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant

Applications for the Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant (Grant) are now open. The Grant will support applicants to leverage insights and tools from the behavioural and social sciences to improve completion rates and success in transitioning to work for students undertaking vocational education and training under Smart and Skilled.
Drivers of participation and completion of VET

Research commissioned by the NSW Skills Board examined the drivers of, and barriers to, participation and completion of VET in New South Wales.

The research findings concluded that many students struggle to find information and navigate the VET system, particularly those who do not have clear career objectives. The study also concluded that family and friends are significant influencers regarding participation in VET. 
Consumer Information Insights project

The Consumer Information Insights project commissioned by the NSW Skills Board investigated what and how VET course information should be presented to ensure potential VET students are making well-informed decisions when selecting courses, which in turn increases the likelihood of suitable course selection and course completion.

Smart and Skilled Skills List and Fee Schedule

Smart and Skilled Skills List and Fee Schedule has been updated from 2 October 2019. You can find more information by clicking the Fee Schedule or Skills List. It will be updated again on 1 January 2020.
NSW Government LifeLauncher website

LifeLauncher helps young people simplify their career choices. LifeLauncher offers young people the largest range of career and course options in one place - over 4,000 careers and 1,500 course options accessible anywhere, anytime, on any device. LifeLauncher's personality and subject quizzes are designed to match users' interests and strengths with course and career options that suit. View the beta release of the website here.
Fee Free Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning apprentices undertaking a government funded apprenticeship no longer face a student fee of up to $2000. More information is available here.

The NSW Government is also paying the course cost for 70,000 new traineeships – meaning trainees undertaking a government funded traineeship course no longer face a student fee of up to $1000. More information is available here.

Free training for young people over summer in drought affected areas

The NSW Government, through Training Services NSW, is subsidising skills training for young people impacted by the drought to support youth engagement and increase employability skills during January 2020. More information is available here.
Careers at Council website launched is a new careers website developed as a joint initiative between the State Local Government Associations to help councils find the right skills to serve their communities. It showcases the diverse opportunities councils have to offer throughout Australia and informs job seekers about career pathways.

A short video has been produced to support the new website. It can be viewed here.
NSW Industry Skills Report

In August 2019, the Public Sector ITAB released their first annual NSW Industry Skills Report. This report has been researched and developed to identify NSW specific skill priorities and provide training data for the Industries under the Public Sector ITAB coverage. The report provides recommendations for the next 12 months work for the ITAB. If you would like a hard copy of this report to be mailed to you, please provide your postal address in an to email Provide first and last name in the email and a postal or PO Box address.
Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions Open 

A reminder that the Australian Industry Standards (AIS) survey inviting responses from industry about key issues affecting skills and workforce development is now open and all industry stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Your input will assist each IRC AIS support to develop an Industry Outlook.

The skills surveys aim to build a whole-of-industry picture and will be used to assist in identifying new or emerging skills needs and inform Training Package development.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review 

A review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) has been completed and the final report released in November. The AQF sets the overall framework for the design and quality assurance of education and training in Australia and specifies the standards for educational qualifications.

For more information on what is being proposed click here.
Australian Industry and Skills Committee update

The 28th meeting of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (the Committee) was held on 10 October 2019.

The meeting was proceeded by a workshop on key VET reforms and a meeting with all six Skills Services Organisations (SSOs) to discuss opportunities for ongoing improvements to Training Package development and review processes.

The CSC Correctional Services Training Package – Correctional Management project was approved to proceed to Training Package development.

The Committee agreed to implementing a three-year rolling schedule for submitting the Industry Reference Committees’ (IRC) Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work (ISFs), updating timeframes and approval delegations.

The Committee discussed:
  • The joint AISC/Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) Draft Streamlining Skills and Training System Report which identified areas for improvement within each phase of the Training Package development and implementation process
  • Tools to support IRCs to analyse the workforce development needs of their industries, including approaches to survey design and implementation to gather information on small and niche industries workforce requirements
  • Opportunities to further support Ministers’ priority to declutter the national system, including how to incorporate the work on low or no use national training products into the options arising from the streamlining project.
Click here for the latest communique for the meeting held on 10 October 2019. The next meeting of the AISC was held on 3 December 2019. The latest communique will be available soon.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) reform

The Australian Government is progressing reforms to ensure ASQA is a modern and effective regulator focused on fostering excellence across the sector. To inform the detail of the reforms, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has engaged a regulatory expert to undertake a rapid review of ASQA’s regulatory practices and processes and make recommendations for specific changes. The review is scheduled to be completed by early February 2020. Following the review, the reforms will be implemented over a 12-18 month period of change management.

More information on the review and how to provide feedback is available at:

Training Package update 

Work is currently underway on the Training Packages the following IRCs are responsible for. More information is available at the links provided.
Only industry sectors which fall under the ITAB coverage have been provided. For information about other industry sectors refer to the relevant SSO websites. There are no current Public Sector IRC projects.

PUA Public Safety Training Package
The Tree Safety Review Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 September 2020. Read more about the project here.

LGA04 Local Government Training Package
SkillsIQ has been provided with an extension to the approved project work for transition of the LGA04 Local Government Training Package until April 2020. Draft 1 has been released and the NSW ITAB has provided feedback to SkillsIQ.

NWP National Water Training Package
The Qualifications Review Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials were submitted to the AISC last month.
The Water Industry Operations and Treatment Review project work is expected to be submitted by 30 September 2020.

CSC Correctional Services Training Package
The AISC commissioned Dog Handler and Offender Engagement projects from the 2019 Skills Forecasts to proceed to Training Package development with project submission expected by August 2020.

PSP Public Sector Training Package
Research and consultation has been conducted with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee to develop a Case for Change regarding the Translating and Interpreting Products within the Public Sector Training Package.
The Case for Change is currently being drafted for public consultation and then submission to the AISC for consideration.

TAE Training and Education Training Package
A new release of the TAE Training Package has gone live on It includes two new Inclusion of People with Disability cross sector units. The two new units are coded as follows:
• TAEXDB401 Plan and implement individual support plans for learners with disability
• TAEXDB501 Develop and implement accessible training and assessment plans for learners with disability.
For more information click here.

FSK Foundation Skills Training Package
The Case for Endorsement for Foundation Skills (FSK) was approved by the AISC in August 2019. Resulting changes to the Training Package can be viewed in the Case for Endorsement document here. These changes have been reflected on the website.
Local Government NSW events and conferences can be found here.

Upcoming conferences for the Public Sector can be found here.

Water Industry Operators Association events can be found here.

Training Services NSW Apprentice and Trainee Supervisor Workshop dates and locations can be found here.

The next Government (GTAN) and Water (WTAN) Trainer Assessor Network meetings will be conducted on 25 February 2020. More information will be circulated shortly. For more information please contact

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