Subject: AIS Newsletter May 2020

May 2020 Edition
May 2020

Last week the Federal Government announced its 3 step Roadmap to a COVIDsafe Australia designed to get the economy moving more sustainably. As the country prepares for recovery, the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will play a pivotal role in addressing critical gaps and ensuring the workforce is skilled to underpin the economic recovery. 

Over the last month, we have initiated meetings with the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support to gather information regarding the impact of COVID-19 and inform government decision-making.
AISC Emergency Response Sub-committee

In late April, the AISC Emergency Response Sub-committee initiated activities for boosting the development of infection control skills. Just a couple of weeks later, the COAG Skills Council endorsed a new ‘Infection Control’ skill set for use across multiple industries. The Skill Set has been developed to provide infection control training across a range of occupations and industries to decrease the risk and transmission of infection as people carry out their daily duties.
Release 6 of the Transport and Logistics Training Package

The COAG Skills Council also endorsed Release 6 of the Transport and Logistics Training Package, which provides nationally recognised VET qualifications for occupations that are integral to Australia’s supply chain. Revisions to the Training Package take account of new technology affecting job roles in all parts of the transport and logistics sector.

2020 IRC Skills Forecasts

The 2020 IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work, which prioritise the skill needs of their industry sectors and propose future Training Package development activity, are due to be submitted to the AISC soon. The Aviation, ESI Generation and Public Safety IRCs have determined not to submit their Skills Forecasts for 2020 as no further Training Package work is forecast for this year. Once finalised, the Forecasts will be made available on the AIS website.
New CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) announced

Mark Campbell has been appointed as CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), which is represented on the Rail Industry reference Committee. Mr Campbell brings more than 30 years of international experience in both light and heavy industrial fields, such as quarrying, minerals processing, coal mining, concrete manufacturing and logistics, including road, rail and shipping.
Supporting Vietnam's logistics sector

AIS through our business arm, AIS Global, continues its support for the Logistics Industry Reference Committee (LIRC) in Vietnam, an initiative of the Australian Government’s Aus4Skills program. The LIRC is focused on supporting the needs of the Vietnamese logistics sector in having a highly skilled workforce with a pressing focus on supporting the recovery response to COVID-19.
Impacts of COVID-19 on industry and the training system

The AISC and ASQA are collecting information on known and emerging issues and concerns that are affecting the VET sector as a result of COVID-19 through the feedback forms found hereInformation provided will inform decision-making in relation to workforce skilling, amendments required to national training products to meet emerging workforce requirements, advice on safeguards for training delivery and other solutions to support the VET sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project activity updates on the IRC projects listed below have been posted on our AIS website since the last newsletter.

Public Safety
Transport and Logistics

Upcoming Meetings - 2020
Transport and Logistics
18 May 2020
6 August 2020
11 August 2020
18 August 2020
20 August 2020
27 August 2020


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