Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter March 2021

March 2021
NSW ITAB NEWSLETTER 

In this issue of the Australian Industry Standards NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) Newsletter:
  • Supervising your apprentice or trainee - free workshops and video series
  • 2021 NSW Training Awards application window closing soon
  • JobTrainer’s $1bn boost to hire apprentices
  • NSW Government seeks feedback on Water Consultations
  • NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery
  • NSW Skills List Update
  • Infection prevention and control training providers
  • Local Jobs program
  • COVID-19 information for education providers
  • ASQA outlines changes to the publication of regulatory decision information
  • Have your say on skills needs for your industry
  • Recent Training Package Activity in Public Sector Industries
Lisa Giammarco – Executive Officer
E: lisa.giammarco@aisglobal.org.au
M: 0427 582 830
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. 
Training Services NSW returns to face-to-face workshops to assist in supervising your apprentice or trainee - free workshops and video series

Training Services NSW is offering free face to face and/or virtual Supervisor Workshops to assist workplace supervisors to learn:
  • how to effectively supervise and “coach” apprentices & trainees
  • the importance of effective communication in the workplace
  • what to expect from the training provider - arranging training that works for you and your business
  • practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
  • about Training Services NSW - who are we and how we support you and your apprentice/trainee
For further information please go to the TSNSW website. It is advised to bookmark this page as the information for upcoming Supervisor Workshops will be updated regularly. 
2021 NSW Training Awards applications close soon

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Applications for the 2021 NSW Training Awards opened on 14 January 2021 and close Sunday, 21 March 2021. More information is available on the NSW Training Awards page.
JobTrainer’s $1bn boost to hire apprentices

More than $1bn in new wage subsidies will be available for up to 70,000 more apprentices to address the outcome of the pending cessation of the Jobkeeper subsidy. The Morrison Government is hoping to extend a lifeline to employers for the hiring of new trainees.

With the JobKeeper wage subsidy due to end this month, an existing 50 per cent wage subsidy for trainees that has run in parallel from October last year, will now be uncapped and extended for another year.
Feedback Sought on Water Consultations

The NSW Government has published the Draft NSW Water Strategy and the Productivity Commission has published its Draft Report on Water Reform.

LGNSW will be making submissions on behalf of councils and is seeking feedback to help inform their approach.

The Draft NSW State Water Strategy has been recently published by the NSW Government. It aims to clearly articulate the water resource management and service delivery framework and policy context for NSW including how local, regional, and metropolitan water policy and planning frameworks work together.

The Productivity Commission Draft Report National Water Reform outlines a number of recommendations in response to previous submissions from stakeholders including LGNSW. It acknowledges that while the National Water Initiative has delivered some very positive outcomes, recent prolonged droughts have highlighted the need for ongoing reform.

You are invited to examine the draft report and to make a written submission or brief comment by Wednesday 24 March 2021.
NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery

The NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW. The NSW Government is partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible. The program offers fee-free and low-fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW. More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.

The NSW Department of Education has recently released a series of new promotional videos for job seekers to explore and discover. These fee-free and low-fee JobTrainer courses can lead potential candidates to rewarding careers in vocational training and education. See below a few short video snapshots promoting Public Sector-relevant JobTrainer courses.

NSW Skills List update

Version 11.2 of the NSW Skills List has been updated from 9 November 2020. The updated Skills List as well as links to associated information such as Prices, Fees and Subsidies can be found on the Training Services NSW website.
Infection prevention and control training providers

Infection prevention and control training provides business owners and employees with the skills they need to better respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace and reduce transmission risk. Visit the Training Services NSW website to see which registered training organisations are delivering this training.
Local Jobs program

The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 information for education providers

The Department of Health has provided updated information on COVID-19 for the education and training sector. This has been distributed to VET providers and is being sent to you as a VET sector stakeholder, for information. Factsheets can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
ASQA outlines changes to the publication of regulatory decision information

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has published information about changes to the way regulatory decisions are recorded, reported and published, to comply with new legislative requirements. This affects the publication of information on the National Register training.gov.au.

The National Register now displays the status of decisions (which will be updated throughout review processes), overview information, decision details, a history of events associated with the decision, as well as related decisions. Providers are encouraged to review their information on the National Register and update any necessary details in asqanet or contact ASQA as soon as possible. Further information can be found on the ASQA website.
Have your say on skills needs for your industry

AIS Webinar Series

A skilled and adaptable workforce is a critical component in supporting Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 and enabling a strong Australian economy moving forward. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is delivering a series of webinars related to the current skilling priorities across a range of industries.

Hear from:
  • Your Industry Reference Committee – about the IRC’s role in addressing skills needs and current industry challenges.
  • AIS Skills Specialist – for details of proposed qualification changes to meet the needs of industry and learners.
A Discussion Starter is available to provide an overview of forward upcoming priorities for qualifications to address skills needs and seeks your feedback on some key areas. 
Please find more information on the AIS website.
SkillsIQ - Public Sector Training Package Project

Open Now - Public Sector Governance Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) - Expressions of Interest

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking nominations for Governance Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) in the following specialisation areas:
  • Border Protection
  • Court Services
  • Human Resource Management
  • Protective Security
  • Administration
  • Inspection.
Each TAC will consist of members who have subject matter expertise in the specified area. Individuals are welcome to nominate for one or more TACs.

The objective of each TAC will be to contribute to the update of nominated specialisation(s) within the Public Sector (PSP) Training Package Government qualifications, ensuring that appropriate content relating to specialisation job roles within Government departments is included.

For further details on this project, please visit the SkillsIQ website. To register your interest in joining one or more of these TACs, please register your interest via this EOI Form. Expressions of Interest for membership of these TACs will close on Friday, 19 March 2021.
Recent Training Package Activity in Public Sector Industries

The following projects were approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at its December 2020 meeting for referral to Skills Ministers for endorsement. Specific details about the projects is provided below.

CSC Correctional Services Training Package Release 3.0
This project involved development of components covering: Dog Handler; Offender Engagement; and, Correctional Management. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • 2 new units of competency
  • 4 new skill sets
  • 10 new units of competency
  • 3 new qualifications.
Use this link for more information about CSC Training Package projects.


DEF Defence Training Package Release 4.0
This project involved development of components covering: Defence Simulator Maintenance; Defence work, Health and Safety; and, Defence Evaluation. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • 3 new units of competency
  • 3 new skill sets
  • 9 revised units of competency
  • 2 revised qualifications.
Use this link for more information about DEF Training Package projects.


LGA Local Government Training Package Release 1.0
This project involved updating the Training Package and transition to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • consolidation of 23 qualifications into 5 qualifications
  • removal of 211 units of competency
  • updates to 13 existing units of competency
  • development of 17 new units of competency.
Use this link for more information about the LGA Training Package projects.


NWP National Water Training Package Release 4.0
This project involved development of components covering Water Industry Operations and Water Industry Treatment. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • 3 new units of competency
  • 1 new skill set
  • 31 revised units of competency
  • 4 revised skill sets
  • 1 revised qualification.
Use this link for more information about NWP Training Package projects.


POL Police Training Package Release 4.0
This project involved contribution from the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee and, with technical support from Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) and police focus groups. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • two new Qualifications
  • ten new Units of Competency related to police roles in road crash investigation and analysis.
The new occupational standards incorporate changing police practices relevant to performing forensic investigation processes at the scene and post scene to analyse and interpret data gathered from forensics. Police investigative processes and analysis of road crash incidents contribute significantly to the development of efficient and effective reports on accidents for the Coroner’s office and the courts.

Use this link for more information about POL Training Package projects.

PUA Public Safety Training Package Release 3.0
This project involved development of components covering Emergency Management and Fire and Emergency Aviation Related Roles. The Case for Endorsement includes:
  • 8 new units of competency
  • 20 revised units of competency
  • 3 revised qualifications.
Use this link for more information about PUA Training Package projects.

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