Subject: AIS Newsletter August 2019

August 2019 Edition
August 2019

Australia’s vocational education system has been in the headlines over the last week as our political leaders gathered in Cairns for a COAG meeting. It is reassuring to me that both federal and state Governments recognise that a strong vocational education and training (VET) sector is critical for our economy. It is important that we all work together to address skill shortages and ensure Australians are equipped for the workforce now and in the future.

A key outcome from the meeting was that the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers are establishing a new COAG Skills Council. This body, in consultation with education ministers, aims to advise the heads of all our governments on future reform priorities by the end of 2019. It will provide COAG with a reform roadmap in early 2020.

Electrotechnology IRC Chair Profile

In this month’s newsletter we continue a series of profiles featuring the chairs of each of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support. The chairs have a wealth of experience in their relevant industries but have one thing in common – they are all passionate advocates of Vocational Educational and Training and proud to see how it can improve their industries and the lives of those working in them.

This month we profile the Chair of the Electrotechnology IRC, Larry Moore.
Life Skills for a Digital Future

Rapid technological evolution and the future skills needs of students in an increasingly digitalised economy was the theme for NCVER’s 28th No Frills conference, The Student Journey: Skilling for Life.  VET educators, researchers, policymakers, industry representatives and employers talked over three days about the role VET plays in developing employability skills to enable students to grow and evolve with their jobs.

Policing now and into the future

The Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) Police Conference 2019 (PC19) in July explored national and global issues affecting policing. The presenters talked about what the next-generation police officer will look like and approaches to creating a diverse and future-ready workforce.
RPAS - Safety in the Skies

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Industry is moving at a fast pace and safe airspace integration remains a key challenge for a viable industry.

Over 250 delegates came together at the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) “RPAS in Australian Skies 2019” convention. Held at the National Convention Centre on July 17-18, delegates discussed the safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the national airspace.  

Industry Insights - VET in Prisons

The Corrections industry is dealing with a growing prison population and a shortage of staff. Moreover, with a growing focus on rehabilitation corrections officers now need the skills to get prisoners into education and training.

Transition period extended for Gas Supply Operations Qualification

On 31 July 2019, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Commissioners agreed to a an extension to the transition period for the UEG30114 Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations until 31 December 2019.

This extension will be granted to all registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering the qualification to current learners. The decision extends the transition period for these RTOs to complete training, assessment and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification issuance for the learners currently enrolled.

ASQA will publish this decision on its website and notify all affected RTOs.


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 - 2019
14 August
15 August
22 August
27 August
29 August
4 September
19 September


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