Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter December 2018

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December 2018

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

National Update: IRC Industry Skills Forecasts, ASQA Update, COAG Update, Government review of National VET sector announcement, AQF Review Update, Training Package Updates, Cross Sector Training Package Updates.

New South Wales Update: Apprentices & Trainees Update, Adult Apprenticeships Update, NCVER Update.

Upcoming Events: GTAN & WTAN Workshops, TSNSW Supervising your apprentice or trainee Workshops, Water Industry Safety Excellence Awards, No Frills 2019, 2019 National Training Awards. 

Natalie Nguyen – Executive Officer
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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. 
Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Industry Skills Forecasts

IRC Industry Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. They are all submitted to The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) annually for review and approval. Based on industry analysis, they focus on the prioritisation of skill needs and identify new and emerging skills and their associated training needs. They include a Proposed Schedule of Work which outlines the IRC’s recommended four-year plan for developing and reviewing Training Packages to address the issues identified in the forecast.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) update 

The ASQA regulatory strategy 2018-20 has been published to their website. The Regulatory Strategy is a key element in ASQA’s risk-based approach to regulation. The Strategy sets out the systemic risks that currently present high-level risk to the reputation and quality of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector and identifies the work ASQA will do to address these risks over the coming two-year period.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) update 

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 46th meeting today in Adelaide. Leaders made progress on priority economic, social and national security issues to improve the lives and ensure the safety of all Australians. Communique available here.
Government review of National Vocational & Education Training (VET) sector announced

The federal government has commissioned an independent review of the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The review will focus on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life.

Public submissions to the Review are now open and will close on 25 January 2019 at 11.59 pm AEST.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review update

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

Training Package update 

Work is currently underway on the Training Package development projects below. 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.
Foundation Skills Training Package

Skills for Australia has released the draft numeracy units for the review of the Foundation Skills Training Package (FSK). For more information visit the Skills for Australia website.

If you would like to provide feedback, simply email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to by close of business 7 January 2019.

Inclusion of People with Disability

Skills for Australia has released the Case for Endorsement for the Inclusion of People with Disability VET cross-sector project. If you would like to provide feedback, simply email your comments to by close of business 9 January 2019
Supply Chain Skills

The Cross-Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the AISC. Its goal is to develop a series of Skill Sets and Units of Competency for those supply chain skills common to a range of industry sectors and in doing so, support the mobility of skilled labour and agility of the Australian workforce. It will enable the many individuals working along different parts of the supply chain to be skilled to the same world class standards and consequently, increase industry’s efficiency and productivity.

To view the draft Units click here or if you’d like to read more about the work underway or register for Project Updates, go to the project-specific website at The draft Units will be available for comment until close of business 7 January 2019.

Apprentices and Trainees update

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has provided the latest release of national apprentice and trainee data.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the NCVER report on Government-funded Students and Courses showed a 16 per cent rise in apprentices and trainees in NSW against a national increase of only 2.8 per cent.
Adult Apprentices update

The government is also hoping to encourage more employers to take on adult apprentices by offering one-off payments of $4000 to those who offer jobs to those aged 21 to 24 years. At the moment, the adult apprentices support payment is only available to employers who take on apprentices aged 25 or above. The change will come into effect from 1 July 2019 and cost the government $27.7 million.

NCVER update

The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments. Government budget papers can be large documents and often include multiple papers. This section of the VET Knowledge Bank aims to make it easier to locate sections that relate to skills and training in Commonwealth, state and territory budgets. Click here for NSW information.

FREE Government and Water Trainer/Assessor Workshops (GTAN & WTAN)
The next round of WTAN and GTAN workshops has now been scheduled for 2019. If you haven’t yet registered for the upcoming workshops please email  
Information on programs and venues will be confirmed to participants closer to the scheduled training dates. 
  • GTAN Workshop – 12 February 2019. Sydney
  • WTAN Workshop – 19 February 2019. Sydney
FREE Supervising your apprentice or trainee Workshops
Training Services NSW (TSNSW) Supervisor Workshops will be running through regional NSW in 2019. If you would like attend a free workshop, please contact your local Training Services NSW centre on 13 28 11 for more information.

Water Industry Safety Excellence Awards
Nominations for the 2019 Water Industry Safety Excellence Awards are now open and close on 1 March 2019. Get your nominations in by submitting a nomination here.

No Frills 2019
Don’t miss your opportunity to present at one of the biggest national research conferences, 'No Frills', to be held in Adelaide from 10-12 July 2019.
Presentations should explore the theme The student journey: skilling for life and further our understanding of the issues it raises. Submissions are open until 18 February 2019, so get your abstract in now.

2019 Australian Training Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Australian Training Awards. These awards recognise the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their outstanding contribution to vocational education. For more information on how to submit nominations click here.

Applications close 31 May 2019. The Awards will be held in Brisbane on the 21 November 2019.

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