Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter June 2018

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June 2018

In this issue of the Australian Industry Standards NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) Newsletter:
  • 2018 IRC Industry Skills Forecasts submitted to the AISC
  • Version 8.1 of the NSW Skills List commences on 1 July 2018
  • ASQA conducts 2018 RTO Briefings
  • Local Government Skills Strategy rolled out across NSW
  • Update on Training Package Projects
  • Upcoming Events
Paul Humphreys – Executive Officer
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The first of the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) industry Skills forecasts were considered at the June meeting of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). 

IRC Industry Skills Forecasts focus on the prioritisation of skill needs for the sector/s they are responsible for. They are developed and reviewed annually. Draft Industry Skills Forecasts for the sectors covered by the ITAB can be viewed at the following links:


The NSW Skills List identifies the qualifications eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled. Developed through extensive industry and community consultation and labour market research, the Skills List includes a wide range of qualifications to support the diverse skills needs of NSW employers. Version 8.1 of the Skills List commences from 1 July 2018.


ASQA conducted a national series of RTO briefings during May and June 2018. The briefings covered ASQA’s current focus including learner protection, amount of training and trainer/assessor capability. The briefings reinforced ASQA’s ‘student centered’ approach to regulation. View the slideshow for more information.


The NSW Local Government Skills Strategy will help NSW councils develop an expanded skilled workforce by offering the training required to work effectively in the contemporary local government environment. Customised to the skills priorities of each participating organisation, the strategy offers vocational education and training (VET) to employees and prospective employees in both part and full qualifications under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program.

The strategy was successfully piloted in late 2017 and now covers all NSW councils. It will run until 30 June 2019. More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.

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.

Supervising your Apprentice or Trainee - free workshops
Training Services NSW run free workshops for employers on how to effectively supervise and coach apprentices & trainees. More information including dates, venues and how to register is available on Training Services NSW website.

NSW Training Awards
Nominations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards are now closed. The date and venue for the Awards Ceremony will be announced shortly. You can subscribe for updates about the NSW Training Awards, including 2018 winners and when entries for 2019 open on the NSW Training Awards website.

Water and Government Trainer Assessor Networks (WTAN & GTAN)
The next round of WTAN and GTAN workshops will be conducted in early October 2018. Information on programs, dates and venues will be circulated in August.


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.

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