Subject: AIS Newsletter August 2020

August 2020 Edition
August 2020

Skills Ministers met on 31 July 2020 and discussed a range of priorities in response to COVID-19 and to progress long-term reforms for the VET sector. Key areas discussed included:
  • New National Cabinet arrangements which has replaced COAG
  • Jurisdictions signing a new Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform to commit to immediate reforms to improve VET quality and relevance along with a set of high-level reform priorities to be worked through as part of a new national skills funding agreement
  • A further review of a draft VET Reform Roadmap to reflect the impact of COVID-19 as well as stakeholder feedback
  • Consideration from senior officials of gaps in service delivery for impacted apprenticeships and trainees from COVID-19 and advice on how to address.
The meeting communique provides further details. 

AIS continues to support 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to provide advice on critical skills and training needs in response to COVID-19. This has included the preparation of Industry Briefing Papers to support a series of IRC meetings to gather industry intelligence and commence the Skills Forecast process for 2021. With the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the input from industry in forecasting skills and training needs is critical to support Australia’s economic recovery.
IRC focus on industry intelligence

The priority work of our 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) continues with a sustained focus on critical skills and training needs. With the impacts of COVID-19 having significant effects across many sectors, industry intelligence to inform skills training priorities is now more critical than ever. To this end, the IRCs consult broadly with stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-industry view around the challenges and opportunities of the workforce and that reviews of Training Packages meet industry needs. 

New Aviation Skill Set released

A new release of the Aviation Training Package (6.0) was recently announced to support training needs in the use of new 3D Computed Tomography (CT) scanning technology. New 3D scanning equipment is a priority of government to strengthen aviation security at Tier 1 airports in Australia. Industry identified a need to train individuals with the required skills and knowledge in the use of this equipment to ensure safe operation and effective threat identification at security points.
A new roadmap for Vietnam's Logistics Industry Reference Council

AIS Global, working with the Australian Government’s Aus4Skills program, is supporting the development of an industry-led VET system in Vietnam, through a pilot program with the logistics sector. This work has included supporting the Logistics Industry Reference Council (LIRC) to be industry’s leader in developing a skilled logistics workforce for Vietnam that contributes to the country’s sustainable economic and social development.

National Skills Week - 24-30 August 2020

AIS is a proud advocate of National Skills Week which provides an important opportunity to highlight the diverse skills and careers that can be achieved through vocational education qualifications and pathways, and recognises the sector’s contribution to Australian lives, businesses and economic growth.


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
ESI Generation
Public Safety
ESI Transmission, Distribution & Rail
Transport and Logistics
13 August 2020
19 August 2020
20 August 2020
25 August 2020
26 August 2020
27 August 2020
8 September 2020


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