Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter October 2019

October 2019

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

Public Sector ITAB NSW Industry Skills Report

New South Wales Update:
  • NSW Training Awards winners announced
  • Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP),
  • Skills for NSW Drought Affected Communities
  • Refugee Employment Support Program
  • Regional VET Pathways Initiative
  • Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant
  • Smart and Skilled update
National Update: 
  • 2019 IRC Skills Forecasts
  • AIS Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions
  • Australian Skills industry Committee (ASIC) update
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update 
  • Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package
  • Training Package update
Profiling one of our NSW Industry Sectors – Correctional Services

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Paul Humphreys – Executive Officer
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. 
Public Sector ITAB NSW Industry Skills Report

The Public Sector ITAB is proud to announce its first annual NSW Industry Skills Report. This report has been developed to identify NSW specific skill priorities and training data for the Industries under the Public Sector ITAB coverage. The report provides recommendations for the next 12 months’ work for the ITAB. If you would like a hard copy of this report to be mailed to you, please provide your first and last name and postal address in an email to
NSW Training Awards winners announced

The 2019 NSW Training Awards winners were announced at Sydney Town Hall on 12 September. Winners will now represent the state at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November. A full list of the winners can be found here.
Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP)

The Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative that is strengthening connections between local industry and secondary school communities and support students in planning their future career pathways. More information here.
Skills for NSW Drought Affected Communities 

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional business impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities. For more information click here.

Refugee Employment Support Program

The Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) is a four-year $22 million initiative by the NSW Government, managed by the NSW Department of Education. RESP addresses the challenges that are experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in finding long term skilled employment opportunities. More information can be found here.
Regional VET Pathways Initiative

The NSW Government's Regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pathways initiative supports 15 to 19 year olds not in study or in a job to find pathways into education, training and work. Regional VET Pathways (RVP) contacts can be found here.
Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant (EDAEG) adopts a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities. The Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities. More information can be found here.
Smart and Skilled update

The NSW Department of industry has announced the continuation of the Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications (TPPPQ) Program into the second half of the 2019-2020 Activity Period and invites all Smart and Skilled Providers to participate. The Department will consider Training Needs Identification (TNI) Applications where training must commence and complete by 30 June 2020.
2019 IRC Industry Skills Forecasts 

IRC Industry Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. The intelligence gathered during this process will assist IRCs to formulate their advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on industry priorities, skill shortages, and will inform future discussions about updates to Training Packages.

Click on the following links below to view the 2019 IRC Industry Skills Forecasts:
Public Safety
Public Sector
Local Government

Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions Now Open 

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has launched the Industry Skills Survey inviting responses from industry about key issues affecting skills and workforce development and all industry stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Your input will assist each IRC AIS support to develop an Industry Outlook.

AISC Update

At their 5 June 2019 meeting the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved for implementation the PUA Public Safety and the POL Police Training Packages. The following cases for change were approved to proceed to Training Package development:

• Public Safety IRC: Defence Sensor Operations, Defence Simulator Maintenance, Defence Work Health and Safety, Defence Range Control, Defence Chaplaincy, Defence Evaluations and State Emergency Services.
• Correctional Services IRC: Dog handler skill sets and Offender Engagement.
• Water IRC: Water Industry Operations and Water Industry Treatment.
• Public Sector IRC: Trade Measurement

Click here for the full communique.

At their 13 August 2019 meeting the AISC approved for implementation the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package. Public Safety IRC cases for change for Crash Investigation and Analysis, Community Safety and Emergency Management were approved to proceed to Training Package development. 

Click here for the full communique.
ASQA Update

ASQA Chief Commissioner to step down
The Australian Government has confirmed that Mark Patterson AO, the current Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will be stepping down from his position effective 6 October 2019 as part of broader reforms to the organisation. Read more here.

ASQA’s role in the VET sector video
ASQA has produced a short video which explains ASQA’s role as well as the roles of other key organisations that registered training organisations (RTOs) may interact with while engaged in the VET sector. The video can be accessed here.

ASQA’s Corporate Plan 2019-20
ASQA’s Corporate Plan 2019-20 contains planned activities and key strategies for the year ahead. It can be viewed here.

Changes to VET Accredited Course Coding
The method for allocating codes to units of competency is changing and will apply to VET accredited course applications received from 1 September 2019. More information is available here.

Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package

On 2 April 2019, Government released its Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package which responds to recommendations of the Australian VET Sector Review. Media release “Delivering a world class vocational education and training system” Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.
Training Package update 

IRC project work is currently underway for the following Training Packages. Only industry sectors which fall under the ITAB coverage have been provided. For information about other industry sectors refer to the relevant SSO websites.

A Case for Endorsement covering Cultural Competency, Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance, Immigration Detention Officer, Technical Skills and Youth Justice was submitted 2 October 2019. More information is available here.

Local Government
The Local Government IRC has been provided with an extension to the approved project work for transition of the LGA04 Local Government Training package until April 2020. Draft 1 of the LGA Training Package proposed reducing the number of LGA Qualifications from 23 to 6, Skill Sets from 3 to 1 and Units from 223 to 96. Consultation on draft 1 training products concluded 11 October. Draft 2 of training products are expected late in 2019 or early 2020. More information about the project is available here.

Public Safety
PUA Public Safety Training Package Release 1.1 has been published on TGA.
POL Police Training Package Release 3.0 has been published on TGA.

The NWP Qualifications Review is nearing completion with a Case for Endorsement expected to be submitted around the end of October 2019. More information about the project is available here.
Brush Farm Correctional Service Academy

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is undertaking major reform to improve community safety and reduce reoffending, and this is supported by significant NSW Government Investment. The Better Prisons program is delivering an expanded prison system that operates more efficiently, has a greater focus on inmate rehabilitation, maintains safety and security and increases accountability. New South Wales had the largest prisoner population nationally, accounting for 32% of the total Australian adult population.
Local Government NSW events and conferences can be found here.

Upcoming conferences for the Public Sector can be found here.

Water Industry Operators Association events can be found here.

Training Services NSW Apprentice and Trainee Supervisor Workshop dates and locations can be found here.

The next Government (GTAN) and Water (WTAN) Trainer Assessor Network meetings will be conducted at the end of November. More information will be circulated shortly.


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