Subject: AIS Newsletter May 2019

May 2019 Edition
May 2019

The 2019 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for each Industry Reference Committee (IRC) we support has been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). These important documents prioritise the skill needs of each industry sector and propose future Training Package development activity to improve skills outcomes. They are the result of comprehensive industry engagement, research and analysis. 

IRC Chairs, Deputy Chairs and IRC representatives came together in Melbourne last week to officially launch both the Skills Forecasts and the Future Skilling our Workforce booklet, which outlines the outcomes from the Industry Skills Forums and the associated leader’s dinners held nationally throughout late 2018.
2019 IRC Skills Forecasts Submitted

On behalf of the IRCs that AIS supports, the eleven 2019 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work documents have been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

The IRCs and the team at AIS, thank all stakeholders who provided feedback and engaged in the development process.
Aviation 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.

This month we profile the Chair of the Aviation IRC, Stephen Leahy.

Cultural competency skills for Correctional Services Officers

Walking through Adelaide’s Rundle Mall on a sunny autumn afternoon revealed a snapshot of the city’s cultural diversity, made evident by multiple nationalities in the crowds of people, the international cuisine offered by restaurants and the conversations that could be heard in many languages and dialects.

Refrigeration apprentice among the 2019 Skillaroos

With less than four months until the opening of the 45th WorldSkills International Championship in Kazan, Russia, WorldSkills Australia has selected 40 people, 15 competitors and 25 experts and officials, to represent Australia at the competition. Australia, currently tenth on the WorldSkills rankings, is aiming this year for a top five finish.
Scanning technologies on track to streamline airport check-in 

As an early adopter of new technologies, the aviation industry has always been at the forefront of technological changes. New security equipment and technologies are beginning to reconcile passengers’ demand for a seamless journey with the increasing need for effective security at airports.
Applications open for 2019 Australian Training Awards

Applications are now open for seven categories of the Australian Training Awards to be held in Brisbane in November. The awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and Registered Training Organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Industry Insights - Water

The Australian water industry is a forward-thinking industry and is well known for its innovation when it comes to water operations. The industry provides services that are fundamental to our national prosperity and economic growth, including water and sewerage systems for households and businesses, and irrigation water in agriculture.


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
ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail
4-5 June


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