Skills Service Organisations

The role of Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) is to provide professional enabling activities to Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). SSOs exist to ensure that Training Packages reflect the skills needs of industry.

We provide technical, operational and secretariat services to enable IRCs to undertake their industry engagement, Training Package development and review activities.

Industry Reference Committee

New arrangements for training product development commenced in January 2016. These arrangements consider the needs of employers of all sizes, across all industry sectors, and ensure the delivery of high quality Training Packages that are nationally endorsed and internationally regarded.

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs):

  • Provide a forum for industry engagement.

  • Direct the review, development and implementation of Training Package content relevant to the industry sectors they cover.

  • Act as a conduit for industry feedback to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and governments on industry trends.


  • Aviation
  • Corrections
  • Electrotechnology
  • ESI – Generation
  • Gas
  • Maritime
  • Public Safety
  • Rail
  • Transmission, Distribution and Rail
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Water

Training Packages

The Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system aims to provide individuals with work-ready skills for the labour market – skills that businesses and industries need in order to be highly productive and internationally competitive.

Supporting the national VET system, Training Packages specify the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in the workplace through units of competency. Training Packages also describe how these units can be packaged into nationally recognised qualifications aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework and industry recognised Skill Sets.


The AVI Aviation Training Package provides VET qualifications for Aerodrome Operations, Airport Safety, Air Traffic Control, Cabin Services, Cargo Services, Flight Instruction, Flight Operations (pilots), Screening, Search and Rescue, and Management and Supervision.

Correctional Services

The CSC Correctional Services Training Package provides VET qualifications for Justice Services, Correctional Practices, and Administration and Management.

Defence Training

The DEF Defence Training Package provides VET qualifications in support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) occupations involved in the manufacture, storage, distribution, maintenance and use of explosives, electronic forensics, range control and management, and pastoral care chaplaincy.

Electricity Supply Industry - Generation

The UEP ESI - Generation Training Package provides VET qualifications for the electricity generation sector of the electrical supply industry including plant operations support, systems operations, plant operations, electrical and mechanical maintenance and large scale wind generation maintenance.


The UEE Electrotechnology Training Package provides VET qualifications for electronics, electrical, communications, control systems, instrumentation, lifts, refrigeration and air conditioning, renewable/sustainable energy, fire and security, appliances, gaming and rail.


The UEG Gas Supply Training Package provides VET qualifications for engineers, technicians, project managers, line managers, supervisors and field operatives engaged in the manufacture and distribution of town gas through a system of mains and pipelines.


The MAR Maritime Training Package provides VET qualifications for near coastal and ocean going maritime operations.


The POL Police Training Package provides VET qualifications for policing operations including liaison, intelligence, search and rescue, forensics, investigation, negotiation, witness protection, undercover, surveillance, management, prosecution and crime scene investigation.

Public Safety

The PUA Public Safety Training Package provides VET qualifications for firefighting and emergency operations, search and rescue, SES operations, community safety, aquatic search and rescue, and biosecurity.

Transmission, Distribution and Rail

The UET Transmission, Distribution and Rail Training Package provides VET qualifications for National Broadband Network cabling, asset inspection, power systems and operations (distribution, transmission and rail), substations, networks and infrastructure.

Transport and Logistics - Rail

The TLI Transport and Logistics - Rail Training Package provides VET qualifications for Rail Infrastructure, Light Rail, Tram and Train Driving, Rail Operations Management, Signalling and Safety Management.

Transport and Logistics

The TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package provides VET qualifications for Logistics and Warehousing, International Freight Forwarding, Materiel and Deployment Logistics, Road Transport, and Ports.


The NWP Water Training Package provides VET qualifications for the major sectors of the water industry, including water industry operations, treatment and irrigation.