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 References 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.
IRCs are composed of individuals and industry members with the experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. IRCs are supported by independent and professional Service Skills Organisations (SSO) to develop and review Training Packages, and to inform Training Package development priorities.
IRCs will have a direct relationship with the AISC, and are charged with identifying industry’s skills needs, developing business cases setting out the case for change, and providing the sign off on training products before they go to the AISC for consideration.
Each IRC will perform the following functions;
- Gather intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on Training Package development and review.
- Direct the work of its SSO in the development of industry proposals, business cases and cases for endorsement.
- Oversight the development and review of Training Packages in line with the requirements of the AISC.
- Provide sign off for industry proposals, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC.
- Direct the work of the SSO in preparing the support materials where funding for additional activities is provided.
- Report to the AISC on progress of its work.
- Promote the use of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the sectors they represent.