NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (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.

AIS provides core services in the following four key areas:

  • Identification of industry skill needs, priorities and development issues for VET in NSW;
  • Promotion of training to industry to assist in the take-up of funded training;
  • Advising the Department on apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW including school based arrangements; and,
  • Advising the Department on implications for the NSW training system from the development and review and of National Training Packages.

Delivery of these ITAB services and advice is overseen by an Industry Advisory Committee that includes representatives from each of the sectors below. More information about the National Training System and the development and review of Training Packages is available here.


Correctional services agencies operate or contract with private operators, prison facilities, and in some States and Territories periodic detention centres, and are also responsible for managing offenders on community corrections’ orders. The Correctional Services Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in Justice Services, Correctional Practices, Administration and Management.

Local Government

Local government is the third tier of government in Australia, responsible for providing a range of local services. The Local Government Training Package includes qualifications to support the wide range of skills needed including: governance and administration; and, specialist qualifications in operational works, planning, regulatory services and environmental matters.

Public Sector

Public sector employees play an important role in the development, review and implementation of government policies, and they provide an array of services for the community. The public sector comprises federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies, and state-owned corporations. The Public Sector Training Package includes a wide range of qualifications to reflect the diversity of occupations within the sector.

Public Safety

Australia’s Public Safety Industry is comprised of police services, fire and rescue services, emergency management agencies, the Australian Defence Force, intelligence organisations and associated administrative and support functions. The following three Training Packages apply to the Public Safety sector:

The Public Safety Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: Search and Rescue, Emergency Communications Centre Operations, Community Safety, Biosecurity Response Operations, Leadership, Firefighting and Emergency Operations, Fire Investigation, and Supervision and Management.

The Defence Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: the manufacture, storage, distribution, maintenance and use of explosives, mechanic, health officer, combat system operations, sensor operations, electronic forensics, simulator maintenance, range control for land, sea and air, management, work health and safety and pastoral care chaplaincy.

The Police Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: Community Engagement, Aboriginal Community Policing, Police Liaison, Protective Services, Police Intelligence, a range of Forensic specialisations, Search and Rescue, Witness Protection, Surveillance, Undercover Operations, Close Personal Protection, Investigation, Negotiation, Crime Scene Investigation, Prosecution and Supervision and Management.


The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities. The Water Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: water industry operations (generalist, treatment, networks, source, irrigation, hydrography, trade waste), treatment (drinking water, waste water) and irrigation.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III; and, government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

Students can go to the Smart and Skilled website for up-to-date information. While there they can use the Course Finder to check their eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider, and estimate their student fee.

The website has information for students on:

  • Smart and Skilled fee arrangements
  • how to enrol
  • support for disadvantaged students
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • consumer protection
  • recognising skills

Employers and training providers can also go to the Smart and Skilled website for the latest news and information about fee arrangements, apprenticeships and traineeships, consumer protection and much more.

News and Resources

Free Government and Water Trainer/Assessor Workshops

The following free workshops are planned for May 2018.

  • Government Trainer/Assessor Network (GTAN): 1:30-4:30 PM, Wednesday 2 May 2018.
  • Water Trainer/Assessor Network (WTAN): 1:30-4:30 PM, Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Workshop programs are still being finalised. Suggestions for workshop topics are always welcome.

Registration details will be advertised to all NSW ITAB subscribers in March 2018.

Changes to the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Amendment Bill 2017 commenced on 1 January 2018. Changes in the Act aim to simplify and update the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001. These include:

  • Improving communication between employers and RTOs through stronger requirements for training providers to consult with employers on training plans and report progress regularly
  • Greater emphasis on applying on-the-job training in qualifications
  • Removing red tape by abolishing the Vocational Training Review Panel

More information, including a presentation which summarises the changes, is available on the Training Services NSW website

LG Skills Strategy Pilot

A pilot of the Local Government Strategy was conducted from July to December 2017 in five local government regions. The $5 million Local Government strategy was developed in consultation with the Office of Local Government targeting job seekers and existing workers in rural and regional areas. The strategy provides pre-employment training opportunities for people seeking employment with councils; aims to increase the number of apprentices and new entrant trainees employed or hosted by councils; and, improve the capacity of the NSW local government workforce to undertake new and emerging job functions by increasing employee participation in full and part-qualifications.

A review of the pilot is currently being conducted to determine if it will be rolled out state wide. An announcement is imminent about the future of the strategy.

Supervising your Apprentice or Trainee – Free Workshops

Training Services NSW run free workshops for employers on how to effectively supervise and coach apprentices & trainees. More information including dates, venues and how to register is available on Training Services NSW website.

Applications for the 2018 NSW Training Awards are now open

Do you know an individual or organisation who deserves to be recognised for their high achievement in vocational education and training? Nominate them for the 2018 NSW Training Awards. More information including how to enter and award categories is available on Training Services NSW website.

Training Package Development Projects

There are a number of projects underway that will be of interest to stakeholders in the industry sectors covered by the ITAB. The following links will take you to the project webpages:

There are no current projects related to the PSP Public Sector or CSC Correctional Services Training Packages

Cross Sector Training Package projects

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has established nine cross-sector projects to address common skills needs, minimise duplication of units, consolidate existing units and remove units that are no longer being used. More information is available on the AISC Website.

Work on these projects has been ongoing for some time with many at the Final Report or Case for Endorsement stages. The projects include:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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