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 will be run in November by the AIS NSW ITAB:

  • Water Trainer/Assessor Network (WTAN): 1:30-4:30 PM, Tuesday 21 November 2017. View the program here
  • Government Trainer/Assessor Network (GTAN): 1:30-4:30 PM, Thursday 23 November 2017. View the program here

Both will be hosted by Sydney Water at their Parramatta facilities.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is essential so access to the venue can be arranged. To register email paul.humphreys@australianindustrystandards.org.au and include the following: the Network you wish to attend in the subject (i.e. WTAN or GTAN); name; job title; organisation; phone number; attendee email address; any dietary requirements.

2017 NSW Training Awards winners

The 2017 NSW Awards winners were announced at the presentation event held at the Sydney Town Hall on 7th September 2017. It was great to see finalists and winners from Local Government; and Shoalhaven Water win the Large Employer category. The full list of winners is available on the NSW Training Awards website.

New strategy to strengthen skills base of local councils announced

The NSW Government has committed $5 million to develop a strategy aimed at improving the skills of local government workers and increase job opportunities in local councils for apprentices and trainees. The strategy will be piloted in the Illawarra, Northern Rivers, Central West, Namoi and Western Sydney. Following the pilot programs, it is expected that the strategy will be extended to all NSW councils. More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.

NSW Budget 2017-18 Announced

The NSW Government has announced funding of $2.2 billion for skills development and training programs. More information is available on the NSW Government Budget website.

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.

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:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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