Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has partnered with RMIT University on a research project investigating how to effectively equip the workforce with the appropriate digital skills for enhanced workplace participation and sustainable economic impact.

Funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the 12-month study will be focused on the public safety, corrections, transport and logistics, aviation, rail and maritime industries and address three key research questions:

  1. What are the areas of shortage or mismatch (defined as the gap between an individual’s job skills and the demands of the job market) of digital skills in the workforce?
  2. What are the weaknesses and shortcomings in existing industry strategies, government policies and training programs with specific regard to developing workforce digital skills?
  3. How can these shortcomings be addressed in order to eliminate the skills gap and effectively meet Australia’s growing demand for digital skills?

“We are pleased to be partnering with RMIT University on this important project,” says AIS Chief Executive Officer, Robert Adams. “Without exception, each of the workplans the Industry Reference Committees produced in late 2016 identified technology and digital skills as key issues for the future. This work will be an important input for the IRCs in their future deliberations about the Training Packages they are responsible for.”

Employers and association representatives from the above-mentioned industries can arrange an interview by contacting Amanda Thomas on 0418 802 064 or