AIS, Your Industry Partner in Skills Development – Chief Operating Officer Paul Walsh reviews the year

This has been another busy and productive year for us here at AIS as we continue working with industry and the eleven Industry Reference Committees (IRC) we support to ensure the skills of the workforce are contemporary and future-focused.

The important role of the IRCs should not be underestimated. IRC members give their time voluntarily to engage with their industry networks, review industry intelligence, oversight and sign-off on the development of annual IRC Skills Forecasts, and oversight the work of Training Package development and review.

The national VET system relies heavily on industry involvement to ensure that the skills standards contained in industry qualifications and Training Packages are fit for purpose, and equally important is the role of stakeholders who take the time to provide feedback, make submissions or work as a member of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

On behalf of the AIS Team, I’d like to thank all IRC and Technical Advisory Committee members for your valuable and tireless contribution this past year. We would also like to thank the many stakeholders from across industry who gave freely of their time and expertise to provide feedback and submissions.

AIS - INDUSTRY’S PARTNER IN SHAPING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTUREThe eleven IRCs, through the support of various TACs and industry stakeholders, have been collectively responsible for work on 82 Training Package projects throughout 2019.

More specifically this has included:

32 IRC Meetings – involving over 140 industry leaders

134 TAC meetings – involving over 300 industry subject matter experts

Projects completed and approved for release by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee this year are:

  • Transition of the ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail Training Package to 2012 Standards for Training Packages
  • Transition of the Public Safety Training Package to 2012 Standards for Training Packages
  • Review and development of Aviation Training Package covering flight and ground operations, air cargo services and rescue operations, including 27 new Units of Competency
  • New Remote Pilot – Beyond Visual Line of Sight qualification for Aviation Training Package
  • Review and development of Police Training Package covering police intelligence, negotiations, and investigations.
  • New Graduate Certificate of Advanced Police Investigation qualification for Police Training Package
  • Review and development of Public Safety Training Package, including 17 new Skill Sets and 16 new Units of Competency
  • New Diploma of Crisis Leadership for Public Safety Training Package and 7 new Skill Sets relating to Biosecurity emergency response

The following projects have been completed and materials submitted to the AISC for consideration at their December meeting:

  • Review and development of the Correctional Services Training Package, relating to cultural competency, immigration detention, technical skills, electronic monitoring and youth justice.
  • Review of Water Industry Operations qualifications from the National Water Training Package.

In addition, the following projects are in the final stages of preparation for submission to the AISC:

  • Review of the Transport and Logistics Training Package, relating to Chain of Responsibility, Logistics Operations, Heavy Vehicles Driver Safety, International Freight Forwarding, Traffic Control Room Operations, Shared Equipment
  • Stevedoring, Rail Autonomous Vehicle and Rail Human Factors

Further, the Case for Endorsement for the Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills project will shortly be submitted to the AISC for consideration at its first meeting in 2020.

Training Package review and development work also continues for all of the industries we support – Aviation, Correctional Services, Public Safety, Police, Energy, Maritime, Rail and Transport & Logistics & Water. More information on these projects can be found here.

As a Skills Service Organisation (SSO), AIS seeks to continuously improve the support and services we provide to industry to meet current and emerging skills needs.

Your feedback via a stakeholder survey in September was valuable in this regard. In particular, I draw your attention to a number of initiatives underway and/or commenced in response to the survey including:

  • Strategies to provide greater transparency when providing feedback on Training Package development projects and actions resulting, including potential software solutions.
  • Website development to ensure information associated with the work of each Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is more easily accessible.
  • Continuing to build on our ‘customer-focus’ culture.
  • Improved measures to ensure communications are clearly targeted.
  • LinkedIn was identified as an important social media platform by stakeholders. AIS updates and news will be provided across this channel, along with Twitter. Stakeholders are encouraged to follow AIS on LinkedIn here.

Again, let me extend my appreciation for the dedication and commitment of each and every one of our partners and stakeholders to ensuring Australian workers are highly skilled.

Thanks also to our highly talented and dedicated team at AIS. I know I speak for the entire team when I say we look forward to continuing to work with you all in 2020.

Finally, best wishes to you and your loved ones for a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous year in 2020.


Paul Walsh

Chief Operating Officer