CEO Update – April 2018

A significant part of Australian Industry Standards stakeholder engagement is attendance at industry events. The forums enable us to engage with, build and strengthen our networks, as well as showcase the work being done by the IRCs we support. They also give stakeholders the opportunity to provide input into the skills agenda.

The events we have attended over the last month revealed some of the themes preoccupying industry: infrastructure issues, challenges of regulating the safe application of new technologies and the flow-on impact on skill needs.

On 16 March the National Transport Commission hosted a ‘Future of Transport’ Roundtable in Melbourne, where the theme of technology was the main topic. The future of transport will be in integrated, technology-driven and customer-centric mobility. It will face questions like how remotely piloted aircraft will interact with road and rail corridors, and how to deal with new devices that can operate across transport modes (for example, on the road, in the air, and on the water). The roundtable included discussion on how industry regulators can prepare for the increased application of automated operations/vehicles across all modes of transport. I talked about how AIS is helping to address emerging skills priorities through our industry intelligence gathering activities and support of IRCs with Training Package development work.

AIS is continually looking at new ways to design the skills for Industry 4.0. We recently visited Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre in Perth to review the emerging technologies and workforce skills used across Rio Tinto’s remote and autonomous mining, rail and shipping operations. Rio Tinto training supervisor Vicky Kent, who is also Chair of the Rail Industry IRC, hosted the very informative day. We gained a broader understanding of the impact of new technologies on industries across the supply chain and how Rio Tinto is approaching skills development. The visit included a roundtable with key industry stakeholders from Western Australia. Discussions centred on the effects of Industry 4.0 on skills for mining and rail operations. Read the full article.

At the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Probation and Community Corrections Officers Association (PACCOA), members looked back at 20 years of community-based offender management and forward to the future of offender management. AIS Industry Manager for Corrections, Dan Minton, presented on the role played by the Corrections Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by AIS, and the skills outlook for the industry. He highlighted the new and emerging skills in the areas of cultural competency, youth justice, electronic monitoring and surveillance, immigration detention and community corrections.

We delve further into corrections in our article about the Long Bay Correctional Centre in NSW, which is using vocational training programs to provide inmates with pathways to employment and further education on their release, as well as reducing their risk of re-offending. David Gould, Education Services Coordinator, CSI Education, recently gave our Chief Operating Officer Paul Walsh a guided tour of the industries area at Long Bay. Paul said it was great to see the various national qualification and skill set programs that are in place, and how the different industries support sustainability within the corrections system. Read the full article.

Another of our Industry Managers, Jason Lazar, presented at EECON 2018, the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) National Electric Energy Conference, in Brisbane this month. Jason talked to the over 200 delegates about the skills implications of decentralised power generation and the changing grid; big data and automation; the transition away from carbon intensive power generation into renewables, as well as new skills for new services the industry will be offering in an increasingly customer-centric industry.

I was pleased to attend the ASEAN-Australia Aviation Roundtable. The forum focussed on innovation in infrastructure (terminals, airports), airline operations and the skills to meet the projected explosion in passenger growth over the next 20 years. The forecast increase of 150%, led by China, India and ASEAN, equates to an additional 2.1 billion passengers – which is over 50% of the total growth globally. In my presentation, I highlighted key Aviation skills issues relating to International Aviation growth, automation and emerging technology, Aviation security, and air traffic control.

At the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) annual State Conference, I spoke about key drivers for skills development in the industry. I updated delegates on completed, current & upcoming Training Package development projects, which are responding to the skill needs of the transport industry.

Finally, thanks to those who have generously donated to my fundraising for this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout. We have raised over $3,000 to date. My goal is $5,000. Your support will help change the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness. I will be joining leaders in business, community and government at the sleepout in June. If you would like to donate: