CEO Update – June 2018

I am pleased to announce the launch of a series of AIS Industry Skills Forums that we will conduct in each state and territory during August to October. The forums will be a centrepiece of our consultation and engagement with industry stakeholders.

Information and intelligence gathered from the forums will assist the Industry Reference Committees that AIS supports to identify workforce skills priorities and develop next year’s IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. Read the article.

Last week I attended an Aviation CEO Summit in Sydney where Chief Executives of most of the leading global airlines discussed the key challenges facing the Aviation industry. It was interesting for me to see that many of the issues we identified in our 2018 Aviation Skills Forecast were reaffirmed during the forum. These include the predicted growth in international travel, Aviation security, and the need for faster adoption of emerging technology and automation. Lack of adequate infrastructure, particularly in airports, was also highlighted, with increasing congestion causing more disruptions to passenger travel. This is becoming a global problem.

I was also pleased to attend the recent launch of the Supply Chain and eCommerce SkillsPoint in Dubbo by the NSW Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall MP.
SkillsPoints bring together TAFE NSW, business and industry to design courses that will provide students with the skills employers need for the jobs of today and the careers of the future. There are nine SkillsPoints headquarters throughout NSW, six in regional areas. The local member, Troy Grant, said at the opening that Dubbo was an obvious choice to house the facility, adding that the SkillsPoint will also create 14 new jobs in Dubbo. I congratulate the NSW Government and TAFE NSW for this exciting initiative.


The Australian Industry and Skills Committee recently launched a new online resource – the National Industry Insights Report.  The report brings together industry intelligence from the 64 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) with broader labour market and training data. It includes both industry level information and a ‘national overview’ – a cross industry analysis of skills forecasts and trends, and factors that affect the supply and demand for skills. The report aims to support IRCs when developing their annual Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work, and in prioritising VET training package development to ensure qualifications meet the current and future skills needs of industry. It is also a handy tool for businesses, training organisations, policy makers and industry groups. Read the article.

Homelessness and poverty is a growing issue: on any given night in Australia 1 in every 200 people is homeless and nearly three million Australians live below the poverty line. I will be taking part in The Vinnies CEO Sleepout on 21 June, held on the longest night of the year. I will join hundreds of CEOs, business owners, as well as community and government leaders to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness.

More people are turning to Vinnies for assistance than ever before – the charity experienced a 40% rise in demand for financial support over the past three years.
Each CEO Sleepout participant commits to raising thousands of dollars to help Vinnies provide essential services to the people who need them. Last year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raised $5.6 million for people experiencing homelessness. Hopefully this year we can make an even bigger impact. I would greatly appreciate your support. If you would like to donate go to: