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CEO Update – November 2019

This month has been a busy one here at AIS as 10 new Training Package development projects have now commenced. On behalf of the IRCs involved, I would particularly like to thank the more than 60 industry experts who have volunteered to provide expertise and insight to support these projects as members of Technical Advisory Committees.

As the Federal Government’s VET reform processes continue, AIS congratulates Adam Boyton, former Chief Economist of the Business Council of Australia, on his recent appointment as Interim National Skills Commissioner. We look forward to opportunities to engage with Mr Boynton in this role.

This month we have also participated in workshops to help co-design key reform initiatives, including the role and purpose of the National Skills Commission, Skills Organisations and the National Careers Institute, offering our experience and insight to build a better system, and one that quickly and effectively delivers the skills that industry needs. The workshops, held around the country, were also well attended by industry leaders from IRCs across all sectors.

The much-anticipated final report of the Australian Qualification Framework Review has now been released by the Federal Government recommending substantial reforms to address the changing skills needs of the future workforce.

I was pleased to participate in consultations for this review process and congratulate Chair Professor Peter Noonan and the expert panel on a thorough and considered response, aimed at enabling the AQF to better perform its key functions, and to support and reflect ongoing change and innovation in qualification development and delivery.

This month AIS welcomed the opportunity to apply our research and analysis capability by responding to an invitation from the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to participate in its Inquiry into the Importance of a Viable, Safe, Sustainable and Efficient Road Transport Industry.

Our submission particularly highlights the technological innovation that is reshaping the Transport and Logistics industry at a rapid pace. While offering opportunities, technology also causes disruption and makes upskilling and retraining the current and future workforce a higher priority than ever.

AIS continues to build knowledge and insight through participation at key industry events. Of particular note Industry Manager Katherine White last week joined representatives from government, industry, and academia to explore the complex skills challenges facing Australia’s Defence industry at the inaugural National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit in Perth.

On Thursday 21 November I am looking forward to attending the 2019 Australian Training Awards in Brisbane and hope to see many of you there. The industries we support will be represented by finalists in trainee, apprentice, school-based apprentice, trainer and employer of the year categories. Good luck to all the finalists!

With best wishes,

Robert