CEO Update – September 2018

The first of our Industry Skills Forums, held in Canberra this week, was an outstanding success. Stakeholders from across the industries we support joined industry leaders in discussions about current and future skills challenges caused by the changing world of work.

Kerry O’Brien did a great job as MC in moderating the Q&A panel discussions, featuring leaders from business, peak industry associations, and the education, and training sector. The expert panellists provided valuable insights about future skilling in the digital age and new thinking about jobs and careers. I received very positive feedback from a wide range of industry stakeholders who said the Q&A panel discussions were relevant, timely and thought provoking.

AIS Industry Managers facilitated industry specific breakout sessions where stakeholders provided further insights into the current and emerging skill needs of their sectors. This industry intelligence will feed into the 2019 Skills Forecasts and future Training Package development.

It was great to have three groups of high school students in attendance as industry must reach out to the next generation of workers. We need to ensure vocational education and training gives students the future-focused skills they will need.

The forums are a critical activity for AIS in supporting Industry Reference Committees (IRC) to develop Training Packages that meet the needs of industry. We are expecting over 1500 people to attend the forums being held around the country from now until November. I am looking forward to next week’s event in Brisbane.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced major changes to the skills and training portfolio.

The new minister responsible for skills and training is Senator Michaelia Cash, with the title of Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education. Responsibility for VET under Senator Cash shifts from the education portfolio to an expanded employment portfolio with Kelly O’Dwyer as the new Minister for Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women. The new Minister for Education is Dan Tehan, replacing Senator Simon Birmingham who becomes Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

I was pleased to attend the 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit in Melbourne last week. This was the first jointly facilitated summit by the Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Trucking Association. The key focus was the new ‘Chain of Responsibility’ regulations to be implemented from 1 October.

Another key area of discussion was around new technology and the potential positive impact it can deliver for workplaces, Safety on our roads and productivity across the economy. This discussion was very timely given that we have recently commenced our ‘AIS Skills Forums’ where a key focus is the emerging skill needs for the Australian workforce due to digital transformation.

The Opening Address was delivered by the Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Minister for Ports who provided a detailed overview of the Victorian Government’s recently announced, ‘Freight Plan’.

The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development presented an overview of the federal government’s significant investment program in Infrastructure. He spoke about the increasing accountability across the supply chain and the new Chain of Responsibility legislation to improve safety. The Deputy Prime Minister also spoke about the benefits which the industry can derive from adoption of new technology.

At the summit I presented a workshop session on ‘The Training Package and Safety’. This was a timely opportunity to update industry stakeholders on our recent Training Package development work including new units developed to align with the new COR legislation.

I also recently attended the Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo at Liverpool where I took part in the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal exhibit. The Expo provided a great opportunity to discuss the projected 6,800 jobs which the Moorebank Logistics Park will deliver to South Western Sydney. This was the first time the Expo was held in Liverpool and I was delighted to give students an overview of the broad and exciting career options which are available in the logistics industry.

AIS is supporting the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Workforce Advisory Group (MITWAG) which includes representatives from business, government and educational providers. The group is assisting the local community gain access to the new job opportunities. Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is currently under construction and will commence operations next year. It will provide a direct rail link from Port Botany to transport containers from the port to the intermodal terminal.

Our Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt presented at the Victorian Water Operations Conference held in Bendigo on 5-6 September. The event enabled the exchange of quality information between people undertaking operational roles in the water, wastewater and recycled water industries. Klausch gave delegates an overview of the Water IRC 2018 Industry Skills Forecast which identifies the priority skill needs of the industry and the Training Package review work necessary to meet industry needs.