CEO Update – September 2019

It has been a very exciting time for the VET sector in recent weeks.

AIS congratulates the 15 talented young Australian Skillaroos on their performance in the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia last month. Australia finished 8th overall of 66 countries in the average points score, winning one silver and three bronze medals and 9 medallions of excellence.

As Minister Michaelia Cash said recently, the ‘VET sector in Australia is world class’ and the outcomes are evident when you see our talent showcased on the world stage.

AIS was also pleased to support National Skills Week from 26 August – 1 September and I was delighted to attend the Victorian launch event at Box Hill Institute on 25 August.

Of course, AIS must be future-focused and nimble to play our part in supporting industry and building on their successes. All 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support continue to work hard to address the priority skill needs of their industries. Responding to the 2019 Skills Forecasts and proposed schedule of work submitted by the IRCs, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has now approved another five projects for review and development in the Aviation, Public Safety, Police, and Transport and Logistics Training Packages. Read more about these projects.

Of particular note, the Transport and Logistics IRC will work with the Naval Shipbuilding IRC to develop five Units of Competency in Integrated Logistics support. This work will help establish a sustainable, long-term naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.

Looking to the future, AIS welcomes the appointment of the Federal Government’s independent expert advisory panel, established to advise on key reforms flowing from the Joyce Review. The panel will be chaired by the review author Steven Joyce who will be joined by Victoria’s Peter Noonan, who chairs the Australian Qualification Framework review, and business leader Vanessa Guthrie. We look forward to offering whatever support and advice we can to assist this panel with its vital work.

I also take this opportunity to thank retiring Water Industry Reference Committee Chair, John Harris, for his enormous contribution. John received the rare honour of life membership of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) last year, recognising his dedication to building skills in the water industry. The water industry has benefited greatly from John’s efforts, and he will be greatly missed.

A big thank you also to Vicky Kent for her outstanding and passionate leadership as Chair of the Rail IRC over the past two years. Vicky has been a member of the IRC since its formation in 2016 and will continue to serve as the Deputy Chair.

Our operating culture at AIS is one of continuous improvement and to this end we have recently surveyed our stakeholders to better understand your needs and inform best practice in our work. If you have not yet completed the survey and would like to participate, it can be accessed here.

With best wishes