Dates announced for Industry Skills Forums

AIS has released dates for the upcoming series of national Industry Skills Forums that will commence in September and take place across the country. Kicking off in Canberra, the dates to mark in your diary are:

11 September – Canberra

18 September – Brisbane

26 September – Sydney

9 October – Hobart

16 October – Darwin

30 October – Melbourne

8 November – Perth

13 November – Adelaide

The AIS Industry Skills Forums give you the opportunity to have your say on the skills and workforce priorities for your industry. Attendees will be able to discuss some of the barriers to recruiting skilled employees and explore emerging skill needs.

With the impact of automation, big data and new technologies being felt right across the workforce, our industries need to examine cross-sector barriers and opportunities. The Skills Forums seek to do this by bringing our industry leaders together in a series of panel discussions that will look at:

“Future Skilling our people in an age of digital transformation”


“Industry Leadership – new thinking about jobs and careers”

During the forums, we will also be conducting a series of industry-specific break-out sessions to discuss and debate the challenges and possible solutions to skills shortages. The valuable information and insights you provide will feed directly into the 2019 Skills Forecasts –the key pieces of industry-centred advice for Government about the skills needs for your industry.

A major component of the Skills Forecasts is the identification of industry skills shortages.  The drivers behind these shortages can vary across sectors, but there are common themes including: an ageing workforce; poor industry image; competition/poaching within and from other industries; low wages; and the cost/time to achieve the required qualification.

Skills shortages have a significant impact on businesses. They may reduce productivity and competitiveness and ultimately hinder Australia’s economic performance. A commitment to investment in rigorous and sustainable future-skilling activity by industry and educators can mitigate the challenges facing enterprises across all sectors.

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), supported by AIS, play a lead role in industry engagement on skills and workforce issues across a broad remit of sectors: aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, Defence and corrections. Collectively these IRCs cover more than 1.3 million workers or almost 10% of the Australian workforce. More significantly, these workers add $174 billion to the Australian economy – or 11% of GDP.

The Industry Skills Forums will provide a real opportunity for our stakeholders to examine the issues and inform thinking and policy to ensure the workforce of the future is ready for the challenges ahead.

Venues and speakers will be announced soon on the dedicated Skills Forums website  For further information, please contact