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Australian Industry Standards

What is Australian Industry Standards?

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is a government-funded not-for-profit organisation that develops skills standards across a range of Australian industries.

  • Australian Industry Standards was established in early 2016 as an independent, government-funded Skills Services Organisation.
  • The establishment of AIS was part of the reform of vocational education and training implemented by the Federal Government.
  • AIS works with Industry Reference Committees in a range of industries including transport and logistics, and the gas, electricity, electrotechnology, corrections, public safety (including police, fire services, defence), water, aviation and maritime industries.

We achieve this by using our world-class, in-house capability and capacity in technical writing, quality assurance, project management and industry engagement in the production of training packages and other support services for various industries.

When was AIS established?

AIS was established in early 2016, 20 years after its predecessor the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) was established in 1996.

What happened to the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council/TLISC?

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council is the former name of Australian Industry Standards.

Australian Industry Standards has replaced TLISC as a Skills Services Organisation that develops training packages on behalf of a number of industries.

Why did the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council change its name to Australian Industry Standards?

As a result of contract negotiations during the Commonwealth Government’s Skills Services Organisations tender process, the remit of the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council was broadened.

It is more appropriate and less confusing for the organisation to have a name that better reflects its new broader role.

What Training Packages were allocated to Australian Industry Standards?

AVI Aviation Training Package

CSC Correctional Services Training Package

DEF Defence Training Package

UEP12 Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector Training Package

UET12 Electricity Supply Industry – Transmission, Distribution & Rail Sector Training Package

UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package

UEG11 Gas Training Package

MAR Maritime Training Package

POL Police Training Package

PUA Public Safety Training Package

TLI Transport & Logistics (Rail) Training Package

NWP National Water Training Package

National Training System

What is an Industry Reference Committee?

Industry Reference Committees are the formal point through which industry requirements for skills are considered and defined in training packages. The IRCs comprise individuals who are non-statutory appointments. The IRCs are formed, activated and supported as required to direct Skills Service Organisations in the review, development and implementation of training package content relevant to the industry sectors they cover. Each IRC will perform the following functions;

a. Gather intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review

b. Direct the work of its SSO in the development of industry proposals, business cases and cases for endorsement

c. Oversight the development and review of training packages in line with the requirements of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC)

d. Provide sign off for industry proposals, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC

e. Direct the work of the SSO in preparing the support materials where funding for additional activities is provided

f. Report to the AISC on progress of its work

g. Promote the use of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the sectors they represent

What is a Skills Service Organisation?

A Skills Service Organisation (SSO) performs professional enabling activities for all allocated Industry Reference Committees (IRC), facilitating the preparation of Business Cases, and the development and review of Training Packages to match industry needs.

Training Packages

What are the New Standards for Training Packages?

By 31 December 2015, all Training Packages were required to comply with New Standards for Training Packages which were endorsed by the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) on 16 November 2012.  These new standards changed the format of Training Packages to better meet the needs of the various groups who use them. In summary, Industry Skills Councils coordinated the review of training packages to simplify the content and separate the critical performance standards and assessment requirements from guidance and supporting information. The various previous Industry Skills Councils were to ensure that the process of implementing the new standards in the context of the policy framework was:

  • transparent
  • industry led
  • an opportunity to strengthen training packages
What is a Companion Volume Implementation Guide?

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) to a training package provides advice to assist in the implementation of the training package and is released at the same time as the training package. The CVIG is designed to assist industry, assessors, trainers and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in delivering the Training Package.  The main purpose of this guide is to provide advice about the structure of the Training Package.  It includes information about the range of qualifications, units of competency, and assessment requirements within the package.  An overview of the industry, and the importance of industry context and the requirement to meet industry needs, is also provided.

Where can I find information on assessment instruments for licensing requirements?

Enquiries regarding mandated assessment instruments for licencing requirements should be directed to the applicable national or state/territory licensing authority. Contact information for relevant licencing/regulatory authorities is provided in each Training Package Header Information or CVIG.

How can I provide feedback about Training Package products?

Feedback from industry stakeholders helps the IRC and relevant SSOs to improve the industry Training Packages. It also informs industry advice and intelligence about issues related to the implementation of various training package products. AIS welcomes feedback on any relevant Training Package related matter including:

  • New units of competency, qualifications or skill sets you would like to see developed
  • Typographical errors
  • Amendments to units of competency, qualifications and skill sets
  • Suggestions to improve any existing content of a Training Package

Your feedback will be initially reviewed by Australian Industry Standards staff, and a response will be provided within 10 working days. Where appropriate, your feedback will be forwarded to the relevant Industry Reference Committee for consideration and additional feedback when required.

Where do I find a Training Package?

training.gov.au is the national register for VET in Australia and contains the authoritative information about Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), Nationally Recognised Training (NRT), and the approved scope of each RTO to deliver Nationally Recognised Training, as required by national and jurisdictional legislation within Australia. NRT consists of:

  • Training Packages
  • Qualifications
  • Units of competency
  • Accredited courses
  • Skill sets
What are qualifications, units of competency and skill sets?

Qualifications – National vocational qualifications are directly aligned to job roles, based on industry or workplace requirements, to form a Competency standard. Units of competency based on a specific function or task of the job are drawn together to form the qualification, allowing for flexibility across a range of organisational types and sizes. The qualification prescribes the way these competencies are to be packaged together to achieve the qualification.

Units of Competency – Units of Competency identify discrete workplace requirements and include the skills and knowledge that underpin competency. Each unit can be applied independently in a work situation, describing a specific work activity and the evidence that must be gathered to demonstrate competent performance.

Skill Sets – A Skill Set is made up of a single Unit of Competency or a combination of Units of Competency, and links directly to a defined industry need, Licensing or Regulatory requirement. Skill Sets can build on existing qualifications or be used for a specific organisational need. Additional information can be found on the AIS About Training Packages web page.

How can I find out about Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivery and teaching requirements?

Information on delivery and teaching requirements for Registered Training Organisations is available from the websites for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), and Training Accreditation Council (TAC).

Where can I find a list of RTOs that deliver the Qualification I want to study?

The myskills.gov.au and training.gov.au websites have a complete list of all RTOs and their specific Training Packages and qualification on their Scope of Registration for delivery within individual states or across Australia.

Where can I find mapping information for the current Training Package and the previous version?

Mapping between current and previous versions of a Training Package can be found in the Header information or Companion Volume Implementation Guide. These documents or links to the relevant document are available on training.gov.au for each Training Package.

What are the ‘Transition and Teach Out’ arrangements for superseded or deleted qualifications?

Information on Transition and Teach Out arrangements is available from the websites for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), and Training Accreditation Council (TAC).

Accredited Courses

How are courses accredited?

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredits and regulates accredited VET courses under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

The Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 requires a course developer to consult with the relevant National Training Package developer, such as Australian Industry Standards (AIS). This is to ensure a vocational education and training (VET) accredited course does not duplicate by title or coverage, the outcomes of an endorsed training package qualification, skill set or endorsed unit of competency.

The Standards also require VET accredited courses to be developed in consultation with, and validated by industry, enterprise and/or professional groups. For a course to be considered for national recognition the course accreditation application must demonstrate the course outcomes will provide the learners with vocational outcomes that lead to employment in a recognised vocation, and include evidence of support from industry and peak bodies that nationally recognised training is required to address the identified training gap.

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Why do I need to contact AIS?

AIS is an independent, professional service organisation that supports a wide range of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work developing and reviewing national training packages. Where an accredited course is proposed for development, an accredited course developer should contact AIS to discuss the proposed course and its potential replication or duplication across the following industry sectors;

  • Aviation
  • Correctional Services
  • Electrotechnology
  • ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail
  • ESI Generation
  • Gas
  • Maritime
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Rail
  • Road Transport
  • Water
  • Public Safety
  • Defence
  • Police

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How do you prove Industry consultation has taken place?

ASQA have developed a Confirmation of Consultation – VET Course Accreditation Application form to assist course developers or owner to demonstrate that the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) or other appropriate representative body has been consulted during course development, and has provided advice on whether there is duplication between the proposed accredited course and the training package for which that IRC is responsible.

The form must be submitted to ASQA by the course developer or owner when applying for course accreditation following completion by the Chair or delegate of the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) or other representative body. ASQA uses the advice from the relevant IRC or other representative body to inform its assessment of an accredited course application.

As an accredited course developer how do I ensure materials are developed correctly?

Accredited Course applications that propose to develop new accredited course materials for use are to ensure that they are developed using the Standards for Training Packages 2012 and the Training Package Products Policy.