Industry Reference Committees
AIS is proud to support industry to ensure priority skills needs are identified and associated training package development is contemporary, future-focused and aligned with your needs.
Your industry voice is led through the mechanism of an Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The IRC provides a forum for industry engagement as part of its Training Package development activities.
IRCs have a direct relationship with the AISC. They are charged with identifying industry’s skills needs, developing and submitting the case for change to the AISC and providing the sign off on training products before they progress to the AISC for consideration.
IRCs are composed of individuals and industry members with the experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. They are supported by independent and professional Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) to support research activities, develop and review Training Packages and to inform Training Package development priorities.
As one of six SSOs, AIS supports the following industry sector IRCs – aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections.
Functions of an IRC
- Gather intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on Training Package priorities, development and review
- Direct the work of its SSO in the development of annual IRC Skills Forecasts, Cases for Change, Cases for Endorsement and industry proposals
- Oversee the development and review of Training Packages in line with the requirements of the AISC
- Provide sign off for IRC Skills Forecasts, Cases for Change, Cases for Endorsement, industry proposals and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
- Direct the work of the SSO in preparing support materials for approved additional activities
- Report to the AISC on its work
- Promote the use of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the sectors they represent.