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IRC UPDATE: A BUSY YEAR AHEAD

With 2019 now well and truly underway, the team here at Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are ready for an extremely busy year ahead as we work to support our 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and the industries they represent.

We appreciate the ongoing support and industry expertise of our IRC Chairs, IRC Committee Members, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members and broader stakeholders. Your valued contribution helps to ensure Training Packages meet the needs of your industry.

Along with the Training Package development projects that are underway, there is also work to finalise the transition of over 900 units of competency across Electrotechnology and Public Safety Training Packages to the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

The review of transport security qualifications in the Aviation Training Package and the national water operations Diploma in the Water Training Package, were both approved by the AISC and are now live on training.gov.au.

The development and review of Police and Aviation qualifications are very close to being ready to submit for endorsement. More information can be found on the Police and Aviation IRC projects on our website. A further 22 IRC projects are currently in the development phase, including Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills. Keep an eye on the AIS website for regular project updates or subscribe to our email alerts.

We work with many TACs, comprised of subject matter experts to review and develop Training Package materials. Broad consultation is always undertaken to ensure all stakeholder views are considered throughout the various stages of each project. The relevant IRCs have oversight of the work of the TACs throughout the development and consultation process. The input we receive throughout the life of a project is invaluable.

The submission of the 2019 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for each IRC is due on Monday, 29 April. These documents are developed in consultation with industry and approved by each IRC for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval. The IRC Skills Forecast identifies new and emerging skills and their associated training needs. The Proposed Schedule of Work outlines the IRCs recommended four-year plan for developing and reviewing Training Packages to address the issues identified in the forecast.

There’s much to be done to ensure the above projects and activities are completed in line with the expectations of industry stakeholders. AIS is looking forward to working with our 11 allocated IRCs and all the stakeholders they represent during 2019 and beyond to ensure the content of Training Packages supports the skills needs of workers both now and into the future.