With 2017 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 eleven Industry Reference Committees (IRC) and the industries they represent. Along with the Training Package development projects that are underway, there is also work to transition over 1,500 units of competency across six Training Packages from the Energy and Public Safety sectors to the Standards for Training Packages 2012. Development and review work has been confirmed for Yard Operations and Scheduling in the Transport & Logistics Training Package, along with a review of the Maritime Training Package to more clearly align relevant qualifications to Australian Maritime Safety Authority regulatory and licencing requirements.

Development of two Battery Storage units for the Electrotechnology sector, and three Fatigue Management units for NHVR accreditation in Transport and Logistics, are very close to being ready to submit for endorsement. Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) comprised of subject matter experts were established for the development of the units for both of these projects. Broad consultation was undertaken to ensure all stakeholder views were considered throughout the various stages of each project, and the relevant IRCs have had oversight of the work of the TACs throughout the development and consultation process. More information can found on the Electrotechnology and Transport & Logistics IRC project sections on our website.

The submission of the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for each IRC is due on Friday, 28 April. These documents, previously known as Workplans, are developed in consultation with industry and approved by each IRC for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval. You will see elsewhere in this newsletter that we are both calling for submissions and inviting stakeholders to complete an online IRC Skills Forecast Survey. This information will be used to develop the industry outlook for each sector and identify any new or emerging skills.

We are pleased to announce that the membership of the Electrotechnology, Gas and ESI Generation IRCs have been confirmed by the AISC, with the final membership of the Electricity Supply Industry Transmission, Distribution and Rail IRC expected to be confirmed shortly. These four IRCs will play a critical role in providing direction on the abovementioned Training Package transition work to be completed across the four Energy Training Packages.

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 eleven allocated IRCs and all the stakeholders they represent during 2017 and beyond to ensure the content of Training Packages supports the skills needs of workers both now and into the future.