Industry Advisory Training Body (ITAB)



Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Education, Skills and Employment to engage with industry and training system stakeholders. Through this engagement the ITAB identifies and provides independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW. The ITAB provides core services and advice to the Department in the following key areas:

  • Identification of industry skills needs, priorities and development issues for VET in NSW.
  • Providing the Department with advice and feedback on NSW training and skills needs, issues, and priorities.
  • Promoting training to industry to assist in the uptake of funded training.
  • Advising the Department on apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW including school-based arrangements.
  • Advising the Department on implications for the NSW training system from the development and review of National Training Packages.
  • Supporting the delivery of vocational education and training to school students

The ITAB supports the Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries.

Delivery of ITAB services and advice is overseen by a tripartite Industry Advisory Committee that includes representatives from peak bodies, employers and employee associations for each of the sectors.

Current NSW Government Vocational Education and Training initiatives


Smart and Skilled is helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. This provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III; and, government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. Students can go to the Smart and Skilled website for further information. This includes a Course Finder for students to check their eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider and estimate their student fee. The website has information for students on:

  • Smart and Skilled fee arrangements
  • how to enrol
  • support for disadvantaged students
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • consumer protection
  • recognising skills


Supervising Apprentices or Trainees

Training Services NSW provides workshops and resources to support employers supervising Apprentices and Trainees. More information can be found here.



The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS)  is a free matching service that helps apprentices in skills shortage occupations who have lost their job due to the economic downturn to find new employers so that they can complete their training. The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and to request contact details if they find someone who may be suitable for their business. For more information click here.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries. For more information click here.



The NSW Government is supporting industries and communities needing more skilled workers to rebuild communities and support displaced workers or business severely impacted by the bushfires through funding various training courses. For more information click here.



Training Services NSW (TSNSW), as part of the Department of Education, is monitoring COVID-19 in NSW and implementing responses to support those affected. More information is available here. 

Industry Training Packages aligned to the Public Sector ITAB

Development and maintenance of Training Packages is overseen by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for each of the sectors covered by the ITAB. For more information about the work of IRCs follow the links below:


Correctional services agencies operate or contract with private operators, prison facilities, and in some states and territories periodic detention centres, and are also responsible for managing offenders on community corrections’ orders.

Local Government

Local government is responsible for providing a range of local services.

Public Safety

Australia’s Public Safety Industry is comprised of police services, fire and rescue services, emergency management agencies, the Australian Defence Force, intelligence organisations and associated administrative and support functions.

Public Sector

Public sector employees play an important role in the development, review and implementation of government policies, and they provide an array of services for the community. The public sector comprises of federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies and state-owned corporations.


The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities.

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Paul Humphreys

Executive Officer ITAB



Phone: 0429 670 588