Industry Training Advisory 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.

GTAN and WTAN webinar resources

Thank you to all presenters who contributed to our GTAN & WTAN webinars on 27th April. It was fantastic to hear the insights and initiatives of those working hard to ensure we have a pipeline of skilled and qualified workers entering our industry sectors.


Please access the Webinar Recording, PowerPoint and Presenter Q&A Sheet below:







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

Fee-free training for women in trades

The NSW Government has announced it will support 3,000 training places for women in trades to help boost female representation in construction, manufacturing, engineering, transport and logistics.


The fee-free ‘Built for Women’ training program will target women aged 16 to 24, female jobseekers, women at risk of unemployment and women in receipt of Commonwealth benefits.


Women currently represent 8.9 per cent of all current learners in trades and just 2.1 per cent of all learners studying a trade in the building and construction industry.


Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the program would help boost numbers of women working on building sites.


For more information visit the Built for Women webpage


New Skills Program set to prepare locals for jobs

City of Newcastle is helping local businesses gain the skills to make the most of Newcastle’s emerging new economic opportunities with a $385,000 investment in its New Skills Program.


From helping local businesses to embrace the digital age, develop ways to be more accessible, or improve energy efficiency, the program aims to address a wide range of industry specific skills gaps over the next two years.


Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the New Skills Program will provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and innovation to make businesses more competitive and encourage emerging industries, to create more local jobs.


Mental Health at Work Initiative

The NSW Government is helping to create mentally healthy workplaces by offering free programs to support individuals, teams and organisations.  The training is open to any NSW private sector business with less than 200 employees, and not-for-profit organisations of any size.


There are two ways to access the training:

  • choose a workshop with a clinical psychologist delivered via Zoom, or
  • self-paced online training that you can access anytime.


More information can be found at


The NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW. The NSW Government is partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible. The program offers fee free and low fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW. More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.



The NSW Skills List has been updated. The latest is Version 11.4 and took effect from 5 March 2021. The update covers changes resulting from Training Package updates as well as new and expiring accredited courses.


The full and latest skills list is available on the Training Services NSW website.


Prices, fees and subsidies

The following documents provide detailed information on Smart and Skilled qualification prices, student fees, and additional payments over and above the subsidy known as Version 11.4.


The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist South Coast apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program, State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock has announced.


100 scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training.


More information can be found on the TSNSW website.


Training Services NSW is offering free face-to-face and/or virtual Supervisor Workshops to support workplace supervisors in learning:

  • how to effectively supervise and “coach” apprentices & trainees
  • the importance of effective communication in the workplace
  • what to expect from the training provider – arranging training that works for you and your business
  • practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
  • about Training Services NSW – who we are and how we support you and your apprentice/trainee.


For further information please visit the TSNSW website. It is advised to bookmark this page as the information for upcoming Supervisor Workshops will be updated regularly.

‘Behind the Career’ platform is now available for information on careers and industries

Behind the Career seeks to remove the confusion when investigating different careers and industries. Career seekers can take an entertaining look at the people and stories behind different careers.


Every fortnight this website will investigate a different industry and provide some new resources to help future workers understand the ins and outs of different careers and industries.

NCVER’s #NoFrills 2021 Conference program is now available

Celebrating 30 years of ‘No Frills’ online, the conference will be held 7-9 July 2021. The theme is ‘Past informing the future’. How has the VET landscape changed in 30 years? It aims to celebrate the milestones and achievements over this period.


This is a great opportunity for practitioners and researchers to share their research and knowledge through presentations, focus sessions, and discussion groups.


The program and registration details can be found on NCVER’s website.


The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level with a focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


NSW SES Hunter Unit seeks new members

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is currently recruiting new members to join the Hunter Capability Unit.


The role involves volunteering in the Emergency Operations Centre in times of floods and storms.


Commander Hunter Unit Vic Weller said the recruitment drive kicked off in National Volunteer Week – and was specifically targeted to those who were keen to be trained in incident management positions.


“NSW SES operates under the AIIMS structure – Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System,” he explained. Mr Weller said the roles in the Hunter Unit are different to those typically recognised by the community.


Local unit volunteers, easily recognised in orange overalls, are trained in “hands on” response including flood boat operations, chainsaw and roof repair. Those working in the Emergency Operations Centre are involved “behind the scenes” and are just as vitally important for the NSW SES to respond effectively to natural disasters. To attend an information session, contact the Deputy Commander Hunter Unit on 0427 722 323 or by emailing

The newly released strategy – Digital Transformation: The learning Country

The World Economic Forum calls it ‘The Great Reset’.  Some refer to it as ‘double disruption’. Convergence of the global pandemic and digital transformation have together hastened the adoption of technology at a rate few of us thought possible and has rapidly accelerated the future of work. In a matter of months, businesses have leapt ahead years in their digital journey.


The newly released strategy by the Digital Transformation Expert Panel, sets out what Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system needs to do to support our nation’s workforce from the impact of digital change underway across industry.


The strategy is titled ‘The Learning Country’ to reflect the panel’s belief that lifelong learning needs to be normalised in both policy and our culture and views. It sees Australia’s VET system as powerful, life-changing and pivotal to optimising what technology offers our economy, industry and our workforce.


The strategy comprises 11 action points, with proposals that include:

  • building a national lifelong learning system
  • making the VET system a key partner in the Australia’s Innovation Agenda
  • investing in digital innovation of teaching and learning
  • helping businesses understand how to develop their workforce through on-the-ground experts, and
  • supporting existing workers through individualised learner support services – before, during and after training so that success is possible for everyone.


With the guiding principle of ‘leave no worker behind’, the strategy emphasises that while digital transformation is synonymous with technology, it is those inherent human skills which cannot be replicated by an algorithm that will help future-proof the workforce.

ASQA approves extended transition period for NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment until 31 December 2021

In some cases, ASQA is empowered to approve transition periods longer than those detailed in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.


In accordance with the General Direction – Learner transition, ASQA will only consider applications for a longer transition period where it can be demonstrated that there would be genuine disadvantage to a cohort of learners if such an extension was not approved.


Where ASQA has approved an extended transition period, that arrangement applies to all RTOs delivering the specific training product to the identified learner cohort (e.g. plumbing apprentices in a specific jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded), regardless of who made the application.


ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 31 December 2021. More information can be found on the ASQA website.


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.


Lisa Giammarco

Executive Officer ITAB



Phone: 0427 582 830