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.


Join our next GTAN and WTAN Forums on Tuesday 24 May 2022


Facilitated by the NSW Public Sector ITAB, the Government and Water Trainers and Assessors Networks meet quarterly to share and discuss information impacting skilling and training within the government, corrections, public safety, and water industries across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.


The next network forums for 2022 will be delivered in online format on 24 May 2022. These separate online sessions will include three guest presentations on a range of initiatives and challenges and will provide opportunities for questions and discussion. The ITAB will provide an update on recent training and skilling activity as well as NSW funding strategies for the various sectors.


Government Trainers and Assessors Network (GTAN)
(Includes all government agencies, Local Councils, Correctional Services, Public Safety, Police & Defence)
Date: 24 May 2022
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am (AEDT)
Register now to hold your place.


Water Trainers and Assessors Network (WTAN)
Date: 24 May 2022
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEDT)
Register now to hold your place.


Final programs will be released shortly.



Training Services NSW website is moving


The Training Services NSW website is moving to as part of the NSW Government’s OneCX program to create a unified and customer-centric experience of its websites. The OneCX program is making it easier for customers to find or access information they need on workplace training opportunities, with the NSW Department of Customer Service office as the one place to get information. Training Services NSW is currently migrating to a VET section of as part of this process.

The website content for training providers and employers should soon be available in a format that is easier to find, read and understand. All information for students is live on the Skills NSW section of the NSW Department of Education website.

To ensure a smooth transition, links to TSNSW pages will automatically redirect you to the new content on and Skills NSW.

For further information or to resolve an access issue , contact Training Market Customer Support at [email protected].


Applications for the 2022 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are now open


The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are available to help students experiencing hardship and to assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:

  • hardship in their personal circumstances
  • capability for vocational education and training that leads to successful completion of their trade training
  • a positive attitude and application in workplace and formal training.


Scholarships are open to NSW registered apprentices in both metropolitan and country areas, including school based apprentices and are worth $5,000 each year for up to three years. Applicants must be active in an approved apprenticeship at the time of being awarded the Scholarship.


Continued funding is subject to the Scholarship holder maintaining their eligibility during the life of the Scholarship as outlined in the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships Guidelines.

For further information on this scholarship visit the TSNSW webpage.


Trade pathways for women


Training Services NSW is working to get more women into trades. Women are underrepresented in trades, making up only 2% of qualified trade workers and the lack of women entering trades is a serious economic issue according to The Productivity Commission White Paper released on 31 May 2021.


Nationwide there are critical skills shortages in industries such as building and construction and women are an untapped market. Women are vital to addressing trade skill shortages and trade careers are rewarding and improve economic security for women.


This strategy is part of the Trade Pathways Program which aims to:

  • champion women in trades
  • create informed, accessible and supported pathways from start to finish
  • increase awareness of gender discrimination in trades workplaces, including helping workplace supervisors manage conscious and unconscious bias
  • improve access and opportunities so women can take the first step into a trades career.


For further information on Trade Pathway opportunities visit the TSNSW webpage.


Improving regional access to Water industry skills and training


The Department of Planning and Environment through their Town Water Risk Reduction Program are partnering with key stakeholders and co-regulators to design and conduct a review to identify any critical skills shortages in the sector and develop options to address these.


Skilled and competent operators are vital to provide essential water and sewerage services in regional NSW and to managing drinking water quality.


Currently there is an acute lack of qualified operators in NSW with up to 200 water operators in regional NSW unable to access accredited training due to a lack of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and qualified trainers and assessors to deliver it.


The Town Water Risk Reduction Program is working with Training Services NSW and the local water utility sectors to address both supply and demand challenges to increase skills of existing operators, attract more operators into the sector and increase employment and jobs in regional NSW.


For more information on the TWRRP Skills and Training initiative and to download the draft action plan, visit the NSW DPE website.


Australia investing $1 billion to upgrade reserve, cadet facilities


Over the next decade, more than $1 billion will be invested by the Federal Government to upgrade 73 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserve and Cadet facilities across Australia. The investment will focus on the upgrade of infrastructure and cadet facilities nationwide, including in rural and remote communities over the next year.


The infrastructure investment will support the growth of the ADF Cadets by 10 percent over the next year and is just one component of a number of initiatives being implemented to enhance the cadet program.


Defence will increase numbers in existing cadet units and create new units to complement broader Government initiatives supporting youth development and skilling. Future cadets will be engaged in STEM-focused activities including cyber security, virtual reality simulation, robotics, and flight simulation to supplement traditional skills developed through the program. There will also be a focus on building cadet and volunteer numbers and establishing new units in rural and remote areas, including in Indigenous communities. Additional personnel including veterans and reservists will be employed to provide administrative support to ensure local unit success. The investment in facility upgrades will also provide opportunities for Australian industry including local and Indigenous suppliers and contractors.


Read the full article in the Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR).


Australian Skills Classification expanded


The Australian Skills Classification, the primary source for defining and discovering the skills that underpin jobs in Australia, has been updated. Since the Classification was launched 12 months ago, the NSC has worked with industry stakeholders to continue to refine, improve and expand it.


In its latest release, Australian Skills Classification 2.0, over 500 skills profiles for occupations have been added, bringing the total number to 1100. Over 1000 flags for trending and emerging digital skills that are growing in demand or new to particular occupations have also been added.


The skills of emerging occupations like Digital Marketing Analyst, Respiratory Scientist and DevOps Engineer are now included in the Classification. Other enhancements include greater coverage of occupations with VET pathways and alignment with the structure of Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).


For more information, visit the National Skills Commission website.


ASQA announced as national training package assurance body


The Australian Government recently announced the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as the independent body to be responsible for training package assurance from 1 January 2023.


This independent assurance function, which forms part of a broader suite of Australian Government reforms to the vocational education and training (VET) system, will see ASQA assessing training packages for compliance against standards and policies set by Skills Ministers, delivering enhanced transparency, accountability and confidence, and ensuring training packages are high quality and meet the needs of employers and students.


The function will replace the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, which will remain in place until 31 December 2022 to ensure continuity and stability of the VET system during transition to the new arrangements.


ASQA’s Chief Executive Officer, Saxon Rice, said: “As the national regulator of VET and an independent statutory authority, ASQA is well placed to take on this function. We will leverage our deep understanding of Australia’s national training system and draw on our extensive regulatory skill set and capability to inform the training package assurance function”.


For more information, visit the ASQA website.


DESE – Workforce Australia


Starting on 1 July, Workforce Australia will be the new employment service delivered by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.


Workforce Australia will become the front door for government employment and skills services, helping Australians to find and keep a job, change jobs or create their own job, connecting employers with job seekers, and a refreshed network of providers to deliver tailored case management.


For more information, visit DESE’s Workforce Australia website.


TAE Training Package Update


Phase 2 of the TAE consultations have concluded and assisted in obtaining detailed feedback on units, emerging skills and training product recommendations.


Upcoming key dates
2 May 2022 the draft TAE training products will go out for public review.
28 June 2022 the reviewed post-public review TAE training products will go out for public validation.


Click here to view the holistic review timeline.


To provide your feedback on an issue in the living issues register, submit a new issue or provide your feedback on a specific training product, please complete this survey. Additionally, Skills for Australia are accepting any feedback via email at [email protected].


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


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0427 582 830