NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB)



Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Industry to provide independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW.  This ITAB grouping includes Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries.

AIS provides core services in the following four key areas:

  • Identification of industry skill needs, priorities and development issues for VET in NSW;
  • Promotion of training to industry to assist in the take-up of funded training;
  • Advising the Department on apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW including school based arrangements; and,
  • Advising the Department on implications for the NSW training system from the development and review and of National Training Packages.

Delivery of these ITAB services and advice is overseen by an Industry Advisory Committee that includes representatives from each of the sectors below. More information about the National Training System and the development and review of Training Packages is available here.


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. The Correctional Services Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in Justice Services, Correctional Practices, Administration and Management.

Local Government

Local government is the third tier of government in Australia, responsible for providing a range of local services. The Local Government Training Package includes qualifications to support the wide range of skills needed including: governance and administration; and, specialist qualifications in operational works, planning, regulatory services and environmental matters.

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 federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies, and state-owned corporations. The Public Sector Training Package includes a wide range of qualifications to reflect the diversity of occupations within the sector.

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. The following three Training Packages apply to the Public Safety sector:

The Public Safety Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: Search and Rescue, Emergency Communications Centre Operations, Community Safety, Biosecurity Response Operations, Leadership, Firefighting and Emergency Operations, Fire Investigation, and Supervision and Management.

The Defence Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: the manufacture, storage, distribution, maintenance and use of explosives, mechanic, health officer, combat system operations, sensor operations, electronic forensics, simulator maintenance, range control for land, sea and air, management, work health and safety and pastoral care chaplaincy.

The Police Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: Community Engagement, Aboriginal Community Policing, Police Liaison, Protective Services, Police Intelligence, a range of Forensic specialisations, Search and Rescue, Witness Protection, Surveillance, Undercover Operations, Close Personal Protection, Investigation, Negotiation, Crime Scene Investigation, Prosecution and Supervision and Management.


The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities. The National Water Training Package includes qualifications for occupations involved in: water industry operations (generalist, treatment, networks, source, irrigation, hydrography, trade waste), treatment (drinking water, waste water) and irrigation.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled 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 up-to-date information. While there they can use the Course Finder 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

Employers and training providers can also go to the Smart and Skilled website for the latest news and information about fee arrangements, apprenticeships and traineeships, consumer protection and much more.

News and Resources

Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions Now Open

A reminder that the survey inviting responses from industry about key issues affecting skills and workforce development is now open and all industry stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Your input will assist each IRC AIS support to develop an Industry Outlook.

The skills surveys aim to build a whole-of-industry picture and will be used to assist in identifying new or emerging skills needs and inform Training Package development.

The skills survey can be completed online and should take no more than 10 minutes. Industry representatives are also invited to make submissions.

Complete the IRC Skills Survey.  Make an industry skills needs submission.

Closes Friday, 17 January 2020.

For more information please contact AIS at: enquiries@australianindustrystandards.org.au or by calling (03) 9604 7200.

Please note: of relevance to the NSW Public Sector ITAB, AIS is the Skills Service Organisation (SSO) for Corrections, Public Safety and Water industries (the AIS survey also includes many other industry sectors not within the ITAB coverage). SkillsIQ is the SSO for the Local Government and Public Sector industries and advice on how to contribute to development of those IRC Industry Skills Forecasts will be provided once it is available..

Click on the following links below to view IRC Forecasts for 2019.

Public Safety



Public Sector

Local Government

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) update

The meeting was proceeded by a workshop on key VET reforms and a meeting with all six Skills Services Organisations (SSOs) to discuss opportunities for ongoing improvements to training package development and review processes.

The CSC Correctional Service Training Package – Correctional Management project was approved to proceed to Training Package development.

The Committee agreed to implementing a three-year rolling schedule for submitting the Industry Reference Committees’ (IRC) Industry Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work (ISFs), updating timeframes and approval delegations.

The Committee discussed:

  • the joint AISC/Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) Draft Streamlining Skills and Training System Report which identified areas for improvement within each phase of the training package development and implementation process
  • tools to support IRCs to analyse the workforce development needs of their industries, including approaches to survey design and implementation to gather information on small and niche industries workforce requirements
  • opportunities to further support Ministers’ priority to declutter the national system, including how to incorporate the work on low or no use national training products into the options arising from the streamlining project.

Click here for the latest communique for the meeting held on 10 October 2019. The next meeting of the AISC was held on 3 December 2019. The latest communique will be available soon.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) reform

The Australian Government is progressing reforms to ensure ASQA is a modern and effective regulator focused on fostering excellence across the sector. To inform the detail of the reforms, the department has engaged a regulatory expert to undertake a rapid review of ASQA’s regulatory practices and processes and make recommendations for specific changes. The review is scheduled to be completed by early February 2020. Following the review, the reforms will be implemented over a 12-18 month period of change management.

More information on the review and how to provide feedback is available at: https://www.employment.gov.au/asqareform

Training Package Updates

Work is currently underway on the below Training Packages. More information is available at the links provided.

Only industry sectors which fall under the ITAB coverage have been provided. For information about other industry sectors refer to the relevant SSO websites. There are no current Public Sector IRC projects.

PUA Public Safety Training Package

The Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 September 2020. Read more about the project here.

LGA04 Local Government Training Package

SkillsIQ has been provided with an extension to the approved project work for transition of the LGA04 Local Government Training Package until April 2020. Draft 1 has been released and the NSW ITAB has provided feedback to SkillsIQ.

NWP National Water Training Package

The Qualifications Review Case of Endorsement was submitted to the AISC last month.

The Water Industry Operations and Treatment Review project is expected to be submitted by 30 September 2020.

CSC Correctional Services Training Package

The AISC commissioned the Dog Handler and Offender Engagement projects from the 2019 Skills Forecasts to proceed to Training Package development with project submission expected by August 2020.

PSP Public Sector Training Package

Research and consultation has been conducted with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee to develop a Case for Change regarding the Translating and Interpreting Products within the Public Sector Training Package.

The Case for Change is currently being drafted for public consultation and then submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee for consideration.

TAE Training and Education Training Package

A new release of the TAE Training Package has gone live on training.gov.au. It includes two new Inclusion of People with Disability cross sector units. The two new units are coded as follows:

  • TAEXDB401 Plan and implement individual support plans for learners with disability
  • TAEXDB501 Develop and implement accessible training and assessment plans for learners with disability.

For more information click here.

FSK Foundation Skills Training Package

The Case for Endorsement for Foundation Skills (FSK) was approved by the AISC in August 2019. Resulting changes to the Training Package can be viewed in the Case for Endorsement document here. These changes have been reflected on the Training.gov.au website.

New South Wales Update

NSW Bushfires 2019-20 – Bushfire Recovery Assistance

A range of assistance measures are available to support people affected by bushfires. These are aimed at providing for immediate and short term needs, to
support recovery from the bushfires across NSW.
Please note, a number of these measures have eligibility requirements.

More info here.

Free Government and Water Trainer Assessor Network Workshops

The NSW Public Sector ITAB is inviting you and your colleagues to the next Government and/or Water Trainer Assessor Network Workshops. These workshops have been created as a community for Industry stakeholders (HR professionals, Training & Development Professionals, Trainers and Assessors, and Registered Training Organisations) to discuss Vocational Education & Training (VET), share and discuss ideas, challenges and best practices.

It is also an opportunity for the ITAB to provide industry with information about the latest changes within the VET sector and potential impacts to stakeholders and at the same time gather industry intelligence that is relevant to the VET sector and Training Package development that can be fed back to the NSW Department of Industry.

This is a free event but you do need to register for catering purposes.

Register via email to nswitab@aistnds.org.au

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to other colleagues who you think may be interested.

  • Government Trainer Assessor Network (GTAN) Workshop

Tuesday, 25 February @ 9:30am – 12:30pm Parramatta

Download program
  • Water Trainer Assessor Network Workshop (WTAN) Workshop

Tuesday, 25 February @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm Parramatta

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant

The Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant (Grant) has now opened. The Grant will support applicants to leverage insights and tools from the behavioural and social sciences to improve completion rates and success in transitioning to work for students undertaking Vocational Education and Training under Smart and Skilled.

The entire Grant program is worth $500,000. Applicants are advised to make submissions requesting funding up to the value of $150,000. This is a one-off grant and projects that require recurrent funding will not be considered. For more information click here. Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline for Grant Applicants and S&S RTO participants is 17 January 2020.

Drivers of participation and completion of VET

Research commissioned by the NSW Skills Board examined the drivers of, and barriers to, participation and completion of VET in New South Wales.

The research findings concluded that many students struggle to find information and navigate the VET system, particularly those who do not have clear career objectives. The study also concluded that family and friends are significant influencers regarding participation in VET. Drivers of course non-completion included low educational attainment prior to enrolment, undergoing only online courses, and attempting a course that has a duration of more than a year, among other factors. The project has directly informed the Behavioural Insights Grants Program.

If you would like to know more, the full project findings are available on NSW Skills Board website.

Consumer information insights project

The Consumer Information Insights project commissioned by the NSW Skills Board investigated what and how VET course information should be presented to ensure potential VET students are making well-informed decisions when selecting courses, which in turn increases the likelihood of suitable course selection and course completion.

The project produced a series of consumer information templates covering a range of courses and tailored for target cohorts. Template designs were tested with current VET students and providers to ensure that all required information was communicated clearly and effectively to support well-informed course selection decisions. The findings are also of relevance to the Behavioural Insights Grants Program.

The full report is available here.

Smart and Skilled Skills List and Fee Schedule

Smart and Skilled Skills List and Fee Schedule has been updated from 2 October 2019. You can find more information by clicking the Fee Schedule or Skills List. It will be updated again on 1 January 2020.

NSW Government LifeLauncher website

LifeLauncher helps young people simplify their career choices. LifeLauncher offers young people the largest range of career and course options in one place – over 4,000 careers and 1,500 course options accessible anywhere, anytime, on any device. LifeLauncher’s personality and subject quizzes are designed to match users’ interests and strengths with course and career options that suit. View the beta release of the website here.

Fee free Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning apprentices undertaking a government funded apprenticeship no longer face a student fee of up to $2000. More information is available here

The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 70,000 new traineeships – meaning trainees undertaking a government funded traineeship course no longer face a student fee of up to $1000. More information is available here

Free training for young people over summer in drought affected areas

The NSW Government, through Training Services NSW, is subsidising skills training for young people impacted by the drought to support youth engagement and increase employability skills during January 2020. More information is available here.

Careers at Council website launched

Careersatcouncil.com.au is a new careers website has been developed as a joint initiative between the State Local Government Associations to help councils find the right skills to serve their communities. It showcases the diverse opportunities councils have to offer throughout Australia and informs job seekers about career pathways.

A short video has been produced to support the new website. It can be viewed here.

NSW Industry Skills Report

In August 2019, the Public Sector ITAB released their first annual NSW Industry Skills Report. This report has been researched and developed to provide NSW specific skill priorities and training data for the Industries under the Public Sector ITAB coverage. The report provides recommendations for the next 12 months work for the ITAB. If you would like a hard copy of this report to be mailed to you, please provide your postal address in an to email nswitab@aistnds.org.au. Provide first and last name in the email and a postal or PO Box address.

Smart and Skilled Update

The NSW Department of industry has announced the continuation of the Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications (TPPPQ) Program into the second half of the 2019-2020 Activity Period and invites all Smart and Skilled Providers to participate. The Department will consider Training Needs Identification (TNI) Applications where training must commence and complete by 30 June 2020.

The Department has updated the Smart and Skilled Policy for the Delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). The revised policy clarifies eligibility for those that already hold a trainer/assessor Skill Set or Qualification. It also includes an amended application process for providers to deliver TAE40116. The updated policy document is available here.

For more information about Smart and Skilled contact the Public Sector ITAB, your local Training Services NSW office, or Training Market Customer Support on 1300 772 104 or training.market@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

  • Local Government NSW events and conferences can be found here.
  • Upcoming conferences for the Public sector can be found here.
  • Water Industry Operators Association events can be found here.
  • Training Services NSW Apprentice and Trainee Supervisor Workshop dates and locations can be found here.
  • The next Government (GTAN) and Water (WTAN) Trainer Assessor Network meetings will be conducted at the end of November. More information will be circulated shortly.

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0429 670 588


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