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 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

Public Sector ITAB NSW Industry Skills Report

The Public Sector ITAB is proud to announce its first annual NSW Industry Skills Report. This report has been developed to identify 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 first and last name and postal address in an email to nswitab@aistnds.org.au.

2019 Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecasts

IRC Industry Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. The intelligence gathered during the process assists IRCs to formulate their advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on industry priorities, skill shortages, and will inform future discussions about updates to Training Packages.

Click on the following links below to view the 2019 IRC Industry Skills Forecasts:

Industry Skills Survey and Call for Submissions Now Open

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has launched the Industry Skills Survey inviting responses from industry about key issues affecting skills and workforce development 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.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) update

At their 5 June 2019 meeting the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved for implementation the PUA Public Safety and the POL Police Training Packages. The following cases for change were approved to proceed to Training Package development:

  • Public Safety IRC: Defence Sensor Operations, Defence Simulator Maintenance, Defence Work Health and Safety, Defence Range Control, Defence Chaplaincy, Defence Evaluations and State Emergency Services.
  • Corrections IRC: Dog Handler skill sets and Offender Engagement.
  • Water IRC: Water Industry Operations and Water Industry Treatment.
  • Public Sector IRC: Trade Measurement

Click here for the full communique.

At their 13 August 2019 meeting the AISC approved for implementation the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package. Public Safety IRC cases for change for Crash Investigation and Analysis, Community Safety and Emergency Management were approved to proceed to Training Package development.

Click here for the full communique.

The next meeting of the AISC will be held on 9 October 2019.

The following resources are available on the ASIC website:

National Industry insight report

Future Skills and Training Resource

Process Mapping Project

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

ASQA Chief Commissioner to step down

The Australian Government has confirmed that Mark Patterson AO, the current Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will be stepping down from his position effective 6 October 2019 as part of broader reforms to the organisation. Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business the Hon Michaelia Cash said the reforms respond to key recommendations of the Braithwaite and Joyce Reviews, including supporting ASQA to expand its scope to adopt a more educative approach to lift quality in the delivery of vocational education and training (VET).

ASQA’s role in the VET sector video

ASQA has produced a short video which explains ASQA’s role as well as the roles of other key organisations that registered training organisations (RTOs) may interact with while engaged in the VET sector. The video can be accessed here.

ASQA’s Corporate Plan 2019-20

ASQA’s Corporate Plan 2019-20 contains planned activities and key strategies for the year ahead. It can be viewed here.

Changes to VET Accredited Course Coding

The method for allocating codes to units of competency is changing and will apply to VET accredited course applications received from 1 September 2019. More information is available here.

Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package

On 2 April 2019. Government released its Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package which responds to recommendations of the Australian VET Sector Review. Media release “Delivering a world class vocational education and training system” Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

Training Package Updates

IRC project work is currently underway for the following Training Packages. Only industry sectors which fall under the ITAB coverage have been provided. For information about other industry sectors refer to the relevant SSO websites.


A Case for Endorsement covering Cultural Competency, Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance, Immigration Detention Officer, Technical Skills and Youth Justice was submitted 2 October 2019. More information is available here.

Local Government

The Local Government IRC 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 of the LGA Training Package proposed reducing the number of LGA Qualifications from 23 to 6, Skill Sets from 3 to 1 and Units from 223 to 96. Consultation on draft 1 training products concluded 11 October. Draft 2 of training products are expected late in 2019 or early 2020. More information about the project is available here.

Public Safety

PUA Public Safety Training package Release 1.1 has been published on TGA.

POL Police Training Package Release 3.0 has been published on TGA.


The NWP qualifications review is nearing completion with a Case for Endorsement expected to be submitted around the end of October 2019. More information about the project is available here.

Profiling one of our NSW Industry Sectors

Brush Farm Correctional Service Academy

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is undertaking major reform to improve community safety and reduce reoffending, and this is supported by significant NSW Government Investment. The Better Prisons program is delivering an expanded prison system that operates more efficiently, has a greater focus on inmate rehabilitation, maintains safety and security and increases accountability.  New South Wales had the largest prisoner population nationally, accounting for 32% of the total Australian adult population.

The reforms have led to major expansions of Junee, Parklea, Mid North Coast, Dillwynia, Bathurst and South Coast correctional centres, the metropolitan Remand and Receptions Centre and Cessnock Correctional Complex. Also underway is the construction of the 100 bed Clarence Correctional Centre south of Grafton. Source: Correctional Services NSW.

This reform means CSNSW is in a period of major growth and change, which is expanding the workforce and delivery of training to staff. These reforms have led to a significant increase in the amount of training required across NSW (refer to training data section of this document) to meet the skill shortage and equip the workforce with priority skills. (refer to the skills priority section in this document.) It is projected that 11,000 job openings will be available in the next five years.

Brush Farm Correctional Service Academy (BFCSA) has been providing continued training across NSW to address workforce skill shortages and new skills to support changes in the prison model of care.

The expansion of these services has required continued training of:

  • Corrections Officers (supervision of prison inmates)
  • Community Corrections Officers (Enhanced community supervision)
  • Senior Correctional officers and Functional managers (case management of Custodial and Community -based sentencing)
  • Governors and Mangers (Security and benchmarking management structure)

The CSC Correctional Services Training Package provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in justice services, correctional practices, administration and management. At Certificate III, IV and Diploma levels, specialisations can be undertaken in community and youth custodial, dog handling, supervision and leadership, case management and community or emergency response and intelligence operations.

New South Wales Update

NSW Training Awards winners announced

The 2019 NSW Training Awards winners were announced at Sydney Town hall on 12 September. Winners will now represent the state at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP)

The Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative strengthening connections between local industry and secondary school communities and supporting students in planning their future career pathways. More information here.

Skills for NSW Drought Affected Communities

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional business impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities. For more information click here.

Refugee Employment Support Program

The Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) is a four-year $22 million initiative by the NSW Government, managed by the NSW Department of Education. RESP addresses the challenges that are experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in finding long term skilled employment opportunities. More information can be found here.

Regional VET Pathways Initiative

The NSW Government’s Regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pathways initiative supports 15 to 19 year olds not in study or in a job to find pathways into education, training and work. Regional VET Pathways (RVP) contacts can be found here.

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant (EDAEG) adopts a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities. The Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities. More information can be found here.

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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