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.

Register now for the next GTAN and WTAN webinars

The Government and Water Trainers and Assessors Networks will next meet online on Tuesday, 27 July 2021. Facilitated by the NSW Public Sector ITAB, the meeting format will be back-to-back webinars from 9:30 to 11:00am and 11:00 to 12:30pm respectively. The 1.5 hour format will include opportunities to network and discuss the topics on the agenda. The 1.5 hour format will include opportunities to network and discuss the topics on the agenda.


The two industry-specific Networks meet to share and discuss information impacting training within:

  • GTAN – the NSW Government, Local Government and Public Safety sectors
  • WTAN – the Water industry


Facilitated by the NSW Public Sector ITAB, the meeting will provide an update on current Training Package projects and NSW funding initiatives. Fellow Network participants will also present on training activities and challenges for their industries, allowing time for a Q&A session.


Join one or both webinars:

Register for the GTAN webinar and view the program here.

Register for the WTAN webinar and view the program here.


Date for next 2021 GTAN and WTAN workshops: Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Please place this date in your calendar. More details will be communicated in due course.


Suggestions for presentations or agenda topics are most welcome. Please email with your suggestions by Friday, 8 October 2021.


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

Training Services NSW releases new Market Comparison Tool

The new Market Comparison Tool is designed to help users choose a training provider or course that will help them achieve their career goals. This web-based tool is suitable for a wide range of vocational education and training consumers, including school leavers and those looking to re-skill or up-skill.


It includes a comparison feature for Smart and Skilled providers using three metrics: student satisfaction, employment outcomes and whether a student finishes their course. It also contains personality and subject quizzes designed to match users’ interests and strengths with course and career options, which are useful for those who do not know what course or career they want to do.


You can access the Market Comparison Tool at Skills NSW.


School traineeship program strengthens ties with NSW Police force

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students have been given the opportunity to work as trainees in police stations.


A landmark NSW Government program is giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students the opportunity to work as trainees in police stations across Northern NSW. Year 11 and 12 students have commenced work in stations at Bourke, Walgett, Brewarrina and Lightning Ridge to learn business skills and gain valuable experience in the workplace as part of their HSC studies.


Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the traineeship program will help students graduate with job-ready skills. More information on this program can be found on the TSNSW website.


COVID-19 and current advice for training in NSW


VET training advice – Help NSW stay COVID safe

Greater Sydney is on high alert. COVID-19 is spreading fast. Stay safe, stay at home. For the latest information on COVID-19 visit


VET training in Greater Sydney:

For students who live in Greater Sydney, many classes delivered by training providers will be online from Tuesday, 13 July. Check with your local training provider for arrangements.


VET training in regional and rural NSW:

For students in regional and rural NSW, face-to-face learning will resume as per the regular academic calendar.


Restrictions for regional and rural NSW have also been extended to midnight Friday, 16 July.

Learn more about the restrictions that impact you.


Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW – COVID-19 Information Pack

Recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency that requires a uniquely focused approach to training and assessment, and decisive actions founded on expert health advice, Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has brought together the following information as a guide to help manage the hazards with face to face training and education activities, such as CPR and First Aid training.


To limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has issued a COVID-19 Information Pack. Please note, there is now a separate Information Pack for the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas.


Access to the COVID-19 Information pack can be found on the Surf Lifesaving NSW website and is entitled COVID-19 Information Pack – Training and what we are doing to protect you.


Local Councils effort in encouraging mask wearing in common areas

Councils are being asked to help distribute a NSW Health poster encouraging the wearing of face masks in common areas of residential buildings. The COVID-19 Delta variant is more transmissible than previous variants of the virus. With high occupancy and movement in residential buildings, it is necessary to promote mask wearing when around others.


Councils are encouraged to share the new poster with any relevant contacts in the sector. NSW Health recommends the poster is displayed in frequented common areas such as foyers, lifts, garbage disposal areas and hallways due to increased opportunities for transmission.


The poster can be accessed here.


Hygiene resources can also be found by clicking here.


New grants empower Aboriginal businesses and employees

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners and businesses have been allocated $3.4 million in new grants announced by the NSW Government to mark NAIDOC week.


Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations will benefit from the Barranggirra Aboriginal Skilling for Employment Grant and Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative.


The aim of these grants is to strengthen training and employment support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employees and empower the businesses that employ them.


More information and grant recipients can be found here.


Fee-free training for veterans

Veterans and their partners will have access to free training to broaden their career opportunities and help transition to civilian life after service. As part of the landmark Veterans Skills Program, eligible learners can study any course offered under the Government’s Smart and Skilled program from a Certificate II to Advanced Diplomas, including all apprenticeships and selected traineeships. Veterans and their partners can choose between more than 450 Registered Training Organisations.


More information on Veteran Skills, visit:


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.


NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery

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.


NSW Skills List

The NSW Skills List has been updated. The latest Version 12.0 took effect on 1 July 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.


Version 11.5

Version 12.1

Pre-qualified List


Guidelines released for Black summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program

The guidelines for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants are available on the Business Grants Hub website. The Grants Program supports the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas affected by the 2019–20 bushfires.


The program has been designed to be as simple and flexible as possible to allow councils and communities to identify and implement projects that make sense to them.


Applications for the program will be open for submission on Thursday, 22 July 2021 and close on Thursday, 2 September 2021.  Applicant support workshops are also available for those who would like some help with the application process.


For more information on the BSBR grants and the applicant support workshops, head to the National Recovery and Resilience Agency’s website.


Careers and School-based traineeship initiatives

We are currently seeking opportunities to conduct activities in regional NSW to promote VET in schools including SBATs as well as career events with school students, school leavers and Job seekers. Please make contact to see how the ITAB can support you and your community in activities focusing on public sector and public safety careers.


Please email


National Skills Commission releases its first skills priority list


Almost 800 occupations have been assessed in terms of their current and future demand, as part of the National Skills Commission’s inaugural Skills Priority List. The list is a critical piece of the NSC’s analysis and provides a single source of advice on occupations that are in shortage and their expected future demand.


The analysis provides the current labour market rating for each occupation, as well as nationally and for each state and territory. In addition, each occupation is given an indicative future demand rating – strong, moderate or soft – to indicate the likely demand over the coming five years.


The NSC website contains the 2021 Skills Priority List and the Skills Priority List Methodology.


The Learning Country – Digital Transformation Skills Strategy webinar


Wednesday 21 July, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) will be hosting a webinar titled Digital transformation – what Australia’s VET system must do to ensure we leave no worker behind. This webinar is being held in the wake of the Digital Transformation Expert Panel’s release of The Learning Country, its strategy for what Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system must do to support our nation’s workforce through the impact of digital transformation.


The webinar will step through the proposed strategy and explore the key issues that Australia’s training system must address as digital transformation rapidly changes the world of work and job roles as we know them.


View the media release for further information. Register now for the webinar.



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