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.


Certificate IV in Local Government to be added to the NSW Skills List

The Public Sector ITAB is pleased to announce that its application to have LGA40120 Certificate IV in Local Government added to the NSW Skills List has been successful. This qualification includes the specialisations of Corporate Services, Operational Works, Parking Control, Rates and Regulatory Control.


This decision means that Local Government organisations will be able to access funded training once a preferred RTO has NSW Smart and Skilled approval to deliver this qualification. I am grateful to all Councils who participated in surveys or supplied Letters of Support to provide evidence of the demand for the qualifications and its specialisations in NSW. These clearly reinforced the need for the qualification and assisted TSNSW make their final determination to add it to the NSW Skills List.


Please make contact if you have any questions regarding this qualification or funded training more generally.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs)

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) can be a great way to set senior high school students for a career whilst continuing their schooling and completing HSC. They are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship while at school. School-based apprentices undertake the first stage of their apprenticeship training before the end of the HSC year. School-based trainees complete their traineeship by the end of their HSC year.


For employers, taking on a school-based apprentice or trainee means preparing the future workforce for their business, organisation and/or industry. Providing job opportunities for young people is essential in developing the skills base of tomorrow. The apprentice or trainee can undertake a combination of industry-specialised training, school and one day per week in paid employment, learning the culture and work tasks of a role in the business. Employers can expect that their training costs will be minimised and they will have a well-trained worker ready to contribute to their business after the HSC.


Further information on the SBAT program can be found here.


Premier’s Vocational Education in Schools Scholarship

This scholarship is open to teachers in NSW secondary schools, specifically Vocational Education Training accredited teachers, or teachers undertaking a VET co-ordination role at their school. The scholarship is for a study to research current issues in vocational education that impact students in schools.


Areas for research may include, but are not restricted to:

  • The role of workplace learning in the delivery and assessment of VET courses
  • School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship pathways
  • Partnerships between vocational education providers and industry
  • Curriculum structures, delivery patterns and arrangements of vocational education
  • Articulation of vocational education credentials acquired by students into post-School vocational education and training.

The successful applicant will undertake a study tour and follow-up activities of up to five weeks within Australia, with optional virtual international connections undertaken as appropriate.


The scholarship proudly supported by the NSW Department of Education will be offered for travel during 2023. Further information on this initiative can be found on the TSNSW website.


Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant Open

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. Promoting diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce, the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.


Organisations applying for funding under the EDAEG must be registered, based in NSW and provide services within the State.


To be eligible, organisations must be a:

  • NSW public service agency; or
  • NSW local government authority operating under the Local Government Act 1993.


Applications for the 2022/2023 funding round are now open and can be accessed at


Find further information on the Department of Education website.


Information for employers on how to access VET funding

Find out how to access funding for vocational education and training that gives your staff workplace skills in high demand industries. Learn about Smart and Skilled, JobTrainer and other government programs in NSW on the TSNSW website.


Smart and Skilled gives eligible students:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.


For further information on funded training at the links below:

Strengthen your business with vocational education and training

Apprentice and Trainee Employer pages and VET pages

Training Services NSW 


Sayres partnership to provide training support to ADF

Defence support services provider Sayres has teamed up with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to help upskill Australian Defence Force members as well as the government sectors with their respective industry and academia expertise.


UTS and Sayres are set to deliver new teaching and learning opportunities targeting the immediate skills requirements of the Australian Defence Force and government sectors. The training courses are designed to span across the entire spectrum of skills requirements and will assist staff in gaining the relevant skills needed for career development and progression.


The new partnership is aimed at leveraging Sayres and UTS’ respective wealth of knowledge in defence training and tertiary education. The collaboration is tailored to the specific and immediate requirements of the Defence and government sectors and will result in co-designed, non-accredited and nationally accredited courses.


Read the full article here.


Developing bushfire-resilient technology

NSW will cement its place as a world leader in bushfire technology commercialisation and position itself for international export of innovative bushfire solutions under a new NSW Government program.


Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the Bushfire Commercialisation Fund will help innovators translate their cutting-edge research into practical solutions that will improve bushfire detection, preparation and response. “Whether it’s artificial intelligence, drones or predictive mapping, we need to commercialise disaster-resilient practical solutions, not just in NSW, but across Australia and around the world,” Mr Henskens said.


A total of $16 million over three years has been allocated, with the first round of funding offering grants of between $200,000 and $8 million to individuals, companies, research institutions and universities, to help them commercialise their research.


Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the program will help to develop products that complement the work of emergency service organisations.


The NSW Government established the Bushfire Commercialisation Fund (BCF) under the NSW Bushfire Response R&D Mission to accelerate the development, commercialisation and adoption of bushfire technologies and services in NSW.


More information on the fund can be found here.


2022 Worldskills open applications for regional competition

Every two years, more than 500 Regional Competitions are held in 42 regions across Australia. They test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals and go on to compete at a national level. 2022 is the next Regional Competition year.


Competitors are the stars of the Regional Competitions, but training providers, employers, local government, industry, employers, volunteers and sponsoring partners also have important roles to play.


Taking part in Regional Competitions offers participants huge benefits and opportunities. These include:

  • Striving and being recognised for excellence
  • Boosting workplace skills and performance
  • Demonstrating potential to current and future employers
  • Benchmarking skills against others in your field
  • Fast-tracking careers and developing skills such as time management and organisation skills
  • Building networking and communication skills through taking direction from industry peers, engaging with industry and peers and working alongside rivals
  • Developing commitment and responsibility through understanding and meeting competition criteria and requirements.


For more information, visit the WorldSkills website.


Jobs and Skills Summit to be held in September

The Federal Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on 1-2 September. The Summit will bring together Australians, including unions, employers, civil society and governments to address shared economic challenges.


The goal is to build a bigger, better-trained and more productive workforce; boost incomes and living standards; and create more opportunities for more Australians to get ahead and to reach their aspirations.


The Summit, led by the Prime Minister and Treasurer, will work with all Ministers but with key contributions from Finance Minister and Minister for Women Katy Gallagher and Ministers Burke, Rishworth, O’Connor, O’Neil and Husic.


The themes and outcomes of the Summit will inform the Employment White Paper, which will help to shape the future of Australia’s labour market. Although development of the paper will be led by Treasury, it will also invite submissions and engage the wider community over the next 12 months.

The Summit will cover a range of topics with a focus on:

  • Keeping unemployment low, boosting productivity and raising incomes
  • Delivering secure, well-paid jobs and strong, sustainable wages growth
  • Expanding employment opportunities for all Australians including the most disadvantaged
  • Addressing skills shortages and getting our skills mix right over the long-term
  • Improving migration settings to support higher productivity and wages
  • Maximising jobs and opportunities from renewable energy, tackling climate change, the digital economy, the care economy and a Future Made in Australia
  • Ensuring women have equal opportunities and equal pay.


Further information can be found here.


John Morony Correctional Centre staff and inmates construct training door

Bathurst fire fighters are now able to better simulate breaking through a locked door in an emergency situation, thanks to the work of staff and inmates at John Morony Correctional Centre.


The resettable doors – designed by NSW Fire and Rescue and named “62Red” – allow emergency crews to repeatedly practice various forced entry techniques without having to replace the door after each drill.


Minister for Corrections Geoff Lee said Corrective Services Industries staff designed an engineering program to allow inmates to build the doors in workshops in the prison. “The program provides training for inmates and employable skills for inmates to use when they are released,” Mr Lee said. “They are learning welding, fabrication, interpretation of highly-technical drawings and gaining an appreciation of how their work ultimately helps protect our communities.”


Fire and Rescue NSW tested the doors and were so impressed by their quality, the directive was given to manufacture more.


The ’62Red’ fire doors were created in the Western Sydney correctional facility and rolled out across the state. Bathurst-based firies have been incorporating the door into their training since it arrived as it simulates entering a house fire or building fire where the doors are locked or dead bolted. The forcible entry training door allows the crews to sharpen their skills without actually doing any damage.


Read the full article here.


ASQA clarifies position on credit transfers

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has clarified its position on credit transfer for superseded equivalent units of competency.


A review of Clause 3.5 on Standards for RTOs identified a lack of clarity regarding credit transfer and superseded equivalence for students. ASQA has issued the following advice on managing credit transfer for superseded equivalent units of competency:


When a student presents a superseded equivalent unit of competency for credit transfer for the purpose of reducing the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification or skill set, as the training package has determined the unit of competency to be superseded equivalent, a provider can grant credit for that unit without needing to map unit outcomes.


Although not required, providers may take a best practice approach and conduct mapping analysis, especially for those units that have been superseded twice or more despite still being deemed equivalent, to assure themselves the assessment of competence is still relevant.


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National Skills Week 2022

National Skills Week is about promoting Vocational Education and Training in Australia and changing peoples’ perceptions by demonstrating the range of opportunities for those who choose a VET pathway to build a successful career. You are invited to get behind this weeklong event to support the profile of VET and showcase the varied career opportunities available across all industries. Events are planned to run nationally from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th August. There are many ways for employers, industry, training providers and schools to get involved. If you would like to take part in showcase activities and events, you can email [email protected] or phone 0438 808 848.


Click here for more information:


TAE Training Package Update

TAE Training and Education Training Package Review: Additional training products available for public review


Version 1 draft material relating to the following TAE Training and Education Training Package product is now available for public review:

TAEDEL415 Facilitate training within a vocational education and training environment:

A practicum unit intended to support learners in implementing their skills and knowledge within a Vocational Education and Training Environment whilst under direct supervision of another VET teacher or trainer.


TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners:

A unit intended to support those working in a young learner context, focussed on identifying the learning needs of young vocational learners and developing collaborative learning environments.


The IRC recently agreed to the development of these two new units of competency to sit as electives within the Certificate IV Training and Assessment, in response to industry feedback received during the recent Public Review period for this project, as well as items outlined in the Case for Change.


As these units were developed in response to feedback from the initial Public Review period, a separate 4 week consultation period is now being held to give industry the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the above products. Following this, all products in the TAE Review project will be released for public validation on Friday 29 July 2022.


Find further information on the Skills for Australia 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


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0427 582 830