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. Information about the work of the national Industry Reference Committee (IRC) including Training Package and industry Skills Forecasts can be found here.

Local Government

Local government is the third tier of government in Australia, responsible for providing a range of local services. Information about the work of the national Industry Reference Committee (IRC) including Training Package and industry Skills Forecasts can be found here.

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. Information about the work of the national Industry Reference Committee (IRC) including Training Package and industry Skills Forecasts can be found here.

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. Information about the work of the national Industry Reference Committee (IRC) including Training Package and industry Skills Forecasts can be found here.


The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities. Information about the work of the national Industry Reference Committee (IRC) including Training Package and industry Skills Forecasts can be found here.

New South Wales Update

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is 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

Smart and Skilled Update No 95

Update No 95 includes information about: Training Needs Identification Part Qualification funding for priority skills sets (Bushfire Recovery and COVID-19 response); current arrangements regarding certified documents when enrolling students under Smart and Skilled; and, National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program. The full update can be viewed here.

Training Services NSW COVID-19 Update

Training Services NSW (TSNSW), as part of the Department of Education, is monitoring COVID-19 in NSW and implementing responses to support those affected. More information is available here. 

News and Resources

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS)

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service is a free matching service that helps apprentices in skills shortage occupations who have lost their job due to the economic downturn to find new employers so that they can complete their training. The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and to request contact details if they find someone who may be suitable for their business. For more information click here.

TAFE NSW Covid-19 Support Fee-Free Courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries. For more information click here.

Training to support bushfire affected communities

The NSW Government is supporting industries and communities needing more skilled workers to rebuild communities and support displaced workers or business severely impacted by the bushfires through funding various training courses. For more information click here.

National Update


The Department of Health has provided updated information on the novel coronavirus for the education and training sector. This has been distributed to VET providers and is being sent to you as a VET sector stakeholder, for information. The factsheets can be found on the Department of Education website for you to share by clicking here.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee

AISC is ensuring Australia’s national training system is well positioned to address the workforce challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the AISC has established the Emergency Response Sub-committee (the sub-committee). The sub-committee held its first meeting on 8 April 2020. More information can be found here.

The AISC 20 April 2020 meeting communique can be found here.

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (Employment) was consolidated with the Department of Education, to form the new Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Small business functions from Employment transferred to the new Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. These changes took effect on 1 February 2020. For more information click here.

COAG releases draft VET reform roadmap

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council is developing a VET reform roadmap and last month released The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Reform Roadmap Consultation Draft. View here.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASQA has extended transition periods for 51 qualifications due to expire between 17 March and 15 July until 31 December 2020. For the full list click here.

The ASQA April 2020 update, including new guidance on first aid training can be found here.

New Infection Control Skill Set announced

The Australian Government has announced the fast-tracking of a new national infection control skill set endorsed by all Council of Australian Government (COAG) Skills Council Ministers. The infection control skill set will be delivered as a short course to quickly qualify Australians to effectively stop the spread of germs and disease in the workplace. The media release can be viewed here.

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 Australian Industry and Skills Committee has agreed to postpone the Public Safety Training Package – Community Safety review, in response to a request from the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The IRC requested the project be postponed as key stakeholders were unavailable to participate in the project due to ongoing work in relation to the bushfires. The entire Public Safety industry was mobilised to combat the disaster. The outstanding cooperation between all agencies; fire, police, defence, SES, and all civilian authorities, including ambulance paramedics, supporting operations was a testament to the comprehensive training and skilling that has been undertaken over the years. Due to the extent of involvement across the industry, reassigning the review and development of Training Package materials for this project to other industry experts and representatives outside of the TAC has not been possible. The magnitude of the recent bushfire disasters across Australia is likely to result in a review of future training and skilling needs, drawing heavily on lessons learnt from previous disasters of this type.

The project was scheduled to review and update four qualifications, four Skills Sets and 55 Units of Competency relating to community safety. The IRC intends to re-establish the project though a new Case for Change to the AISC in 2020-21, following consultation with industry stakeholders.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions events have been either put on hold or will now be held via video conference.

The ITAB will be conducting a series of regional Trainer Assessor video conferences for Water and Local Government sectors on the following dates (1:00-4:00PM):

  • 21 May 2020 – Western NSW
  • 27 May 2020 – Riverina
  • 4 June 2020 – Hunter and Central Coast
  • 11 June 2020 – North Coast & Mid North Coast
  • 18 June 2020 – Illawarra and South East NSW
  • 25 June 2020 – New England

For more information please contact nswitab@aistnds.org.au.

Training Services NSW Apprentice and Trainee Supervisor Workshop dates and locations can be found here.

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.

Contact us

Paul Humphreys

Executive Officer

0429 670 588


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