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

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)’s provider briefings for 2018 have come to an end. More than 5,500 people registered to attend at least one of the 28 events (24 face-to-face events and 4 webcasts) that were held. Recordings of the webcasts and the presentation slides used at the sessions are available here.

ASQA’s New course accreditation application lodgement fee of $500 was introduced on the 6 July 2018 for all initial and renewal applications submitted for course accreditation by ASQA.

At time of lodgement, a completeness check of the application will be conducted to review:

  • sufficiency of evidence demonstrating industry support
  • sufficiency of evidence demonstrating an established need for the course to be nationally recognised
  • evidence of consultation with the Skills Service Organisations
  • the course document has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012, including the units of competency against the Standards for Training Packages, and
  • all sections of the form completed and witnessed.

ASQA will provide written advice on the outcome of the completeness check.

Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC) Update

The last Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC) meeting was held on 9 October 2018. During this meeting several training packages were approved for implementation including the TLI Transport and Logistics – High Risk Work Licence units. The approved TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package Release 5.0 is now available on training.gov.au.

Training Package Update

Work is currently underway on the Training Packages the following IRCs are responsible for. 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.

Correctional Services Training Package

The AISC has commissioned projects in the CSC Correctional Services Training Package. The projects will review industry skills for:

  • Immigration Detention Facility
  • Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance and
  • Corrections Services personnel required to respond to emergency medical situations.

The Corrections IRC is forming TACs for these projects, seeking subject matter experts with relevant skills and experience in the corrections industry. To register your interest in becoming a TAC member for any of the above projects, please email the following to dan.kerr@australianindustrystandards.org.au:

  • your contact details
  • the TAC you are interested in participating in
  • a brief outline of your interest in and skills and experience relevant to the project

Local Government Training Package Development

Industry consultation to inform training package development work is continuing with a good cross section of councils represented in workshops and discussions in other forums. The next IRC meeting is scheduled in December 2018 and will consider Draft 1 material to be published for public consultation on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum with updated project information. You can find more information here.

Public Sector Training Package Development

Development work is continuing on updating the four Translating and Interpreting qualifications in this training package. No other work has been approved at this stage and will be considered at the next IRC meeting scheduled in December 2018.

National Water Training Package

NWP National Water Diploma has received IRC final sign off and final drafts will be submitted to the AISC for endorsement in late October. The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance, and are now available for viewing by clicking here. This includes 2 core units that will be updated, and 9 specialist elective streams revamped.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings have kicked off for the new projects scheduled for the review of Cert II and Cert III in Water Industry Operations and Cert III Water Industry Treatment. To get regular updates subscribe here.

Public Safety Training Package

The consultation phase for the Public Safety training package transition has been completed and in the process of TAC sign off before the case of endorsement is put forward to the AISC.

Draft Training Package materials have been finalised for the following projects and are available for your feedback. Click on the relevant training package to provide your feedback.

Please submit your feedback by close of business by Monday, 12 November 2018

National Water Week

Every third week of October (21-27 October 2018), National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build awareness around the value of water. See what is happening in your city here.

The Ixom 2018 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition headed to Toowoomba in Queensland where the community was invited to help judge the winner at the Grand Central Shopping Centre.

2018 Grand Finalists – Congratulations to: 

  • Queensland Livingstone Shire Council – Yeppoon
  • NSW Port Macquarie Hastings Council – Port Macquarie
  • Tasmania TasWater – Bryn Estyn (Greater Hobart)
  • South Australia SA Water – Woolpunda WTP
  • Victoria Wannon Water – Hamilton WTP

New South Wales Update

Local Government Skills Strategy Update

The NSW Local Government Skills Strategy (LGSS) was successfully piloted in late 2017 and now covers all NSW councils. It will run until 30 June 2019.

It aims to enhance training and employment opportunities in NSW councils by boosting apprentice and trainee numbers and offering a pre-employment program, as well as build the capacity of existing employees. Since the pilot in 2017, The Office of Local Government is seeing an increase in the take-up of the LGSS funding with lots of interest from regional NSW.

For more information download the brochure or contact the Office of Local Government Principal Project Officer LGSS, Jaleen Caples on 0472 817 148.

Training Services NSW Business Reporting

The Department now produces reports presenting Apprenticeships and Traineeship statistics from data held on the Training Services NSW, Integrated Vocational Education and Training System (IVETS) database. The reports are fully interactive, enabling users to filter and sort data as they wish.  View a sample report here.

NSW Water Regulator

Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) was established in April this year to deliver a fair, transparent and enforceable water compliance system in NSW. The independent water regulator for NSW has hit the ground running, taking over 100 actions against land owners in its first 100 days of operation. More information on the compliance actions click here.


NSW Legends of Water 2018 have been announced

The NSW Branch is once again celebrating the Legends of Water for 2018! This is a night not to be missed as we recognise the leaders of the NSW water industry. To register your attendance, click here.

NSW Water Award nominations closing soon 

The Australian Water Association NSW Branch Awards promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects. Help us to recognise the contributions to the water industry by nominating yourself, your organisation or someone else by clicking here.

2018 NSW Training Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the 201 NSW Training Awards were announced at Sydney Town Hall on the 12 September 201. Hosted by NSW Deputy Premier the Hon. John Barilaro.

2018 National Training Awards presentation dinner

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. Book your tickets here.

Supervising your apprentice or trainee – Free workshops

TSNSW Supervisor Workshops are running through regional NSW in October. If you would like attend a free workshop, please contact your local Training Services NSW centre on 13 28 11 for more information.

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