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

Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecasts

IRC Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. They are all submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) annually in April for review and endorsement. They focus on the prioritisation of skill needs for the sector/s they are responsible for. This year the AISC has implemented a staggered submission approach for all IRC Skills Forecasts. The intelligence gathered during this process will assist IRCs to formulate their advice to the AISC on industry priorities, skill shortages, and will inform future discussions about updates to Training Packages. Each IRC is required to submit an IRC Skills Forecast to the AISC by 30 April 2019.

Click on the following links to view the draft IRC Skills Forecasts:

Public Safety



Public Sector

National Vocational Education and Training System Review

On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector to examine ways to deliver skilled workers for a stronger economy. The review was led by the Honourable Steven Joyce, a former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. Mr Joyce delivered the final report to the Government in March 2019.

Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation

An eBook titled – Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation has been released following the Industry Skills Forums held in late 2018. The eBook identifies the key high-level messages that emerged and outlines the specific State and Territory issues that were raised during discussions. Read eBook.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) update

AISC has officially endorsed the units of competency developed for the Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Cross Sector Project.

These units will be housed in the Education (TAE) and Business Services (BSB) Training Packages and will be made available through the National VET Training Register later this year. Link to the AISC Communique.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

ASQA will continue to increase regulatory scrutiny in 2019 across areas that present the greatest risk to the quality of Australia’s world-class VET system.

RTO’s need to be aware of the change to application processes from 1 April 2019 for initial accreditation of VET courses. Key checklist and dates for RTOs can be found here.

It is encouraging to see the latest Productivity Commission Report on Government Services show that VET is improving job outcomes: the findings show a three percent increase in 20-64 year old improving their employment status after completing a VET qualification from 2016 to 2018, with remote areas recording a five percent increase over the same period.

Link to the latest ASQA update Communique.

Training Package Updates

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.

Local Government Training Package Development

The Local Government Training Package first draft is currently being finalised. The Skills Service Organisation (SSO) is going over some points made by the AISC that need consideration before finalising the draft. The proposed revised time frame for this training package to be submitted to the AISC by the end of 2019.

Click here for more information.

National Water Training Package

The Water IRC is working towards having qualifications that are versatile, fit for purpose and have content that is updated to include the new technology being used in the Water Sector. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project have met on multiple occasions since October 2018.

  • There are new projects scheduled for the review of Cert II and Cert III in Water Industry Operations and Cert III Water Industry Treatment. They are looking to combine the qualifications to make it simpler to transition across the streams.
  • Draft qualifications and Units of Competency are well advanced and are anticipated to be available for stakeholder consultation by the end of April, 2019.

Public Safety Training Package Projects

The draft Public Safety Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and can be accessed here.

Final drafts are scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in April 2019. More information available below.

Correctional Services Training Package

Project work on the Correctional Services Training Package is currently in development. More information is available below. Expected submission date 31 July.

Cross Sector Projects

Eight Cross Sector projects are underway.

More information available below.

New South Wales Update

Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP)

The Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative that is strengthening connections between local industry and secondary school communities and support students in planning their future career pathways. Hunter and Central Coast RIEP Officers presented recently at the Hunter Central Coast ITAB Roadshow to Local schools, Industry and Registered Training organisations. More information here.

Smart and Skilled update and NSW Skills List

Smart and Skilled released an update on 18 March regarding the National Partnership Agreement (NPA). The Department is due to submit the first progress report for the NPA in early April 2019. The report is based on Smart and Skilled enrolment data.

An update was also released on 4 April regarding the extension to new credential requirements for trainer and assessors. An extension has been granted till 1 July 2019.

For more information regarding Trainer and Assessor credentials click here.

The Smart and Skilled Prices and Fees schedule has been updated to reflect the new qualifications added to the NSW Skills List. Version 8.6 of the Smart and Skilled Prices and Fee Schedule is now available here.

NSW Veterans employment program

Assists veterans to find suitable, sustainable and meaningful employment within the NSW Government Sector. The NSW Government offers a variety of careers allowing veterans to draw upon their unique military experience and skills. An ADF Rank — NSW Government Grade Match Tool has been developed to guide veterans to their equivalent NSW public sector grades.

Click here for more details.


The 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is being co-hosted with TAFE SA in Adelaide on 10-12 July 2019.

Click here to find out about this event.

Trainer and Assessor Network meetings

The most recent meeting of the Government Trainer and Assessor Network (GTAN) was held on Tuesday, 19 March with presentations from the following organisations:

  • Office of Local Government – Update on the Local Government Skills strategy
  • Sarina Russo Apprenticeships – Apprenticeships and traineeships and School based Traineeships
  • Training Services NSW – Apprenticeships and traineeships and Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) – Engagements with schools and Industry
  • SkillsIQ – Update on Public sector and LG training packages
  • VET System update – NSW Public Sector ITAB

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 18 June. For more information about the GTAN please contact Leaenda Ingram.

The most recent meeting of the Water Trainer and Assessor Networks (WTAN) was held on Tuesday, 19 March with presentations from the following organisations:

  • National Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) – Role and responsibilities
  • Sydney Water – Electrical Safety for the work on metallic pipes
  • Hunter Water – Hunter Water in partnership with TAFE NSW
  • Central NSW Councils (Centroc) – Case study on how the Council certified 18 water operators. Water Utilities Alliance “Building a Skilled and Sustainable Workforce through Collaboration”
  • VET System update – NSW Public Sector ITAB

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19 June. For more information about the WTAN please contact Leaenda Ingram.

FREE Government and Water Trainer/Assessor Workshops (GTAN & WTAN)

Are you a HR professional, Training & Development Professional, Trainer & Assessor or work for a Registered Training Organisation? Would you like to join a community of like-minded colleagues in the industry to share and discuss ideas, challenges and best practices within the Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector and receive the latest updates within VET and how it may impact you? Join us at the next round of WTAN and GTAN workshops scheduled for 2019.

If you haven’t yet registered yourself in the upcoming workshops please email leaenda.ingram@australianindustrystandards.org.au. Information on programs and venues will be confirmed to participants closer to the scheduled training dates.

  • Government Trainer & Assessor Network Workshop – 18 June 2019. Sydney
  • Water Trainer & Assessor Network Workshop – 19 June 2019. Sydney


  • Training Services NSW Supervisor Workshops – Click here to find out the next workshop dates.
  • OzWater Conference, Melbourne, 7-9 May 2019. Click here to register.
  • Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow, Melbourne, 14-16 May 2019. For more information click here.
  • LGNSW Water Management Conference, Albury, 2-4 September 2019. For more information click here.
  • Local Government Week and Local Government Awards – Local Government Week (29 July – 4 August 2019). Click here to find out about events and services and the awards.
  • National Local Government Workforce Summit, 13-15 November 2019. For more information click here.
  • Correctional Services Healthcare Summit, Melbourne, 10-11 September 2019. For more information click here.
  • Upcoming conferences for Public sector can be found here.

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