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) Industry Skills Forecasts

The 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts are currently being developed by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). Stakeholders have been invited to provide feedback about a range of issues affecting their industry. This information will be used to develop the industry outlook for each sector and identify any new or emerging skills. The intelligence gathered during this process will assist IRCs to formulate their advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (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.

Public Sector Feedback

The Public Sector draft documents for the 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts are available for comment until 5.00pm on Friday, 22 February 2019. Copies of the draft documents and the online feedback forms may be found here. All feedback will be considered by the IRC.

National Vocational Education and Training System Review

Late last year the federal government appointed Steven Joyce, the former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and Minister of Finance, to lead an independent review of the vocational education and training (VET).

The review is considering VET funding and policy, changing work patterns, the impact of new technologies and the needs of industry and employers.

Mr Joyce is hosting a series of discussions with industry, employer, student and workforce groups across the country. The report will be delivered to the Government in March 2019. More information here.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review Update

Another important review currently being undertaken is the Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Expert Panel, chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, released a Discussion Paper in December.

The Panel is considering changes in the nature of work that affect the skills that graduates need and the types of qualifications that students and employers are seeking. It will assess areas where reform to the AQF is required.

Public consultations are now underway, with submissions due by 15 March. All interested parties are encouraged to make a submission using the submission form. Submissions can be also be sent to AQFReview@education.gov.au. A final report to the government is due in July.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

Australian Skills Quality Authority (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. They will continue their work in relation to the recommendations of the review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. Link to the latest Communique.

Revised National VET Data Policy

Registered Training Organisations (RTO) must use the new Privacy Notice from 1 July 2019.  This new Privacy Notice no longer requires RTOs to collect and keep a record of student consent. RTOs are still required to provide the Privacy Notice to all students at enrolment, but the new format removes the need to record and report student consent, making the enrolment process simpler. Read More.

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.

Diploma of Water Industry Operations Endorsed

The Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC) has approved the Case for Endorsement for Training Package implementation. The approved NWP National Water Training Package Release 2.0 is now available on training.gov.au. For more information click here.

Police Training Package Projects

The projects below are in their final stages and draft materials are expected to be submitted to the AISC for approval in March 2019. More information available below:

Public Safety Training Package Projects

The projects below are in their final stages and draft materials are expected to be submitted to the AISC for approval in April 2019. More information available below:

Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project

The Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the AISC.  Its goal is to develop a range of Skill Sets and Units of Competency for those supply chain skills common to a range of industry sectors and in doing so, support the mobility of skilled labour and agility of the Australian workforce. More information here.

Big Data and Cyber Security Training

Big Data and Cyber Security draft training products are LIVE! You can find the drafts here. If you would like to provide feedback, simply email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to info@skillsforaustralia.com. Please note that feedback will be accepted until Friday, 22 February 2019.

New South Wales Update

NSW Skills List and Fee Schedule

The NSW Skills List has been updated. This update covers changes as a result of the addition of new qualifications, updates to Training Packages, expiring accredited courses and updates to Vocational Training Orders (VTO). Version 8.5 of the NSW Skills List is now available here.

The Smart and Skilled Price and Fees schedule has been updated to reflect the new qualifications added to the NSW Skills List. Version 8.5 of the Smart and Skilled Prices and Fee Schedule is now available here.

Regional Industry Education Partnerships (REIP)

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. More information here.

Our ITAB committee member retires from Water after half a century

Civil engineer, Water Directorate Executive Officer and Public Sector Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) Committee Member, Gary Mitchell has worked on some iconic water and sewerage projects in New South Wales (NSW) during his nearly 50-year career. We would like to thank Gary for his involvement with the NSW Public Sector ITAB over the last 18 months. Read more.

Young Worker’s Safety Toolkit

More than 15,000 young people aged up to 25 years old in NSW are injured at work each year.  While some injuries may only have a short-term impact, others are irreversible and life-changing for you, your family and friends. The NSW Government has developed a Young Workers Toolkit with case studies, videos, information and useful advise for workers, parents, employers and educators to ensure the safety of our young workers. For relevant training information click on the below links:

Financial Cap Review for Registered Training Organisations

Financial Cap Monitoring Review Stage 3: 15 February – Mid-April. The final Financial Cap Monitoring Review Stage for the 2018-19 Activity Period allows the Department to provide a further progress report on Financial Cap performance to each affected RTO and to work with RTOs to make adjustments to Financial Caps. The Department will issue Financial Cap Performance Reports shortly after 15 February 2019.

Adding Qualifications to NSW Skills List

During the Financial Cap review stage, RTOs can continue to submit requests to add Approved Qualifications for existing Financial Caps. However, this should be done separately from the request to adjustment Financial Caps that are due by COB 1 March 2019. For technical support in relation to this update, contact Training Market Customer Support at training.market@industry.nsw.gov.au or 1300 772 104.


Hunter Central Coast ITAB Roadshow

Find out more about ITAB’s and how they can help you. Join us at Hunter Central Coast ITAB Roadshow on 7-8 March 2019 at Westrac Facility, 1 Westrac Drive Tomago, NSW. Register your spot by clicking on the relevant link below:

FREE Government and Water Trainer Assessor Network Workshops – 19 & 20 March 2019

The NSW Public Sector ITAB is inviting you and your colleagues to the next Government and/or Water Trainer Assessor Network Workshops. These workshops have been created as a community for Industry stakeholders (HR professionals, Training & Development Professionals, Trainers and Assessors, and Registered Training Organisations) to discuss Vocational Education & Training (VET), share and discuss ideas, challenges and best practices.

It is also an opportunity for the ITAB to provide industry with information about the latest changes within the VET sector and potential impacts to stakeholders and at the same time gather industry intelligence that is relevant to the VET sector and Training Package development that can be fed back to the NSW Department of Industry.

This is a free event but you do need to register for catering purposes by email to natalie.nguyen@australianindustrystandards.org.au

The program will be sent out to those that register.

Free Supervising your Apprentice or Trainee Workshops

How well equipped are you to train and supervise an apprentice or trainee? Training Services NSW are running workshops in February and March 2019. More information on dates here.

2019 Australian Training Awards now open

It’s a brand new year. Be recognised for your achievements and passion in vocational education and training. Apply or nominate for the 2019 NSW Training Awards today! Read more on ‘How to Enter‘. Applications close Friday 15 March 2019.

Water Industry Safety Excellence Award

Acknowledging outstanding initiative and team contributions in considering and playing an active part in the area of safety improvement and injury prevention across the entire water industry. Nominations for the 2019 Water Industry Safety Excellence Award close 1 March 2019. More information here.

Young Water Professional of the year 

The Australian Water Association’s award for the Young Water Professional of the Year recognises young water professionals for outstanding career achievements and their potential to play an influential role in the water industry in the future. Submit your nominations now. To be eligible nominee’s must be 35 years & under when the Australian Water Awards are presented, Wednesday 8 May 2019.

OzWater 2019 – Australia’s International Water Conference and Exhibition

Ozwater is the Australian Water Association’s international water conference and trade exhibition. Returning in 2019 to the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, thousands of water professionals from across Australia and internationally will unite in one of the world’s most liveable cities to share ideas on the future of water in Australia on the 7-9 May 2019. Melbourne. Register now.



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