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

IRC Industry Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. They are all submitted to The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) annually for review and approval. Based on industry analysis, they focus on the prioritisation of skill needs and identify new and emerging skills and their associated training needs. They include a Proposed Schedule of Work which outlines the IRC’s recommended four-year plan for developing and reviewing Training Packages to address the issues identified in the forecast.

Australian Industry Standards is giving stakeholders an opportunity to help identify the skills needs for the water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections industries. To access the survey, which should take no more than 5-10 minutes, please click here. To complete the Call for Submissions form, please click here. The survey and Call for Submissions will close on the 14 January 2019.

SkillsIQ is seeking input from the Public Sector and Local Government sectors to better understand the workforce challenges and skills needs industry faces. Their Future Skills Survey is now open for feedback.  Please complete the short survey by clicking hereThe survey closes at 5:00pm on 31 January 2019.

If you wish to provide input for other industry sectors go to the relevant Skills Service Organisation (SSO) webpage. Input for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime and energy sectors can be provided at the AIS link above.

The input received during this consultation process will assist the IRCs to formulate their advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Update

The ASQA regulatory strategy 2018-20 has been published to their website. The Regulatory Strategy is a key element in ASQA’s risk-based approach to regulation. The Strategy sets out the systemic risks that currently present high-level risk to the reputation and quality of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector and identifies the work ASQA will do to address these risks over the coming two-year period.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Update

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 46th meeting today in Adelaide. Leaders made progress on priority economic, social and national security issues to improve the lives and ensure the safety of all Australians. Communique available here.

Government review of National Vocational & Education Training (VET) sector announced

The federal government has commissioned an independent review of the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The review will focus on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working life.

Public submissions to the Review are now open and will close on 25 January 2019 at 11.59 pm AEST.

Submissions are invited to address all aspects of the Terms of Reference, including what is working well, the challenges that exist, and changes that could be made to the VET system.

Submissions can be provided either by completing the questionnaire template or attaching a document on the Vocational Education and Training Review website.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review Update

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF, which will ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community. The review will involve consultation in response to a discussion paper. Stakeholder consultations are planned for February 2019 and the review’s final report will be provided to government by September 2019. Read more.

Training Package Updates

Work is currently underway on the Training Package development projects below. 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.

Foundation Skills Training Package

Skills for Australia has released the draft numeracy units for the review of the Foundation Skills Training Package (FSK). For more information visit the Skills for Australia website.

If you would like to provide feedback, simply email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to info@skillsforaustralia.com by close of business 7 January 2019.

Inclusion of People with Disability

Skills for Australia has released the Case for Endorsement for the Inclusion of People with Disability VET cross-sector project. If you would like to provide feedback, simply email your comments to info@skillsforaustralia.com by close of business 9 January 2019.

Supply Chain Skills

The Cross-Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the AISC. Its goal is to develop a series 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. It will enable the many individuals working along different parts of the supply chain to be skilled to the same world class standards and consequently, increase industry’s efficiency and productivity.

To view the draft Units click here or if you’d like to read more about the work underway or register for Project Updates, go to the project-specific website at https://supplychainskills.org.au/. The draft Units will be available for comment until close of business 7 January 2019.

New South Wales Update

Apprentices and Trainees Update

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has provided the latest release of national apprentice and trainee data.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the NCVER report on Government-funded Students and Courses showed a 16 per cent rise in apprentices and trainees in NSW against a national increase of only 2.8 per cent. “NSW also has the highest number of students with a disability in government-supported VET training with 30,100 students or 42 per cent of the national total,” he said. Read more.

Adult Apprenticeships Update

The government is also hoping to encourage more employers to take on adult apprentices by offering one-off payments of $4000 to those who offer jobs to those aged 21 to 24 years. At the moment, the adult apprentices support payment is only available to employers who take on apprentices aged 25 or above. The change will come into effect from 1 July 2019 and cost the government $27.7 million.

The second change, commencing on 1 January 2019, is to trial wage subsidies for employers who engage apprentices in traditional trades in regional and rural communities. This trial is designed to encourage small businesses to employ an additional apprentice above their normal intake. Read more.

NCVER Update

The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments. Government budgets can be large documents and often include multiple papers. This section of the VET Knowledge Bank aims to make it easier to locate sections that relate to skills and training in Commonwealth, state and territory budgets. Click here for NSW information.


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

The next round of WTAN and GTAN workshops has now been scheduled for 2019. If you haven’t yet registered yourself in the upcoming workshops please email Natalie.nguyen@australianindustrystandards.org.au. Information on programs and venues will be confirmed to participants closer to the scheduled training dates.

  • GTAN Workshop – 12 February 2019. Sydney
  • WTAN Workshop – 19 February 2019. Sydney

FREE Supervising your apprentice or trainee Workshops

Training Services NSW (TSNSW) Supervisor Workshops will be running through regional NSW in 2019. If you would like attend a free workshop, please contact your local Training Services NSW centre on 13 28 11 for more information.

Water Industry Safety Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Water Industry Safety Excellence Awards are now open and close on 1 March 2019. Get your nominations in by submitting a nomination here.

No Frills 2019

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at one of the biggest national research conferences, ‘No Frills‘, to be held in Adelaide from 10-12 July 2019.

Presentations should explore the theme The student journey: skilling for life and further our understanding of the issues it raises. Submissions are open until 18 February 2019, so get your abstract in now.

2019 Australian Training Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Australian Training Awards. These awards recognise the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their outstanding contribution to vocational education. For more information on how to submit nominations click here.

Applications close 31 May 2019. The Awards will be held in Brisbane on the 21 November 2019.

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