Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB)



Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Education, Skills and Employment to engage with industry and training system stakeholders. Through this engagement the ITAB identifies and provides independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW. The ITAB provides core services and advice to the Department in the following key areas:

  • Identification of industry skills needs, priorities and development issues for VET in NSW.
  • Providing the Department with advice and feedback on NSW training and skills needs, issues, and priorities.
  • Promoting training to industry to assist in the uptake of funded training.
  • Advising the Department on apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW including school-based arrangements.
  • Advising the Department on implications for the NSW training system from the development and review of National Training Packages.
  • Supporting the delivery of vocational education and training to school students

The ITAB supports the Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries.

Delivery of ITAB services and advice is overseen by a tripartite Industry Advisory Committee that includes representatives from peak bodies, employers and employee associations for each of the sectors.

Join our next GTAN and WTAN forums – Tuesday, 26 October 2021


Facilitated by the NSW Public Sector ITAB, the Government and Water Trainers and Assessors Networks meet quarterly to share and discuss information impacting skilling and training within government, corrections, public safety and water industries across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.


Due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19, the final network meetings for 2021 will be delivered in online format on the Tuesday, 26 October 2021. The separate sessions will include fellow network participants and guests presenting on a range of key topics and will provide opportunities for networking and discussion.  The ITAB will provide an update on recent training challenges as well as NSW funding strategies for the various sectors.


  1. Government Trainers and Assessors Network (GTAN)

(Includes all government agencies, Local Councils, Correctional Services, Public Safety, Policing & Defence)

Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Time: 10 – 11:30am (AEST)

View the webinar.


  1. Water Trainers and Assessors Network (GTAN)

Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm (AEST)

View the webinar.


Current NSW Government Vocational Education and Training initiatives


Smart and Skilled is helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. This 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 further information. This includes a Course Finder for students 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

Latest COVID-19 advice for training in NSW


Read the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures for students, employers and RTOs on the Training Services NSW website.


VET, SBATs, apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW

Where possible, formal training should be delivered online or deferred. Please note, extended breaks in formal training for SBAT students may impact achievement of the HSC.


School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) may undertake employment as part of their SBAT as long as this employment complies with NSW Public Health Orders.


All other apprentices and trainees may also continue their employment, as long as that employment is in accordance with NSW Public Health Orders. Frequently Asked Questions for SBATs, apprentices and traineesemployers and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)


VET training in regional and rural NSW

Some areas of regional NSW no longer have stay at home orders. In delivering any face to face training, providers will need to have a COVID Safety Plan that outlines how they will ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors to their premises. A strong focus on adequate PPE, social distancing, increased cleaning regimes and sanitising will be required. Where stay at home orders are in effect, formal training where possible should be delivered online or deferred. Any face-to-face delivery must comply with NSW Public Health Orders. Ultimately, all providers in these areas should be limiting the movement of their staff and students at this time.


Some interstate jurisdictions may change border entry arrangements that will affect NSW learners. Call 13 28 11 if you would like information for your local area.


Learn more about the restrictions for regional and rural NSW.


Summer Skills 2021-2022 – Intent to participate


Training Services NSW is inviting Smart and Skilled providers to submit an intent to participate in delivering part qualifications for the 2021/22 Summer Skills program.


a) About Summer Skills 2021/22

Under this strategy, funding will be available to Smart and Skilled providers to deliver part qualifications from the Skilling for Recovery (SfR) Priority Part Qualifications List to:

  • 2021 school leavers, 16 year of age or over
  • other young people, aged 16 to 24, who are not at school.

The strategy supports young people, particularly school leavers, to obtain the skills they need in industries where there are immediate job opportunities.


b) Priority industry areas

Funding for part qualifications will be prioritised for the following industry areas:

  • Hospitality
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Community services
  • Business/ Admin
  • IT/Digital
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing/Engineering
  • Sport and Recreation


Industry needs may differ from region to region so if other part qualifications are identified contact a Skills Broker or your Strategic Relationship Manager in your local Training Services NSW regional office to discuss funding opportunities.


The campaign will run across a variety of media platforms from August 2021 through to the end of January 2022. Students will be able to view the courses on offer via a dedicated Summer Skills 2021/22 webpage on the Department’s website.


TSNSW Aboriginal Initiatives


  1. Mentorship – Barranggirra – Skilling for Employment Initiative


Barranggirra: Training Services NSW Aboriginal Skilling for Employment is a new initiative in 2021.


This initiative consolidates and replaces the long-standing The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People and New Careers for Aboriginal People programs to strengthen the end to end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. This includes improved post-training outcomes and building stronger links for Aboriginal people with current opportunities for employment and training flowing from broader department and government priorities for Aboriginal participation in the NSW workforce and in major projects.


Learn more at Barranggirra – Skilling for Employment Initiative.


  1. Career and business development – NSW Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative


This initiative replaces the longstanding Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) program and has been refreshed to ensure the delivery of a commercially focused business advisory program that includes support for existing Aboriginal owned and operated businesses to grow and diversify their business.


The program will support Aboriginal owned businesses by

  • building capacity through greater connectivity to NSW Government Procurement
  • supporting business start-ups
  • encouraging business expansion
  • providing access to training and job creation.


Learn more at NSW Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative.


  1. Fee-free training – Smart and Skilled


Eligible Aboriginal students are entitled to fee-free government subsidised training in priority skill areas with approved training providers. This training gives you the chance to gain the skills you need to get a job and advance your career.

Learn more about Smart and Skilled.


NSW JobTrainer


The NSW JobTrainer program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW. Training Services NSW is partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers, and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible. The priority is to support the State’s economic recovery by providing the skills businesses need to sustain economic development by preparing for the jobs of the future through a resilient and stronger workforce.


The program offers fee free and low fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW.


Some of the initiatives can be explored below:

  • Skills brokers– localised assistance across NSW to help retrain or upskill your staff or to find trained staff to fill roles with specific skill requirements.
  • Workforce development– supports large employers and investors in NSW in developing and implementing customised workforce development strategies.
  • Construction industry initiatives – supports construction contractors to build workforce capability and capacity by providing fee-free part qualifications to address current and future skills shortages.
  • Funded qualifications– full and part qualifications are available to support young people and job seekers find rewarding employment across target industries, as well as support to help people who need to retrain or up-skill to stay in work.
  • NSW JobTrainer– provides fee-free training courses for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain skills in Australia’s growing industries.

More information can be found on the TSNSW website.


2021 NSW Training Awards Finalists announced


The 2021 NSW Finalists for the individual and organisation award categories have been announced. View who they are here.


The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.


The 2021 NSW Training Awards state event will be delivered online through Facebook LIVE on Saturday, 9 October 2021.


Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund is open


The second and final round of the $100 million Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund is open, with grants up to $1 million available to sport and recreation organisations and councils.


During Round 2, up to $46 million is available for projects that improve sports facilities and recreational spaces, and enable more people to participate in sport and active recreation.


Grants from $100,000 up to $1 million are available for a range of projects including lighting, amenity buildings, clubrooms, change rooms and grandstands.

Round 1 resulted in $54 million awarded for 91 projects.

Round 2 is the final round of the program with applications closing 8 October 2021.


For further information and to apply, visit the NSW Office of Sport website.


Critical training facility to tackle increasingly diverse threat of terrorism


While NSW continues to adjust to COVID-19 lockdown requirements, the threat of terrorism grows increasingly diverse.


The NSW Police Force continues to maintain preparedness for potential terrorism events and has implemented several significant strategies to address the increasing complexity and diversity of the terrorist threat in Australia, including:

  • a robust training and exercise program for officers in command of policing responses to terrorism incidents
  • creation of the High-Risk Terrorism Offenders Unit to proactively monitor released prisoners
  • the introduction of a counter-drone capability
  • close working relationships with key partners in the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police, NSW Ambulance, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW Rural Fire Services
  • significantly strengthened covert online capability to address increasing use of digital platforms to spread extremist messaging
  • establishment of the Engagement and Hate Crimes Unit to identify people at risk of radicalisation.

Read the full article.


Qualifications Reform survey – feedback extended


The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) is seeking stakeholder feedback on how new qualification design concepts might work in practice. It follows the previous Qualifications Design survey, which revealed strong support for the design concepts being tested through Qualification Design Trials.


All VET and industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey but particularly those in the involved in the design, development and delivery of national training products.


Information on the proposed reforms can be accessed below:


The Qualifications Reform survey is now open with a deadline for feedback being extended to 10am (AEDT) Monday, 27 September 2021.


Subscribe to receive further updates on opportunities to provide your feedback, including news about upcoming webinars.


ASQA Strategic Review of Online Learning


ASQA recently released the first insights paper as part of their Strategic Review of Online Learning. They will continue to share findings throughout the rest of 2021, with a commitment to building understanding and support for the continuous improvement and quality in online learning. The Strategic Review’s updated Terms of Reference gives more detail on the approach to sharing findings with the VET sector. The next paper in this series, sharing insights from focus group consultations with VET and English Language students  will be added soon to the ASQA website.


One in four employees in NSW had staff stood down in August


The National Skills Commission’s latest Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey shows that labour market conditions are continuing to ease. Overall, in August 2021, 39% of employers surveyed as part of the Survey were recruiting or had recruited in the past month, a 4% decrease on July 2021.


Employers in New South Wales had the lowest recruitment rate of the states (25%), reflecting the impact of COVID‑19 restrictions, while Western Australia (52%) and Queensland (51%) reported the highest recruitment rates.


New data from the survey on employers’ staffing situations sheds further light on the current impacts on employers in New South Wales and Victoria. Around one in four (24%) employers in New South Wales had staff stood down (i.e., they had staff who remain employed but are currently not working any hours) in August 2021, while 30% of employers in the state had staff on reduced hours.


The report can be viewed in full at


LGNSW new podcasts highlight water innovations in a changing climate


Innovation in water-sensitive urban design, creating “sponge cities” that absorb water effectively and improving water management collaboration are featured topics in Series Two of Local Government NSW’s (LGNSW) Climate Resilience, Shoalhaven Podcast.


LGNSW President Linda Scott said last year’s podcast series on climate resilience, featuring local councils and experts talking on best practice water management in the Naomi region, had proven to be a popular resource for those wanting to increase climate resilience in their communities.


“These podcasts tackle the issue of securing our vital water resources, which is an increasingly critical enabler for communities, economies and the environment across NSW and especially in our regions, in the context of a changing climate,” Cr Scott said.


This initiative is just the latest example of ways councils have taken an active lead role in addressing the vital issue of climate issues. “For example, a recent report from the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, revealed that if all the targets set by Australian local governments were met, an incredible 88,200 kilotons of CO2 emissions would be reduced.

Further Case Studies can be accessed on the Local Government NSW website.


Education – TAE Training and Education Training Package review underway


The TAE Training and Education Training Package was last reviewed in 2015 and uploaded in 2016. In the five years since, the VET teaching, training and assessment landscape has drastically changed. The IRC considers that the TAE Training and Education Training Package is currently not fit for purpose and does not fully address the needs of the VET sector for the following reasons:

  • TAE Units of Competency do not deliver the variety, nor depth, of skills and knowledge that are relevant in a modern VET teaching, training and assessment environment
  • The packaging rules of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment do not provide adequate flexibility for learners pursuing the variety of VET teaching, training and assessment job roles that exist in the modern labour market
  • The TAE Training and Education Training Package does not make use of ‘stackable’ skill sets that allow for a ‘scaffolded’ approach to skill development and attainment of qualifications
  • The TAE Training and Education Training Package is not structured to support the range, and diversity of career pathways available to workers in the VET industry, meaning that existing qualifications (beyond TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) are often underutilised
  • The structure and content of the TAE Training and Education Training Package does not address the skills gaps of those working in other education sub-sectors such as VET for Secondary Students or enterprise training.


The Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has proposed the holistic review of the TAE Training Package to ensure it aligns with the current skills needs of the VET sector and provides greater pathways into the profession.


To start the consultation for the TAE Holistic Review project and  the E-assessment project the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and PwC’s Skills for Australia (SfA) are hosting 3 repeat webinars.

Join us to hear about the project’s scope, goals, approach and some FAQs. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded for on-demand viewing.

Register your interest in 1 of these repeat webinars:

  • Thursday 23 September 2021, 1:30-2:30 pm AEST: Register
  • Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm AEST: Register
  • Thursday 30 September 2021, 1:30-2:30 pm AEST: Register


Complete a pre-webinar survey designed to canvas early views in the sector.


More information on how stakeholders can contribute to this project can be found on the Skills for Australia website.



Industry Training Packages aligned to the Public Sector ITAB

Development and maintenance of Training Packages is overseen by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for each of the sectors covered by the ITAB. For more information about the work of IRCs follow the links below:


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.

Local Government

Local government is responsible for providing a range of local services.

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.

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.


The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities.


Lisa Giammarco

Executive Officer ITAB



Phone: 0427 582 830