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 Industry Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually. 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.

Consultation on the draft forecasts for Local Government and Public Sector are closed and they are currently not available on the Skills Service Organisations SkillsIQ website.

Click on the following links below to view draft IRC Forecasts for 2019 that have been submitted to the AISC.

Public Safety



There is a very interesting article in the Local Government Focus Newspaper online related to local government experiencing a skill shortage and skill gaps.

National Vocational Education and Training System

The Government announced several major initiatives in the April budget, in response to the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) System by The Hon Steven Joyce. A Skills Package: Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow includes funding to establish a National Skills Commission and a National Skills Commissioner, which will work with industry, VET sector and states/territories to develop the model for the commission going forward.

The administration of VET is moving from the Department of Education and Training to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (DESSFB). Senator Michaela Cash has been appointed as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. She will be supported by Hon Steve Irons MP as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships.

Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation

National Forums held in 2018 have contributed to the development of the 2019 Industry Reference Committee Skills Forecasts, as well as an eBook titled – Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation. 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

Transition of training packages: The AISC received a briefing from the Chair of the Local Government Industry Reference Committee (IRC) on its progress in transitioning the LGA04 Local Government Training Package to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages.

Link to the AISC Communique.

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.

Registrations are now open for ASQA’s Training Provider Briefings for 2019. ASQA Training Provider Briefings 2019 will commence from 27 June. This year ASQA Commissioners and General Managers will participate in the briefings alongside audit staff. This gives attendees an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas directly with senior ASQA decision makers.

Change to application process for initial accreditation of VET courses requires industry consultation is conducted during the development of a new training product. When applying to accredit a new VET course you will need to submit the VET concept form. ASQA’s review of the VET course concept form will provide course developers with valuable feedback before they embark on course development.

Link to the latest ASQA update Communique.

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.

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.

Public Safety Training Package Projects

The AISC approved the following Case for Endorsement for implementation:

PUA Training Package (release 1.0) has been endorsed.

PUA Public Safety Training Package

Public Safety – 38 qualifications, 26 skill sets and 338 UoC

  • All products have been transitioned to meet Standards for TP 2012 – Fire, Public Safety, Biosecurity, EC, EM, SAR, SES – included some review and development work.
  • Biosecurity Skill Set – Public Information will be completed in the next two months – this will be a minor release.

The AISC commissioned the following projects from 2019 Skills Forecasts to proceed to Training Package development:

  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Sensor Operations)
  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Simulator Maintenance)
  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Work Health and Safety)
  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Range Control)
  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Chaplaincy)
  • PUA Public Safety (Defence Evaluations)
  • PUA Public Safety (State Emergency Services)

POL Police Training Package

The AISC approved the following Case for Endorsement for implementation:

POL Police Training Package (Release 3.0)

Police – 26 qualifications, 2 skill sets and 146 Units of Competency (UoC)

  • Completed Diploma of Policing, Adv Dip Hazardous Devices, UoC
  • Proposed work will be in road crash and investigation – development and police search and rescue – review

DEF Defence Training Package

Defence – 48 qualifications, 14 skill sets and 483 Units of Competency (UoC)

  • Completed geospatial, explosive ordinance, military justice (paralegal)
  • Proposed work will be in cyber security development and defence skills – review and development

Expected submission date for these projects is 31 July 2019. Updates available form links below.

Correctional Services Training Package

CSC Correctional Services Training Package – 5 qualifications and 95 UoC

  • Completed work in cultural competency, youth justice, electronic monitoring and surveillance, immigration detention and community corrections officer skills
  • Proposed work will be in dog training – development, correctional practice – review and development, offender engagement – development, cyber security – development and monitoring offenders – review and development.

More information on the project work on the Correctional Services Training package is available below. Expected submission date 31 July.

The AISC commissioned the following projects from 2019 Skills Forecasts to proceed to Training Package development:

  • CSC Correctional Services (Dog handler skill sets)
  • CSC Correctional Services (Offender Engagement)

Local Government Training Package Development

Transition of training packages: The AISC received a briefing from the Chair of the Local Government Industry Reference Committee (IRC) on its progress in transitioning the LGA04 Local Government training package to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages.

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 will meet on 25 June. Submission of this project is due 31 October 2019.

The project will include the review of the following Qualifications and associated Units of Competency:

  • NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Industry Operations
  • NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations
  • NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment
  • 95 existing Units of Competency and development of up to 6 new Units of Competency

Updates on this project are provided on the Australian Industry Standards website.

Public Sector Training Package

The AISC commissioned the following PSP Public Sector (Governance) projects from 2019 IRC Public Sector Skills Forecasts to proceed to Training Package development.

The IRC proposes to update the following qualifications and any associated Skill Sets and Units of Competency relating to governance job roles:

  • PSP20116 Certificate II in Government
  • PSP30116 Certificate III in Government
  • PSP40116 Certificate IV in Government
  • PSP50116 Diploma of Government
  • PSP60116 Advanced Diploma of Government

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

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.

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are now open. The Scholarship will assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:

  • hardship in their personal circumstances
  • aptitude for vocational education and training to lead to successful completion of their trade training
  • a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training

There will be a maximum of 90 Scholarships awarded in 2019, including up to 15 Scholarships for Indigenous Apprentices under the Western Sydney City Deal.

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with classroom study, generally take around 3-4 years to complete and earn a salary while they learn. There are 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries. Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training.


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.

Click here to read the latest NCVER news #457.

Public Sector Trainer and Assessor Network Workshops

The most recent workshop of the Government Trainer and Assessor Networks (GTAN) was held on the 18 June with presentations from the following organisations:

  • Office of Local Government – Update on the Local Government Skills strategy
  • Training Services NSW is launching ’Life launcher’ website that assists people to match career pathways with industries and occupations
  • Learning and Development Coordinator for Port Stephens – Case study on the uptake of the Local Government Skills Strategy funding for upskilling of Port Stephens council workforce
  • VET System update – NSW Public Sector ITAB

The most recent workshop of the Water Trainer and Assessor Networks (WTAN) was held on the 19 June with presentations from the following organisations:

  • NSW Water Directorate Executive Officer – Role of the Water Directorate
  • Training Services NSW – Apprenticeships and traineeships and Regional Industry Education Partnerships (REIP) – Engagements with schools and Industry.
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) regulatory role ASQA plays in the VET system and how it engages with industry and Training providers.
  • VET System update – NSW Public Sector ITAB

Our next GTAN and WTAN workshops will be held in September 2019. For more information please contact nswitab@aistnds.org.au


  • Training Services NSW Supervisor Workshops. Click here to find out the next workshop dates.
  • 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.
  • LGNSW Water Management Conference, Albury, 2-4 September 2019. For more information click here.
  • Correctional Services Healthcare Summit 10-11 September Melbourne 2019. For more information click here.
  • Local Government NSW Annual Conference 2019 14-16 October. For more information click here.
  • Upcoming conferences for Public sector can be found here.

Australian Water Association

  • NSW Industry Breakfast 2019 under the theme ‘MOVING TOWARDS A CO-ORDINATED INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY MODEL24 July. For more information click here. 
  • 2nd Women in Environment & Sustainability Leadership Summit, 16 – 19 July 2019. For more information click here.
  • NSW State Conference 2019 under the theme of ‘Strengthening Communities through Collaboration and Technology’ 8-9 August. For more information click here.


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