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  • 09 Jan 2018 2:02 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    IRC Industry Skills Forecast Survey

    This is your opportunity to help identify the skills needs of your industry.

    Australian Industry Standards are seeking industry input to assist the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) that we support to develop the important Industry Skills Forecasts.

    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.

    On behalf of those IRCs, stakeholders are invited to provide feedback (by Tuesday, 16 January 2018) via the methods below:

    • IRC Industry Skills Forecast Survey
    • Call for Submission are being accepted via the online form

    Each IRC is required to submit an IRC Skills Forecast to the AISC by 30 April 2018.

    Australian Industry Standards

    P (03) 9604 7200

  • 09 Jan 2018 11:14 AM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)


    Heavy vehicle drivers will soon have the option to have work and rest hours recorded on an electronic device following the release of the Policy Framework and Standards for Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs).

    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Safety and Productivity Executive Director Geoff Casey said EWDs were a step closer with today’s release of the NHVR’s EWD Policy Framework and Standards for comment until 30 January 2018.

    “The EWD Policy Framework and Standards will allow the NHVR to approve electronic recording systems as an alternative to the traditional written work diary, which will be a win for the heavy vehicle industry and a boost for safety,” Mr Casey said.

    “Under the EWD Policy Framework and Standards, an EWD records the work and rest activity declared by the driver and drivers can move between employers and record keepers using different approved systems.

    “The standards also allow drivers to record non-driving work hours, declare the location of the change of activity and confirm records when they are submitted.

    “Importantly the EWD Policy Framework and Standards will allow drivers to focus on driving and where required, transport operators can integrate this information into their business for scheduling and planning.

    “All EWDs will have a standard graphical view of work and rest information, similar to the daily sheet in the written work diary and will have the potential to alert drivers when a rest break is required.”

    Mr Casey said that as of today technology providers and transport operators will be able to register their intent to develop an electronic recording system for assessment and approval using a Notice of Intent form available on the NHVR website.

    “Transport operators that have systems provided by existing technology providers do not have to register with the NHVR directly,” he said.

    “Operators who have already developed and are utilising electronic recording systems will also be able to apply to have these systems approved.”

    Feedback on the standards in writing, by post or email to the NHVR is required before 30 January 2018.

    For more information visit

    To submit feedback, complete the EWD feedback form (DOCX, 253KB) and email your response to

  • 21 Dec 2017 1:27 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Unduly short courses

    In June 2017, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released its strategic review on unduly short courses. The review made a number of recommendations, including that:

    • the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 be amended to include a definition of the ‘amount of training’ that focuses on supervised learning and assessment activities
    • training package developers be able to respond to industry-specific risks by setting mandatory requirements, including an amount of training
    • RTOs be required to publish product disclosure statements that include the range of learning activities expected, including the amount of training, for each training product on their scope of registration.

    The review is available on ASQA's website. Please click here to read the review.

    In December 2017, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP released the discussion paper for public consultations with vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders on the implementation of ASQA’s recommendations. The paper will support public submissions to the process.

    The consultations will be conducted alongside those for training product reform. These consultations will take place in the context of a number of reforms of VET focused on ensuring students and employers receive high quality training that is responsive to the needs of industry and translates into employment opportunities for individuals. The discussion paper outlines the reforms currently being undertaken by the Australian Government.

    Training product reform

    The future of work is changing, and in recognition of this, the Commonwealth along with representatives from states and territories and industry have been working together to examine whether training products are well-placed to provide the skills Australia’s workforce requires to adapt to these changes.

    Skills ministers agreed in November 2017 to a case for change proposing enhancements to the design of training products. All stakeholders are being provided with an opportunity to examine the case for change and to have their say on training product reform, through a consultation process.

    Consultations will be conducted alongside those for unduly short courses and will take place in the context of a number of reforms of VET focused on ensuring students and employers receive high quality training that is responsive to the needs of industry and translates into employment opportunities for individuals. Feedback received will influence the future design of training products, contributions and insights from all stakeholders are encouraged.

    How to get involved

    The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has released discussion papers on unduly short courses and training product reform. Please click here to review the discussion papers.

    VET stakeholders are encouraged to provide submissions to the public consultation processes through to 9 March 2018.

    Article courtesy of Skills@Work.

  • 21 Dec 2017 1:22 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Suppy chain skills cross sector project case for change update

    On behalf of the Supply Chain Skills Project Reference Group (PRG), Australian Industry Standards have submitted the Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector Project Case for Change to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration.

    Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

    To view the final Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector Project Case for Change, please click on the link below:

    Download the Case for Change

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 21 Dec 2017 1:12 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Draft High Risk licence units of competency

    On Monday, 11 December, the High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met and agreed to send the draft Units of Competency out for public consultation.

    To view the drafts, please click on the link below:

    Units of Competency

    Click here to submit your feedback by close of business Friday, 2 February 2018.

    If you have any questions about this project or would like to be involved in the consultation process, please contact Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt via email:

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 19 Dec 2017 12:12 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Industry Insights

    The IRC Industry Skills Forecasts have identified Australia’s ageing workforce as a considerable challenge to industry. As workers retire, businesses face an increasing risk of knowledge and skills gaps.

    This chart summarises the age distribution of the workforce over the last 32 years. The stand out change is the doubling of the number of workers aged over 55 in that time. Other trends are explained below.

    Within each age category (horizontal axis) the lines from pale to dark pink represent the years from 1985 – 2017 (white lines are separators of age categories). The height of the bars represents the percentage of Australian workers at that age-group (vertical axis).


    • Australia’s workforce shows an increasing percentage of people aged over 45
      o 40 per cent of workers over 45 in 2017, compared with 24 per cent in 1985
    • Workers aged over 55 have doubled over the same time, from 9.5 per cent in 1985 to 19 per cent in 2017
    • People aged over 65 constituted 1 per cent of the labour market in 1985. This has grown to 4 per cent in 2017
    • The percentage of workers aged 30 to 40 has dropped from 26 per cent to 22 per cent
    • Between 1990 and 2017, the number of young people (aged 15-19) in the workforce has dropped from nine per cent to approximately five per cent
    • Since 1985, there has been a steady decline in the workforce participation of the 20-24 age group, from 14 per cent to just below 10 per cent in 2017

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 19 Dec 2017 11:52 AM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    AIS - Driving Instructor Skill SetThe Driving Instructor Skill Set, from the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package, has been updated to include current TAE Training and Education Units of Competency.

    Click here to view the updated Skill Set.

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 14 Dec 2017 1:36 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)


    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said today's NRMA's Dead Tired would provide key recommendations to continue to address driver fatigue.

    NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the report highlighted education and technology as key fatigue management tactics to ensure safety across the heavy vehicle and freight industry.

    "When someone drives a heavy vehicle while impaired by fatigue, they put all road users at risk," Mr Petroccitto said."It's critical that operators understand how to identify and manage fatigue, not only to ensure compliance with Chain of Responsibility and the Heavy Vehicle National Law, but most importantly to keep our roads safe.

    "The NHVR welcomes the findings and recommendations in NRMA's Dead Tired report, which will provide a platform for improved fatigue management and innovation within the heavy vehicle industry."

    Mr Petroccitto said the NHVR continues to work closely with the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure there is ongoing support for drivers to properly manage fatigue.

    "In early-2018, we will commence assessing and approving the use of Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) to monitor and record the work and rest times of heavy vehicle operators," he said.

    "The introduction of EWDs will be an important step forward in providing a more effective and efficient way for drivers and operators to manage fatigue.

    "And we are continuing to examine initiatives that assist drivers to better manage fatigue."
    A recent roadside survey conducted by the NHVR showed that 94 per cent of heavy vehicle drivers were complying with their work diary and fatigue regulations.

    More than 5000 vehicles were stopped as part of the survey, conducted in September.

    Read more in  NRMA's Dead Tired.

    For more information on heavy vehicle fatigue, visit

  • 14 Dec 2017 11:46 AM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    NHVR - Industry approaches to safety management systemsHeavy vehicle supply chain businesses can access information on safety practices from other transport and logistics operators in a new NHVR video.

    NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the latest NHVR video provided first-hand accounts from four heavy vehicle operators and logistics companies about controls and systems they were implementing ahead of changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, coming in mid-2018.

    “Accessing this kind of information from a range of operators is important for everyone across the heavy vehicle supply chain,” Mr Petroccitto said.

    “The feedback shows how different companies are assessing risk, encouraging a safety culture and implementing their safety management systems.

    “Under the new CoR laws each business needs to develop tailored solutions that match their business circumstances.”

    The video titled Industry Approaches to Safety Management Systems uses feedback from senior logistics and safety staff from Metcash, Woolworths, Branstrans and Martins Transport.

    Metcash Chief Logistics Officer Linda Venables was one of four leading logistics safety managers who outlined their safety management systems in the video.

    “In wanting to take our Chain of Responsibility to the next level I felt it was important to engage the people who actually do the roles,” Ms Venables said.

    “The approach was to map all of the controls in CoR and for each site to document where the control was and how they managed it… so there was some sharing of best practice across our sites.”

    Mr Petroccitto said the video supported recent moves by operators of some of Australia’s major distribution centres to work towards a common safety standard.

    “Last week I was pleased to join Metcash, Coles, Woolworths and Bluescope and major transport operators to discuss how together they can lead the creation of a more consistent safety standard and operating practice,” he said.

    “There was good open discussion about what heavy vehicle drivers and operators should expect from their interaction with a major distribution centre.

    “Likewise we discussed what DCs can expect from heavy vehicle drivers and operators.

    “A good day for heavy vehicle drivers and distribution centre operators starts with being a safe day.”

    For more information on heavy vehicle safety and fact sheets on the new CoR laws go to

  • 12 Dec 2017 2:11 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Webinar - Exploring the benefits of social media in VET programs

    There has been tremendous growth in the use of social media in almost every area of our lives, and the potential for its use in education and training settings is increasingly being explored.

    Based on the insights of teachers, students and employers, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research - NCVER is holding a webinar which will examine the forms of social media being used as part of VET programs (particularly Facebook and YouTube), the outcomes from its use and how it is being integrated into VET assessment. Elements of good practice for both institutions and teachers will also be touched on.

    This webinar is aimed at registered training organisations and VET teachers who are interested to learn more about how social media is being used in VET courses.

    This will be held on Thursday 22 February 2018 at 1.00pm-2.00pm AEST.

    Click here for more information and to register.

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