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  • 09 Nov 2017 1:14 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Back to Work Program

    The Queensland Government's Back to Work Regional Employment Package has several initiatives to provide support for employers who hire a long-term unemployed or young unemployed jobseeker in regional areas. 

    The Back to Work package helps regions transition towards a more diversified economy. Back to Work is a package of assistance aimed squarely at those regions and those individuals who need help the most.

    See links below for funding available, eligibility criteria and how to apply:

    Back to Work Regional Employment package - for employers who hire an eligible jobseeker who has been unemployed for 52 weeks or more.

    Back to Work Youth Boost Payment - for employers who hire an eligible young jobseeker between 15-24 years of age.

    Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost - provides eligible jobseekers with funding for training to help secure local jobs. Includes training for jobseekers or workers who already have a Certificate 3 or higher qualification, but need new or updated skills to gain, change or retain employment.

  • 19 Oct 2017 12:24 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    AIS Skills Development Workshops

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) will be facilitating a series of skills development workshops nationally. These workshops build on the highly successful AIS Skills Forum held in August this year.

    The focus of AIS is on supporting industry in the development of high quality qualifications for their workforce. The new wave of disrupters will have a significant impact on the skills required by industry. These workshops will provide an ideal opportunity to share ideas on strategies for meeting workforce skills needs now and into the future.

    At the AIS Skills Forum, Robert Adams (AIS CEO) reaffirmed AIS’s commitment to providing more opportunities for engagement with industry stakeholders. This will further support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to identify workforce skills priorities.

    The first of these national workshops will be held in Melbourne on 29 and 30 November 2017. Details on other workshops will be communicated shortly.

    This is your opportunity to engage in skills development for the industries that AIS supports.

    What can you expect from this event:

    • An overview of the National VET system and Training Package development process
    • Opportunities to engage in the skills development process
    • Insights into industry workforce trends
    • Round table discussion on collaborative approaches to skills development

    Includes morning tea, lunch and networking opportunities.


    To register your attendance for this free event, please click here to complete the AIS Skills Development Workshop Registration Form by COB Wednesday 22 November 2017. Limited spaces available.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Judy Green on 03 9604 7214 or via email on

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 19 Oct 2017 12:20 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    AIS - Developing Digital Skills

    Do Training Packages support the development of digital skills? NCVER has released a working paper drawn from a research partnership between Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and RMIT University. The research involved analysis of 11 Training Packages and focused on the transport and logistics, public safety, and correctional services sectors to investigate how effectively they equip the workforce with the appropriate digital skills to support the growing digital economy.

    The 2017 IRC Skills Forecasts relating to these sectors identified technological and digital skills as priority issues. The term ‘digital skills’ is used to encompass the combination of knowledge, competence and attitude relating to all facets of digital technologies – from hardware, software, information systems, security and innovation, to theoretical comprehension and interaction with digital devices.

    The research team acknowledged the great assistance it received from the Chairs and members of each of the involved Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). AIS Chief Executive Officer, Robert Adams, said “this work will be an important input for the IRCs in their future deliberations about the Training Packages they are responsible for.”

    Among its key findings, the paper identifies:

    • that the VET system contains a significant amount of digital training content, spread across different Units of Competency.
    • The analysis also suggests that digital skills training content is available for all occupations across the sectors, and at all levels. Interestingly, there appears to be more digital skills content in operational level occupations than in higher-skills occupations.
    • Of the 3331 units of competency reviewed, 758 contained references to digital skills search terms, with the Transport and Logistics Training Package containing the greatest amount.
    • Skills related to social media, social networks, big data analytics, online collaboration, online security, data breach, digital risk and process innovation are noticeably missing from the analysed Training Packages.

    The paper also identifies an opportunity to develop a uniform industry approach to conceptualising and articulating digital skills and how they should be measured. It proposes that a ‘national digital skills framework’, modelled in likeness to the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LLN), could guide the development of appropriate and adequate skills for the emerging economy. This effort would be informed by existing international practices such as the European digital competency framework.

    The next stage of this project — comprising key industry interviews and a survey of employers — will further explore what employers have specified as digital skills needs in job advertisements and how this compares with the content in the relevant Training Packages.

    A copy of the report can be obtained here.

    Article courtesy of Australian Industry Standards.

  • 12 Oct 2017 1:15 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)
    Australian Industry Standards


    The inaugural Australian Industry Standards (AIS) Skills Forum was held in Melbourne on 31 August and brought together leaders from key industries and the National Training System to explore the likely changes to skills and job roles as a result of the changing world of work and global disrupters.

    To view the AIS Forum media release, click here.

  • 12 Oct 2017 11:37 AM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    National Safe Work Month

    Worksafe Queensland has a range of resources available to assist small businesses to identify what needs to be done to ensure their workplace is safe and how to do it.

    The  complete safe business pack is a practical approach to managing safety in the workplace and essentially offers a simplified safety management system. Some of the checklists and templates are included below:



  • 28 Sep 2017 12:59 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    National Safe Work Month

    National Safe Work month is held in October each year. This year's theme is “Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone”.

    VET 4 T&L are supporting National Safe Work month by sharing ideas, resources and training insights that can make your transport and logistics workplace safer and healthier.

    Check out the take part page for ideas to get involved.

  • 25 Sep 2017 2:25 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)
    AIS Skills Forum

    The inaugural Australian Industry Standards Skills Forum brought together Industry Reference Committees representing aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections industries. Chair, Mr Laurie D’Apice, said “What is apparent, is not how different our industries are, but how similar many of their challenges are."

    Read the Australian Industry Standards forum Media Release.

  • 25 Sep 2017 2:18 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Chain of Responsibility

    CoR obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and development of a Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) to assist CoR compliance, were the focus of the 2017 ALC Supply Chain Safety and Compliance summit.

    Training for employees and subcontractors will be critical to meet future CoR obligations. The Master Code will assist organisations to meet their obligations, especially small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, which comprise around 98% of trucking businesses.

    To provide input to the proposed industry Master Code contact the Australian Logistics Council.

  • 23 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)


    The NCVER has just released a working paper titled -  Developing appropriate workforce skills for Australia's emerging digital economy.

    This paper investigates the role of VET in developing digital skills in the Australian workforce, using two sectors as case studies - Transport and Logistics, and Public Safety and Correctional Services.

    The research found, through an analysis of online job vacancy advertisements, that only a small number mentioned digital skills as a requirement. The training packages for these industries contained significant digital training content but with the majority of these units of competency occurring as electives. These findings raise questions about whether employers are making assumptions about the digital skills of potential employees.

  • 22 Sep 2017 2:14 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    National Skills Week 2017

    National Skills Week 2017, Australia’s pinnacle week for celebrating vocational education and training (VET), concludes for another year. 

    This year is the seventh consecutive year, we have run National Skills Week, with the week proving an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of vocational learners across the country. The more success stories and positive outcomes of vocational training we can share, the more people will realise VET training is a first-choice pathway, leading to long term employment outcomes,” said Brian Wexham, CEO SkillsOne.

    The week saw celebrations across the country promoting the breadth of career pathways available through apprenticeships, traineeships, and vocational learning. 
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