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Nominations open for 20th WA Training Awards

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is now calling for applications for the WA Training Awards 2014.

In 2014 we celebrate 20 years of the WA Training Awards, recognising the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Prizes exceeding $90 000 will be awarded to State winners at a presentation dinner on 11 September 2014 hosted by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development. Winners may also have the chance to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide in November.

Applications for this year’s awards close at 5pm on Friday May 9, 2014.

Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best in the Australian Training Awards later this year.

For more details, or to apply for the awards, visit or phone 6551 5608



TLISC 2014 E-Scan released

On top of a growing workforce to cope with increased demand, the Industry is changing rapidly as increased technology and pressure on business bottom lines drive the need for new skills.

Speaking at the launch of the 2014 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Environmental Scan (E-Scan), TLISC CEO, Mr Robert Adams, highlighted the importance of ensuring the industry continues to develop a better skilled workforce and one that remains constantly responsive to economic and industry growth and change.

The E-Scan was developed following extensive consultation with key stakeholders across the Industry and reveals some key challenges facing the industry:

  • Responding to rapid change and developments in supply chains.
  • Navigating the workforce needs demanded by new integrated intermodal hubs.
  • Meeting the requirements of the unprecedented growth in online shopping.
  • Finding innovative ways to keep our ageing workforce involved and encouraging young people to make careers in transport and logistics.
  • Attracting a more demographically diverse workforce.
  • Deployment of new technology.



Transport skills and innovation awarded

Leaders in workforce development and industry promotion have earned praise at the annual Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Awards for Excellence in Melbourne recently.

Now in their second year, the Awards were held at The Langham Melbourne, celebrating exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development across the Transport and Logistics Industry.

The “2014 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award” recognised enterprises who had successfully implemented whole of business solutions to upskill and train staff through the use of TLISC Training Packages. Each of the six transport and logistics sectors had a separate award. The winners were:

  • Veolia Environmental Services (Road Transport)
  • Toll Customised Solutions (Logistics and Warehousing)
  • Regional Express (Aviation)
  • John Holland Rail (Rail)
  • Maritime Employees Training Ltd (Maritime)
  • Qube Ports & Bulk (Ports)

Click here to view full media release.



VET in Schools Training Reform

The State Government recently launched three key initiatives to improve Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools to achieve better outcomes for students and employers.

The key initiatives under way are:

  • a Good Practice Model project which showcases schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing quality VET in Schools programs
  • a Qualifications Register, which provides guidance to parents, students and schools about what VET qualifications are supported by industry
  • new guidelines for schools and training providers to ensure quality and consistency across programs, available on a new VET in Schools section on the VETinfoNet website.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames said the Government have been working closely with industry to ensure that VET in Schools delivers industry-standard qualifications, are supported through quality workplace learning opportunities and result in graduates who are well-trained and work ready.

“Changes to Western Australian Certificate of Education requirements from 2015 will mean that students who opt for a training-focused pathway to achieve their WACE will complete a Certificate II or higher qualification, which is likely to see the program get even more popular,” Education Minister Peter Collier said.



Training Provider Forum 2014

Training Providers Forum is Western Australia’s leading Forum on Training and Workforce Development.

This year's Forum will be held at the Crown Perth, Burswood on Monday 19 May and Tuesday 20 May.

This two day conference and exhibition with provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals.

Who should attend?

Training Providers Forum is aimed at all those involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training (VET) in Western Australia.

It is anticipated that approximately 600 delegates will attend, from private and state training providers, industry skills councils, schools, universities and other government departments.

How much will it cost to attend?

Two day Registration - Early Bird (before 18 April 2014)    
$550.00 inc GST
Two day  Registration
$600.00 inc GST (after 18 April 2014)
One day Registration $300.00 inc GST

For the program, more information and to register:



Free literacy resources now available
TLISC has just released more free resources to support the implementation of Foundation Skills in the transport and logistics industry.

Making the Connections (now available)

A resource for industry based VET trainer/assessors who have little or no awareness of the increasing emphasis on identifying and addressing LLN issues in the competency based training and assessment framework.

Three Steps to Core Skill Support (now available)

This resource models a 3-step process that any VET trainer can use to support LLN skill development. While tailored to vocational trainers delivering TLI10 qualifications at AQF levels 1 and 2, and in particular units from TLI21610 Certificate II in Warehousing Operations, the resource can be used in a range of industry contexts. Find out how to provide LLN support and build successful course outcomes, as well as how FSK Foundation Skill Training Package units can support TLI10 delivery.

Meetings on Track (order now)

This is a WELL resource which has been developed for the rail industry to support the unit TLIE2029 Conduct Workplace Information Briefings. It also has relevance to the Foundation Skills Training Package unit FSKOCM09 -  Use oral communication skills to facilitate workplace meetings. The resource consists of a DVD and a CD containing a facilitators guide and learners guide which are flexible enough for use and adaptation in many sectors. It will be available shortly and 500 copies will be available initially.



Chain of Responsibility Delayed

The new Chain of Responsibility laws are expected to be introduced in mid-2014 in WA rather than the previously stated March date. A comprehensive communications campaign is being undertaken by Main Roads to ensure that all stakeholders and industry members are informed of the changes to existing legislation and the potential impacts on their businesses leading up to implementation.

A Chain of Responsibility Overview of the Changes and a list of FAQs are now available for download from the Main Roads website.

For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage.



Trucking Australia 2014

Trucking Australia 2014 will be held on Hamilton Island on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June 2014.

In his keynote presentation,
Andrew Niven, Group Manager, Safety and Sustainability for Linfox Asia-Pacific, will discuss the general health and wellbeing issues faced by the trucking industry, as well as outlining strategies that large and small businesses can use to make sure their drivers and other staff are at the top of their game.

The session will finish with an open forum where delegates can share their experiences and discuss their ideas about how to promote health and wellbeing in the industry.

Full delegate registration for Trucking Australia 2014 is only $475 (incl GST), and four star accommodation is available at a special event rate of only $270 per night (incl GST).

Click here to register for Trucking Australia 2014.


Feedback Requested On Options to Improve Chain of Responsibility Regime

Australians interested in improving the effectiveness of the Chain of Responsibility regime have been invited to comment on a recently released options paper.
The options paper has been developed by a joint industry and government taskforce appointed by the Council on Transport and Infrastructure (COTI) to help identify potential improvements to the regime.
In November 2012, COTI decided to establish the review to examine the COR provisions. The aim is to ensure that they are fair, effective and appropriately targeted, as well as consistent with relevant principles agreed by the Council of Australian Governments and with provisions of work health and safety legislation. The NTC and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are providing the taskforce secretariat.
There will be further consultative activities, including further workshops with industry groups and regulatory bodies to help refine any proposals.

Click here to make a submission through the NTC website.

Submissions can also be sent to:
Chain of Responsibility Taskforce – Assessment of Options Paper
c/o National Transport Commission
Level 15/628 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Submissions to the issues paper close on 14 March 2014.


NEW What Works for LLN videos - now 18 free videos

‘Ideas that Work’ have recently released 9 new LLN videos for the What Works training and professional development video library. These new videos contain practical LLN tips and good practice examples to help build vocational trainers and assessors capacity to support learners with LLN needs.

There are now 18 What Works videos available to view or download for free from the new What Works for LLN website.

The What Works videos are grouped into three series:

  • Introduction to LLN series (the original 9 videos)
  • Practical LLN tips for trainers and assessors series (NEW 9 videos)
  • Introduction to workplace LLN series (new videos coming in 2014)

NTC seeks feedback on a proposal for a national accreditation scheme for pilot and escort vehicle drivers
The NTC is seeking feedback on a proposed national accreditation scheme for pilot and escort drivers accompanying the transport of large and heavy loads across state borders.
There currently exists significant divergence between the states with respect to the requirements to become a pilot or escort driver, with those qualifications – where they exist – not always recognised across borders.

In 2012, representatives of the state and territory road agencies agreed that the development of a national accreditation scheme and operational guideline for pilot and escort drivers was important in order to meet the growing demand for the movements of oversize loads, especially from the mining and agricultural industry.
The initial stage of the project was managed through Austroads and forms the basis on which the NTC’s discussion paper, Harmonisation of Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Requirements – National Accreditation Scheme, was prepared.

The NTC would really like to hear from industry, including pilot and escort drivers, on their feedback on the proposed scheme and how it should be structured.

Following the consultation period, NTC will make recommendations for the harmonisation of accreditation requirements and standards to the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials Committee, while Austroads will develop an Operational Guideline that provides a finalised, consistent approach to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to implement and manage.

Submissions are open until 21 February 2014. To make a submission or download the discussion paper, please click here.

State Government launches new free incident notification app

Perth commuters can download a new smartphone app - Right Move Perth - from today to access real-time information on incidents and road conditions around the metropolitan area, helping them avoid congested areas and better plan their journeys.

The new app can access information on road works, crashes, traffic signal faults, train and bus service disruptions, major events, project information and weather warnings to help plan their journey.

By saving favourite routes, the app will inform users of incidents or delays on their regular routes, and it can also access information from personal smartphone calendars to advise of incidents near upcoming appointments.

Users will be notified of any incidents within a one kilometre radius no matter where they are in the metropolitan area and once a journey is under way, if anything changes, Right Move Perth sends an audio update.

For public transport users, Transperth has also launched a smartphone app, which is free to download and available on Apple and Android devices.

The Transperth app enables users to find next services from any stop, station or jetty, plan their journey, view fare information and access their SmartRider balance.



Make CleanRun EcoDrive your New Year’s resolution

CleanRun EcoDrive is a tool for fleet managers to drive down vehicle emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The initiative is designed to deliver measurable results using minimal resources. It is a free resource and involves nominal setup expenses. The benefits can be threefold:

  1. Budget Savings
     Reduced fuel costs
     Reduced vehicle maintenance
     Reduced accidents
  2. Health and Safety
     Safer, better drivers - more alert, less fatigued
     Reduced exposure to toxic emissions
  3. Environment
     Reduced emissions and carbon footprint
     Green business edge, enhanced corporate image

The CleanRun EcoDrive toolkit includes a training DVD for drivers, trainers and fleet managers. To take part in the CleanRun EcoDrive program, register for one of the workshops listed below in or get started straight away with the CleanRun EcoDrive toolkit available from

CleanRun EcoDrive is an initiative of the Department of Environment Regulation. Contact or (08) 9333 7441.

2014 CleanRun EcoDrive Workshop program:
Tuesday 25 February 1pm-5pm
Wednesday 12 March 9am-1pm
Venue: Conservation Science Centre, located at the Department of Parks and Wildlife


Training Packages Update

Version 4 of the TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package was endorsed and released on at the end of December. The TLISC has details of the new and revised qualifications for Road Transport, Warehousing, Logistics, Ports and Rail on their website. The position of Senior Training Package Specialist for Rail has also been filled as Ron Horne has joined TLISC.

Version 5 of the AVI08 Aviation Training Package was endorsed and released on the website. Similarly, the TLISC has details of the updated training package here.

For the Maritime training package, the TLISC has developed units of competency and skill sets for marine radio operators and fast rescue craft operators.  These units and skill sets were submitted to the NSSC on 14 January 2014 for consideration at their 28 February 2014 meeting. Click here for further information.



Owner Drivers Act Review

The Department of Transport (DoT) has commenced public consultation on a review of laws for a safer, more sustainable road freight transport industry in Western Australia. Stakeholder and public comment is being sought on the efficacy and relevance of the Owners-Drivers (Contracts and Disputes) Act 2007, which regulates the business relationship between owner-drivers of heavy freight vehicles and their customers.

The legislation, which came into effect on 1 August 2008 in response to industry concerns, provides a framework for owner-drivers and hirers to negotiate suitable rates of payment.

The statutory review will consider the first five years of operation of the Act, including the Road Freight Transport Industry (RFTI) Tribunal, established to adjudicate between owner-drivers and hirers; as well as the Road Freight Transport Industry Council, established to develop guidelines for rates, contracts and conduct.

Individuals and organisations involved in the WA road freight transport industry supply chain, as well as the general public, have until 31 January 2014 to make submissions for the review.

To view the discussion paper or make a submission, visit



TLISC Skilling Transport eBook

Skilling Transport is a new free e-book that provides case studies of workforce development in action from large and small businesses, across the spectrum of broad, holistic approaches through to highly specialised, smaller scale initiatives.

This eBook enables us to showcase the industry and its people in writing and on video. Filmed on location, this footage brings a more dynamic perspective to telling industry’s story.

To download your free copy of Skilling Transport for iPad, simply click here to visit the Apple App Store.

The videos and case studies contained in the eBook will soon be available on the Workforce Development section of the TLISC website.


Introduction of National VET Provider Collection from 2014

All RTOs must implement policies and procedures to collect full Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) compliant records from their clients, for all training activity conducted from 1 January 2014.

Each registered training organisation must then report this data to the National VET Provider Collection—managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)—in early 2015. 

There will be a 12-month transition grace period that an RTO may access if it is not fully prepared to commence this data collection.

For information on how to access these transition arrangements, please visit the ASQA website.

What are the 'National VET Provider Collection' data requirements?

Every RTO, with the exception of those that meet certain exemption criteria, must collect full AVETMISS-compliant records from all students each calendar year. Early in the following year, the RTO must report data to the NCVER.

Information on NCVER, the National VET Provider Collection and AVETMISS can be found on the NCVER website.

This reporting will commence in early 2015


NTC Annual Report 2012-13 released

The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released its annual report for the 2012-13 financial year.

NTC Chief Executive and Commissioner, Paul Retter, said that 2012-13 marked the beginning of a new era for the Australian transport industry.

Key highlights from 2012-13 financial year include:

  • The NTC adopting a ‘co-design’ approach with stakeholders to explore a range of improvements to the current heavy vehicle charging system to ensure it is more practical and fair.
  • The NTC’s work on new and emerging technologies, such as Electronic Work Diaries and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, including how to harness the productivity and safety benefits these technologies present.
  • The revision of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers in consultation with industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators and health professionals to ensure that it reflected best practice and the latest knowledge in the field.
  • Working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, industry and governments to revise the National Driver Work Diary. These changes, also informed through public consultation, are expected to enable drivers to fill out the daily sheets more rapidly, as less information is required and some duplication has been eliminated. The revised diary will be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator when the fatigue laws come into effect.
  • The Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme reaching a significant milestone in October 2012, with the approval of more than 1000 heavy vehicle combinations since its inception in 2007.


2013 Student Outcomes Survey: national training scorecard released

Employment outcomes for graduates have remained steady over the past year with 78.2% employed after training.

Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Student Outcomes 2013 provides an annual national scorecard on Australia’s training system.

Each year students are asked what they have done six months after training, why they undertook the training, how satisfied they were and what benefits they got from training.

The results show that 83.4% of graduates undertook their training for employment-related reasons, of which 81.1% were employed after training.

Satisfaction with training remains high, with 87% of all graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

The survey was completed by more than 75 000 students across the nation.

Other findings included:

  • 80.7% of graduates thought their training was relevant to their current job
  • 60.6% improved their employment status after training
  • 32.9% were employed in the same occupation as their training course



TLISC Foundation Skills Resource

TLISC are continuing to progress with the development of PD resources for VET trainers and assessors to support the implementation of core skills in our sectors with draft materials being prepared for a broader distribution and review process. The content and mapping of the drafted resources are being revised with the release of TAELLN411 and recent skill sets for VET trainers.

In addition, work has commenced on the development of a resource to support trainers in understanding how to use units of competency from the Foundation Skills Training Package when delivering units in TLI21610 Certificate II in Warehousing Operations.

For details on many other broader Government Policy Initiatives underway which are of interest please click here.

There is detailed information available on this website as well as a monthly newsletter to assist you in keeping up to date with the range of activity, including professional development opportunities and projects in your state.




2014 Awards for Excellence

TLISC has recently announced the 2014 Awards for Excellence will be held on Thursday 10 April in Melbourne.

A new award category will recognise trainees who have demonstrated hard work and outstanding achievements within the VET sector.

We encourage RTOs to consider their 2013 students for nomination in the Trainee of the Year Award category.

The Chairman’s Award in 2014 will acknowledge an individual, enterprise or Registered Training Organisation who has developed programs and strategies that demonstrate innovation in quality training outcomes within the Transport and Logistics industry.

All other award categories will remain the same.

Click here to read more about the Awards and access the Entry Guide and Nomination Form.




Mentoring Skill Set Resource

TLISC has developed a resource with embedded mentoring skills to support the implementation of the Mentoring Skill Set through innovative approaches to learning and assessment as agreed with key industry stakeholder representation.

This resource has been developed to the TLI10 V3.0 Transport and Logistics Training Package, NVR/AQTF audited for compliance and assessment tasks are mapped to the following unit of competency:

TLIM4004A Mentoring individuals and small groups

The Mentoring Skill Set learning and assessment resource is available on the TLISC Resources website.



Registrations open for heavy vehicle charges public consultation forums

The National Transport Commission is encouraging members of the heavy vehicle industry to register to attend upcoming public consultation forums on draft options for new heavy vehicle charges to apply from 1 July 2014. The NTC will soon release a draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) outlining several options for heavy vehicle registration and fuel charges, for public comment.

These forums will be an opportunity for industry to learn about the options that NTC is putting forward within the draft RIS, ask questions and have their say.

The public forums will be held in Fremantle and Port Hedland on 27 November and 28 November respectively. Registrations can be made online here or by calling toll free 1800 907 834.

Once the draft RIS is released, members of the heavy vehicle industry and other stakeholders will also have an opportunity to respond to the draft RIS by providing written submissions to the NTC.



Training Matters focus on Maritime

In the most recent issue of Training Matters there is an interview with Challenger Institute of Technology’s Maritime Director Nihar Rai, to find out more about the Institute’s newest training tool.

Training Matters also visits the Mid-West to find out more about Durack Institute of Technology’s award winning Aboriginal Maritime Training Program.



Road freight transport industry work health and safety report

A new report has been released on the Safe Work Australia website that identifies the road transport industry as a priority area in the current Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.This report focuses on the work health and safety issues affecting the road freight transport industry, primarily the workers within this industry. This industry has one of the highest frequency fatality rates of all industries with 18.6 deaths per 100,000 workers alone in 2010-2011.

The road freight transport industry consists of businesses that are ‘mainly engaged in the transportation of freight by road’, but can also include businesses ‘mainly engaged in renting trucks with drivers for road freight transport’. The primary categories are delivery service (road), furniture removal service (road), log haulage service (road), road freight transport service and truck hire service (with driver).

The main findings of the report are as follows:

  • there was a 48 per cent decrease in the annual number of work-related injury fatalities in the last four years;
  • the road freight industry maintained the highest fatality rates across all industries between 2002-2011;
  • of injuries and fatalities, 78 per cent were attributed to drivers working on the open road who became involved in a vehicle incident either as a single vehicle (majority) when, for example, the vehicle rolls-over or leaves the road, or in a multiple vehicle incident; and
  • there were approximately 4,000 non-fatal workers compensation claims requiring a week or more away from work each year from 2002-2011.


New Rail Career Pathways Website

The CRC for Rail Innovation has recently launched the Rail Career Pathways website as a key career building tool for anyone new to the rail industry with links to further study, industry bodies and current projects.

Rail Career Pathways can be used also as a free resource both for current Australian rail workers looking to change, grow or move their careers as well as workforce and careers professionals to use as a resource tool in attracting and developing talent for the rail industry.

Rail Career Pathways details career profiles across Engineering, Trades and Technicians, Operations and Corporate Support. Each of these full career descriptions will cover a description of what to expect in the role, the skills and attributes required, working conditions, and training and related career paths for your future.

There is also an A-Z of Rail Careers covering over 150 roles across the rail industry with an accompanying short description.

Visit to find out more about how rail can offer you the career pathways into an industry that continues to change the way we live.



Number of people finishing training rising

The number of people likely to complete publicly funded training shows signs of steadily increasing, up from 28.9% for people who started training in 2008 to 35.5% for those who started in 2011. The data, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), is based on statistical techniques used to estimate completion rates.

Of all VET students who enrolled in 2011, those most likely to complete their qualifications are young people (aged 25 years and under) with no prior post-school qualifications who are studying full-time at a Certificate III qualification (56.2%).

Of students of all ages, those enrolled in diploma level (43.6%), certificate IV (41.6%) and certificate III (40.9%) qualifications are also more likely to complete their vocational qualifications.
The field of study a student chooses also plays a role, with completion rates highest in education (58.8%), society and culture (48.5%) and natural and physical sciences (43.8%).

Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: the likelihood of completing a VET qualification 2008-11 are available from

Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012 are available from



Butler extension nearing completion

Work on the extension of Perth’s northern railway corridor to Butler has reached a key milestone with construction of the station nearly complete. Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the project would be an essential transport link to the rapidly-growing northern communities and would also ease congestion on Perth’s roads.

The laying of track to the station is now 80 per cent complete but the project also involved laying about 87km of fibre-optic cable (for communications like radio, CCTV and signalling) and more than 28,000 concrete sleepers. The installation of the station’s roof panels is almost complete and engineers are working on installing lifts and completing cladding to the inside walls.

“The station itself is due for completion early next year, after which engineers will begin work on signalling and electrical components of the project. The project’s budget includes funding for 11 new buses which will work as feeder services to the new station,” the Minister said.


Australian Rail Industry Report

Rail in Australia is growing at a substantial rate, with passenger journeys increasing by 84 million over the past four years taking the total annual figure up to 784.2 million journeys.

The ‘Australian Rail Industry Report’, commissioned by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and with contributions from 22 rail operators, has quantified rail’s transport task, its energy usage and locomotive profile for 2012, bringing to light new statistics on just how much the industry as a whole is increasing in its activity.

The average passenger train can take 525 cars off the road and reduce carbon emissions by the same amount as planting 320 hectares of trees.

Freight increased by over 8 per cent to 929.6 million tonnes, with ore constituting for 53 per cent of that figure, followed by coal at 33 per cent.

The 2012 Rail Industry Report is the ninth annual report of its kind commissioned by the ARA. To view the full report, click here.



Foundation Skills Workforce Development Project

The Foundation Skills Workforce Development (FSWD) Project is a $1.5million initiative of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) which will scope, design and implement a range of initiatives aimed at building the capacity of organisations who deliver foundation skills. The project includes the following;

  • five Workforce Development Projects;
  • a minimum of 20 Workforce Development Workshops;
  • a Foundation Skills Champions Network;
  • scoping for a Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework; and
  • Workforce Development information distribution and an e-newsletter.

 The project is being coordinated by the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology through the assistance of TAFE SA. The Commonwealth and the jurisdictions are participating in the project through a project steering committee.

To promote the project activities, the SA Government has recently implemented the FSWD webpage.



Comments encouraged for aviation strategy

Transport Minister Troy Buswell is encouraging public input into the draft State Aviation Strategy, the first of its kind for Western Australia.

The strategy aims to respond to deficiencies in the State’s aviation infrastructure, airport governance and levels of aviation service competition.

“In the past 10 years, Perth Airport and a number of major regional airports have experienced rapid growth in passenger and aircraft movements, with the Pilbara airports being the fastest growing in Australia,” the Minister said.

The draft strategy proposes a suite of actions where the State will work in partnership with airports, regional shire councils, airlines and the resources and energy sector to ensure these services continue to meet our needs.

The comment period on the draft State Aviation Strategy closes at 5pm on Monday December 23, 2013.

For more information and to view a copy of the draft State Aviation Strategy, go here.


2014 TLISC Environmental Scan - Have your say

It’s that time of the year again when the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) prepares for its annual Environmental Scan (E-Scan).

Every year TLISC undertakes an analysis of industry trends, and gathers intelligence on the skill needs of the current and future transport and logistics workforce.

This is conducted over a short but intense time period and relies on real-time evidence captured across all industry sectors.

You will have the opportunity to provide input in a number of ways.

  • Make a submission via our ‘Call for Submissions’ template which is available now. Click here for more information and to access the template.
  • Take part in our online E-Scan surveys which will be available on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

The 2014 TLISC Environmental Scan will be released in April 2014.



Training Package Update

TLISC currently has qualifications, Skills Sets and individual Units of Competency available for industry validation. Click on the following links to be taken to the relevant area of their website to view more information:

  • Stevedoring Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units for Comment (Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package)
  • Aviation Qualifications and Units for Comment (Draft AVI08 Aviation Training Package)
  • Rail Qualification and Units for Comment (Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package)

In relation to the Draft MAR Maritime Training Package, industry feedback received has been considered and amendments have been made where appropriate. The quality assurance review for the Units of Competency, Skill Sets and Qualifications is complete and the Case for Endorsement is before the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) for consideration and endorsement.


Action taken to improve taxi industry

Major reform of the taxi industry reached an important milestone with the introduction of the Taxi Driver Licensing Bill into State Parliament.
The Bill included the Taxi Driver Penalty Point system (TDPP), which targeted the minority of taxi drivers who breached regulations.
The penalty system would be similar to the motor vehicle driver’s licence system where taxi drivers would accrue penalty points for a breach of a number of prescribed offences - most of which related to taxi regulations.
Some offences include:

  • refusing a fare without good cause
  • unlawfully terminating a fare
  • refusing to carry an assistance dog
  • failing to take a passenger on the most economical route.


Have your say on how to better promote compliance in the heavy vehicle industry

Finding ways to promote better compliance within the heavy vehicle industry is important to increase safety and ensure those who break the law are not rewarded with any competitive advantage, says a review released recently by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation.

The Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review makes a range of draft recommendations on how to better encourage, promote and enforce compliance within the industry.
The draft recommendations identified in the review include:

  • that the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) play a large role in educating industry about the laws and their obligations
  • that Chain of Responsibility investigations become a major component of the enforcement effort of the NHVR
  • that outcomes of prosecutions be made public to give comfort to compliant operators that rogue elements of the industry are being dealt with
  • that guidelines be developed on the use of various intervention strategies within the Heavy Vehicle National Law, including formal warnings and improvement notices, compensation orders, supervisory intervention orders and prohibition orders so that they can be appropriately utilised by regulators.

To download the review, or to make a submission, please click here.

Public submissions close on 1 November 2013.



The Key to your Future Career Video

The LTC is proud to launch 'The Key to your Future Career' promotional video which we hope will serve as an introductory tool for those interested in joining our exciting industry. You can download a copy of the video here or if you would prefer a DVD copy, just contact us.

The LTC is very grateful for the invaluable assistance and input received from a wide variety of organisations from both the T&L industries and Government in the production of this video.



Road Transport Career Pathways Booklet

The LTC is proud to announce the launch the second in a series of new publications which offer an in-depth look at opportunities in the transport industries, including career pathways and case studies. This second booklet, titled Road Transport Career Pathways gives a detailed view on the Road Transport industry, including licensing, career progression and the educational opportunities available.

We would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who assisted in the formulation of the publications by providing valuable information, images and case studies. Copies are available to download on our website, or please contact the LTC for hard copies.


Fair Work Commission has issued a decision increasing apprentice wage rates

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently issued a decision that increases apprentice wage rates in Modern Awards. The FWC has increased the percentage rates for first and second year apprentices, introduced adult apprentice provisions and altered wage rates for adult apprentices in a number of modern awards.

Further details of these award increases can be found here.



Rail Qualifications/Skill Sets and Units for Comment

Draft TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package V4.0 Qualifications, Skill Sets and associated Units of Competency for Rail are to be found here.

This draft material is available for industry validation until Wednesday 18 September.

Feedback on the units should be provided in writing to



Major Training and Funding Reform 

Future Skills WA is a major new reform of the way training is subsidised and delivered in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. Under Future Skills WA, eligible students will be guaranteed a place in a range of State priority training programs. Many of these reforms will come into effect from 1 January 2014.


Student fees will increase from 1 January 2014. Indicative fee rate increases for non-concession students are outlined here. The fee rates will be finalised when the fees schedule is officially published later this year.

Under the new funding structure, apprenticeships, traineeships (listed here), priority industry training qualifications (listed here) and foundation skills will receive the highest rate of subsidy, keeping fees for state priority courses as low as possible for students.

VET-FEE HELP will only be available to students studying with approved providers from January 2014. For information on how RTOs can apply to become an approved provider please follow this link.

If a student falls outside these forms of funding, concession funding (which remains unchanged by the reforms) may also be available.

Unique Student Identifier

The USI is a randomly-generated alpha-numeric code that will be assigned to an individual student for life and will be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from when the USI comes into effect in January 2015.

The USI initiative will impact all providers of nationally recognised training once implemented. From that date, it will be a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and the conditions of RTO registration to have a valid USI for a student before that student is issued with a qualification or statement of attainment. For more information on how the USI will affect RTOs, please follow this link.



New TLISC Assessor App

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) recently launched its new TLISC – eResources app, giving assessors an innovative and interactive tool to conduct on-the-job assessments.

The app has been developed for Transport and Logistics assessors, providing them with a paperless method of conducting assessments. It already contains more than 160 assessment resources mapped as compliant to Units of Competency from TLISC Training Packages, with more to follow. Learning Resources will be available in future releases.

TLISC believes the technology offers assessors many advantages, including the ability to record assessment outcomes in real time.

Furthermore, it will cut down the amount of time spent on paperwork. Trainees and assessors alike can complete their components online together with the results then emailed back to the RTO for later processing by the assessor.

TLISC – eResources is available now through the Apple App Store (for iPad) with an Android version due for release in the near future. For assessors without access to a tablet, PDF versions of the resources are also available for download from the TLISC T&L Resources website:


CILTA National T&L Industry Excellence Awards 2013 - NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

The 2013 National T&L Industry Excellence Awards recognises exceptional achievement on the part of individuals and organisations that are actively involved in Passenger Transport, Freight Transport or Logistics Industry.

The Awards are open to all passenger, freight and defence transport and logistics organisations and individuals working in Australia.   

The Awards Dinner and Presentation will be hosted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) on:

Date:    Saturday 26 October
Time:    12.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue:    Rosehill Gardens, James Ruse Drive, Rosehill NSW 2142 conjunction with the Men of League Cox Plate Day

Deadline for nominations:    Friday, 20th September 2013

Click here to download the Awards Criteria and Nomination Form.



Traineeships for Wholesale established

The Minister for Training and Workforce Development has approved the establishment of SIR30412 Certificate III in Business to Business Sales under Classifcation B. For more information on traineeships generally and how to apply for them, please visit the Apprenticentre.

      Training Contract Requirements
Qualification Conditions Title of apprentice under training contract Nominal period (months) full time Part time School based
646.1 SIR30412 Certificate III in Business to Business Sales
Trainee 24 months



Draft TLI10 material available for industry validation

During 2012-2013 considerable work has been undertaken to develop new qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for inclusion in the TLI10 Training Package.

The T&L sectors and job roles covered by the new material include:

  • Waste Industry

- drivers
- offsiders

  • Furniture removals

- furniture removalists
- team leaders
- pre packers

  • Bus and Coach Operations

- Operations Managers

  • Customs Broking

- Customs Brokers
- Classifier/compilers

The new qualification for Waste Industry drivers supports the new technologies and equipment types which have emerged in this rapidly evolving sector.

Furniture removals will have a qualification continuum supporting career pathways from entry level through to team leader, with additional Skill Sets supporting packing and pre-packing specialists.

The Diploma of Bus and Coach Operations focuses on the key aspects of managing and scheduling the movement of people, and will also provide clearer career pathway support.

Customs Brokers, who are currently required to be licensed, will have a qualification that not only meets regulatory requirements, it also provide competency standards that fulfil the needs of a well-rounded Customs Broker.

This draft material is available now for industry validation. Feedback on the units should be provided in writing to For more information about this review please see click here.



State Budget 2013-14: Transport Infrastructure Investment

Edgewater Train Station will get a new 1,000-bay multi-storey car park under the State Government’s $5.7billion investment in public transport to cope with Perth’s rapid population growth. The new multi-storey car park will provide an extra 564 low-fee Park and Ride bays for commuters using the northern rail line, taking the total number of parking bays available at Edgewater station to about 1,400.
Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the car park would cater for the increasing number of people using public transport in the northern corridor. “Last year alone, there were an extra 750,000 boardings on the northern line, adding to what was our busiest year on the public transport network, reflecting the dramatic increase in the population of Perth,” Mr Buswell said. “We are the fastest-growing capital city in Australia, with growth of 3.3 per cent.  Last year alone, 75,000 people moved to our city - and our people transport network catered for an extra five million boardings.”
The Treasurer said the population growth added 96,500 vehicles to Western Australian roads, taking the total to 2.2 million. “More people are using our services than ever before - so we are investing in public transport infrastructure for the long term to combat congestion,” he said.
The State Government has committed $5.7billion over the next four years to major transport projects including the Airport Rail line, MAX Light Rail, a 37km section of the Perth to Darwin Highway and the Edgewater Train Station car park. In addition, the Government has continued its investment in the State’s road network, with $1.1billion for Main Roads this year alone - that includes $500million for the northern suburbs.



Changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, recently announced a change to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. This change, in effect from 3 August 2013, will cease the standard completion incentives payment of $3000 to employers engaging existing workers as apprentices or trainees in non-priority occupations. Eligible employers will continue to receive the payment where the apprenticeship commenced up to 2 August 2013.

Employer incentives will be retained for all new workers (defined as having been employed for less than three months), existing workers who are undertaking qualifications which lead to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) and existing workers who are in the aged care, child care, disability care and enrolled nursing sectors.

For further information refer to the Summary of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program and the program changes overview.



Chain of Responsibility Update

The new Chain of Responsibility laws are expected to be introduced in March 2014 in WA. A comprehensive communications campaign is being undertaken by Main Roads to ensure that all stakeholders and industry members are informed of the changes to existing legislation and the potential impacts on their businesses leading up to implementation.

A Chain of Responsibility Overview of the Changes and a list of FAQs are now available for download from the Main Roads website.

Main Roads will be hosting State-wide briefing sessions in September and October to explain the specific provisions in the legislation and how they may affect your business.  The sessions will be two hours in duration with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.  The dates and locations of the sessions can be found here.

For further information on Chain of Responsibility Legislation, please visit the Main Roads Chain of Responsibility webpage.


Transport of Dangerous Goods Code to be updated

The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation.
Some of the changes proposed in the package include:

  • Updating markings and labels to be consistent with regulations for air and sea transport;
  • Improving certainty for business by incorporating approved exemptions into law;
  • A clear requirement for prime contractors and drivers to carry transport documents and emergency information so that they are easily locatable in the event of an emergency; and
  • Introducing the requirement for prepared emergency plans to be followed in an emergency situation.


Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws Amendment Package No.2 (Explanation of changes document)

Model Amendment Regulation Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail Package No.2
Feedback on the proposed amendments contained in the package is invited until submissions close on 2 September.  Find out how to make a submission to the NTC here.


Completion rates for apprentices and trainees: 2012 data released

Completion rates are increasing for trainees but not for trade apprentices, according to data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012.

Individual completion rates increased from 55.4% for trainees who started in 2007 to 57.1% for those who started in 2008. By contrast, individual completion rates for trade apprentices have decreased slightly from 56.3% for 2007 commencements to 55.8% for those who started in 2008.



Proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules released for consultation

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the latest package of proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules for public consultation today.

The proposed amendments are detailed in the Australian Road Rules 10th Amendment Package Explanation of Amendments document, available from the NTC website. Some examples of the proposed changes include:

  • Expanding the definition of a level crossing to include all of the area marked by yellow cross-hatching, in order to bring the rule in line with community understanding and increase road and rail safety
  • Enabling drivers to use driver’s aid functions (such as navigational applications) on a mobile phone if the driver does not touch the phone while driving and if the phone is secured in an approved fixed mounting
  • Amending the definition of a bicycle to include electric bicycles known as pedalecs in order to be consistent with the Australian Design Rules.

The changes are based on advice from the Australian Road Rules Maintenance Group which includes representatives from road agencies and police from each of the state and territories across Australia, as well as a Commonwealth representative. Feedback received during the public consultation period will inform the amendment package that will be presented to the ministers from the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) for approval later in 2013. The amendment package and a document explaining the proposed changes are available to download from the NTC website. Public submissions are open until 4 September 2013.




Draft MAR Maritime Training Package validation

Beginning 1 July 2013, the Maritime Industry will experience significant legislative reform with the:

  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) becoming the National Regulator for domestic commercial vessels
  • Commencement of the Navigation Act 2012.

In light of these reforms and with the endorsement of the revised National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D in May 2013 (released 3 June 2013), it is necessary to make some changes to the MAR13 Maritime Training Package near coastal material to ensure the Training Package reflects NSCV Part D.

These changes will include the transitioning of the near coastal material in the MAR13 Maritime Training Package to the MAR Maritime Training Package, which will also reflect the new Standards for Training Packages and supporting policies as determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).

This draft material is available now for industry validation from Monday 22 July to Monday 12 August. Feedback on the units should be provided in writing to


Chain of Responsibility Taskforce seeks feedback on issues paper

The effectiveness of the Chain of Responsibility (COR) regime under the Heavy Vehicle National Law is discussed in an issues paper released for public consultation recently.

Under the COR regime, specified parties in the supply chain, including executive officers of corporations, are accountable for certain behaviour that influences on-road compliance with the law.

The paper is part of a review of the COR provisions initiated by the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI).

During the development of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, the COR regime was identified as requiring further review. In November 2012, SCOTI decided to establish the review to examine the COR provisions. The aim is to ensure that they are fair, effective and appropriately targeted, as well as consistent with relevant principles agreed by the Council of Australian Governments and with provisions of work health and safety legislation.

The NTC will undertake various other consultative activities, including workshops for an industry advisory group to provide us with advice at key points in our review. The review’s recommendations will be presented to SCOTI in conjunction with the outcomes of the NTC’s review of the national penalties framework in the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The NTC and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are providing the taskforce secretariat. The views contained within the issues paper therefore reflect the views of the taskforce.

Click here to make a submission through the NTC website. Submissions can also be sent to:
Chain of Responsibility Taskforce – Issues Paper
c/o National Transport Commission
Level 15/628 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Submissions to the issues paper close on 16 August 2013.



SCLAA Receives Energy Efficiency Information Grant to Assist Supply Chain and Logistics SME's in Australia

The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $743,310 from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants  Program, to develop and deliver a comprehensive and targeted program called Energy Efficiency Solutions for Australian transport and logistics SMEs .

The Supply Chain, Transport & Logistics sector consumes over 25% of Australia’s total energy. Further emissions from the sector have increased significantly in the last twenty years. There are opportunities in terms of reductions in the usage of electricity, all types of fuels and refrigerants as well as optimisation of transport, loads, materials handling, cold chain, scheduling and other efficiencies.

David Rogers, Chairman – SCLAA indicated that SMEs  (defined as 200 employees or less) in the supply chain and logistics industry face time and competitive pressures and lack the targeted skills and resources to identify and improve their energy use, which in turn would benefit their business productivity. This project aims to address this need, by delivering a comprehensive closed loop program for SCLAA members and other SMEs in the supply chain and logistics sector.

The SCLAA will do this through the provision of targeted tools, resources and training tailored specifically to assist our substantial membership, contacts and the 409,756 SMEs across Australia who warehouse, distribute and/or transport goods to improve their energy efficiency. The program will be delivered face to face at 30 locations in every State and Territory across Australia and all components will be available online.

Registration for SME training can be completed on right hand side of the SCLAA homepage or by phoning the SCLAA Secretariat on  1300 364 160  or  07 3102 4093.

Pilbara workforce development plan released in Karratha

Aboriginal workforce development, supporting small business, affordable housing and even child care places are themes highlighted in a plan to help address future workforce issues in the State’s Pilbara region.

The Pilbara workforce development plan 2013–2016 was prepared by the Pilbara Workforce Development Alliance, which comprises representatives from industry, government, community and Aboriginal organisations.

Identifying a number of employment, training and workforce issues facing the region, the plan proposes 40 priority actions to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce to meet the Pilbara’s future economic needs.
Stakeholder input for the plan came from more than 60 participants and included sub-regional forums conducted in Port Hedland, Karratha, Roebourne, Onslow, Tom Price and Newman with government agencies, industry, training and employment service providers and other key stakeholders. These consultations were complemented by interviews with stakeholders in Perth.

This is a living document and the alliance seeks to continuously review actions in the plan. The plan is one of nine regional plans being developed to address the key workforce development challenges in regional Western Australia and aligns with the State Government’s Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia.

Download the executive summary
Download the plan


New Workforce Development Website for SMEs

The Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Terry Redman, recently launched a new website, Workplace Essentials, that provides small to medium businesses with a 'one stop' gateway to find useful information, templates, links and resources that can help them to better plan, attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce. Developing and implementing workforce planning and workforce development  processes in the workplace and having a workforce action plan are essential components of healthy business practice.

To find out how, visit


Implementation of Chain of Responsibility Legislation in WA

In early March 2014, Chain of Responsibility Legislation is due to take effect in Western Australia once the drafting of the supporting regulations has been finalised and a comprehensive communications campaign to ensure all stakeholders and industry members are informed of the changes to existing laws and the potential impacts on their businesses has been completed.

In November 2003, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Transport Ministers approved a national regulatory model that introduced the concept of ‘Chain of Responsibility’ to recognise all parties that have a role in the transportation of goods by road.

The aim of the legislation is to ensure a nationally uniform approach to compliance and enforcement of road transport laws and, in particular, laws specific to mass, dimension and load restraint for safe operation of heavy vehicles, improved road safety, the minimisation of unfair competitive advantage amongst operators and better protection for infrastructure and the environment.

Specific provisions include:

  • expanded enforcement powers;
  • ‘Chain of Responsibility’ provisions extending liability for road law offences to all parties whose actions, inactions or demands influence conduct on the road; and
  • uniform evidentiary laws, penalties and an expanded range of sanctions to ensure nationally consistent enforcement and prosecution of offences.

Statewide briefing sessions are planned for later in 2013.  Information will also be freely available from multiple locations, and in formats that will help clearly explain the reform.

More information on the progress of the Chain of Responsibility Legislation implementation is available on the Main Roads Website or by contacting the Heavy Vehicle Operations Help Desk on 138 HVO (138486).




National Infrastructure Plan Released

Infrastructure Australia recently released its National Infrastructure Plan, which provides governments and the community with a clear set of actions to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the growth of the Asian economies over the next half century.

The actions include:

  • Establishing a single national infrastructure fund;
  • Moving from grant funding of infrastructure to a system that encourages private investment;
  • Selling or long-term leasing of government infrastructure assets and re-investing the proceeds in new infrastructure;
  • Wider application of user pays funding arrangements, especially but not only in the freight sector, but on the proviso that users get a say in scoping new projects; and
  • Improvements to project governance and procurement to reduce the cost of developing new infrastructure.

The Plan includes the latest update of Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List.




Maritime Day Expo

The free annual expo held at Fremantle port offers people the chance to talk to representatives from companies involved in the maritime industry. The expo celebrates the maritime industry and Fremantle Port, and provides the public with information about maritime education and careers. The expo is an excellent opportunity to meet with training organisations such as the WA Maritime Training Centre and the Australian Maritime College as well as a wide variety of private operators such as stevedores, marine pilots, towage operators and line boat operators who employ workers for their own businesses.

Where - B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port

When - Saturday 31 August 2013

A poster for the event can be found here or for further information, please visit the Maritime Day webpage.



New MAR13 Maritime Training Package Released

The LTC and TLISC are pleased to announce MAR13 Maritime Training Package is now available online here -

MAR13 comprises:

  • 23 qualifications
  • 3 Skill Sets
  • 175 units of competency

In July 2013, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will become the maritime national regulator for commercial vessel safety regulation, delivering a national system in Australia for the first time.
With the commencement of this national system, AMSA will also assume the maintenance and development of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV), which is currently undertaken by the National Maritime Safety Committee (NMSC).

TLISC has worked closely with AMSA to ensure the MAR13 Maritime Training Package will support this regulatory reform.

The MAR13 Maritime Training Package qualifications, Skill Sets and units of competency:

  • ensure close alignment with the regulatory requirements of national, state and territory marine authorities
  • accommodate multiple job roles, enterprise requirements and the changing technological nature of the maritime industry.

The MAR13 Maritime Training Package also provides qualifications beyond basic mandatory safety requirements to fulfil the diverse competency requirements of occupations in maritime ancillary and support areas.

With the recent endorsement of the revised National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D (10 May 2013), the Skills Council is currently confirming the alignment of existing qualifications and Skill Sets with an expectation than any required changes will be reflected in a future release of the MAR Maritime Training Package later in the year.


More than 300 000 students to rate nation's training system

Over the next few months, more than 300 000 students will be asked to rate their experiences at a TAFE institute, private training or adult and community education provider as part of the 2013 Student Outcomes Survey.

Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), this annual survey provides information on vocational education and training (VET) students’ employment outcomes and satisfaction with their training.

The survey will help training providers and governments improve the quality and relevance of training, and prospective students decide which training is right for them. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win a share of a $13 000 cash prize pool.

The Student Outcomes Survey is conducted on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments. The results will be published in December 2013 on the NCVER website.

For the 2012 survey results visit:

For further survey information visit:



Package to help employers retain Aboriginal staff

Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman has today launched a new resource to help employers of Aboriginal people retain valued staff. The information package was developed through the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre with input from a wide range of stakeholders, including employers and employees, service providers and health professionals.

Mr Redman said the package provided employers with strategies and practical advice to help support, empower and retain, Aboriginal employees. The package is titled ‘How well do you understand the Aboriginal people you employ? A guide to improving retention through supporting wellbeing and good workplace practices’.

The package aims to complement existing resources and will ideally be used by employers as a resource to deliver cultural competency training in the workplace. The resource will play a key role in supporting the State Government’s goal of increasing workforce participation among under-employed and disengaged groups, as outlined in Skilling WA and the Training Together-Working Together initiative.



New Careers website 'Go Places'

Go Places is the latest initiative from TLISC to attract and retain skilled workers across all T&L sectors. From entry level to supervision and on to management, specialist or executive, the Go Places micro site clearly defines Transport and Logistics career paths, supported with information about qualifications and job demands. 
The micro site shows how, through qualification and experience, a high school leaver can aspire to one day manage, or even own, an enterprise.
Employees already in the industry can access information about training and education to specialise, gain promotion or attain national industry mobility, while career changers can also look for training or entry opportunities to pursue a possible new career path.
The Go Places micro site is part of a wider strategy that aims to promote Transport and Logistics as an industry of choice.



Commonwealth Budget 2013 - 14

The newly released Federal Budget has outlined continued support for the development of transport infrastructure in the State. Below is a schedule of support for upcoming projects in WA to be funded and delivered over the next five years.

  • Perth Public Transport Package: This includes funds to assist the delivery of the light rail project and/or build a new rail link to the Airport, with the priority and construction timetables to be determined in consultation with the State Government, and subject to an assessment by Infrastructure Australia.
    – Federal contribution: $500 million.
  • Swan Valley Bypass: Build a new road between the Reid Highway/Tonkin Highway intersection and Muchea to replace the Great Northern Highway as the main freight route into and out the City from the north.
    – Federal contribution: $418.3 million.
  • Great Northern Highway: Package of works to improve the section between Muchea and Wubin, including straightening and widening dangerous sections, upgrading existing intersections and constructing additional overtaking lanes.
    – Federal contribution: $307.8 million.
  • North West Coastal Highway: Package of works along the 136 kilometre section between Minilya and Barradale, including strengthening and widening various sections as well as erecting two new bridges.
    – Federal contribution: $174 million.
  • Tonkin Highway: Build three new interchanges at the intersections with Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road to ease congestion and improve freight movements.
    – Federal contribution: $140.6 million.
  • Leach Highway: Upgrade Fremantle’s High Street between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway to a four lane divided road along a new alignment.
    – Federal contribution: $59 million.



Stories of NWDF achievers on display in new book 

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) has launched a first-of-its-kind publication, showcasing the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) and the positive impact it has had on the Transport and Logistics industry.

NWDF: The Stories tells real-life accounts of how the National Workforce Development Fund is benefiting Australian transport and logistics enterprises. Our industry, worth an estimated $122 billion, or almost 10 per cent of Australia’s GDP in 2012, is diverse in sector and geography, with about 165,000 enterprises across rail, roads, maritime, aviation, ports, logistics and warehousing in every state and territory.

The NWDF is a major component of the Federal Government’s Skills Connect initiative, providing $667 million to industry to support and develop its workforce productivity.

The funding supports the completion of full qualifications or skill sets for existing workers and industry inductees in priority areas of need, and has enabled many enterprises to implement whole-of-business solutions to develop and future-proof their operations.

In NWDF: The Stories, the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council have captured narratives of that initiative through human achievement and corporate commitment.

With human capital front and centre on government agendas, the role of training will continue to rouse attention. To that end, the NWDF is funded through to June 2016.

TLISC can support businesses and associations to identify current and future operational and workforce needs, and determine whether funding is accessible.

TLISC encourages you to ask us about how the NWDF can work for your enterprise.




Open for applications - Industry Innovation Precinct Selection Round

Industry Innovation Precincts will be industry-led national networks that will bring together our best industry and research capability from across Australia in areas of competitive advantage and emerging opportunity. They will focus nationally to better coordinate existing services, leverage Australian research capacity as well as provide new tools and services to enable Australian businesses to invest, create export opportunities, innovate and grow.

All sectors and industries around the nation have the opportunity to put forward a compelling bid to establish an Industry Innovation Precinct. Precinct applications are to be industry-led, comprising consortia with several different organisations including Australian businesses, industry and research organisations. International engagement is also encouraged.

Applications will close on 5 June 2013.
To assist prospective applicants with identifying potential collaborators, an online collaboration register has been developed and is available on the aussiejobs website. This is an optional register that provides an opportunity for business, universities, industry associations and others interested in becoming involved in a potential Precinct to list potential collaboration opportunities. It is important to note that use of the online collaboration register is not mandatory and will not be considered an advantage or disadvantage in the assessment of applications.

The register will be updated regularly and will include potential collaborator details such as the organisation’s name, industry categories and contact details.

Key features of Industry Innovation Precincts

Precincts will:



Traineeships for International Freight Forwarding established

The Minister for Training and Workforce Development has approved the establishment of TLI31310 Certificate III in International Freight Forwarding and TLI41610 Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding under Classifcation B. For more information on traineeships generally and how to apply for them, please visit the Apprenticentre.

      Training Contract Requirements
Qualification Conditions Title of apprentice under training contract Nominal period (months) full time Part time School based
638.1 TLI31310 Certificate III in International Freight Forwarding
Trainee 18 months
639.1 TLI41610 Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding
Trainee 24 months



 WA Training Awards 2013 - calling for applications

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is now calling for applications for the WA Training Awards 2013.

The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Prizes exceeding $100 000* will be awarded to State finalists and winners at a presentation dinner on Friday 20 September 2013 hosted by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development. State winners will also have the chance to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Perth in November.

Entries close Friday 10 May 2013.

Individual categories:
• WA Apprentice of the Year
• WA School Based Apprentice of the Year
• WA Trainee of the Year
• WA Vocational Student of the Year
• WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Student of the Year
• WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Training Award
• WA Trainer of the Year

Organisation categories:
• WA Small Business of the Year
• WA Employer of the Year
• WA VET in Schools Excellence
• WA Training Initiative
• WA Small Training Provider of the Year
• WA Large Training Provider of the Year
• WA International Training Provider of the Year


*Individual category winners will be awarded a $7000 study grant and organisation category winners will be awarded a prize to the value of $8000.




Changes to requirements for trainers and assessors

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) is responsible for setting the competency standards required by VET trainers and assessors if they are delivering training and assessment services (refer to AQTF Standard 1.4a).

The NSSC has determined that from 1 July 2013, trainers must:

  • hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the TAE10 Training and Assessment Training Package as a minimum qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies;
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and trainer/assessor competence.

Assessors must:

  • hold the TAE10 Assessor Skill Set or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies;
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

For further information on the determination and supervision arrangements, please view the NSSC website.





Air Cargo Exports Discussion paper: seeking industry feedback

The Department has released a discussion paper for industry comment. Your feedback will be taken into account in further work on these policies and in the development of a Regulation Impact Statement. Your views are important to ensure that the program is appropriate for the Australian context while meeting our international obligations and the expectations of Australia’s international trading partners.

Visit to download a copy of the discussion paper.

There are a number of ways to provide comment on the discussion paper. Download the form online then

Attention: SACSC Discussion Paper
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

If you have special communication needs, please call 1800 007 024 to make alternative arrangements. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 28 April 2013.




Applications now open for the 2013 Sustainability Champions Scholarship Program
VET practitioners and Educators are invited to apply for the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability (VGC  ETfS).
Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, seventy five fully funded places have been made available to successful applicants across Australia. Course tuition and enrolment costs are fully subsidised. The course will be delivered in five locations in: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, and will run for twelve months commencing early May 2013 and completing end May 2014.
To apply, you must complete and submit the Sustainability Champions Scholarship Program Application Form have the endorsement of your Manager. Applications close Sunday 7 April 2013. For more information please see contact Gitanjali Bedi on




TLISC WELL resource for railway track workers

TLISC are taking expressions of interest from organisations interested in trialing a WELL resource for railway track workers, including gangers and new team leaders, who require assistance with language, literacy and numeracy (LLN).

The resource will help them to progress in their careers and to share information through toolbox meetings, workshop information briefs and other forums. The trial will be run via the following formats:

  • A TLISC facilitated training session
  • Internal delivery by training team/workplace mentors
  • RTO led trial

The end product will be a DVD, Facilitator Guide and Learner Workbook that can be used to support the delivery and assessment of the unit TLIE2029A: Conduct workplace information briefings.

To register your interest please e-mail Simone Reinertsen at TLISC or leave a message on (03) 9604 7214. Contact will be made in early April to confirm details with interested parties.




Training Providers Forum 2013 Keynotes announced

Australia's leading futurist, Mark Pesce and designer/innovation mentor Nils Vesk are providing this year's keynote speeches at the Training Providers Forum 2013. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will host the forum at Crown Perth on the 17 and 18 June 2013.

This year’s forum will focus on sustainability, technology and innovation in training.

This two day conference and exhibition will include the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. As Western Australia’s leading forum on training and workforce development, this is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals.




TLISC E-Scan 2013 Released

The 2013 E-Scan has highlighted a number of trends and drivers, challenges and barriers, and opportunities and successes related to skills and workforce development within the Industry. It also outlines key findings relating to skills and labour shortages in each of the following industry sectors:

  • Logistics Management, Road Transport and Warehousing
  • Aviation
  • Maritime
  • Rail
  • Ports

The E-Scan is completed annually and aims to act as an early warning system for the Transport and Logistics Industry, government and the national training system. It is a document that provides contemporary and projected advice on the condition of Transport and Logistics sectors, their workforce planning and development needs and, in particular, their projected reliance on the national training system in the next 12 months.




Training Providers Forum 2013

When - 17 and 18 June, 2013
Where - Crown Perth (Formerly Burswood Entertainment Complex)

This two day conference and exhibition will provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals.

The Forum program will focus on sustainability, technology and innovation in training and promises to be engaging and enlightening!

Exhibition Booths

The Department invites organisations to submit expressions of interest for an exhibition booth and the LTC invites all RTOs to visit our booth on the day.


For further information on the forum email or phone 9229 5327.



TLISC National Workforce Development Fund Breakfast Information Session

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) will be conducting a breakfast information session in Perth on Tuesday 26 March to advise of the funding and training opportunities available under the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF). This free event will be held at the Novatel Perth Langley. Please see the linked flyer for full details.

The NWDF is a major component of the Australian Government’s ‘Building Australia’s Future Workforce’ package with $700 million being provided to industry to support the program. Funding, which is available across the transport and logistics sectors by making application to the TLISC, supports the completion of full qualifications and/or Skill Sets for existing and new workers in priority areas of need. During the first year of the program 42 TLISC projects, spanning all T& L sectors were successful in obtaining funding.

You are urged to attend the information session to find out about the great opportunities available for training your workforce.



Get help preparing workforce plans

The Skills Connect website is designed to assist and advise Australian enterprises with business and workforce planning.

The Be Prepared series has been developed as a web-based resource for the Skills Connect National Network. The Be Prepared papers guide business owners and managers through the workforce planning process, helping them effectively meet emerging business needs. The papers explore the potential benefits of implementing a carefully thought out plan capable of meeting workforce contingencies. Released papers include:

Be Prepared by planning ahead;
Be Prepared by investing in training;
Be Prepared by engaging with your employees;
Be Prepared by training your managers; and
Be Prepared for change through workforce planning;
Stronger engagement can drive both individual and organisational performance. High engagement drives productivity and, by investing in programs that strengthen engagement with employees, employers can improve productivity, retention and performance.

To find out more about Australian Government Skills Connect please
click here.



Public Consultation for Heavy Vehicle Charges

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the proposed annual adjustment of heavy vehicle charges for the 2013-14 financial year, for public consultation.
Heavy vehicles in Australia are charged for the use of the roads by a combination of a fuel-based charge (determined by the federal government) and a fixed registration charge (determined by state and territory governments).
Under the directive of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI), the NTC is responsible for reviewing national heavy vehicle charges and calculating the annual adjustment.
A 2.5 per cent adjustment to the road user charge, to take effect from 1 July 2013 is proposed. Details of the calculation of the proposed increase are outlined in 2013 Heavy vehicle road user charge annual adjustment consultation document, available from the NTC website.
The adjustment to the road user charge adheres to the overarching principles set by COAG and SCOTI regarding full cost recovery of heavy vehicle expenditure and the removal of cross-subsidies between vehicle classes.
Submissions on the proposed annual adjustment are invited by 26 March 2013. Submissions can be made online at or by mail to: Annual Adjustment Submission, National Transport Commission, Level 15, 628 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000



Understanding employer skill needs: national survey underway

Employers across the country will be contacted in the coming weeks as part of the Survey of Australian Employers to identify the ways they meet their skill needs and how effective these strategies are. Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the survey aims to collect the views of 9 000 employers, be they large, medium or small and from all industry sectors.

Ms Sandra Pattison, General Manager, Statistics, NCVER said the survey provides employers with an opportunity to help shape future training. “The survey will take on average 10 minutes out of the employers’ day. We want to know how organisations employ and train their staff and how effective this training is at meeting their needs. “I urge those employers we contact to have their say. The more responses we get, the clearer the picture we get of what is happening in Australian workplaces around skills and skilling employees. “It is also important that all employers respond to the survey so that the results represent a range of organisations, not just those providing training.”

Businesses are randomly selected from the Australian Business Register to participate in the survey, which will be conducted from now to June this year. The Survey of Australian Employers is conducted on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments. The results will be published on NCVER’s website in late 2013 in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Employers’ use and views of the VET system.

Results from the last survey (2011) are available from



National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference 2013
Date: 9 - 10 May 2013
Venue: Ultimo College, Sydney Institute, NSW
Price: Registration costs for the pre-conference sessions start from $129 and for the conference from $446 including GST

Register now
Register now (three or more delegates)

The 2013 National Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference will address the theme of 'Building on evidence to improve skills' through a series of pre-conference workshops, informative keynote presentations and an extensive range of breakout sessions.

We invite all delegates to attend the conference opening and keynote address on the evening of Thursday, 9 May for an opportunity to engage and network with peers in the VET sector.
The presentations and discussions from this second national conference will make a major contribution to the state and national debate on key issues related to adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) education and training.


State of Australian Cities Report Released

State of Australian Cities 2012 was launched recently by The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The report brings together current research and data including available data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing to present a comprehensive snapshot of Australian cities.

This is the third in a series of annual Australian Government publications reporting on the progress of Australian cities towards the goals and objectives of the National Urban Policy. The previous two editions, State of Australian Cities 2010 and State of Australian Cities 2011, have together been downloaded close to 2 million times.

State of Australian Cities 2012 follows the structure of the previous two editions. The report details changes in urban population and settlement and examines indicators relating to productivity, sustainability and liveability. The report concludes with a discussion of governance in Australia’s major cities and, for the first time, an evaluation of progress in implementing the National Urban Policy.




TLISC Awards for Excellence - Nominations are closed

The 2013 TLISC Awards for Excellence offers the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and outstanding contributions made by organisations and enterprises in training and workforce development across the six Transport and Logistics Industry sectors; Road Transport, Logistics and Warehousing, Rail, Aviation, Maritime, and Ports.

Applications closed Friday, 8 February 2013



New School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released its new School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy, effective 1 January 2013. The new policy provides clarity for stakeholders on their responsibilities, procedures and compliance requirements. In 2013, the Department will conduct professional development workshops in metropolitan and regional areas to assist stakeholders understand their obligations under the new policy.

For further information, and to view the policy, click here.



State Govt adds support for rail to move freight

Transport Minister Troy Buswell recenlty announced that the State Government has approved the continuation of the rail subsidy until 2016-17 at a cost of $15.5million. “Rail is playing a significant role in achieving greater efficiency in Fremantle Port’s supply chain while reducing the impacts of truck traffic on the community,” Mr Buswell said.

A key strategy is to increase the amount of freight moved by rail to relieve pressure on roads and alleviate community impacts. By reducing reliance on road transport, rail services also contribute significantly to trade growth capacity by improving supply chain efficiency through reducing truck congestion at the port. Rail accounts for about 14 per cent of the total number of containers transported through the port.  With this increased use of rail for transporting container freight and with more trucks picking up empty containers from Forrestfield rather than at Fremantle, there are an estimated 100,000 fewer truck movements annually on roads linking with the port.

The proposed lengthening of the North Quay Rail Terminal, with joint State and Federal funding, is another key strategy to develop rail services as an alternative to road transport.  Enabling the terminal to handle longer trains will further increase rail operations’ efficiency. Other projects planned to improve the rail link include increasing the capacity of the rail terminal at Kewdale/Forrestfield where a large proportion of the container freight operations are located; and construction of a train-passing site at Spearwood, which will enable greater flexibility in train paths and provide more alternatives to cater for service disruptions.


National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Based in Brisbane, this new body will have responsibility for registration and regulations covering all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. It will be fully operational by July once all State and Territory Governments have passed the necessary enabling legislation through their respective parliaments.

Once that process is complete, many practical benefits will begin to flow, including:

  • Long distance truck drivers will no longer need worry about whether their vehicle or load is still legal as they cross state and territory borders, or whether they have met the multitude of requirements which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction;
  • A greater uniformity in road access arrangements, making it easier for drivers to find a suitable rest stop or negotiate minor roads to reach refuelling points;
  • A national approach to heavy vehicle configuration which will improve access for road trains to key roads linking the States and reduce the need for multiple or inefficient trips; and
  • A universal interpretation of when drivers should start counting driving hours from rest breaks within a 24 hour period, eliminating the confusion around existing fatigue laws.


Bus station next step in Perth City Link project

With the task of sinking a huge tract of CBD rail yards in the home stretch, the State Government’s visionary Perth City Link project is preparing for the next big step - sinking the Wellington Street Bus Station.

The bus station is the last significant obstacle to the long-awaited dream of reconnecting Northbridge and the CBD. The Perth City Link project will create a 5.2ha precinct between the Horseshoe Bridge and Perth Arena which will connect the CBD to Northbridge, creating thousands of residences as well as new workplaces for about 13,500 people.

“The project involves building a new underground bus station with Australia’s first dynamic stand-allocation system, in which incoming buses pull up at - and subsequently leave from - the next available bay.Transport Minister Troy Buswell said.  “The RFP is being issued today through the PTA and the main alliance construction contract is expected to be worth about $175million, with the project as a whole close to $250million.

The underground Wellington Street Bus Station will allow an uninterrupted street level connection to run from Queen Street to Nick’s Lane once the City Link project is complete. About 12,000 passenger boardings per day are expected at the new bus terminal.



MC drivers, transport managers in demand

Transport managers and experienced truck drivers are among a number of key positions in the transport and logistics sector in demand this year. Recruitment firm Hays’ first quarterly report for 2013 says multi-combination drivers are being lured to the mines, while many transport managers are leaving to further their careers outside of the logistics sector.

While saying the skills “are in hot demand”, Hays Logistics Senior Regional Director Tim James says employers are remaining cautious about hiring candidates who have moved around often. He says businesses are also being very specific about their requirements and more demanding about core and soft skills.

Other positions in demand include project and account managers, supply chain coordinators and managers, demand planners and qualified reach stackers. Hays says businesses need to provide employees with the opportunity to develop new skills through training courses.

“Whether this is packaged as a few hours out of the office each week to attend classes, or full funding for a course itself, more organisations need to be prepared to consider this in order to retain the best talent,” the organisation says.




NTC reminds Australians to join discussion on new road technology

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is reminding all Australians that they have the opportunity to make a submission to the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Regulatory Policy Issues discussion paper before submissions close on 31 January 2013.
C-ITS is an emerging technology that allows vehicles and other elements of the transport network to share information. NTC Chief Executive, Nick Dimopoulos said research indicates that the widespread use of this technology could cut the road toll by 25 per cent. “With 1,300 lives lost on our roads each year, this technology has the potential to transform road safety in Australia.”
C-ITS technology aims to enable drivers to better plan and adapt their driving route to avoid heavy congestion, crashes or road works. Warning systems can be activated to alert road users of potential collisions with other road users or notifications of changed traffic conditions, or other dangers, such as a train approaching a railway crossing. Released in November 2012, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Regulatory Policy Issues discusses how Australia could best prepare for the introduction of C-ITS.
“Feedback received from submissions will inform our final recommendation to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure later this year,” said Mr Dimopoulos. “We are keen to hear from industry, government and the public to ensure the widest possible range of views are taken into account.”
You can download the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Regulatory Policy Issues discussion paper and make a submission



Major works to improve Perth’s road network

Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced that Main Roads WA was about to undertake a series of road improvement works on sections of Perth’s freeway system to increase vehicle capacity and improve safety.

“The Liberal-National Government has embarked on a series of road works and transformational projects in and around Perth to significantly improve our transport network, reduce CBD congestion and provide better infrastructure,” Mr Buswell said. “These changes are a necessary part of planning for our increasing population and during this process of major transformation, disruption to traffic is inevitable.”
Works will include the provision of a third traffic lane in both directions through the Graham Farmer Freeway (GFF) tunnel and construction of an extra lane to the Mitchell Freeway northbound, from the tunnel to Hutton Street.
“These two projects, to be delivered at a cost of $57million, are part of a broader package of transport initiatives designed to improve the operation of the CBD road network and address the challenges associated with Perth's increasing population,” the Minister said. “Another $30million is being spent on widening the Mitchell Freeway northbound between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive from late January to mid-2013. As with last year’s widening of Kwinana Freeway between Roe and Leach highways, there will be some impacts on traffic movement on sections of the Mitchell and Graham Farmer freeways at various times throughout 2013. Main Roads will do everything possible to minimise disruptions and delays to motorists, such as maintaining the existing number of traffic lanes northbound on Mitchell Freeway during daytime construction of the additional lane.  Motorists will also be kept advised of potential delays through a number of mediums.”
Mr Buswell said there would also be a series of CBD road works starting in January as part of the package of initiatives and these would involve partial road closures and speed restrictions.


Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence

The TLISC invites organisations across Australia to nominate for the inaugural 2013 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence.
The Awards offer the opportunity to recognise and celebrate exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development in the Industry.

These national Awards recognise organisations who are leaders in quality skills training and workforce development. Winners will receive complimentary tickets, accommodation and return airfares for two to attend an industry dinner showcasing their achievements to representatives from across the Transport and Logistics Industry. Trophies will be presented and winners will receive the right to display the winner’s logo on merchandise and advertising material.

The Awards will be an invitation-only event hosted by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) on:

Date: Thursday 18 April 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: InterContinental Melbourne
The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne

Award Categories and Selection Criteria

The 2013 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence are open to both RTOs and enterprises/businesses that are registered and operating in Australia. There are 9 award categories:

- 2013 TLISC Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award (in each of the 6 sectors)

•    Road Transport
•    Logistics and Warehousing
•    Rail
•    Aviation
•    Maritime
•    Ports

- 2013 TLISC Return on Investment in Skills Award
- 2013 TLISC Excellence in Industry Promotion Award
- 2013 TLISC Chairman’s Award
Click here for the Entry Guide and selection criteria.
Click here for the Nomination Form which must accompany your submission.
Applications open 7 January 2013 – so get started now!
Applications will close on 8 February 2013.
For enquiries, please contact Emily Swan on (02) 6163 7217 or at


Free LL&N Training and Professional Development DVD’s

Ideas That Work is building the What Works online library of free video segments for use in LL&N training and assessment. These LL&N video segments can be used for:

  •     your own professional development as a VET practitioner or workplace trainer;
  •     supporting the delivery of LL&N specific units such as unit 'TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills'
  •     LL&N professional development for RTOs and their staff; and
  •     learners undertaking qualifications such as 'TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment'

The nine video segments in the first series of What Works are:

  •     Why is Language, Literacy and Numeracy so important?
  •     What has Language, Literacy and Numeracy got to do with my role as a trainer and assessor?
  •     Who needs support with Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills?
  •     What are Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills?
  •     What is the Australian Core Skills Framework?
  •     How do I know what Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills are required on the job?
  •     How do I identify my learners' Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills?
  •     What are the Language, Literacy and Numeracy demands of the training environment?
  •     When is specialist Language, Literacy and Numeracy support needed?

Visit the Ideas That Work website for further information, to view the videos and  to provide feedback on other videos that you would like to see.



Attention all crane drivers and forklift operators!

If you are a crane driver or forklift operator, your High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) may be up for renewal.

WorkSafe WA introduced the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work, with the first HRWL issued in late 2007. All HRWLs have a five year expiry date so, if you are a HRWL holder, it is now time to check the expiry date on your licence card. If your HRWL expires, you will be unable to continue working and will be required to undergo retraining and reassessment to get your HRWL back.

Remember, no licence means no work.

To make it easier for all HRWL holders to comply, you should make sure that WorkSafe has your current postal address. This way, WorkSafe will send you a renewal before your HRWL is due to expire. You will need to return your signed renewal application with a passport photo and the correct fee to WorkSafe.

There are a number of ways to check the details of your HRWL including:

    - look at your licence card;
    - email;
    - call the High Risk Work Hotline on 1300 424 091; or
    - visit

  •         Services;
  •         Licensing and registration of plant; and
  •         Licence and registration search.

If you have any queries about HRWLs, please contact CCI’s Safety and Risk Services team on (08) 9365 7415 or email



New resources available to assist with fitness for duty assessments for commercial drivers

The Austroads website now has forms available as a resource to assist with ‘fitness for duty’ assessments for commercial vehicle drivers, such as those performed under schemes such as TruckSafe and the National Heavy Vehicle Assessment Scheme (NHVAS).

The forms were developed by the NTC in consultation with industry stakeholders to reflect the guidelines within the latest edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive, and are provided in a format which allows for organisations to make their own modifications to fit in with their own requirements.

The forms are: the Driver Health Questionnaire, the Clinical Assessment Record and the Fitness to Drive Report.

The Fitness to Drive Report form is not to be used for licencing related assessments – health professionals should continue to use the forms provided by driver licensing authorities and the medical condition notification form provided within Assessing Fitness to Drive for this purpose.

There is no such restriction on the use of the Driver Health Questionnaire and Clinical Assessment Record forms.

For more information and to download the forms, please visit the Austroads website.


Skilling WA on track 

The ‘Skilling WA Progress Report June 2012’ is the first full review of the Skilling WA workforce development plan and highlights record levels of West Australians enrolled in Government-funded training and increased workforce participation. The report was developed with input from stakeholders - including government agencies, training councils and industry peak bodies - and detailed the progress of all Skilling WA priority actions.
Highlights of the report’s findings included:

  • record levels of West Australians enrolled in Government-funded training, with more than 144,000 enrolments in 2011
  • workforce participation increasing through initiatives such as course fee exemptions for the unemployed and rebates on workers’ compensation premiums for employers of apprentices
  • barriers to workforce participation have been reduced, with increases to district allowances for regional public sector employees and removing the discrimination against older workers in Workers Compensation legislation
  • Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Network increased with branches in key regional centres
  • initiatives to tackle youth unemployment has started  with activities, programs and training to better target the transition from secondary school to further education and training
  • investment in region building initiatives such as Pilbara Cities and SuperTowns, and the release and implementation of the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strateg
  • implementation of the ‘Western Australian skilled migration strategy’ to supplement the local workforce through targeted use of the National Migration Program. This included successfully advocating for the designation of Perth as a region under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and increasing the number of visa nominations under the State Sponsored program

The success of the plan has also been affirmed by a recent Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) scorecard of the Government’s performance, where the Government’s work on skill shortages through the implementation of ‘Skilling WA’ was given a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is the highest rating in the CCI’s overall scorecard.



State Govt’s $500m northern suburbs roads package 

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced a $499.1million State Government upgrade of critical road transport infrastructure in Perth’s northern suburbs.

A six kilometre extension of the Mitchell Freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue will be built from 2014-15 to 2016-17.  This will help to relieve pressure on local roads in the growth suburbs of Clarkson, Butler and Jindalee. “Without this extension, traffic volumes on Perth’s two major north-south arterial routes - Marmion Avenue north of Burns Beach Road and Wanneroo Road - would soon rise to dangerous and unmanageable levels,” Mr Buswell said.

The Government would also undertake a long-overdue widening to accommodate dual lanes on a 2.2km stretch of Reid Highway between Duffy and Erindale roads in Carine. The project includes building a second bridge over the Mitchell Freeway to alleviate the major congestion that occurs at this location at both peak traffic periods.  Design work will begin immediately with construction set for 2014-15. Mr Buswell said the bridging of the congested Malaga Drive on Reid Highway would see the completion of the ‘big three’ projects needed to improve safety and efficiency on Reid Highway.

Work will start in 2013-14 to build two bridges to carry Reid Highway traffic over Malaga Drive. The project will be completed in 2014-15.


New Assessment Resources Website

The new TLISC Resources Website was recently launched following a major project to overhaul both the design and content of the quality training products we provide for stakeholders. The website contains Participant and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Guides for 340 Units of Competency across all TLISC Training Packages. You can access the website here and all resources are free of charge.

All resources have been validated against Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and the National VET Regulators (NVR) Standards for Initial/Continuing Registration (SNR), ensuring applicability across all jurisdictions.

The templates provided contain sufficient flexibility to allow workplace contextualisation, whilst ensuring they are robust enough for use nationally. Existing TLISC resources have been mapped against the most contemporary versions of each Training Package, ensuring currency.

It is expected that users of the TLISC Resources Website will find it simple and straightforward to use, however, should you have any feedback or questions, please contact the Training Products Development Officer, Litsa Toouli on 03 9604 7203 or



'Skills sets' an important piece of a flexible VET puzzle

‘Skill sets’ could assist the vocational education and training (VET) system meet industry needs, according to new research. Published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the report Workforce skills development and engagement in training through skill sets, by John Mills, David Crean, Danielle Ranshaw and Kaye Bowman, reviewed the role of skill sets as a skilling solution, using agrifood students as a case study.

‘Skills sets’ are a related set of competency units, below the level of a full qualification that combine to meet a specific need. According to the National Training Information System there are some 924 skill sets defined within the National Training Packages, as of June 2012.

Based on the research, skill sets provide opportunities for workers to top up their skills, attract and engage more people into VET and can act as a pathway to further study or a full qualification.

According to the authors, the main reasons for skill set training are to upgrade skills, gain specific knowledge or for licensing and compliance.

“The research has found that skills sets do not deter people going on to full qualifications in the agrifoods sector,” said NCVER General Manager, Research, Ms Sue Fergusson. “In many cases, skill sets encourage engagement with VET and act as useful stepping stones to further study or completing a full qualification. “As well as a pathway to a full qualification, skills sets can offer existing workers the chance to ‘top up’ their skills after gaining a qualification.”



Reduced red tape helps road transport industry

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said recently that the State Government had further reduced unnecessary imposts on Western Australia’s road transport industry.

 Main Roads WA has consolidated its existing Prime Mover, Trailer Combination and Truck Trailer Combination Period Permits - the two most commonly issued permits for restricted access vehicles - into a single Gazette Notice.

 “Coming into effect on December 1, 2012, this initiative will provide industry with significant savings in time and administrative costs through a reduction in unnecessary paperwork,” Mr Buswell said.

The $50 permit fee; permit application; renewal; and issuing processes; will all no longer apply, saving industry about $250,000 a year.

This decision also brings WA into line with other States, which for many years have had their standard freight vehicles operating safely and efficiently under combined notices.



NTC supports technology which could cut the road toll by 25%

The regulatory implications of new technology which allows vehicles and other parts of the road network to ‘talk’ to each other must be considered, according to a discussion paper released today by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technology is currently being trialled in the US and Europe by auto manufacturers and governments to enable drivers to better plan and adapt their driving route to avoid heavy congestion, crashes or road works. Warning systems can be activated to alert road users of potential collisions with other road users or notifications of changed traffic conditions such as a train approaching a railway crossing.

NTC Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos said C-ITS has the potential to revolutionise road safety with research indicating its introduction to Australia could save over 300 lives a year.

“With road trauma in Australia currently accounting for 1,300 deaths each year, this technology has the potential to provide a leap forward in road safety,” said Mr Dimopoulos.

The NTC’s Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems Regulatory Policy Issues Discussion Paper discusses how Australia could best prepare for the introduction of C-ITS with key issues highlighted including:

The discussion paper is available on the NTC website and is open for public comment until 31 January 2013 via the NTC website or by mail to Chief Executive, National Transport Commission, Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.



E-Merging Technologies in Training Conference

The National VET E-learning Strategy e-Merging Technologies in Training conference will take place in Perth at the end of the month.

When: Friday 30th November 2012
Where: CCI Function Centre
180 Hay Street
East Perth
Time: 9.00 am – 3.45 pm
Cost: $250.00 (Inc GST)

This conference will feature keynotes, presentations and interactive workshops. The Strategy is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. In addition to the $10 million secured to fund the Strategy in 2012-13, a key feature is co-investment from partners. The Strategy has three goals.

• Develop and utilise e-learning strategies to maximise the benefits of the national investment in broadband
• Support workforce development in industry through innovative training solutions; and
• Expand participation and access for individuals through targeted e-learning approaches.

The Strategy activity is delivered through a range of business activities managed by states and territories.

These include :

• E-learning for Participation and Skills;
• The New Generation Technologies for Learning;
• Broadband Content Services;
• Industry System Change;
• Learner Pathways and
• Support e-learning Take-up

The e-Merging Technologies in Training Conference Program is attached to the link above - there are limited places available, so register now at



Funding announcement: Opportunities for RTOs to pilot industry e-validation of assessment

National VET E-learning Strategy has announced opportunities for registered training organisations (RTOs) to lead and undertake industry e-validation of assessment. Proposals are sought from four pilots valued at $52,500 each (ex GST).

Industry validation of RTO assessment practices (including e-assessment) will further support the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform by aligning with key reform directions to improve the confidence of industry, employers and students in the quality of training courses.

“These pilots are an opportunity for RTOs to use the e-learning tools, e-learning infrastructure and systems they use with their learners, to engage industry to e-validate their assessment processes” says Kerry Manikis, Business Manager of the Industry System Change activity of the National VET E-learning Strategy, an initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments.

“Each RTO will determine how they will innovatively utilise technology to engage their industry and employer stakeholders in independent e-validation of assessment; these pilots will result in exemplars demonstrating best practice processes” says Ms Manikis.

RTOs interested in applying should read the guidelines for applicants available from the E-learning for Industry website and contact the Industry System Change team to discuss their idea prior to submitting a proposal to or call (02) 6207 3267.

Proposals addressing the selection criteria are due no later than midday AEDT on Tuesday 27 November 2012.




Updated medical standards for rail workers to come into effect in January 2013

Australia’s Transport and Infrastructure Ministers have unanimously approved updated rail safety worker medical standards, to come into effect in January 2013. Under national law, rail transport operators must have a health and fitness program that complies with the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.

“The new standards focus on how symptoms impact on a person’s ability to work safely rather than just a diagnosis of their condition. This will allow for a more relevant and informed assessment of a worker’s ability to do their job safely,” said National Transport Commission (NTC) Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos . “We’ve restructured the Standard so the content flows logically - from safety risk assessments to the application of relevant health standards,” he said.

The Standard provides practical guidance for rail transport operators to meet their obligations under law, as well as medical criteria used by Authorised Health Professionals who are appointed by operators to perform health assessments.

The National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers and accompanying information kit, including frequently asked questions and summary of the changes, are available to download from the NTC website here.

The updated Standard will come into effect on 20 January 2013, in line with the National Rail Safety Law to underpin the new National Rail Safety Regulator.




Funding announcement: 2012 E-learning content development to support equity in VET

The National VET E-learning Strategy is seeking expressions of interest for funding of up to $25,000 for the development of e-learning content which supports learners who have experienced disadvantage in learning and employment.

Project outputs will include high quality, interactive learning objects featuring scenarios, images, activities and games that can be used to support the needs of disadvantaged learners. Up to eight projects will be conducted from December 2012 to June 2013.

These projects will be managed through the Broadband Content Services activity of the National VET E-learning Strategy, a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments.

Expressions of interest must be lodged by 5pm (EDT) Friday 23 November 2012.

For more information about this priority area funding, application forms and guidelines, please visit the tenders section of the Flexible Learning Toolboxes website.




TLISC Stakeholder Survey 2013

Each year the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) undertakes an analysis of industry trends, and gathers intelligence on the skill needs of the current and future transport and logistics workforce. This is conducted over a short but intense time period and relies on 'real time' evidence captured across all industry sectors.

The TLISC are inviting all interested stakeholders to complete one or both of the following surveys to assist in this process:

T&L Industry Skills in Demand Survey

E-Scan RTO Survey

The Skills Council uses the information gathered through this process to develop the 2013 Transport and Logistics Environmental Scan (E-Scan) which will be released in early 2013. The E-Scan provides contemporary advice on the condition of the Transport and Logistics sectors, their workforce planning and development needs and projected demand on the national training system over the next 12 months.




TLISC Newsletter

The TLISC's latest newsletter has recently been released. The newsletter includes an update on the National Workforce Development Fund and Skills Connect as well as an invitation to partake in the organisation’s Environmental Scan in October. The newsletter also contains upcoming events for the TLISC as well as encouraging new ways to engage with updates about particular Training Packages or other services provided by TLISC.




Skills Connect Website Launched

The new Australian Government Skills Connect website is now online.

This website is designed to provide access to Australian Government programs and services for workforce planning, development, training, staff attraction and retention. These programs will help you get the most out of your business and your most important resource – your staff. Navigate through the website and get connected to the Australian Government support and funding that best suits your unique business needs.

This website provides assistance with accessing the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) and other funding opportunities. The new website delivers a number of important underlying messages about skills and training as components of workforce development.  Workforce planning is about how businesses manage and sustain their workforces. It is widely accepted that a skilled, capable, motivated and reliable workforce is a vital asset to business success. Employees are a precious asset that can determine whether a business will be sustainable, profitable and competitive.


WA’s best celebrated at Training Awards

The achievements of Western Australia’s vocational training sector have been celebrated at the 18th annual Western Australian Training Awards. The awards showcase the State’s vocational high achievers across 14 individual and organisation categories.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said he was impressed by the dedication and hard work shown by this year’s winners, who were chosen from 46 finalists.

“The exceptional standards they have shown give me every confidence that the future of our vocational education and training sector is in great hands,” Mr Cowper said.

“I congratulate all winners on a significant achievement in their field and wish every success to those who will go on to represent this State at the Australian Training Awards in November.”

The WA Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution employers, trainers and training providers make towards WA’s world-class training system. Individual winners get a $7,000 grant for further study or professional development.  Depending on the category, organisations receive $8,000 worth of prizes, provided by sponsors.



Perth Airport rail link route released

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced that a preferred route has been determined for the planned rail line to Perth Airport.

“The State Government has demonstrated its commitment to the development of the airport precinct and associated infrastructure with the $1billion Gateway WA project which encompasses a number of road network improvements to facilitate effective movement of people and freight,” Mr Buswell said.

The Minister said the planned alignment branched from Bayswater station (Midland line) to the future consolidated Perth Airport terminal.  Options eastwards from the airport are also planned.

“Perth Airport will continue to experience substantial passenger growth and it is critical transport infrastructure is planned to ensure adequate services are in place to cater for the projected demand,” he said.

This project has been identified in the Public Transport Network Plan as a stage 2 (2021-2031) project and the Government is keen to understand the project’s full scope and cost to determine where it sits in relation to other infrastructure investment priorities.

Details of the route:

  • spur from Midland line east of Bayswater station running south-east within Tonkin Highway median as far as Stanton Road
  • at a point near Stanton Road, line dives before tunnelling under eastbound lanes of Tonkin Highway
  • line then runs towards existing domestic airport site for a station central to the proposed business/industrial park
  • from the business park station, running directly towards a consolidated terminal, boring under the two main runways to an integrated station within the terminal area
  • alignment continues east-bound within a tunnel to an ‘Airport East’ station in vicinity of High Wycombe-Forrestfield area.


National Land Freight Strategy


The recently released National Land Freight Strategy is a long term blueprint for a streamlined, integrated and multimodal transport system capable of moving goods into and out of major ports and around our country quickly, reliably and at the lowest cost. The realisation of the strategy is dependent largely on the nation’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministers and will therefore differ somewhat from state to state.

The Strategy is underpinned be a number of key principles:

One national, integrated network: Replacing fragmented, ad hoc decision-making with a long term planning approach that identifies the existing and yet-to-be built roads, rail lines, intermodals, ports and airports which together form a workable national freight network.

Better use of our existing infrastructure: The plan also entails fitting new technology to improve traffic flows along major motorways, using higher productivity vehicles, creating dedicated freight routes and separating passenger trains from freight trains.

Fairer, more sustainable financing arrangements: Maintaining a network fit for purpose requires mechanisms for ensuring the right investment occurs in the right place at the right time.

Together with the National Ports Strategy, the National Land Freight Strategy provides the roadmap to lift productivity and stay internationally competitive.

The document identifies six major state and interstate projects and priorities. In Western Australia particularly the plan is to advance the Portlink proposal, which involves new transport corridors linking the ports of Esperance, Port Hedland, Geraldton/Oakajee and Fremantle.



WA's first light rail network gets the green light

  •     $15.8million committed to plan Perth’s light rail network
  •     $11.8million of State Government funding; $4million from Commonwealth
  •     First stage to connect Mirrabooka with the CBD, QEII and the Causeway
  •     Construction to begin in 2016

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell today launched the centrepiece of the State Government’s commitment to public transport - a new light rail system to be called Metro Area Express or MAX. Mr Barnett and Mr Buswell unveiled details of the proposed route, which would link Mirrabooka with the CBD via Alexander Drive and Fitzgerald Street. The announcement was made at Polytechnic West (Balga Campus), the starting point of the new network.

The first phase of the system, which also extends east-west through the CBD to the QEII Medical Centre and the Causeway, is scheduled to be operational by 2018. The State Government has committed $11.8million to the planning phase of the project, which will include extensive community consultation and feasibility, engineering and design studies.

“This funding will be channelled into public transport corridors that are unable to meet current and future demand,” Mr Buswell said. “Light rail has been assessed as the most suitable option in these areas. It can move many more people in one lane than any number of buses and cars.”

 Mr Buswell acknowledged the Federal Government’s $4million contribution to date, and added that future funding options would be assessed, with the potential for further Federal and State Government funding and private investment.





Wholesale NWDF Update

The objective of the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) is to assist individual enterprises and industry sectors to increase their workforce capacity by providing employers and workers with the opportunity to enhance their skill levels through formal training.

Service Skills Australia (whose industry coverage encompasses Wholesale) has been advised of a notional allocation of $7m from the National Workforce Development Fund this financial year.

Whilst program guidelines remain unchanged, specific priorities are yet to be advised.

The Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency (AWPA) recommends ‘the Australian government use public funding to leverage workforce development at industry and enterprise level, with a special focus on small business. For those companies that are not yet adopting workforce development approaches, there is significant potential to leverage change through the National Workforce Development Fund”.

NWDF is not a replacement fund for other Australian government, state or territory funding sources. Service Skills will continue to utilize the fund in line with AWPA recommendations.

FY 11/12 results are outlined in the
NWDF Progress Report July 2012.

The following Expression of Interest link is for businesses seeking to
register interest in accessing the national workforce fund.



Freight, road trains to benefit from cash injection

The Western Australian Government will pump more than $40 million into country road projects to accommodate road trains and improve safety.

The government today announced $46.1 million be allocated under the Safer Country Roads initiative over three years, with money going to the Wubin-Mullewa Road between Perenjori and Morawa, as well as various sections of Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell says $21.6 million will be spent on the Perenjori to Morawa section of the Wubin-Mullewa Road to complete the upgrade of the link from single-lane seal width to two-lane width. He says the upgrade will improve the safety of heavy and light vehicles sharing the route.

“A further $20million will be allocated to the construction and sealing of passing opportunities and floodways between Wiluna and Meekatharra on Goldfields Highway. This 180km section of highway is predominantly gravel-sheeted with limited sealed passing opportunities,” he says.

The government has also allocated a $3.5million upgrade to the Bunjil-Carnamah Road to accommodate 36.5m road trains and $1million to widen the seal on Indian Ocean Drive.

Buswell says the $20 million investment in the Goldfields Highway will promote the development of the intermodal transport terminal at Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a hub for freight from the east, serving the Pilbara and mid-west regions.

The government says the projects are in response to the rapid growth of the mid-west resources sector, the proposed PortLink project and the increase in road freight volumes.

It says the road upgrades will provide significant benefits for local communities, including supporting the safe and efficient movement of users and freight.




Celebrate Maritime Day expo

The free annual expo held on Saturday September 1 at B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle offers people the chance to talk to representatives from companies involved in the maritime industry.

The expo celebrates the maritime industry and Fremantle Port, and provides the public with information about maritime education and careers.

What to do and see:

  • 40 information booths
  • Walk around a tug
  • Free harbour ride on a Challenger Institute of Technology boat
  • A seafood cook-off: buy great food for a gold coin donation to Legacy
  • Gold coin entry to the Maritime Museum
  • Lots of entertainment, including pipe bands and school bands
  • Face painting and other attractions for children

Celebrate Maritime Day 2012 is supported by the Company of Master Mariners of Australia, Fremantle Ports, the Department of Transport, Svitzer and Australian Maritime Systems.



WA increases funding for local roads

The Western Australia Government will spend $161 million on local roads across the state, building on the amount of funds set aside last financial year.

Funding for the local roads program has increased by $16 million from last financial year’s allocation, Transport Minister Troy Buswell says.

The funds will be given in grants to councils to cover the cost of building new roads and maintaining existing routes. Money will also be used for the installation and maintenance of road signage and pavement markings and the construction of bridges.

“This is the state’s contribution to continuing its support for the upgrading and maintenance of local roads throughout WA,” Buswell says.

“This funding for local government is provided through a five-year agreement signed last year between the state and Western Australian Local Government Association.”



Fremantle Port steps up supply chain campaign

Western Australia's Port Operations Taskforce is ramping up efforts for extended operating hours as part of initiatives to streamline throughput in the lead-up to this year's peak season.
Fremantle Ports Senior Transport Analyst Michael Pal says container imports through the Fremantle terminal last December increased a massive 30 percent on the same time in the previous year.

While year on year average growth in container trade through the port has historically been 6 percent, Pal says in June, growth was 10 percent, which suggests the minimum growth to be expected at Christmas.

Pal says the port has been looking at a broad range of changes to the supply chain, including changes to operating hours, to ensure a smooth process for exporters and importers receiving their goods.

“We are working with empty container park operators on the issue, but also asking importers to consider ways to process arrivals outside the normal nine to five or seven to three hours, for example to allow extended warehousing processing.”
In its statement, the WA Port Operations Task Force says costs to importers for not meeting the new timeframes will start at $60.00 per day per container, unless alternatives are found. 



Rail Training Package Update

The Transport & Logistics Rail page has been updated with news of the latest developments related to the rail training package.
These include the review of track protection units of competency and the development of a number of new qualifications and skill sets. All of which are available for comment and the TLISC  would welcome your feedback.

The update also includes information on the ongoing development of other qualifications.

Follow this link to view the updates:



RTO Workshop 3 August 2012

The LTC is holding a workshop for RTOs engaged in the delivery of training in the following sectors:

•    Road transport
•    Warehousing and logistics
•    Wholesaling

Date:     Friday 3 August 2012
Time:    7.30 am for a 7.45 am start – 9.30 am
Place:    Wyllie Arthritis Foundation Building, 17 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park

The workshop will provide up-to-date information on relevant training and industry issues. This will include the LTC’s current activities, TLI10 training package and a TLISC update.

Please email Norma to register or find out more.



WA Safety Show

Held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre 7 - 9 August 2012, the WA Safety Show will showcase the latest safety technology, giving visitors the opportunity to get an update on safety technology, services and laws.

This year's WA Safety Show will offer supply chain professionals a chance to get a close look at the latest safety technology and hear what the future holds.

Visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for the upcoming OH&S Harmonisation change proposed to come into place 1 January 2013
  • Ask questions about workplace health and safety laws, employer responsibilities, and employee rights
  • Attend a number of free industry knowledge seminars and interactive live demonstrations
  • Discover the most comprehensive range of safety products and services

The free seminars and workshops will give firms, especially those operating across state jurisdictions, to clear up any confusion about where they stand.



Funding announcement: E-learning for Participation and Skills

The National VET E-learning Strategy is set to boost the innovative use of e-learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, with the recent release of guidelines for new co-investment funding opportunities in 2012.

The joint Australian State and Territory Government initiative is offering co-investment funding for projects which strengthen the Australian training sector’s use of new learning technologies; stimulating innovative approaches to increasing participation in training and employment and improving the skill levels of the Australian workforce.

The E-learning for Participation and Skills initiative will partner with projects utilising high-speed broadband, including the National Broadband Network (NBN), to address the development of pre-vocational and vocational skills or pathways to higher qualifications.

Feedback can be sought through state and territory based E-learning Coordinators, who are available to discuss e-learning ideas.

In addition to support from E-learning Coordinators, stakeholders are invited to attend an online information session on 17 July 2012.

Individual applications for up to $50,000 of co-investment funding through the E-learning for Participation and Skills program close on 15 August 2012.

Application guidelines and E-learning Coordinator contacts are available online at



NTC calls for comment on proposed changes to the regulatory framework

The transport of dangerous goods in Australia by road and rail is governed by well-established laws and regulatory arrangements, but further improvements are needed according to a National Transport Commission (NTC) review released today.
Key review recommendations to improve the current system include:

  • Aligning amendments to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code with the two-yearly international cycle of updates to the United Nation’s (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods- Model Regulations. This will ensure Australia keeps pace with international best practice.
  • Ensuring states and territories implement the same definition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code in their laws. This will eliminate the inconsistencies in state and territory laws that occur when updates are made to the Code and implementation does not occur on a common date.
  • Introducing a timeframe for regulators to make decisions about applications, to ensure businesses receive a timely outcome.

Submissions on the Review can be made until 31 August 2012 through the NTC website or by post to the Chief Executive, National Transport Commission, Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.
The NTC encourages all those with an interest in the regulation of dangerous goods to share their views on the proposed improvements.



Safe Rates Tribunal unveiled

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is underway, with Tothag Transport Director Tim Squires helping supply the practical transport company wisdom.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten unveiled the tribunal membership over the weekend.

The appointment of Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) National Industrial Advisor Paul Ryan, a former Mayne Nickless industrial relations advisor, will also help provide a company perspective in a tribunal of eight that has a block of Fair Work Australia (FWA) representatives.

The FWA contingent is formed by Senior Deputy President Jennifer Acton, Senior Deputy President Lea Drake, with Commissioner Ingrid Asbury and Commissioner Peter Hampton in support.

Senator Steve Hutchins, the former Transport Workers Union (TWU) National President, is the only member to bring a union background to the tribunal, with academic rigor to be provided by Ann Williamson, a Professor of Aviation Safety and Director of Transport and Road Safety Research at the University of New South Wales.



Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training)

Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) (IIE-SRT) is an Australian Government program commencing on 1 July 2012. The program will provide $20 million over two years to support up to 5,000 mature age workers (aged 50 years and over) to gain nationally recognised qualifications. It is designed to provide an opportunity for mature age workers to have their current capabilities recognised and to receive training to fill any knowledge or skills gaps. They can then obtain a nationally recognised qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.

Under the IIE–SRT program, employers can apply for grants of up to $4,400 (incl. GST) to assist their mature age workers to undertake a skills assessment and obtain gap training if the skills assessment identifies a need. Funding is payable as follows:

$3,300 (incl. GST) is payable on completion of a skills assessment and commencement of any identified gap training. A further $1,100 (incl. GST) is payable on completion of any identified gap training.


National Workforce Development Strategy Consultations June-July 2012

Skills Australia is currently working on a new National Workforce Development Strategy to be published in late 2012. A discussion paper will be published on the Skills Australia website in due course. More details on the submission process will be available at that time.

To help inform the development of the new strategy, consultations are being held in each capital city. If you would like to attend one of these session, please visit the Skills Australia




TruckWeek a chance to showcase industry

Trucking operators are being asked to get active in August when TruckWeek 2012 kicks off to promote the industry, and a new website has been launched to help them.

Organised by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the annual TruckWeek event, which will run from August 19 to 25 this year, aims to highlight the importants of the industry and promote road safety.

The ATA says the newly-launched TruckWeek website has suggested events companies can run in August to raise the industry’s profile.

“I urge every trucking operator to visit the national TruckWeek website, have a look at our ideas and then register an event,” ATA Chairman David Simon says.

“You will benefit by promoting your business, and the whole industry will benefit from the profile created by the myriad of events across the country.”

The website lists events such as barbecues, an awards ceremony, hosting a politician and visiting a local school.

Simon says the ATA will promote events through the website, the media and its dedicated TruckWeek Twitter feed @TruckWeek.



Senate passes new maritime laws

The Senate in the Federal Parliament has passed the government’s shipping industry reforms, which the government claims will revitalise the nation’s shipping industry.

The Bills include:
•    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Bill.
•    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill.
•    Shipping Registration Amendment (Australian International Shipping Register) Bill.
•    Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Bill.
•    Tax Laws Amendment (Shipping Reforms) Bill.

In the past decade the Australian fleet has gone from 55 ships to 21, with only four operating on international routes. In a country where 99.9 per cent of our trade is moved by ships, without action there would soon be no fleet left. The reforms put in place a zero tax rate for Australian shipping companies, along with a suite of other fiscal measures, ensuring that Australian ships will be able to compete against their international competitors on a level playing field. They also complete the first major rewriting of century old maritime laws which will be administered and enforced by the Australian Maritime Safety Regulator, through the Navigation Act 2012.


Review of standards for the regulation of VET

The National Skill Standards Council (NSSC) released a special bulletin announcing that the Review of Standards for the Regulation of VET has commenced.

Information regarding the review is available here.

The NSSC invites stakeholders to respond to a consultation paper developed to support the initial stages of the Review, available for download from the NSSC website.

Please note submissions are due on Friday 13 July 2012.



SIR07 Retail Services Training Package - Version 3 endorsed

The SIR07 Retail Services Training Package Version 3 was endorsed by the National Skills Standard Council on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

This version update builds upon the updates to the retail and business-to-business content endorsed as version 2 in February 2012, to also include the updated community pharmacy content. Version 3 will be made live on and available for purchase through the SSA online shop in the coming weeks.



New travel and accommodation allowance policy

There is a new travel and accommodation allowance policy for apprentices and trainees. It will come into effect on 1 July 2012.

What's new?

For apprentices and trainees who are eligible for the travel and accommodation allowance

  • If they travel by bus or train within the metropolitan area or their local area (if they live in the non-metropolitan area) they no longer have to submit a receipt to claim travel allowance.
  • If they stay in paid accommodation they will now have to include receipt(s) with the claim form to receive accommodation allowance.
  • The definition of the closest registered training organisation (RTO) has been expanded to include the shortest road distance; or most direct bus, train or plane route from an apprentice’s/trainee’s residential address to the training venue.

For employers:

  • Employers who employ an apprentice or trainee under a federal Modern Award and pay their travel and/or accommodation costs to attend off the job training are now eligible to claim travel and accommodation allowance if they meet the required eligibility criteria.

For registered training organisations:

  • RTOs can now apply for travel and accommodation allowance to send lecturers to deliver off the job training to groups of apprentices or trainees so they do not have to travel long distances to attend training if they meet the required eligibility criteria.


Hays tips salaries to rise in transport and logistics

Today’s rise in the minimum wage comes as recruitment firm Hays predicts that logistics professionals can expect a moderate salary increase this year. The company’s Hays Salary Guide for this year says 38 percent of transport and distribution employers increased salaries last year between 3 percent and 6 percent. It says only 2 percent of company gave an increase of 6 percent, compared with 53 percent which raised salaries by less than 3 percent. Hays says 7 percent of companies gave no increase at all.

Looking ahead, Hays says 37 per cent of employers intend to increase salaries between 3 percent and 6 percent. A further 3 percent will increase above 6 percent. Over the last 12 months, Western Australia saw an increase in demand for experienced candidates with heavy haulage and oversize experience. This has been brought about by the increase in mid-size transport companies looking to support the resources sector. “In the coming months, this demand is expected to increase because of the shortage of quality candidates, forcing companies to pay more competitive salaries,” Senior Regional Director Tim James says. “Freight forwarding and international trade is also increasing in the state, with international and east-coast organisations expanding their operations into Western Australia. “Specialists with out-of-gauge and project based experience are sought, with companies looking to have the right infrastructure in place to capitalise on major up and coming resources projects.”

Candidates are aware of the demand for their skills and the salaries on offer by large resources organisations in Western Australia, James adds. As a result, many companies are struggling to retain their staff and so have become more receptive to hiring suitably qualified international candidates on 457 visas.“This trend is set to continue over the next 12 months in Western Australia and Queensland,” James says. “Looking ahead, for the remainder of 2012, growth in warehousing and distribution is expected for specialist third party providers across Australia. “As companies become more dependent on 3PLs and third party manufactures, the rest of the year will be an interesting time for our logistics industry,” he says



Carbon Tax - Don't be in the dark

Despite the introduction of the carbon tax being just weeks away, MYOB research reveals close to half of Australia’s small to medium business operators (SME) are uninformed about the legislation’s likely impact on their livelihood.

CEO of MYOB Tim Reed said: “It is deeply concerning that our research has found such a low level of awareness about the carbon tax impact on business amongst SME, the engine room of our economy.
“This is a major piece of legislation that will have a lasting effect on all business owners. What many don’t realise is that the carbon tax could very well be a positive experience for those who take action now to research, plan ahead, health-check their business fundamentals and capitalise on the opportunities.
“We understand how daunting it can be to get a grip on a significant new tax, so we have created a free ‘Carbon Tax Toolkit’ for SME. The kit contains carbon tax facts, tips to help businesses lower their carbon footprint to save money, plus steps to help minimise the impacts and maximise the opportunities. We welcome all business owners to take advantage of this practical tool that we hope will make the carbon tax less taxing.”
Preparing for the carbon tax in 6 steps:

  • Review your current expenses and those incurred over the past year, identifying energy intensive costs that will be affected by the inevitable energy price rises. Direct costs may be fuel, electricity and gas, and indirect costs may be business travel, freight and waste removal.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of where additional costs may be incurred by asking suppliers about the effect on their business and when they will be able to tell you their price impacts.
  • Consider locking in contracts with key suppliers now, at pre carbon tax rates.
  • Review your important business processes and identify areas where you could be operating more efficiently by, for example, changing processes, upgrading equipment and re-training staff.
  • Analyse your current pricing and assess how the additional costs may impact your profit margins. You need to justify any price increases not only to your customers, but also to the ACCC if asked.
  • Ensure your accounting software is up to date so that the carbon tax changes are seamless.


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