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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.
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.
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 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.
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
- create national business-led networks that build critical mass across both physical and virtual groupings
- provide support to business through the Growth Opportunities and Leadership Development (GOLD) program
- have exclusive access to project funding through the Industry Collaboration Fund
- encourage businesses in all locations to participate through the digital Industry Innovation Network
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.
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|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||
|639.1||TLI41610 Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding||
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.
• 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
• 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.
- 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.
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 www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security/cargo/discussion_paper.aspx 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
- send your submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- print and post the form to:
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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!
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.
- Exhibition Booth Booklet and EOI Form
- Training Forum 2013 Conference flyer
- Sponsorship Booklet and EOI Form
For further information on the forum email email@example.com or phone 9229 5327.
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 www.ntc.gov.au or by mail to: Annual Adjustment Submission, National Transport Commission, Level 15, 628 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
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 www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2409.html
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
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 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.
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
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.
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 here.
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.
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
- 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 Emily.Swan@tlisc.org.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
- call the High Risk Work Hotline on 1300 424 091; or
- visit www.worksafe.wa.gov.au:
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
'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.
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
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 http://moodle48.westone.wa.gov.au/
The 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 email@example.com or call (02) 6207 3267.
Proposals addressing the selection criteria are due no later than midday AEDT on Tuesday 27 November 2012.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- $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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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: tlisc.org.au/training-packages/rail-training
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register or find out more.
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 www.flexiblelearning.net.au.
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 website.
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.
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 training.gov.au 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.
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.
- 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
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.