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Subject Matter Experts Sought for Maritime TAC

Friday, 20 September 2019

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised the Maritime IRC is forming a TAC for MAR Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal). Subject matter experts are currently being sought to review four existing Units of Competency and to develop four new Units of Competency for the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal).

Click here to register your interest. Submissions to join the TAC close Wednesday 25 September 2019.


Importance of a Viable, Safe, Sustainable and Efficient Road Transport Industry

Friday, 20 September 2019

The Senate has voted to establish an inquiry into the Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry. Nine areas of reference have been identified, including but not limited to, a focus on the training and career pathways to support, develop and sustain the road transport industry.

Submissions close on 17 October 2019.

If providing comment, we encourage you to email a copy of your response to the LTC via logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au so we can ensure issues identified by WA stakeholders have been taken into consideration during the consultation process.

Click here for more information.


Review of the National Skills Needs List

Friday, 20 September 2019

Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has announced a review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List. The National skills Needs List is used to determine eligibility to receive financial assistance to take on an apprentice or trainee or up-skill current staff in occupations experiencing skills shortages. The Review will ensure skills shortages are identified using an up-to-date methodology and that apprenticeship incentives are targeted at addressing critical skills shortages in the Australian economy. Consultations are now underway and submissions can be made online or via nsnlreview@employment.gov.au.

The closing date for Submissions is 27 September 2019.

Click here for more information.


International Railway Safety Council Conference

Friday, 20 September 2019

The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) conference will be held between the 12 to 18 October at the Hyatt Regency Perth. The conference is an international forum and will provide an opportunity for in-depth exchange of lessons to improve railway safety. This year’s topics includes the theme of competence and skills in a more automated industry (Industry 4.0), and much more.

Click here for more information or to view the agenda.


WA Freight and Logistics Conference

Friday, 20 September 2019

The 3rd annual WA Freight and Logistics Conference will be held on Thursday 24 October, at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. The forum will discuss hard-hitting issues for freight and logistics industries such as improving transport industry skills, image and safety.

Click here for more information.


Future Proofing the WA Economy

Friday, 20 September 2019

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) have produced a fourth report in their Focus on Industry Report Series, titled Future-Proofing the WA Economy. The report found investment in defence, caged aquaculture, resources and energy projects in the Kimberly could create 2,700 new jobs within the next five years. The report also puts forward a series of recommendations to support the State’s diversification strategies.

Click here to download the report.


2019 Australian Training Awards

Friday, 20 September 2019

The 2019 Australian Training Awards presentation dinner will be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Click here for more information or email ATAPresentationDinner@employment.gov.au to register your interest in attending.


Transafe Forum WA

Thursday, 19 September 2019

The LTC attended the 23rd Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum on the Wednesday, 18 September 2019. The event was a fantastic turn out with record-breaking attendance. The topics presented were engaging and caused much discussion particularly for the topics regarding the future of road safety in WA, the Main Roads Heavy Vehicle update, and delivering a skilled workforce in WA.

Click here for more information.


The 25th WA Training Awards

Monday, 16 September 2019

The LTC attended the 25th WA Training Awards presentation dinner on Friday 13 September 2019. The night showcased the best of the vocational education and training (VET) sector and celebrated the achievements of apprentices, trainees, training organisations, trainers and employers. The LTC congratulates all of the nights winners, with particular congratulations to Rebecca Lee Hudson the winner of the WA Trainee of the Year 2019 award for Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations.

Click here to see the other winners and finalists.


AIS Stakeholder Survey

Monday, 16 September 2019

In order to review and improve their services, Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are currently seeking stakeholder feedback via a short 10 minute survey.

Click here to complete the survey.

The survey closes Thursdsay 19 September 2019.


Rail Skills Action Plan

Friday, 13 September 2019

Australasian Railway Association (ARA) industry leaders outlined the impacts of skilled labour shortages on rail construction and operations to Transport Ministers at the Transport Infrastructure Council meeting on 2 August 2019. Following this meeting, the ARA has since drafted an Action Plan for consideration by the National Transport Commission (NTC) and jurisdictions.The Action Plan covers issues including the need for a transparent pipeline of projects, using procurement as a skills strategy, and reform of training arrangements.

Click here for more information on the Action Plan.


NATROAD Launches Road Transport Careers Website

Friday, 13 September 2019

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoads) has launched a new initiative/website focused on road transport careers. The dedicated portal centralises job opportunities within industry and provides a platform for industry and job seekers to connect. The platform offers comprehensive information on the career paths available in the transport industry and offers employers advice on effective recruitment and retention strategies.

Click here for more information.


AISC Approves Aviation Qualifications

Friday, 13 September 2019

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the Aviation Training Package Case for Endorsement. The Training Package, including all qualifications, skill sets and Units of Competency now align with Aviation industry regulatory requirements and changes to operational and job functions. This included reviewing Flight Operations and Ground Operations, Rescue Crew Officer and Cargo Service qualifications, as well as developing a new Certificate IV in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Beyond Visual Line of Sight) and associated Units of Competency.

The training materials are now available on training.gov.au.


Rethinking and Revitalising Tertiary Education in Australia – Report

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The Mitchell Institute have released a report examining the future of tertiary education, which includes Vocational Education and Training (VET). The report suggests Federal and State government need to work together to implement a holistic approach to the Australian tertiary education sector.

Click here for more information.


Skilled Visa Occupation Lists to be Overhauled

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The Federal Government have announced Australia’s skilled-migration occupation lists will be overhauled in a shake-up of foreign worker visas. The review will be finalised by March 2020 and will be designed to focus on filling job vacancies in regional Australia and to respond to the high-priority needs of key employment sectors.

Click here for more information.


Soft Skills More Important than English, Maths

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

New research from the Australian Catholic University and supported by the Group of Eight, has provided evidence that soft skills, such as thinking creatively, and the ability to solve global problems will eventually need to take precedence over specific subject areas such as English, mathematics, and science. Soft skills include critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, and intercultural understanding. Currently these skills are referred to as general capabilities within the national curriculum.

Click here for more information.


LTC Regional Consultations – Update

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Jillian Dielesen, CEO of the LTC, has recently returned from her tour of the Northwest. During this time Jillian was able to undertake extensive consultation with key stakeholders, meeting with over 30 organisations within Aviation, Maritime Ports and Stevedoring, Road Transport, Rail, and the Warehousing and Logistics sectors. Jillian was also able to meet with the local chapters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs), Northwest Regional TAFE, Shire Councils and the Gascoyne and Pilbara Development Commissions.

The visit was very informative and gave insight into the workforce development and training issues affecting this region. This information will be used to inform the LTCs Industry Snapshots which will be included in the State Training Boards (STB) State of the Industries 2019-22 Report to be released later this year as well as the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s (DTWD) State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), State Aviation Training Strategy and Regional Labour Market Reviews.


Feedback Sought – Maritime Training Package

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised they are seeking feedback on draft Training Package materials for the Maritime qualifications. If providing feedback please send the LTC a copy of your comments via email (logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) so we can ensure feedback from WA Stakeholders is represented. Registrations of interest close Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Click here for more information.


2019 State Priority Occupation List Now Available

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) have released the State Priority and Occupation List (SPOL) for 2019. The SPOL provides a list of occupations rated according to their priority status within WA, and assists in guiding the annual purchasing of publicly funding training in WA. Each year the SPOL is produced using a range of key economic and labour market data and projections, as well as evidence provided from each of the Industry Training Councils and other stakeholders.

Click here for more information.


Westport Taskforce Releases Shortlist of Future Port Options

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Westport Taskforce has released its shortlist of five port and supply chain options for managing Perth’s long-term freight requirements. All of the freight options feature a new port being established in the Kwinana Outer Harbour. Building a new port may take up to ten years to deliver, making the work of Westport crucial to determining the best long-term solution.

Click here for more information.


Save the Date – Fremantle Maritime Day

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Fremantle Ports will be holding their annual Maritime Day again this year. The day will be action-packed with many activities for the family. With more than 90 displays, the day will provide an opportunity to learn about exciting careers and maritime education opportunity, with a special careers both hosted by the Logistics Training Council. We look forward to seeing you there.

When: Saturday 2 November 2019

Watch this space for more information.


Feedback Sought – Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking feedback for the third and final round of public consultation on the Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project . The new draft Skill Sets, Units of Competency and Implementation Guide Compendium are available for comment here.

Feedback closes 28 August 2019.

If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


New AviationWorx System Coming Soon

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

CASA will soon be launching their new online learning management system AviationWorx at the end of August 2019. The new system will make it easier to find courses and to manage training needs. Users are encouraged to make copies of their training records prior to the current systems shutdown, or to contact CASA who can retrieve old records if needed.

More information on a definitive launch date and instructions for logging into the system will be coming soon.


Finalists Announced for WA Training Awards 2019

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, today announced the finalists of the 2019 WA Training Awards. The Training Awards celebrates excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations, and training providers. Award winners will be announced in September at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards later this year.

Click here for more information.


Maritime Subject Matter Experts Needed

Monday, 5 August 2019

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised the Dynamic Positioning, Compass Adjuster and Maritime Towage projects have commenced. The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is now forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and they are seeking subject matter experts with industry experience an insight to input into the development of the Training Package material.

Registrations of interest close Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Click the links above for more information.


IRC Video Interviews

Friday, 2 August 2019

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have released a series of video interviews across the transport and logistics sectors. Click on the links to find out more about the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in each sector and the work they do in developing and maintaining Training Package materials. To watch the videos, please click on the link and press play.


Have Your Say on Options to Regulate Driver Distraction

Friday, 2 August 2019

The National Transport Commission (NTC) are seeking feedback on technology-neutral options to regulate driver distraction and have released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). Consultation on the paper closes 4 September 2019. A decision based on the RIS will be presented to Transport Ministers in May 2020.

Click the links for more information:

  • on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, or
  • literature review,
  • the NTC project page,
  • to provide your feedback, or:
  • to read the driver distraction infographic.


    Green Light for National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy

    Friday, 2 August 2019

    Australian Transport Ministers have approved the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (NFSCS). The Strategy was developed with industry input and integrates different transport modes for the first time. The Strategy commits to national action in four critical areas, which aim to increase the productivity of the freight system.

    Click here for more information.


    National Freight Data Hub – First Steps

    Friday, 2 August 2019

    The Federal Government is funding the design and trialling a national freight data hub has commenced and will continue over the next 2 years. The Freight data exchange pilot will allow industry to access freight data in real time and will provide guidance on the critical design elements to be included in the Freight Data Hub.

    Click here for more information.


    Worksafe Inspection Program Examining Fatigue

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    Worksafe WA will be embarking on an inspection program examining safety issues for commercial vehicle drivers. Whilst Worksafe WA acknowledges most employers comply with WA’s fatigue management laws, inspectors are continuing to find some issues. In particular, with driver training, record keeping, mandatory medical checks and the use of appropriate sleeper cabs.

    The inspection program will continue until the end of 2019/20 financial year and will be conducted at road train assembly areas across the State.

    Click here for more information.


    Round Two RED Grants Now Open

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    Applications for round two of the Regional Economic Development Grants (RED) program are now open. Up to $250,000 is available for individual projects that promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability and stimulate new investment in industry diversification. Applications close 13 September 2019.

    Click here for more information.


    Industry Skills Commission

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    The Federal Government has announced its intention to co-design the functions, remit and governance of a new National Skills Commission that will oversee the country’s VET sector. The Commission, as recommended in the Joyce Review, will determine subsidy levels for government funded training to the VET Sector, develop performance indicators and produce skills needs forecasts.

    Click here to see Minister Michaelia Cash’s address to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).


    Launch of Drones Virtual Assistant

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    The CASA drones virtual assistant is now available, and will help drone flyers with all of their drone questions. The assistant appears at the bottom right hand corner of the drone section of the CASA website and on droneflyer.gov.au.

    The assistant is capable of answering general drone questions in plain English and in real time.

    Please note the assistant is in training and will need some time to learn and improve. CASA will be monitoring, reviewing and improving content while the assistant learns from each and every interaction.


    Have Your Say on Managing the Risk of Fatigue in the Maritime Sector

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is keen for people working in the domestic commercial vessel industry to complete a short survey on their experiences of fatigue.

    By understanding the serious issue of fatigue for workers at sea, they aim to get an insight into how people cope. This will assist AMSA to develop relevant and effective guidance and encourage safe management practices.

    Click here to complete the survey.


    School to Work Pathways Report Released

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a report examining the pathways followed by young people transitioning from school to work. The report identifies five key pathways taken, and describes the pathways and the implications of the labour market for youth aged between 16 and 25 years.

    Click here to download the report.


    Do Course Durations Matter to Training Quality Outcomes?

    Monday, 29 July 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a report studying the relationship between VET course durations and training quality and outcomes. It was found that course durations were a key factor when aligned to the level and size of the occupation and the demands of the intended occupation.

    Click here to access the report.


    Logistics, Warehousing and Fuel Storage Subject Matter Experts

    Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised the Logistics and Warehousing Operations and Fuel Storage Dangerous Goods Contractor projects have commenced. The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) are forming a Technical Advisory Committee for each project and are now seeking subject matter experts with industry expertise and insight to input into the review and development of the Training Package material.

    Registrations of interest close 9 August 2019.

    Click the links above for more information.


    Rail Subject Matter Experts Needed

    Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised the Training and Network Control Operations Review and Network Fault Support Projects have commenced. The Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is now forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and are seeking subject matter experts with industry experience an insight to input into the development of the Training Package material.

    Registrations of interest close 9 August 2019.

    Click the links above for more information.


    Aviation Subject Matter Experts Needed

    Monday, 22 July 2019

    To prepare for the updated aviation transport regulations, Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking subject matter experts to assist in developing 3D Computer Tomography Scanning Skill Set and 1 new Unit of Competency for aviation security workers.

    Registrations close Friday 2 August 2019.

    Click here here for more information.


    Have Your Say on Draft Qualifications

    Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking feedback on the draft Training Package Materials for the following:

    Feedback closes Friday 26 July 2018.

    If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments (to Logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


    Rail Subject Matter Experts Needed

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised they have commenced the Passenger Train Guard project and the Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC) are forming a Technical advisory Committee (TAC). Rail subject matter experts are being sought to assist in the review of the Certificate III Electric Passenger Train Guard Qualification and to develop a stream that caters for the diesel mode of power train guards. The review will incorporate on board customer service skills and new technologies.

    Registrations close Friday 13 July 2019.

    Click here for more information or to register your interest.


    Cross Sector Trends 2019

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have released an analysis of Cross Sector Trends in 2019. The analysis examined thirty years of employment data in combination with other research and consultation and identified several key themes influencing skill demand, including but not limited to:

    • Disrupters: new technologies, Internet of Things, Big Data and Automation
    • Digital Literacy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Soft Skills
    • Shortage of trainers and instructors

    Registrations close Friday 13 July 2019.

    Click here to see the full list and to find out more.


    Save the Date for LTCs RTO Forum

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    The Logistics Training Council will be holding its annual RTO Forum on Friday 29 November 2019. Last year we had a great turnout and enjoyed robust discussion on a variety of topics affecting the Transport and Logistics sectors, with representatives from the Office of the State Training Board (STB), the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) and Australian Industry Standards (AIS) also presenting.

    This year we will be exploring pertinent issues currently affecting industry such as skills shortages, the future skilling needs of industry and the impact of new technology and innovation on industry.

    Registration’s will be opening soon or you can contact the LTC for more information or to secure your place. Watch this space for more information.


    Launch of the Rail Industry Worker System

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    Following the soft launch earlier this month, the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) System, supported by the Public Transport Authority of WA and the John Holland Group, is now fully operational. The RIW system is a national competency database for rail workers and provides participant organisations with full visibility of workers moving between projects and employers. The systems maintains a single electronic record of each workers health, education, and competencies (ie skill credentials, registrations, qualifications and licences) uploaded by approved assessing bodies. The RIW will be officially launched on the 28 June 2018.

    Click here for more information.


    The Global Demand for Skills: New Report

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    The Department of Education and Training commissioned an update of the 2016 KPMG report the Global Demand for Skills to identify changes in skills gaps of twenty emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region and, the Middle East and Latin America.

    The updated report identified a growing global need for upskilling, with occupations within the transport and logistics sector having the highest need. Training, or upskilling in these occupations, such as freight handlers, supply and distribution managers, and skilled transport workers (ie truck drivers) was recommended to improve industry performance and to enhance economic growth.

    Click here to access the report.


    AutoHaul Travels More Than Three Million Kilometres

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    Rio Tinto held an AutoHaul celebration in Karratha on the 14 June 2019 to celebrate the automated rail network travelling more than three million kilometres. Known as the world’s largest robot, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnstone acknowledged AutoHaul as bringing the rail freight industry into the 21ast century.

    Click here for more information.


    New Streamline WA Portal Launched

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    The launch of the Streamline WA online portal was held on the 27 June 2019. The portal is a tool designed to slash red table and increase collaboration between small businesses and the State Government as part of their commitment to create 150,0000 new jobs by 2023-24. Streamline WA will assist by identifying and removing barriers for economic growth and job growth.

    Click here for more information .


    Have Your Say on Options to Regulate Driver Distraction

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on technology-neutral options to regulate driver distraction. Unlike drink driving and speeding, driver distraction is seen as a significant road safety risk that is not as well understood. The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) reviewed the best international research available to date on driver distraction to inform discussions about research, policy and legislative reform options. Consultation on this paper closes on 21 August 2019. The NTC will then present a decision for the Transport Ministers’ consideration in May 2020.

    Click here for more information or click here to provide your feedback.


    New METRONET Railcar Proposal Will Mean More Frequent Trains

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

    The State Government has submitted its plans to replace Perth’s ageing train signalling network with an automatic digital version, known as the METRONET Automatic Train Control (ATC). The new system will enable more trains to travel more frequently on the rail network and reduce the number of signals and other trackside equipment needed – increasing system reliability and reducing field maintenance requirements.

    Click here for more information.


    Retirement of CASA Drone Safety App

    Friday, 21 June 2019

    The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be replacing the “Can I fly there?” app with a new digital platform. The change is to ensure drone flyers are provided with clear and consistent information on where they can operate their drone, and to allow app developments to innovate and keep pace with technological change. To connect to the platform, app developers will need to go through a robust approval and onboarding process that enables CASA to ensure the proposed app delivers accurate information and meets minimum technical requirements. The “Can I fly there?” app will continue to be available and will be removed from the app store after a transition period.

    Click here for more information.


    Cutting-edge Automation Courses Announced for WA

    Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Two new ground-breaking automation courses have been announced to commence at South Metropolitan TAFE from semester 2, 2019. The collaboration between industry, the McGowan Government and TAFE will allow WA workers to take advantage of the opportunities automation will deliver to the industry and the economy. In addition, a VET for Secondary Students course. Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations, will also be delivered at secondary schools around the state as part of a pilot program.

    Click here for more information.


    LTC Regional Visits

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The LTC met with key stakeholders in the South-West earlier this year and we are currently planning our next regional trip to the North-West. These meetings provide an opportunity to continue discussions exploring workforce development issues being experienced in the regions. In particular:

    • Issues in relation to workforce and industry developments;
    • Education and training requirements, and;
    • Existing and future industry priorities.

    The information from these meetings will be used to develop our 2019 Industry Snapshots and will be included in the State Training Board’s 2020-2023 State Training Plan.

    If you would like to be involved please contact the LTC via email or via (08) 9388 8781.


    Factsheet on new Employer Incentive Scheme

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The LTC attended an information session on Thursday 6 June 2019 regarding the implementation of the WA Employer Incentive Scheme which will begin on 1 July 2019. The Scheme will provide financial assistance to WA businesses who hire an apprentice, or new entrant trainee. Detailed information about eligibility requirement., incentive amounts and how to claim is now available via the Jobs and Skills website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive.


    Great Southern and Esperance-Ravensthorpe Labour Market Review 2018

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) is undertaking an annual labour market review for each of the nine regions in WA. The review will provide a basis for the development of region-specific lists of occupations experiencing labour supply issues. The Great Southern and Esperance-Ravensthorpe Labour Market Review 2018 is now available on the DTWDs website.

    Click here for more information or Click here to access the report.


    Revitalising Agricultural Regional Freight Strategy

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    Feedback is being sought on the draft Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy report. TH strategy identifies and prioritises specific infrastructure upgrades and suggests regulatory and policy measures that will help make freight transport in WA’s agricultural regions more productive, efficient and safer. Feedback closes 12 July 2019.

    Click here for more information or to access the draft report.


    RTO Feedback being Sought for MySkills Enhancements

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The Australian Government is seeking RTOs to participate in a research project t help potential students better connect to RTOs on the My Skills Website. The My Skills website is a national directory of Vocational Education and Training (VET) organisations and courses which allows consumers to compare VET courses and training providers. RTOs are required to register their interest in providing feedback by the 30 August 2019. For more information about the project contact MySkillsProject@education.gov.au.


    The Future of Women at Work

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The McKinsey Global Institute have released a report, The Future of Women at Work: Transitions in the Age of Automation. The report examines the way technology, particularly automation, is transforming the way we work and the different impact this could have on men and women.

    Click here to access the report.


    Australian Jobs 2019

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business have released their annual publication which provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market. The publication is a useful read for job seekers, career advisors, and people interested in labour market issues.

    Click here to access the publication.


    Australian Airports sets up Mentoring Program

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched an online mentoring program. The program is designed to build leadership and provide support for professional career development within the industry and will pair airport professionals with experienced mentors by webinar for the year long course from 31 July 2019. Mentors include present and former airport chief executives, general managers or highly experienced people in the field. Applications close 28 June 2019.

    Click here for more information.


    National Skills Week

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    National Skills Week, held from the 26 August to the 1st September 2010, is a focal point for the promotion of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The week will provide an opportunity to celebrate and inform the community of the diversity and career pathways available through VET.

    Click herefor more information on how to be involved.


    Rail Human Factors – Feedback Sought

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking feedback on two draft Units of Competency and two draft Skill Sets to address human factor skills and knowledge needed within a rail environment for both operators and managers. Feedback closes Monday, 17 June 2019.

    Click here to review the drafts or to provide feedback.

    NB: To ensure feedback from WA stakeholders is represented, please forward a copy of your comments to the LTC via email or call Michael or Amanda on (08) 9388 8781.


    Feedback Sought on Draft Stevedoring Qualifications

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has finalised draft Training Package materials for the Stevedoring Qualifications Review project and are now seeking feedback. Feedback closes Friday, 14 June 2019. Please note, if providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments (to Logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.

    Click here to view the drafts or to submit your feedback.


    Feedback Sought on Draft Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety Materials

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The Technical Advisory Committee is seeking feedback on the draft Training Package materials for the Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety Project. Feedback closes Friday, 14 June 2019. To ensure that feedback from WA stakeholders is represented, please forward a copy of your comments to the LTC to Michael Taremba via email or call Michael or Amanda on (08) 9388 8781.

    Click here to view the drafts or to submit your feedback.


    Feedback Sought: Shaping Fatigue Regulations

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released an issues paper seeking feedback on how to regulate fatigue management as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review. The paper seeks views on how fatigue is currently regulated and the issues relating to the existing law to find options for effectively managing fatigue risk in a new law. The NTC will accept submissions until Friday 16 August 2019. Submissions can be made online at the NTC portal.

    Click here to download the issues paper.


    VET Stakeholder Forum Transcript Released

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    SThe Department of Training and Workforce Development have released the transcript for the Question and Answer session during the VET Stakeholder Forum held on Monday 25 February 2019. For queries regarding the publications please email training.markets@dtwd.wa.gov.au or contact Ciarhan Bond on (08) 6551 5485.

    Click here to read the transcript.


    Industry Skills Forecast for Wholesale and Retail

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    SkillsIQ are finalising the Industry Skills Forecast for Wholesale and Retail sectors. The Forecasts provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges the sector is currently facing, as well as an analysis and projection of employment and workforce skills needs. Feedback has now closed, however the draft copy is still accessible on the SkillsIQ website.

    Click here for more information.


    Changes to Course Accreditation

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) has recently undertaken a review of its course accreditation arrangements. The purpose of the review was to improve aspects of course accreditation processes and the outcomes of the review focused on three main areas: 1. Industry support for accredited courses 2. Monitoring and evaluation of courses 3. Modules within accredited courses. TAC has advised course developers and course owners to take note of these changes by visiting the TAC website. Additional assistance can be found by attending a TAC Course Accreditation Webinars or by contacting TAC directly on (08) 9224 6510.

    Click here for more information.


    The Future of Work: OECD Employment Outlook 2019 – Highlights

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report which provides an overview of key labour market developments and prospects in OECD member countries. The report explores several topics including how technology, globalisation and other megatrends are transforming the labour market of OECD countries; new evidence on recent changes in job stability, underemployment and the share of well-paid jobs; and the implications of these developments for labour market regulation.

    Whilst the full report is only available via a paid subscription, a copy of the reports highlights can be accessed here.


    Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity is the WA Governments response to the challenge of focussing the capacity of the State Government to deliver better outcomes for all Western Australians. WA Government agencies are working together to establish and achieve strategy milestones for the following six priorities:

    • A strong economy
    • A livable environment
    • A bright future
    • A safer community
    • Aboriginal well-being
    • Regional prosperity

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) is contributing to all six target areas. In particular, the DTWD views the targeted skills development through VET as an important contributor to all of these areas, as well as the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of the Western Australian workforce. Watch this space for more information on how you can be involved.

    Click here for more information.


    STEM Skills Strategy to Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The launch of the State’s first ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills Strategy: ‘Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving STEM skills in Western Australia’ has been welcomed across a variety of education, industry and technology sectors. The Strategy is seen as a way to enhance the skills of future employees. To continue the drive for the implementation of this strategy, the McGowan Government will be working with industry to develop new programs to training our young people, and upskill existing workers.

    Click here for more information.


    RADS Grant Funding Boost for 26 Regional Airports

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    Twenty-six regional and remote airports across WA have shared in over $2.6 million in the Regional Airports Development (RADS) grants for 2019-21. RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport and the funding will go towards improving infrastructure and safety. The projects will include, but are not limited to, runway resealing, upgrading airstrip lighting, installation of fencing and nets and improving facilities for operation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    Click here for more information.


    Gender Diversity Champion Profile

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) have launched the Gender Diversity Champions program. Each week the ARA will profile a women working in rail who champions the inclusivity of the industry.

    Click here to read the insights from this week’s Gender Diversity Champion, Hannah Watchman, Overhead Wiring Technical Officer at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).


    2019 IRC Skills Forecasts Submitted to the AISC

    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    The eleven 2019 IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedule of Work have been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by the Australian Industry Standards (AIS). The IRC Skills Forecasts focus on the prioritisation of the skill needs of the industry sectors each IRC has responsibility for. Click here to view the draft forecasts for your industry area.


    Women in Rail Pilot Mentoring Program

    Friday, 31 May 2019

    Nominations for the ARA Women in Rail Pilot Mentoring Program closed on the 29 May 2019. The program received an overwhelmingly large number of applicants from the rail industry. Watch this space for more information or contact Maria Morozova for further updates.


    Skills and Training Budget Overview 2019-20

    Friday, 31 May 2019

    The Federal Government will invest $523.5 million in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector through its Skills Package: Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. The Skills package lays the foundation for a number of reforms identified in the Expert review of Australia’s vocational education and training system. The Skills package is designed to assist Australian to gain skills needed to work in modern workplaces, and provide employers with the workers they need to grow the economy.

    Click here for more information.


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    Employer Incentive Scheme

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The Employer Incentive Scheme (EIS) will be introduced to assist WA employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or entrant trainee. The scheme will be funded through the redirection of payroll taxi, once legislation is passed to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. Under the EIS businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new trainee. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with a disability priority occupations, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employees and for apprentices aged between 21 and 30 years.

    Click here for more information.


    Higher Apprenticeships in Australia – NCVER Report

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released a report exploring the views of Industry and other stakeholders on the potential for broader use of Higher apprenticeships.

    Click here to read the report.


    VET Stakeholder Forum – Transcript Released

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development have now released the transcript for the question and answer session during the VET Stakeholder Forum held on Monday 25 February 2019. For queries regarding the publication or to access a copy, please email training.markets@dtwd.wa.gov.au.


    New Vehicle Authorisations Coming in July

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The next phase of the on-demand transport reform will begin in early July 2019. This phase includes changes to how passenger transport vehicles are licences. From July, all taxi plates, taxi-car, regular passenger transport and charter vehicle licences will be replaced by Passenger Transport Vehicle (PTV) authorisations which will have four categories of service – on-demand rank or hail, on-demand charter, regular passenger transport or tourism passenger transport. All drivers and vehicle owners must have a DoTDirect Account, ensure all fees are paid and confirm/update contact details as soon as possible.

    Click here for more information.


    Employers Need to do More to Prepare for the Digital Economy

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a report examining the adoption rate of digital technologies in Australian Workplaces. The report recommends that employers need to do more to prepare for the digital future, or they risk being left behind. The report proposes an Australian digital skills framework to assist employers identify digital skills gaps and develop targeted training programs.

    Click here to download the report.


    Demystifying VET

    Monday, 27 May 2019

    The Career Development Association of Australia is hosting a webinar on 29 May 2019 to explain the VET System and the range of career choices available. The webinar will also explain the variety of tools available to assist individuals in selecting the right course and training providers, as well as providing information on apprenticeships and traineeships.

    Click here for more information.


    Budget Announced

    Friday, 9 May 2019

    The McGowan Government have announced its Budget, which includes funding for job-creating infrastructure and programs in the Pilbara, South West, Gascoyne, Wheatbelt Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Mid-west, Kimberley, and Peel regions. Click on the links below for more information:


    Kwinana Rail Loop

    Friday, 9 May 2019

    As part of the Westport strategy, the Kwinana Rail Loop has been proposed as an alternative rail corridor to increase capacity and rail freight movements. Westport have proposed that adding a second entry and exit point to the Kwinana Triangle would enhance the efficiency of the network and also allow a higher volume of rail freight to be transported to the Outer Harbour. Westport will be briefing the Minister for Transport, Planning and the Ports to seek Government endorsement for the proposal.

    Click here for more information.


    Regional Taxi Support

    Friday, 9 May 2019

    Under new legislation, announced 9 May 2019, existing regional taxi licence holders will be eligible for a $10,000 payment per licence (capped at $100,000 per licence holder) to assist with changes under the State’s new On-demand transport laws. The Regional Taxi transition Support Package will also waive fees for taxi operators to apply for an on-demand booking service authorisation, as well as the passenger transport vehicle authorisation fee for three years. All eligible country taxi plate licensees will be contacted regarding the package.

    Click here to view the drafts and/or to submit your feedback.


    TLI Logistics Operations Project – Feedback Sought

    Thursday, 8 May 2019

    The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the TLI Logistics Operations Project has identified significant duplication between the Certificate III in Logistics and Certificate III in Warehousing Operations. Following consultation with the IRC it was recommended these two qualifications be merged into a single qualification Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations. The proposed qualification will provide learners and industry with a flexible qualification, allowing specialisation in either Logistics or Warehousing or a generalist stream.The draft qualification is now available for review. Feedback closes Thursday 23 May 2019.

    Click here to view the drafts and/or to submit your feedback.To ensure that feedback from WA stakeholders is represented, please forward a copy of your comments to the LTC via email .


    LTC 2019 Industry Forecasts

    Thursday, 8 May 2019

    The LTC is currently developing our 2019 Industry Snapshots for inclusion in the State Training Board’s 2019-2022 State Training Plan. Following our Industry Working Group meetings held earlier this year, the LTC will continue to meet with industry stakeholders over the next few months. We welcome feedback from industry representatives in the Rail, Aviation, Road Transport, Furniture Removalist, Maritime, Warehousing and Logistics and Wholesale sectors in relation to:

    • Industry development and workforce challenges,
    • Education and training requirements,
    • Existing and future priorities for industry.

    If you would like to be involved please contact the LTC via email or via phone on (08) 9388 8781.


    Third Pathway to Achieve WACE Announced

    Thursday, 8 May 2019

    Students beginning Year 11 in 2020 will now have a third option to achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in 2021.Currently, students must complete a minimum of five course in Year 12 (included a minimum of four Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) courses), or complete four General Courses with a Certificate II or higher (General Pathway with Vocational Education and Training (VET)). The third study pathway offers five General Courses to complete their WACE across 50 subjects. Students who choose General Courses can enter employment, vocational education and training or choose a university pathway.

    Click here for more information.


    Driverless Bus Trial Begins in Busselton

    Thursday, 8 May 2019

    The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) of WA has extended it’s public trial of its driverless bus to include Busselton. The Intellibus has today commenced a 7 week trial, running from 8 May to 30 June 2019. The 20 minute route will see the bus run from the front of the Busselton Visitor Centre and can carry up to 6 passengers.

    Click here to book a visit.


    Feedback Sought: Rail Human Factors

    Monday, 6 May 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking feedback on the development of a new Skill Set for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package. The Skill Set will address the need to manage human factors in rail safety work, network control, train operations and customer service.

    Draft Training Package materials are now available for review. Feedback closes 22 May 2019.

    Click here to provide feedback.


    VET Student Loan to Increase for Aviation Courses

    Monday, 6 May 2019

    The Government will increase the current lifetime loan limit for Aviation courses effective 1 January 2020. The increased support will address skill shortages in the aviation industry by ensuring aviation students can defer all of their tuition fees to obtain the required licences and ratings required for commercial aviation employment.

    Click here for more information.


    TAC Regulatory Response Strategy – Third Party Arrangements

    Monday, 6 May 2019

    The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) has identified third party arrangements as a growing area of concern as part of the Councils 2018-2019 Annual Regulatory Strategy. Issues such as RTOs not disclosing third parties, the lack of formalised agreements between parties, and RTOs understanding of what constitutes a third party arrangement have been highlighted. To inform the strategy, information on third party arrangements is being sought, and stakeholder consultations are invited via an online survey. Stakeholders will be contacted shortly to arrange consultation meetings, and TAC RTOs will receive the link to the online survey shortly.

    Click here for more information.


    State of the Art Jobs and Skills Centre – Opens in Bunbury

    Friday, 3 May 2019

    The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre was opened 3 May 2019 and will combine the resources of South Regional TAFE and Jobs South West. The new Jobs and Skills Centre will be a new service hub for clients, and will offer free advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a team of skilled professionals.

    Click here for more information.


    Launch of the South Metro TAFE Naval Base Campus

    Wednesday, 1 May 2019

    LTC attended the launch of the South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) Naval Base Campus in Henderson on 1 May 2019, which will assist in planning for the future of WA’s growing shipbuilding and defence work industries. In close proximity to relevant employers, industry and the Australian Marine Complex, the SMT Naval Base Campus will offer a mix of apprentice training and fee-for-service as well as post trade training.

    Click here for more information.


    The Role and Function of Small VET Providers

    Wednesday, 1 May 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a report on their research of the role and function of small providers in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in meeting the needs of learners. According to NCVER small RTOs account for one third of the total amount of RTOs justifying a closer look at this segment of providers.

    Click here for more information.


    Industry Training Hubs Announced

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The Federal Government has announced locations for ten new training hubs across Australia. Hubs will be located in NSW, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, and Wanneroo and Armadale in Western Australia. The hubs will provide skills training in areas of high unemployment, and will create partnerships between schools, employers and industries to ensure that vocational education programs and tailored to local workforce and skills needs.


    Extension of Implementation Date for TAE Credential Requirements

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The requirement for trainers and assessors to hold updated TAE qualification has been extended, and will now come into effect on 1 July 2019 (previously 1 April 2019). The Department of Education and Training has advised there will be no further extensions beyond 1 July 2019.

    Click here for more information.


    Review of the VET Sector

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Last year, an independent review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector was conducted. The outcomes of this review are now available in a new report: Strengthening Skills: Expert review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System. The Review argues that there needs to be a significant upgrade to the architecture of the VET sector so it can successfully deliver the skills needed for Australia’s future, and recommends a six point plan for change and a roadmap for achieving it.

    Click here to read the report.


    Technical and Non-Technical Skills Acquired Through VET – NCVER Report

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVER) have released a report entitled VET for secondary school students: acquiring an array of technical and non-technical skills. The report examines whether Vocational Education and Training (VET) undertaken by secondary students equips them with the technical and non-technical skills needed to navigate in the evolving world of work.

    Click here for more information.


    What Are Higher Apprenticeships in Australia?

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    This report examines the view of industry and other stakeholders on the potential use of higher apprenticeships. The report highlights some of the factors which need to be considered and provides case examples of where higher apprenticeships and other training models are being developed and trialled in various industries across Australia.

    Click here to download the report.


    Opportunities for Apprentice and Trainees to be Maximised

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The new Priority Start Policy meets the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to increase the number of apprentices and trainees on State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts. Under the policy, there will be a requirement to meet a targeted training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.

    Click here to read the media statement.


    2019 National Trucking Industry Awards

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the winner for the 2019 National Trucking Industry Awards. The Australian Furniture Removalists Association (AFRA) were announced as winners for the National Training Excellence Award which were announced at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Awards Gala Dinner. The awards are an important opportunity to recognise efforts of those demonstrating dedication and commitment to Australian Trucking. The LTC congratulates all winners’ and finalists on their nominations.


    FMG to Establish a Future of Mobility Centre in Karratha

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), in partnership with the City of Karratha, have announced the establishment of a research and development centre to be based in Karratha, WA, to explore opportunities for the application of autonomous mobility technology in an urban environment.

    Click here for more information.


    Future Skilling Our Nation – eBook

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has released a free eBook on the feedback gained from the Industry Skills Forum. The eBook provides information on the aims and objectives from the national consultations and explores the skills and workforce development issues in the age of digital transformation for each State and Territory.

    Click here to read the eBook.


    Innovating Transport Across Australia: Inquiry into Automated Mass Transit

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has released a new report. The report examines current and future developments in the use of automation and new energy sources in land-based mass transit, including rail and road mass transit, point-to-point transport using automated vehicles, and the role and responsibilities of the Commonwealth in the development of these technologies.

    Click here to download the report.


    Effectiveness of the Current Temporary Skilled Visa System

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee have released a report analysing the current effectiveness of temporary skilled visa systems in targeting genuine skills shortages. The report consists of six chapters which provide background information to the temporary skilled visa system before examining the effectiveness of the labour market in Chapter 4.

    Click here to download the report.


    Skilling Heavy Vehicle Drivers

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The Transport and Logistics’ Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is working on a project to specifically address the skills and knowledge requirements of heavy vehicle drivers to improve safety levels. The review will focus on included the sills and knowledge require for drivers to interact safely with all road users and to manage emergencies or incidents. The revised units will provide heavy vehicle drivers with base-level skills as they progress through various licence categories.

    The IRC will be seeking feedback to ensure the revisions to the Training Package capture all information to make drivers safer.

    Click here for more information.


    Future of Regional Jobs – Report

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    This report looks into the implications of both the opportunities and challenges of the future of work in Australia’s regions. The report started from concern across Australia about the big drivers of change to the future of work – drivers like automation and the surge in digital technologies, the dynamics of regional labour markets, questions of how to help match local skills with emerging local job opportunities, and competition between regions for the same sorts of workers.

    Click here to read the report.


    New Technical Requirements for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    There are new technical requirements for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), or Drones contained in the Part 101 (Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets) Manual of Standards (MOS) 2019. The new rules affect commercial and professional RPA pilots and operators. CASA is cuirrently developing the guidance material to assist with the transition. Two of the new rules will come into effect immediately, which are:

    • Introducing specific requirements for the on-going approval of extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations
    • Ensuring there is a buffer between your RPA and any controlled airspace above it.

    The other rules will commence in 12 month and will include training and competency standards for remote pilot licences (RePL) and standing approvals for certain kinds of operations near aerodromes. Requirements for RePL training instructors will commence in 18 months.


    NTC Releases ‘World First’ Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Study

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) have released what is being hailed as a world first study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue. The two year study evaluated alertness monitoring technology and the impact of shift work on driver alertness. The study examined more than 300 heavy vehicle driver shifts (both in vehicle and in a laboratory) as well as 150,000 samples of retrospective data. The study confirmed the link between alertness and drowsiness patterns associated with specific work shifts for heavy vehicle driving. It is believed the study will inform future fatigue policy as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

    Click here for more information.


    National Freight Data Hub Announced

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    A National Freight Data Hub will be established in an Australian first to track freight use and identify choke points and congestion across Australia. The hub will act as the nation’s central collector and disseminator of freight data in a similar role as the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Access will be given for all freight transport system users, private companies, regulators, state transport departments and other government agencies.

    Click here for more information.


    RADS Grant Funding Boost for 26 Regional Airports

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Regional and remote airports across WA have shared in over $2.6 million in the Regional Airports Development (RADS) grants for 2019-21. RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport and the funding will go towards improving the infrastructure and safety of 26 of WA’s regional airports this year. The projects will include, but are not limited to, runway resealing, upgrading airstrip lighting, installation of fencing and nets, and improving facilities for operation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    Click here for more information.


    ARA Women in Rail Pilot Mentoring Program

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    The ARA Women in Rail Pilot Mentoring Program is a six month program designed to provide support and guidance to women currently employed in the rail industry. The e-mentoring format enables mentors and mentees to communicate across time zones and may mean that mentees are matched with mentors outside of their city or state. Applications are now open and up to 30 pairs will be selected for the pilot round of the program. Applications close 29 May 2019. For further information please email.


    Rail Careers Week

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Rail Careers Week, an annual initiative across Australia and New Zealand, is occurring this year between the 17 and 21 June 2019. The initiative offers a way to highlight the career opportunities in rail for all ages and experience levels.

    Click here for further information, or to be involved.


    Westport Community Events Give Insight into Freight Planning

    Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Westport is conducting a series of free community events across seven locations across Perth and Bunbury. The events and an opportunity for attendees to learn more about planning for Perth’s future freight task. Nicole Lockwood, Chair of the Westport Taskforce will present the projects latest findings, and will host a question and answer session with the audience. The Westport taskforce is entering the final stages of its strategy development, and its recommendations will be presented to Government later in 2019.

    Click here for further information, or click here to register for one of the sessions.


    AIS Seeking Feedback on Draft Training Packages

    Monday, 15 April 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is seeking feedback on the following draft Training Package materials:

    Feedback closes 30 April 2019.


    WA Training Awards

    Monday, 15 April 2019

    There is only 3 more weeks remaining to get your application in for the WA Training Awards. The WA Training Awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the occupations which are important to our State through the success and achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers and training organisations as well as key industry stakeholders.

    Hurry! Applications close Friday, 3 May 2019.

    Click here for more information, or click here


    New FIFO Mental Health Code Launched

    Monday, 15 April 2019

    The first code of practice to help promote and maintain mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors has been released. The code aims to address hazards and risk factors in FIFO work places, and encourages organisations to adopt a risk management process to identify potential psychosocial hazards.

    Click here for more information.


    Draft Autonomous Rail Skill Sets

    Monday, 15 April 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) are seeking feedback for the Autonomous Rail project on following draft Training Package materials:

    • Conduct Autonomous Rail Traffic Operations Skill Set
    • Manage Autonomous Rail Traffic Operations by Network Control Skill Set

    Feedback closes Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

    Click here to view the drafts and to submit feedback.


    2019 National Trucking Industry Awards

    Wedneday 10 April 2019

    The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the winner for the 2019 National Trucking Industry Awards. The Australian Furniture Removalists Association (AFRA) were announced as winners for the National Training Excellence Award which were announced at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Awards Gala Dinner. The awards are an important opportunity to recognise efforts of those demonstrating dedication and commitment to Australian Trucking. The LTC congratulates all winners’ and finalists on their nominations.


    2019 Trucking Australia Forum

    Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    The LTC CEO, Jillian Dielesen and LTC Chair, Cathi Payne, attended the 2019 Trucking Australia Forum on the 3 to 5 April 2019. The forum provided an opportunity for industry stakeholders to discuss issues and opportunities, such as truck regulations, the future of freight and logistics in Western Australia, current driver shortages and improving training standards and other topics. Watch this space for more information.


    Major New Perth Logistics Hub Officially Opens

    Friday, 8 March 2019

    The Roe Highway Logistics Park (RHLP) has been officially opened. The park will be a major addition to Perth’s industrial and logistics landscape. The hub is described as being at the centre of the Perth arterial road network offering accessibility from two major highways and benefits from freight rail access via the Kenwick Freight Rail Facility (due for completion in 2020).

    Click here fopr more information.


    Australia’s Automation Opportunity: Report

    Friday, 8 March 2019

    McKinsey & Company have released a new report entitled, “Australia’s Automation Opportunity”, which highlights how powerful automation technology such as machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics are transforming the Australian workplace. The report details the potential impact of these disruptive technologies in displacing jobs and disrupting communities. However the report also highlights these changes will bring many benefits and the impact will not be unmanageable. The report suggests ways for Australia to pursue actions to further accelerate and adopt automation technologies.

    Click here to access the report.


    International Women’s Day

    Friday, 8 March 2019

    Happy International Women’s Day from all of the team at the LTC. Today events all around Australia will be held and are designed to promote and recognise the achievements of women. This year’s theme is ‘Balance for Better’ and aims to raise awareness against gender bias.

    Click here for more information.


    Draft Autonomous Rail Vehicle Skill Set: Feedback Wanted

    Wednesday, 6 March 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is seeking feedback on the draft new Skills sets and units of Competency for the Autonomous Rail Vehicle Project. Feedback closes 29 March 2019.

    Click here to submit your feedback.


    National Career Education Strategy

    Wednesday, 6 March 2019

    The Australian Government has released the National Career Education Strategy which has been development to increase awareness and improve national consistency of career education.

    Click here to access the strategy.


    Program to Build STEM Skills in WA

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Western Australians currently under-represented in STEM will get more opportunities to develop their tech skills through the State Government’s new Digital and Technology Skills Program.Grants of up to $70,000 are now open for STEM education service providers to assist them in delivering digital and technology skills education to under-represented groups in STEM.

    Education service providers have until March 26, 2019 to apply. For more information, including criteria for applicants, click here.


    Incident Response Service

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Overseen by Main Roads WA, the Incident Response Service (IRS) deploys specially trained, mobile road crews on Perth’s freeways and CBD roads to assist with the quick and safe removal of broken down vehicles, including trucks, as well as debris and other obstructions, helping to restore the normal traffic conditions as quickly as possible. The IRS commenced in November 2012 with a dedicated Northbridge Tunnel IRS vehicle, prior to the commencement of the third lane in the tunnel. In July 2013 the service was expanded to include the Perth CBD and inner sections of the Freeways. In February 2018 the IRS was expanded to provide 24/7 service (e.g. weekends and weekday nights). More recently the IRS was expanded to include Roe, Reid and Tonkin Highways.

    How to Report an Incident:

    If you are involved in or witness an incident that is blocking the flow of traffic please contact 13 ROAD (13 76 23) or click here for more information.


    Plan to Address Gender Inequality

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    While significant advances have been made to remove barriers to women’s full economic and social participation, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions. This plan will provide a framework for coordinated action by government, businesses, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality.The plan will focus on four priority areas:

    • Hhealth and wellbeing;
    • Safety and justice;
    • Economic independence; and
    • Leadership.

    Click here for more information and to have your say.


    VET Sector Professional Development: Have Your Say

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) are seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding the professional development programs delivered to the WA VET Sector. To have your say on the professional development opportunities you would like to see go to the DTWDs website. Feedback closes 8 March 2019.


    Skills Self-assessment Tool Launched

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) have recently launched a new tool to identify areas where professional development is needed. The new tool assists users to assess and benchmark their current skills and to identify areas where key capabilities and behaviours can be developed to further progress their career. By using the tool a career plan can be created in as little as 40 minutes.

    Click here to access the Skills Self-assessment Tool.


    New Geraldton JSC Launched

    Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    The Geraldton Jobs and Skills centre was officially launched today and will be a one stop shop for jobseekers, students, career changers and will support the employment and workforce needs for the mid-west Region.

    Click here for more information.


    AIS: Seeking Feedback on Draft Qualifications

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have advised draft Training package materials have been finalised for the below projects, and they are now seeking feedback:


    Direct Maritime Freight to the Pilbara: Reports Released

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The Pilbara Development Commission and the City of Karratha have released two reports in a collaboration to address issues raised by businesses in the Pilbara region. The report has found significant economic benefits would be created if a direct maritime freight service to the Pilbara was established.

    Click here here to access the City of Karratha’s ‘Pilbara Freight Study’.

    Click here to access the Pilbara Development Commissions’ report ‘The impact of a Direct Maritime Freight Service for the Pilbara’.


    Our Priorities Vision to Create New Jobs

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The McGowan government has released today the ‘Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity” program. The program will create an additional 150,000 jobs in Western Australia over the next five years. The program will consist of 6 key outcomes, which include:

    • A strong economy
    • A bright future
    • A safer community
    • A liveable environment
    • Aboriginal wellbeing
    • Regional prosperity

    Click here for more information.


    Infrastructure Priority List Welcomed

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    Infrastructure Australia have released the Infrastructure Priority List which highlights continued need for targeted investment in freight infrastructure projects to enhance supply chain efficiency and safety and will assist Australia to become more internationally competitive. The list has been welcomed by the Australian Logistics council (ALC) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) as important in identifying key infrastructure problems and opportunities.

    Click here for more information.


    Australia Gaining Ground in Total Talent Readiness

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    Research suggests Australia is in a stronger position to address the talent crisis and has jumped to the fourth palace ranking for total talent readiness in the world (previously Australia was ranked 11th). The index considers three key metrics to assess this ranking:

    • Use of technology to attract, engage and retain talent
    • Innovation in talent acquisition and;
    • Investment in talent analytics

    Click here for more information.


    New Resource for VET Practitioners in the Pipeline

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The VOCEDplus team are developing a new resource for VET practitioners and is aimed at supporting practitioners by providing a single online access point for content available in VOCEDplus, as well as links to a range of other resources. The resource is planned for release later this year. VOCEDplus are currently requesting feedback on what should be included in this resource.

    Feedback can be provided here.


    2019 Priority Industry Qualification List Released

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The 2019 Priority Industry Qualification List (PIQL) has recently been released. Priority industry qualifications equip students to take up jobs in skilled occupations that are in high demand across Western Australia. The 2019 PIQL is available to view on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Read more about the PIQL here.


    VET Surveys Launching Soon

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The first every survey of Australia’s Vocational Education Training (VET) workforce will commence in March 2019. The national survey will provide a picture of the VET Workforce to assist in future planning and support. The survey should be answered by those in your organisation with detailed knowledge of staff.

    In related news, the 2019 Survey of Employer Use and Views of the Vet System will commence soon. The information collects information about employers’ use and satisfaction with the VET system and the various ways they use VET to meet their skill needs.

    Feedback can be provided here to find out more.


    Employability Skills for the Future

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    The VOCEDplus team have explored the topic of what is needed to succeed in the changing world of work. Click on the links below to explore some of the material they have put together on this topic:

    • Future Skills
    • How employable is the UK?: meeting the future skills challenge
    • Skills and the future of work: strategies for inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific
    • Towards a reskilling revolution: industry-led action for the future of work
    • Work for a brighter future


        VET Review: Insight into Findings to Date

        Friday, 22 February 2019

        Some of the key findings to date into the Independent Review of Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector have been revealed. Speaking to the Australian, Mr Joyce said one of the key recommendations of his review will be to address what he sees as a bias against vocational education in favour of universities. In addition, Mr Joyce said confusion over funding was also significant. Mr Joyce will continue his consultations with stakeholders, and a final report will be presented to Government in March 2019.

        Click here for more information.


        Towards a Reskilling Revolution

        Friday, 22 February 2019

        The World Economic Forum (WEF) have recently released a new report “Towards a Reskilling Revolution: Industry-led Action for the Future of Work”. This report builds on their first phase of work “Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All”, which highlighted the need for innovative methods to identify viable and desirable job transition pathways for disrupted workers. The second report, outlines a roadmap for selected industries to address challenges and opportunities related to the transformation of their workforce.

        Click here to download the report.


        Perth Rail Passengers Remain Most Satisfied for 6 Years in a Row

        Friday, 22 February 2019

        An independent national Pollster, Canstar Blue has ranked Perth as having Australia’s best metropolitan train system for the 6th time in a row. Perth was pitted against the Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Adelaide rail networks to establish who had the most satisfied customers.

        The survey compares rail networks across different dimensions such as overall satisfaction, service reliability, timetable/scheduling, trip cost, trip comfort, safety, cleanliness and ticketing system.

        Click here for more information.


        WA Training Awards

        Friday, 13 February 2019

        Now in its 25th Year, the West Australian Training Awards is now open. New categories have been introduced for Large Employer for the Year, and Medium Employer of the Year which will help to better recognise the contribution of employers of all sizes in the training sector. The awards are an exciting opportunity to showcase excellence in the Western Australian training sector.

        Click here to read the media release, or click here to apply for the awards.


        New Albany JSC Launched

        Thursday, 7 February 2019

        The Albany Jobs and Skills centre was officially launched today and will be a one stop shop for jobseekers, students, career changers and will support the employment and workforce needs of the Great Southern Region.

        Click here for more information.


        AISC Approves Transport Security Protection Qualification

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the case for Endorsement for a new qualifications and skill sets in Aviation and Maritime Transport Security for implementation. The materials relate to screening functions within the Maritime and Aviation sectors. The approved Training Package materials are now available on Training.gov.au.

        Click here to read more.


        Big Data and Cyber Security Cross Sector Projects

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The Big Data and Cyber Security cross sector project is being led by PwC’s Skills for Australia as part of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) focus on developing training package components that address common skills needs used across multiple industries. Further Information regarding the project can be accessed via the PwC website.The projects are expected to be submitted to the AISC for approval in April 2019 and final drafts will be made available then.

        Click here for more information. Feedback will be accepted until COB Friday 22 February 2019.


        Select Committee on Electric Vehicles Report

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The Select Committee on Electric Vehicles have recently released a new report recommending the Australian government develop a national electric vehicle (EV) strategy to facilitate and accelerate the update and growth of electric vehicles.

        Click here to read the report.


        2019 VET Stakeholder Forum

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        On Monday 25 February 2019, the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) will be holding a half day forum for stakeholders of publicly funded Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Western Australia.The proposed agenda for the forum includes:

        • Update on the National Partnership Agreement
        • Overview of the Employer Incentive Scheme an new training programs to be implemented in 2019
        • Introduction to the Government’s Participation Strategy
        • Contracting arrangements for 2020; and
        • Outline of a proposed 2019 Traineeship Delivery review.

        Click here to register for the event. Registrations close Thursday 21 February 2019.


        New Resource for VET Practitioners in the Pipeline

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The VOCEDplus team are developing a new resource for VET practitioners, which is planned for release later this year. This resource is aimed at supporting practitioners in their teaching and learning practice and research by providing a single online access point for content available in VOCEDplus, as well as links to a range of other resources.

        VOCEDplus are currently requesting feedback on what should be included in this resource. Feedback can be provided here.


        VET Sector Professional Development 2019

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The department of Training and Workforce development are seeking feedback on the professional development programs being delivered to the WA vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector.

        Click here for more information, or please contact Fritzi Krogel (A/Director Service Delivery Operations) via email or on (08) 6551 5012.


        How Machines are Affecting People and Places: Report

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The Brookings Institution have recently released a report on the power and prospect of automation and artificial intelligence and its impact on people, employment and organisations. The report assesses past and future trends affecting people and communities and provides recommendations for national and state policy-makers.

        Click here for more information or to download the report.


        NHVR Consultation Session in WA

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        NHVR is undertaking consultation on proposed changes to the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards. These sessions provide the opportunity to discuss the changes and provide feedback directly to the Accreditation team.

        The sessions are free to attend, NHVR recommends participants review the materials beforehand so the consultations sessions can be dedicated to gathering feedback and discussing the proposed changes.

        Click here to register for the WA session to be held on Monday 18 March 2019, at 4pm to 6pm at the Mantra on Hay Street Perth.


        On Demand Transport Levy to Begin in 2019

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The WA Government’s new tax on fare charges, a 10% levy on fares, will begin 1 April 2019. The levy will be charged on all taxi, rideshare and small charter vehicle fares. Some on demand transport companies are still considering whether they will absorb the levy or pass it onto customers. Ms Saffioti maintains the new legislation will remove some of the overhead costs for operators which would allow operators to absorb some or all of the levy if they choose too, rather than passing the levy costs on to customers. Under the new legislation booking services will be required to sign up to payment of the temporary levy in order to be authorised to operate in WA and driver authorisations will be renewed annually instead of in perpetuity.

        Click here for more information.


        Strategies to Grow Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Western Australia

        Monday, 4 February 2019

        The Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Sue Ellery recently released Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia. It is the culmination of State-wide industry forums hosted by the State Training Board between August 2017 and March 2018. The consultations helped the State Training Board to understand what industry needs from the State’s training sector and inform future strategies.

        Key findings of the report include more financial incentives for employers to take on apprentices, less red tape for employers, better promotion of the VET sector amongst young people and a sector that is easier to navigate, customer focused and flexible.

        Click here to download the report.


        Aviation Projects in Final Stages

        Wednesday, 16 January 2019

        Australian Industry Standards have advised that development work has been completed on the draft Aviation training Package materials including:

        These training packages will now go through an independent edit and quality assurance review for submission to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) by April 2019.


        A Note From the CEO

        Monday, 7 January 2019

        From the team at the Logistics Training Council (LTC) we wish you all a warm welcome to 2019 as we begin the new year. This year, we are looking forward to working with you and continuing our commitment to identifying workforce challenges and opportunities within the transport and logistics sector. It is going to be an exciting time ahead as we further unpack the impact of Industry 4.0 on the current and future transport and logistics workforce.

        The LTC will continue to work closely with all our industry stakeholders and we are currently planning our Industry Working Group (IWG) consultations for the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), Industry Workforce Snapshots and other projects.

        Thank you all for your continuing support and we hope you will stay connected with us as we move forward. We want to hear from you so please contact myself, Michael Taremba, or Amanda Green on (08) 9388 8781 or via email. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Industries on the Move, or click on the Latest News section of our website, to stay aware of updates affecting your industry areas.


        Join our Industry Working Groups

        Monday, 7 January 2019

        Our Industry Working Group (IWG) meetings occur twice per calendar year, and provide an opportunity for industry members to discuss workforce development issues such as labour or skilling shortages, automation or the need for new training or skills.

        We have IWGs for Aviation, Rail, Road Transport, Furniture Removalists, Warehousing, Wholesale and Maritime. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our IWGs please contact us or email. detailing your industry area and contact details.

        The first meeting for each IWG is scheduled to occur in March. Members will be contacted in January to arrange meeting times for each industry area.


        Important Dates to Note

        Monday, 7 January 2019

      • Monday 14 January 2019 – Submissions close for the 2019 Industry Skills Forecast.
      • Monday 21 January 2019 – Submissions close for feedback on the Westport Report.
      • Friday 25 January 2019 – Submissions close for feedback on the National VET review.
      • Thursday 31 January 2019 – Feedback sought via survey for SkillsIQ on Future Skilling.
      • Friday 8 February 2019 – Feedback closes for the draft Freight Forwarding Diploma.

      Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities

      Monday 7 January 2019

      Work is continuing on the development of the Federal Government’s National Freight and Supply Chain strategy, which will provide a road map to position Australia’s freight infrastructure for growth in freight task. The Strategy will be finalised in the first half of 2019.

      Click here more information on the Department of Infrastructures website.


      LTCs Office Hours Over Christmas

      Friday, 21 December 2018

      The LTC thanks you for your support throughout 2018, and we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year.

      The LTC office will be closed from 21 December 2018, and will re-open 2 January 2019.


      Feedback Sought: Draft Freight Forwarding Diploma

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      The Freight Forwarding Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) have now finalised the draft Training Package material for the Freight Forwarding Project and are now seeking industry feedback.Feedback closes on the 8 February 2019.

      Click here for more information or to provide your feedback. Please note, if providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments (to Logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


      Feedback Sought: TAE Cross Sector Case for Endorsement

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are seeking feedback on the draft case for endorsement for the TAE Training and Education Training Package Release 3.0. The Case for Endorsement contains two units that were removed from the BSB Releases 4.0 (Communication and Disability Cross Sector Project) Case for Endorsement. As these units are part of a cross sector project they may be applicable across a range of industry sectors.

      Feedback is required by COB 8 January 2019. If interested in providing feedback or reviewing the materials please email LTC via (michael@logisticstc.asn.au. or Amanda@logisticstc.asn.au).


      Getting your Certificate of Competency as a Seafarer

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published an article in their Working Boats December 2018 issue on how to obtain a Certificate of Competency to work on domestic commercial vessels in Australia. The article is a great read and provides clarity on the pathways to become a seafarer for those starting out, or for those wanting to update their skills.

      Click here to read the story.


      Focus on Micro-credentials

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      With the rapid pace of change, there is a growing preference by industry for more responsive and flexible training such as the use of micro-credentials over full qualifications. In view of this, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released a snapshot of research examining the use of micro-credentials and their potential to improve people’s access to further education, employment and professional development.

      Click here for more information.


      Young People in Education and Training in 2017

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      NCVER has released a report, Young People in Education and Training 2017, which provides a summary of statistics relating to young people aged 15 to 19 years who participated in education and training with an Australian provider in 2017. During the 2017 calendar year, among all students aged 15 to 19 years who participated in education and training with an Australian provider, there were an estimated:

      • 847 000 school students
      • 237 700 VET in Schools students
      • 353 100 higher education students
      • 76 500 apprentice and trainee commencements
      • 705 100 VET students
      • 312 000 government-funded VET students.

      Click here to read the report.


      Update on Proposed ANZSCO Review

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      Earlier this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) was approached by stakeholders and government to undertake a review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The proposed ANZSCO review initially received strong support from Government stakeholders, including from the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD).

      However, whilst the ABS recognised the need for a review, it was determined that a review of this nature would be too labour and resource intensive and would need to be considered against a range of other ABS priorities. Consequently, the ABS have decided not to commit to undertaking a review of ANZSCO at this time, which was supported by Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) (co owners of ANZSCO). The ABS and Stats NZ may reconsider their position on the ANZSCO review after the 2021 Australian Census.

      Please contact the LTC if you have any questions, or for more information.


      Smart Rail Interim Route Map Launched

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      The rail industry is undergoing big changes as it adopts and integrates rapidly changing new technologies. The interim report identifies long-term common themes, timelines and actions to support the successful deployment of digital and telecommunication technologies within the rail sectors. The Report includes a review of the skill requirements of the future workforce.

      Feedback Sought

      Feedback on the interim report is being sought prior to the reports finalisation. Feedback closes 18 December 2018. Click here to download the feedback form. Click here to download the report.

      If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments (to Logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


      WESTPORT: What We Have Found So Far

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      The Westport Taskforce have produced an interim progress report on their findings to date, and industry is invited to provide feedback on the report until 21 January 2019. The purpose of the interim report is to identify the challenges for the three study areas (Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury) and to determine the basis of the taskforce’s future steps during the next stages. The final report will be delivered next year. Click here to access the report, or to provide feedback. If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments (to Logisticstc@logisticstc.asn.au) to ensure that any issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


      On Demand Transport Levy to Begin in 2019

      Wednesday, 18 December 2018

      The WA Government’s new tax on fare charges, a 10% levy on fares, will begin in early January 2019. The levy will be charged on all taxi, rideshare and small charter vehicle fares. Some on demand transport companies are still considering whether they will absorb the levy or pass it onto customers. Ms Saffioti maintains the new legislation will remove some of the overhead costs for operators which would allow operators to absorb some or all of the levy if they choose too, rather than passing the levy costs on to customers. Under the new legislation booking services will be required to sign up to payment of the temporary levy in order to be authorised to operate in WA and driver authorisations will be renewed annually instead of in perpetuity.


      Heavy Vehicle Tips for WA

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      Stay safe this Christmas, harvest season is underway in WA which means freight routes will become business as heavy vehicles transport grain. A joint project between the Road Safety Commission, the Toodyay Road wise Committee and Transafe WA have released a series of videos to promote safety for heavy and light vehicle drivers, which explains ways to avoid unwanted situations over the summer. Themes include ensuring Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations are met, and ensuring heavy vehicles are treated with respect to avoid complacency on the road.

      Click here to watch the videos.


      Centre for Excellence to Boost WA Student’s Literacy Skills

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      A new centre for excellence to enhance primary school student’s literacy skills will be hosted by Curtin University. Selected primary schools will work with Curtin academics to develop and trial resources as well as professional learning, which will be available to schools across the State. These teacher experts will then share their knowledge with their colleagues and other local schools.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      RTOs Are You Prepared?

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      The VET National provider collection is an annual collection of AVETMISS data from all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). RTOs must submit All Total VET activity data for 2018 to the National Centre for Vocation Education Research (NCVER) in early 2019. Click here for more information.


      VET Students Remain Satisfied With Training

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      The results of Australia’s largest survey of Vocational Education and training (VET) students have revealed that students are satisfied with training and employability outcomes remain high. Data from over 200,000 VET students, shows that 86.8% of graduates and 90.4% of subject completers are satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

      Click here to access the survey results.


      Competitiveness Talent Rankings

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      Australia is ranked 14th according to the IMD World Talent Ranking. The IMD World Talent Ranking 2018 assesses how countries perform in education, apprenticeships, workplace training, language skills, cost of living, quality of life, remuneration and tax rates.

      Click here to read the full report.


      Employers’ Views on Unaccredited Training

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a report: Unaccredited Training: Why Employer Use it and does it meet their needs? The report provides an overview of the various types of training being accessed by employers to full the training needs. Unaccredited training sits outside of the mandatory reporting requirements of the nationally recognised accredited training system and as such data relating to its use is not collected leaving the true extent of its uptake within Australia unknown. This report evaluates the use of accredited training, and explores why employers use it, why they use choose unaccredited training over accredited training and whether it meets their skill needs.

      Click here to access the report.


      Expanding the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices Incentive

      Friday, 14 December 2018

      Currently, eligibility requirements for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive is restricted to eligible Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship. However, recent changes announced will see eligibility be extended to employers who take on an eligible Australian Apprentices aged between 21 to 24 years studying a Certificate III or IV qualification in areas of skills needs. Extending the eligibility requirements will provide a stronger incentive for employers to engage more adult apprentices in areas of skills needs.The changes will come into effect from July 2019.

      Click here for more information.


      The AIS is Seeking Your Feedback

      Wednesday, 12 December 2018

      • IRC Skills Forecast Survey

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is seeking feedback on a range of issues affecting industry via a short online survey. The information provided will be used to develop the industry outlook for each sector and to identify any new or emerging skills.

      Click here to access the IRC Skills Forecast Survey. Feedback closes the 14 January 2019.

      • IRC Skills Forecast – Call for Submissions

      AIS is calling for submissions to assist the IRCs to prepare their advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on industry priorities, skill shortages and to inform future discussions about updates to Training Packages.

      Click here to make a submission. Feedback closes the 14 January 2019.

      If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments to ensure that issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.


      The LTCs Annual RTO Forum

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The Logistics Training Council (LTC) recently held its annual RTO Forum on Friday the 30 November 2018. We were delighted to see such a great turnout from representatives from both private and public training providers. This year we were fortunate to have guest presenters from the Office of the State Training Board (STB), the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) and Australian Industry Standards (AIS) who provided updates and guidance on their various areas.

      Jillian Dielesen, CEO LTC, provided the welcoming address and an update on the future direction of the LTC, as well as discussing some of the pertinent issues currently affecting industry across sectors such as:

      • the occupations being affected by skills shortages,
      • the skills which will be in demand by industry across sectors,
      • the impact of new technology and automation on industry and
      • the growing industry preference for skills sets over full qualifications.

      There was a robust discussion on the day regarding how these issues affect both industry. As a refresher or for those that were unable to attend, please click on the links below for a copy of the presentations:


      RTOs – Are Your Details Correct?

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The Jobs and Skill Centres website provides a list of funded Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses qualifications (publicly funded training) which links to the RTO details of those providers who have the course on scope. If you offer any of those qualifications listed it is important that you check the website to ensure your details are correct. If you are not listed, and believe you should be, contact website@dtwd.wa.gov.au to have your details and logo added.


      VET Review

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The Australian Government has commissioned an independent review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector to ensure Australians have the right skills to succeed in a changing labour market, and businesses have access to the skills they need to grow their business

      Click here for more information.


      Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy – New Update

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) has recently updated its Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy following extensive stakeholder consultation. The revised policy came into effect 29 November 2018, and is available from the DTWD’s website. The policy now includes weblinks which will enable easy access to program information and fact sheets for employers, apprentices, trainees, RTOs and other stakeholders within the apprenticeship system.

      The Policy has been simplified and incorporates existing policy positions from a number of related policies. The consolidates policy now include the School-Based Apprenticeship Policy, Travel and Accommodation Allowance Policy, Trade Skills Recognition Policy and the Trade Certificate Policy. Please note the eligibility criteria for traded skills recognition have also been strengthened to enable the DTWD to effectively monitor the trade skills recognition process.

      Contact Ms Ana Wildy by email at apprenticeshippolicy@dtwd.wa.gov.au for more information.


      Future Skills Survey – Feedback Needed

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      SkillsIQ are seeking Industry feedback to better understand the current and future workforce issues and challenge your industry is currently facing. Feedback will be used to inform the development of the 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts for the range of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) supported by SkillsIQ, and to support the prioritisation of future Training Package development. Feedback closes the 31 January 2019.

      If providing comment, please include the LTC in your feedback by emailing us a copy of your comments to ensure that issues identified by WA industry stakeholders are taken into consideration throughout the consultation process.

      Click here to participate in the survey.


      WA Signs up to Historic Education Funding Deal

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The State Government has recently signed up to the Federal Government’s new national agreement for schools funding. Approximately $30 billion will flow into the State’s education system over the next 6 years. As part of the deal, WA has committed to delivering a number of reforms as flagged in Gonski 2.0, including enhanced measures to individually assess student progress.

      Click hereto read the media release.


      Skills a Priority for the Rail Sector

      Tuesday, 4 December 2018

      The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has recently published an article highlighting skills as a priority issue for the rail sector. The ARA has recently engage BIS Oxford Economics to undertake and Australian and New Zealand Rail Skills Analysis Project. The project will focus on identifying the skills gaps for the next 10 years, and will identify recommendations for industry and government on how they can address the challenges and opportunities in workforce development

      Click here to read the article (pg 8).


      RTO Forum – Don’t Forget to Register

      Thursday, 22 November 2018

      Time is running out to register for the Logistics Training Council (LTCs) annual Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Forum to be held in Shenton Park on the 30 November 2018. The forum is a great opportunity to connect with advisory bodies with guest speakers from the Training Accreditation Council, The Office of the State Training Board, Australian Industry Standards and find out about any changes which may affect qualifications in your sector. The event will be hosted by the LTC’s CEO Jillian Dielesen.

      Click here to register. Registrations close 26 November 2018. We hope to see you there.


      Safety Assurance for Automated Driving Systems

      Thursday, 22 November 2018

      The National Transport Commission (NTC) has produced a decision regulation impact (RIS) statement to analysis of options for the safety assurance of automated driving systems. This analysis will be used to inform a Transport and Infrastructure Council decision on a safety assurance approach.

      Click here to read more about the decision impact statement.


      ABS Data Highlights Value of the Transport Industry

      Thursday, 22 November 2018

      The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released statistics showing the combined total contribution of transport activity across all industries in the Australian economy titled the Australian Transport Economic Account: An Experimental Transport Satellite Account, 2010-11 to 2015-16. Whilst this has been accounted for in measures of the economy, the ABS notes this is the first time the complete transport contribution has been reported.

      Click here to read more.


      AI – Need for Workers to Become Upskilled

      Thursday, 22 November 2018

      A recent article by Transport and Logistics News highlights Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) impact on the nature of work and the type of skills required for employees of the future. AI is creating the need for more highly-skilled professionals as it augments the existing workforce and frees up workers to focus on more complex tasks. Experts are noting that upskilling will be essential to ensuring that people become “highly-capable experts in their fields” and caution organisations to begin building their employees’ trust in these technologies and to upskill staff to make sure they take full advantage of the benefits AI can bring to the workplace.

      Click here to read the article.


      NCVER focus on Soft Skills, Employability and Education

      Tuesday, 6 November 2018

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has recently published a Focus On issue on soft skills, employability and education. These skills such as communication skills, collaboration and teamwork, problem solving and analytical skills encompass a range of non-technical skills that employers require in potential employees. This snapshot provides an overview of research that explores soft skills and VET.

      Click here to read the report.


      The Changing Nature of Work Report

      Tuesday, 6 November 2018

      The nature of work is changing as a result to changes and innovations in technology. The report finds on balance that work is being re-shaped by technology as organisations adopt new ways of production, expand their markets and as society evolves. This report considers this changes and how governments can best respond in order for workers to develop and build the skills in demand within the labour market.

      Click here to read the report.


      Employing Older Workers – Report

      Tuesday, 6 November 2018

      Workforce planning that includes succession planning is regarded as a core strategic human resource activity, however recent data released in the Employing Older Workers report suggests that many organisations are failing to have succession plans in place for workers who retire. The report published by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Resources Institute examine some of the key findings related to hiring older workers.

      Click here to read the report.


      Perth AIS Industry Future Skilling Forum – Panellists Announced

      Friday, 2 November 2018

      Australian Industry Standards has announced the panellists for the AIS Industry Skills Forum to be held in Perth on Thursday 8 November at the Parmelia Hilton. Hosted by prominent Journalist, Kerry O’Brien, there will be two Q&A panel discussions with leading industry experts. The forum will focus on future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions to influence the discussion. LTC looks forward to participating in the robust discussions with industry. Panel topics will be:

      • Panel 1: Industry Leadership – New Thinking About Jobs and Careers
      • Panel 2: Future Skilling our People in an Age of Digital Transformation

      Click here to view the panellists or click here to register.


      Rural Businesses to get Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy

      Friday, 2 November 2018

      The Australian Government has launched a $60 million wage subsidy trail to provide regional and rural small businesses with apprentice wage subsidies. Business who haven’t hired an Australian Apprentice within a three year period prior to January 2019 are eligible to apply. To be eligible businesses will need to hire a new worker in a full time apprenticeship position undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation from the Click National Skills Needs List, and other eligibility requirements under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

      This is a great incentive to address trade areas that may be experiencing a national skills shortage such as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (avionics and mechanical) and mechanics.

      Click here to read more.


      Government Funded Training Snapshot

      Friday, 2 November 2018

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a report which provides a snapshot of the government funded VET delivered by TAFE institutes, and other government and registered providers between January to June 2018.


      State Training Plan 2018-2021

      Wednesday, 31 October 2018

      The State Training Board (STB) has recently released the State Training Plan 2018-2021. The Plan sets out Western Australia’s training priorities for 2018-2021. The Logistics Training Council works closely with the STB to assist them in identifying the skilling and training priorities through our work with industry, and in particular through our yearly Industry Snapshots.

      Click here to read the State Training Plan, or contact us at the LTC if you would like to discuss workforce challenges in your industry.


      ASQAs Regulatory Strategy 2018-20

      Wednesday, 31 October 2018

      The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has published the ASQA Regulatory Strategy 2018-290 to their website. The strategy is a key element in ASQA’s risk-based approach to regulation. The strategy sets out the risks currently facing the Australian VET sect and identifies the work ASQA will do to address these risks over the coming two year period.

      Click here to read the strategy.

      In related news, ASQA’s provider briefings for 2018 have now come to an end. However, recording and webcasts of the presentations slides are available here


      The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Amendment Bill 2018

      Wednesday, 31 October 2018

      Historic reforms to Western Australia’s on demand transport passed through State Parliament this month affecting taxi and rideshare services. The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Amendment Bill 2018 represents the biggest reform to industry in WA

      Click here to be involved.


      Westport – Have Your Say

      Wednesday, 31 October 2018

      The Westport Strategy is an integrated 50 to 100 year plan to guide the government of the planning, development and growth of the Inner Harbour at Fremantle, the Outer Harbour at Kwinana, the required road and rail networks and the potential for the Port of Bunbury to contribute to the handling of our growing trade task. Westport have launched an online consultation portal and is encouraging community to provide feedback.

      The reforms also included the 10per cent levy on total taxi and rideshare fares generated by operators to fund the voluntary taxi plate buy-back scheme. It is believed these reforms will provide a level playing field where all drivers and booking services will operate under the same rules for the first time in WA.

      Click here for more information.


      ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017-18 – Released

      Tuesday, 30 October 2018

      The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently released their Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017-18. The report presents the ACCC monitoring results and observations about the role of competition in Australian container stevedoring.

      Click here for more information.


      VET Knowledge Bank

      Monday, 29 October 2018

      The VET sector is the largest education sector in Australia, and can be a complex and ever-changing system to navigate. The VET Knowledge Bank is an evolving resources which provides information on training products, provider peak bodies, VET regulators and Industry’s role.

      Click here for more information on VET.


      Finalists Announced for the Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards

      Monday, 29 October 2018

      Finalists for the 2018 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards have been announced. Winners will be announced at the Award Gala Dinner held on 23 November 2018 Sydney. The LTC extends best wishes to all finalists.

      Click here for more information or to register to attend.


      Maritime Day 2018

      Monday, 29 October 2018

      LTC staff attended the annual Maritime Day held at Fremantle Port on Saturday 27 October 2018. Maritime Day celebrates all aspects of the maritime industry. The day was packed with entertainment including marching bands, naval demonstrations, as well as over 40 maritime related exhibitors. The LTC was excited to be part of this opportunity to promote maritime educational opportunities and the exciting careers available in maritime to the wider community.

      A big congratulations goes to the winner of LTCs prize, an iPad sponsored by the Company of Master Mariners Australia. Well done Alisha Parkin, we hope you enjoy your prize!

      Click here to read more about the event.


      Maritime Day

      Friday, 26 October 2018

      As a reminder, it is Maritime Day tomorrow down at Fremantle Port. Come and see the LTC team and other exhibitors as we celebrate the maritime industry. The LTC ‘Careers in Maritime’ booth will have an assortment of information on the exciting careers and educational opportunities available in the maritime industry. There is also a prize to be won for those wishing to enter our Maritime Day Competition.

      Click here for more information.

      We hope to see you there.


      Key Freight Corridors Targets in Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative

      Friday, 26 October 2018

      The Roads of Strategy Importance (ROSI) initiative is set to invest $3.5 billion over 10 years towards key freight routes in Australia, with $220 million earmarked for the Bindoon Bypass in Western Australia. The initiative seeks to provide more reliable infrastructure to improve connections across the supply chain, as well as access to ports, airports and transport hubs.

      Click here for more information.

      In related news, a new agreement between The McGowan Government and the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) will see road funding for local government roads increase for WA. Road improvements will enhance safety, employment remote access and tourism.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      Over $30 million pledged for WA Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiatives

      Friday, 26 October 2018

      Local, State and Federal Government have worked together to create a funding pool of $30 million to be spent on 15 projects aimed at improving heavy vehicle safety. The joint funding projects include, the development of road train assembly areas, upgrades and widening of several key intersections, an road train and truck parking and rest areas. Once completed, these projects will allow heavy vehicle operators to travel across WA in a safe, productive and faster manner.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      MAR Blue Water Phase 3

      Tuesday, 23 October 2018

      Four draft Units of Competency for the new Electro-Technical Officer Qualification has been finalised by the Electro-Technical Officer Technical Advisory Committee. Feedback is being sought on the draft qualifications until the 14 November 2018.

      Click here for more information, or to submit your feedback.


      Review Announced to Boost Quality of VET Delivery in Schools

      Monday, 22 October 2018

      WA’s Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, has announced an overhaul of the Vocational education and Training (VET) delivered in WA secondary schools. The planned changes will ensure students receive quality training to ensure the best outcomes once they leave schools. In addition, the list of qualifications offered to students will be refocus in consultation with industry and the education and training sector to ensure secondary students graduate with a qualification which meets industry’s needs and leads to employment outcomes.

      Click here to read more.


      New Peel Jobs and Skills Centre to Boost Open

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      The new Peel jobs and skills Centre was recently launched at South Metropolitan TAFE in Mandurah. The centre will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities. It is evident the centre is already providing locals with assistance and has provided 229 locals with career information services, and 19 clients have been assisted to find education and training pathways.

      Outreach services will be offered in Boddington, Waroona, Byford, and Pinjarra and will include Aboriginal stakeholders.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      New Main Roads Operations Centre Opens

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      A new main roads operations centre, capable of managing traffic flow across the entire Perth area, has opened. The Road Network Operations Centre (RNOC) is a high-tech, purpose build facility designed to optimise performance, safety and congestion management and will have the capacity to manage Perth’s first Smart Freeway which will be operational by 2020.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      Over 3.8 Billion Dollars in Grant Funding en route to Regional Airports

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      Regional airports are invited to apply for the 2019-21 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants which opened this week and which are funded by the Department of Transport. The grants will provide funding vital to upgrade infrastructure and safety at Western Australia’s regional airports.

      For the 2017-19 funding round a total of 29 airports were granted totalling more than 2.7 million. Applications close Monday 19 November 2018.

      Click here to view the application guidelines.


      WA signs up to the Skilling Australians Fund Partnership Agreement

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      Western Australia has been signed up to the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership with up to $126 million available to create jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships. In addition the partnership will also provide funding for pre-apprenticeships as a career pathway supported by industry.

      For the 2017-19 funding round a total of 29 airports were granted totalling more than 2.7 million. Applications close Monday 19 November 2018.

      Click here to read the media release.


      Office of Future Transport Technologies

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      The Australian Government is establishing an Officer of Future Transport Technologies to prepare for the arrival of automated vehicles and other transport innovations. The new Office will enhance the Federal Government’s strategic leadership role, to coordinate with other governments and agencies in implementing new transport technologies successfully and responsibly to improve road and transport safety outcomes.

      Click here for more information.


      Have Your Say on Draft Aviation Qualifications

      Tuesday, 9 October 2018

      The Aviation Flight Operations and Aviation Ground Operations Technical Advisory Committees have finalised draft training package materials for the Regulatory Review project and are seeking feedback.

      Click here to provide feedback on flight operations, or click here to provide feedback on ground operations. Feedback closes 22 October 2018.


      New Main Roads Operations Centre Opens

      Friday, 5 October 2018

      A new main roads operations centre, capable of managing traffic flow across the entire Perth area, has opened. The Road Network Operations Centre (RNOC) is a high-tech, purpose build facility designed to optimise performance, safety and congestion management and will have the capacity to manage Perth’s first Smart Freeway which will be operational by 2020.

      Click here to read the media statement.


      Release of the 2018 SPOL

      Tuesday, 2 October 2018

      The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) have released the State Priority and Occupation List (SPOL) for 2018. The SPOL provides a list of occupations rated according to their priority status within WA, and assists in guiding the annual purchasing of publicly funding training in WA. Each year the SPOL is produced using a range of key economic and labour market data and projections, as well as evidence provided from each of the Industry Training Councils and other stakeholders.

      LTC thanks all organisations who contributed in our Industry Advisory Groups and who provided feedback earlier this year. Click here for more information about the SPOL or to search for occupations on the list, or if you have queries regarding specific occupations on the list, please contact the LTC on (08) 9388 8781 or via email.


      Implementation of the WA Jobs Act Now Complete

      Tuesday, 2 October 2018

      The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy became fully operational on Monday 1 October 2018, completing the six-month implementation period of the McGowan Governments WA Jobs Act. The WA Jobs Act established the Government’s commitment to ensure State Government procurement maximised opportunities for local businesses and created more jobs for Western Australians. Under the strategy prospective suppliers are required to submit participation plans as part of the tender, outlining the suppliers commitment to engage local industry.

      Click here for more information.


      WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner

      Monday, 1 October 2018

      The LTC attended the WA Training awards on the 28 September 2018. The night recognised and celebrated the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, as well as the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers. Twelve individual and organisation winners were recognised as outstanding apprentice, trainees and students with women winning seven of the eight individual categories in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

      Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney held on 15 November 2018. The LTC congratulates all of the night’s winners and wishes the best of luck to those going on to complete at the National level later this year.

      Click here for more information.


      Feedback on New Rules for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

      Thursday, 27 September 2018

      The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is seeking feedback on the new rules for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations (popularly known as drones). The proposed new rules and standards are described in the draft Manual of Standards (MOS) of Part 101 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR). MOS standards are legal rules that are authorised by regulation. When implemented, the MOS will harmonise and standardise some of the current conditions on RPAS operator certificates. This will provide a benchmark for operators and for CASA surveillance and auditing purposes.

      Click here for more information.


      Goldfields Labour Market Review Released

      Tuesday, 25 September 2018

      The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the Goldfields Regional Labor Market Review on the 21 September 2018. The review will assist in making the State Priority Occupations List more responsive to regional employment needs. Industry insights will also assist new jobs and Skills centres to identify training priorities within the regions. The DTWD will continue to conduct annual labour market reviews for each of the nine regions.

      Click here for more information, or to download the Goldfields Labour Market Review.


      Jobs and Skills Centre Launched in Kalgoorlie

      Tuesday, 25 September 2018

      The Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre (JSC) at Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie officially opened its doors last Friday 21 September. The JSC will provide services to Industry, Students and career changes with advice and information on training and career development. JSC’s are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie,. Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and more will open progressively throughout WA over 2018-19.

      Click here for more information.


      Industry Skills Survey – Call for Submissions

      Monday 17, September 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is seeking industry input to help identify the future skills needed for a range of industries, including aviation, transport, logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections. Input from the survey will be used to inform the 2019 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work. The survey closes on Monday, 14 January 2019.

      Click here for more information or to complete the survey.


      Launch of the First Driverless Car in Perth, Western Australia

      Wednesday, 12 September 2018

      The RAC Intellicar, Australia’s first driverless car, was officially launched on today in Perth WA. Trials will begin at RACs private Perth Airport facility before being taken to public roads in the first half of 2019. Following these tests, the trials will move to phase 3 and will allow passengers to summon the car using an app. The RAC will be working with state government to identify potential trial locations, and plans on taking delivery of two more Intellicars before the end of the year.

      Click here to read more.


      Final Aviation and Maritime Transport Security Drafts Available

      Monday, 10 September 2018

      The final drafts for the AVI Aviation and Maritime Transport Security are now available for viewing, prior to being submitted at the end of September to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

      Click here to read more.


      Vet Industry Stakeholder Forum

      Monday, 10 September 2018

      The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) will be holding a half day forum for VET Stakeholder in WA. Stakeholders include contracted private training providers, TAFE, group training organisations and industry training councils. The proposed agenda for the forum includes;

      • Update on the National Partnership Agreement
      • Overview of the proposed Enterprise Program
      • Policy position updates
      • Private provider funding model review update, and
      • Contracting arrangements for 2019 and beyond

      Registrations close 20 September 2018.


      Heavy Vehicle Training a Focus for TACs Annual Regulatory Strategy 2018-2019

      Tuesday, 14 August 2018

      The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) have recently released their Annual Regulatory Strategy 2018-2019. The Annual Regulatory Strategy 2018-2019 informs stakeholders about the priorities that TAC has agreed to focus its regulatory efforts on during the period. It is important to note that Heavy Vehicle Training has been identified as an area of focus for this period, as stated below:

      “The Australian Government’s Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s report Aspects of road safety in Australia (released October 2017), the WA Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into this industry sector and concerns raised by a range of industry stakeholders has put the spotlight on heavy vehicle training and assessment as a risk area. TAC will undertake monitoring audits of RTOs delivering training products leading to all classes of heavy vehicle licences during 2018-2019. All applications to add training products linked to the issuance of heavy vehicle licences will require a site audit.”

      Click here to refer to the full strategy.


      Rescue Crew Subject Matter Experts Needed

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      The Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is seeking subject matter experts to help review and develop qualifications and skills sets to ensure cargo service and rescue qualifications align to revised civil aviation safety requirements, and are currently forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project. Please register your expression of interest to join the TAC by Monday 27 August 2018.

      Click here for more information.


      Rail Safety Week Begins Today

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      Rail Safety Week is an annual initiative between the Australasian Railway Association and TrackSAFE. The initiative focuses is raising rail safety awareness and knowledge. Up to 75 rail, police and government organisations from across Australia and New Zealand participate in Rail Safety Week through various means.

      Click here to read more information and upcoming events near you.


      Transport and Logistics Subject Matter Experts Needed

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is forming two new Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) for their Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety Project, and the Stevedoring Qualifications Review Project. The IRC is currently seeking subject matter experts with industry expertise to join the TACs and assist in reviewing and developing the qualifications and associated material for the two projects.

      Click on the links below to register your interest by the 24 August 2018:


      Schools Urged to Form Stronger Partnerships with Industry

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      The Mitchell Institute has recently published a report, Connecting the Worlds of Learning and Work, and recommends integrating partnerships between school education system and industry in order to better prepare young people to enter work. The report highlights the importance of partnerships activities in assisting employers grow skills for emerging jobs, as well as broadening students’ understanding of work, and providing opportunities for students to learn to use new technology, and solve real work problems.

      Click here to read the report.


      Skills for a Global Future – NCVER Report

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a paper for the 27th National VET research Conference ‘No Frills’ to be held in Sydney later this year. The paper, Skills for a Global Future , examines the future skills needed for our workforce to allow Australia to remain competitive in a global environment.

      Click here to read the report.


      The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Report on the Implications for VET

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      The demand for skills are being influenced by disruptive technologies, to address this issue a recent research report, The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Implications of Technological Disruption for Australian VET has been released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report explores the potential implications on Vocational Education Training (VET) and Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry and innovators, and highlights some of the barriers preventing VET from developing the skills required for disruptive technologies.

      Click here to read the report.


      Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      There will be increased support to upskill or transition eligible older workers, aged 45 to 70, into new career pathways or roles within their current industry as part of the Australian Governments Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program, and the Skills and Training Incentive. Announced as part of the Federal Budget and based on a pilot model run by the Department of Education and Training in 2015-16, the Program will commence in September 2018, and the Incentive will be available from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020. Both, the program and incentive will support Australians who are employed but who are at risk of entering the income support stream, or those who are unemployed and not registered for assistance through an employment services program.

      Click here for further information on the Program.

      Click here for further information on the Incentive.


      WorldSkills International Championships

      Thursday, 8 August 2018

      Twenty-three of Australia’s best apprentices, trainees and VET graduates have been shortlisted to the WorldSkills Australia 2019/19 Skills Squad for the opportunity to represent Australia at the WorldSkills Championships in 2019. The Skills Squad members, aged between 17 and 23, are involved in a broad array of disciplines. The team that will eventually head to Kazan in Russia will join others from more than 70 nations competing to be crowned the world’s best in one of 50 disciplines.

      Click here to read the Media Statement.


      AIS Industry Forums – Perth Date Announced

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) will be hosting an industry forum in Perth on the 8 November 2018. The forums will explore current and future skilling needs for industry and will feature discussion on how digital transformation will impact on jobs and skills. The forum will be a good opportunity to connect with others within industry to consider technological developments and the impact these will have on how we develop our future workforce, as well as learning about current AIS projects and other updates, and the Logistics Training Council encourages industry to join in on the discussion.

      Click here for more information or to register.


      Rail Subject Matter Experts Needed – AIS

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Australian Industry Standards is seeking industry members with expertise in Rail to assist in the development of new Skills Sets for the Transport and Logistics Training Package. To register your Expression of Interest in participating in the Technical Advisory Committee please click on the links below by COB Wednesday 8 August 2018.


      Transport and Logistics Subject Matter Experts Needed – AIS

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is forming new Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) and are seeking expression of interest from Transport and Logistics Subject Matter Experts to assist in the development of these projects. Click on the links below, by COB Wednesday 8 August 2018 to register your interest.


      Review of Aviation and Maritime Transport Security – AIS

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      A review of Australia’s current transport security arrangements has prompted the need to review and develop the Aviation Training Package to address regulatory requirements imposed from the Office of Transport Security (OTS). Screening systems and covert testing are to be extended into air cargo and the maritime sectors to incorporate large cruise ship passenger and baggage screening.

      As part of the AVI Aviation Training Package Project, the two qualifications and associated Units of Competency to be reviewed are:

      • AVI20316 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Passenger and Non-Passenger Screener)
      • AVI20416 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Checked Baggage Screener)

      Click here for more information.


      Supply Chain Skills – Cross Sector Project – AIS

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have requested the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference committee (IRC) to lead the Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector Project. This project will explore how to ensure Australia’s workforce have the necessary skills to apply latest technologies in supply chain operations, such as technologies affected by automation, robotics, and big data.

      The AIS has several options for those seeking to be involved, including registration links for project updates, or to be involved in the consultation process. The AIS is also seeking expressions of interest from subject matter experts.

      Click here for more information.


      The 2018 WA Training Awards Finalists Announced

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      The finalists from the WA Training Awards were announced on the 2 August 2018. The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, Trainers, training organisations and employers. The awards are an opportunity to highlight the efforts and opportunities for those in the VET sector in training or upskilling people for roles in a changing economy. The LTC wishes good luck to the 29 outstanding individual finalists announced.

      Click here to read the Media Statement, and to view the list of finalists.


      Maritime Training Package Release 5.0

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have announced the approved MAR Maritime Training Package release 5.0 is now available on Training.gov.au. This Release incorporates recoded qualifications and Units of Competency.


      The Most Sought-After Skills Employers Are Looking For – NCVER

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      NCVER have released a report, Internet Job Postings: Preliminary Skills Analysis which highlights the jobs and skills most sought after in the Australian labour market. The data has been sourced from website job ads, and breaks the information down into the number and types of jobs available, as well as the required and desirable skills most often requested by employers.

      Click here to read the report.


      Additional Information to be Published on the National Register – ASQA

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      An amendment to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Regulations 2011, now requires the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to publish additional information on VET Accredited courses on the National Register. This additional information will increase the transparency of accredited courses and will be used to improve information provided on the My Skills website, to assist students and employers to better understand and select appropriate course content.


      Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS)

      Friday, 3 August 2018

      Under the Department of Education and Training, the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) provides resources to service providers, government and to the public. In early August, the AATIS are providing free webinars for career influencers. Click the links below to learn more about the workshops or to sign up.


      Federal Government to Continue Funding Skilled Service Organisations

      Monday, 3o July 2018

      It was recently announced that all six Skilled Service Organisations (SSOs) will continue to receive funding from the Federal Government. SSO’s are an integral part of the national training system and provide independent professional service and support to Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work developing and reviewing training packages. Hon Karen Andrews, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills acknowledged the effectiveness of the SSO model, and their ability to consult with industry stakeholders to ensure industry has access to the skills they need for their future workforce.

      The six SSOs, all funded by the Department of Education and Training, are:


      ASQA – New Fees and Charges

      Monday, 9 July 2018

      The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) introduced a new range of fees and charges on the 6 July 2018, following extensive public consultation on ASQAs cost recovery framework. The new changes include a reduction in costs for Training Providers who have a good training record and high level of compliance, higher costs for Providers who require greater regulatory oversight, assessment fees (in certain cases) and fee reductions.

      Click here for more information or to access the range of resources on how these changes will affect your RTO.


      Grain Freight Road Improvement Program – Works Complete

      Monday, 9 July 2018

      The final two projects in the State government’s Grain Freight Road Improvement Program have now been completed. The $118.3 million program was launched in 2010 and involved a series of improvements and maintenance to more than 480 Km of State and local government roads, across 15 local government areas in the Wheatbelt region. Two final road realignments Quairading and Cubbine mark the end of the upgrades and involved eliminating almost 90 degree curves. These changes will improve safety for vehicles, trucks and school buses.

      Click here to read the media release.


      TLI: Transport and Logistics Training Package – Recent Changes

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) have recently completed updates to the TLI-Transport and Logistics Package which have now been updated on training.gov.au. Significant changes such as new components being added, or existing components being superseded by new components have been made. This Release incorporates the following materials:

      • Yard Operations (Road Transport Terminal Operations qualification)
      • Transport Scheduling (new qualification)
      • Rail Safety Critical Communications (new Skill Set)

      Click here to review the changes.


      Training.gov.au (TGA) Website Review

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      The Department of Education and Training will be undertaking a targeted review the Training.gov.au (TGA) website. TGA has over 7 million visits per year and is an authoritative source of information for VET sector users. As such, it is important that users provide feedback to ensure improvements can be made in order to keep the website as effective as possible.


      ASQA Makes it Easier to Understand the VET Sector

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      In response to concerns of new training providers, the Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed new resources aimed at explaining how the VET System works. The materials include a brochure and an animated video showing the key relationships within the VET sector.

      Click here to learn more.


      The Career Transition Assistance Program

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      The Career Transition Assistance (CTA) Program, launched on the 3 July 2017, is a new initiative by the Turnbull Government aimed at providing practical assistance to help older Australians retrain or gain skills to move into ongoing employment. Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash, today opened the first day of the program at North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup, one of three providers in Western Australia that will deliver CTA.

      Click here for more information.


      AIS – New Projects Approved

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee and the Rail Industry Reference Committee will have oversight of seven new projects approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Click on one of the links below for more information.


      Launch of Independent Review into Over-sized Truck Permit delays

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      An independent review was announced by the Liberal and Nationals’ Government today following concerns raised by industry. The Oversize Overmass (OSOM) Review will examine why some heavy vehicle operators are experiencing economic losses or delays in being granted special road access permits, and it is expected the report will be finalised by October 2018. The review will consider what changes are required to the regulatory framework and processes to ensure OSOM vehicle permits can be issued safely and within a reasonable timeframe.

      It is anticipated that consultation will begin immediately and will involve industry, the National Vehicle Heavy Regulator, and road managers within local councils and state and territory road authorities.

      Click here to read more information about the review.


      Truck Safety Confidential Reporting Line Launched

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      A new confidential reporting line which allows truck drivers and operators to confidentially report breaches of safety has been established by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The reporting line will be open 24/7 and the line will be maintained by a third party with expertise in receiving confidential calls to ensure all calls are processed appropriately. Types of information and breaches that can be reported may include:

      • Situations or incidents which may affect the safety of the operator or their vehicle
      • Unsafe procedures, practices or conditions
      • Issues relating to non-compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

      To report a safety breach call: 1800 931 785.

      Click here for more information including examples of the types of issues which should and should not be reported to the line.


      Real Skills for Real Careers – Resources Available

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      For your information, there has been a series of changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Law which came into effect on 1 July 2018. Visit the NHVR website for more information.


      Changes to Regulations, Fees and Penalties

      Thursday, 5 July 2018

      The My Skills resources page has some useful resources on Real Skills for Real Careers. These resources share information about the VET pathway and feature real people who have found success through VET. There are a variety of resources available such as brochures, case studies, podcasts and videos.

      Click here to visit the My Skills resources page.


      Australia’s Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)

      Tuesday, 3 July 2018

      The Australian Apprenticeship Support Services Discussion Paper was recently released by the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. The evaluation identified that the current AASN model is widely supported by stakeholders and detailed a number of areas for improvement. It is expected that the Department of Education and Training will tender later this year for the delivery of Australian Apprenticeships Support Services to commence from mid-2019.

      Consultation sessions will be held in the coming weeks with stakeholders via webcast and in person for all states and territories to further explore issues raised in the discussion paper. Interested parties are invited to respond to the discussion paper by 31 July 2018.

      Click here to read the discussion paper or to register your attendance.


      National Skills Week

      Tuesday, 3 July 2018

      National Skills Week will run from 27 August to 2 September 2018 and will focus on the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). The week will be used to celebrate the achievements of students and to information the wider public and students of the diverse career pathways available through VET under the theme of “Real Skills for Real Careers”. Real Skills for Real Careers was recently, the Hon Karen Andres, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills as a way to champion the benefits of Australian Apprenticeships and VET in leading to successful and meaningful professional careers.

      Click here for more information and to stay up to date. for more information.


      Education and Training Qualifications Set for Government Review

      Tuesday, 3 July 2018

      The Federal government has established a panel to review Australia’s Qualification Framework (AQF) following the release of a discussion paper overviewing the shortcomings of the current AQF system in meeting workforce needs in comparison to other countries. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. The final report is due in June 2019 and will follow broad public consultation. Release of the discussion paper related to the AQF review, and the public consultations are expected in the second half of 2018.

      Click here for more information.


      Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

      Tuesday, 3 July 2018

      The final report on the Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act (NVETR ACT) 2011, and the Australian Government response to this review have now been released. The review was conducted to ensure the quality of the national vocational education and training (VET) sector, and explored the legislative capacity of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to regulate the sector, and to determine if ASQA’s functions and powers were consistent with best practice. The review, entitled “All eyes on quality: Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator ACT 2011 report” made 23 recommendations for continuous improvements to protect the rights of students and to improve the quality of education and training.

      Click here to read the final report, or to read the Australian Government’s response.


      ASQA Raising the Bar

      Monday, 2 July 2018

      With over 4 million people undertaking VET Training each year it is essential that providers deliver high-quality training and assessment to protect student experiences and to preserve the integrity of the training sector. To this end, ASQA is increasing scrutiny on all new applications for registration for new training providers which came into effect on the 1 July 2018. This will ensure that organisations have the educational capacity and financial resources required to deliver training.

      Click here for more information.