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Release of the RTO Auspicing Tool and the VET Qualifications Register

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) has advised of the release of the VET qualifications register for secondary students and the RTO auspicing research tool for Schools. The RTO auspicing research tool was developed through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education and the Training Accreditation Council Secretariat to help schools assess an RTOs suitability before entering into an auspicing arrangement to deliver qualifications to their students.

For more details, click on any of the following links below:

Review of ANZSCO Alongside the 2021 Census

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The ABS is currently in the process of consulting on their 2021 Census. This provides an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on a major review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

ANZSCO is primarily a statistical classification designed to aggregate and organise data collected about job roles. The classification definitions are based on the skill level and specialisation usually necessary to perform the tasks of the specific occupation, or of most occupations in the group.

ANZSCO is used widely across government and through industry in formulating policy, particularly in relation to vocational education and training and higher education.

Click here to participate (the survey takes approximatley 10 minutes to complete).

WA Training Awards - Applications Closing Soon

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A friendly reminder that applications for the Western Australian Training Awards will close in two weeks on Friday 4 May 2018. 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.

Click here to apply for the awards, or to view the award categories and selection criteria for organisations or individuals.

Hurry! Entries close Friday May 4 2018.

2018 Road Safety Week

Monday, 23 April 2018

Perth has been chosen as the location of the 2018 National Road Safety Week launch, with WA landmarks to glow yellow, in remembrance of the hundreds of lives lost on Australian roads. The key message for this year’s safety week will be “Drive so others survive”, and will run from 29 April to the 6 May 2018 . A new theme will be observed daily:

  • Monday 20 April: Remember the 1200 (road deaths)
  • Tuesday 1 May: Protecting those who help us (first responders)
  • Wednesday 2 May: Protecting those who help us (roadside assist)
  • Thursday 3 May: Protecting every life (pedestrians: children, seniors, people with disabilities)
  • Friday 4 May: Shine a light on road safety (headlights)
  • Saturday 5 May: Yellow ride – cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Sunday 6 May: Regional and remote road users

Click here for more information.

Road Safety Campaign

Monday, 23 April 2018

A new and powerful road safety campaign, “Closer to home than you think”, will air on Western Australian televisions tonight. The new campaign, which does not use actors, will highlight the human side of death and injury caused by accidents on our roads. The campaign has run successfully previously in Victoria and New South Wales and will run in WA from April to June 2018.

Click here for more information.

The Jobs and Skills WA Website - Now Live

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Jobs and Skills Centres are a new State Government service offering free training and career and employment assistance as a one stop shop available to industry and community. Once implemented there will be six metropolitan and eight regional locations available, as well as a number of regional outreach centres.

Five of the metropolitan centres opened on the 16 April 2018 and are available at the following locations:

  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Balga campus - North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Northbridge campus - North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus - South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

A sixth metropolitan centre located at the Peel campus will be opening at a later date (TBA).

Click here to view the Jobs and Skills Centres website.

Training Providers Forum: Early Bird Registrations to Close Soon

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

As a reminder the early bird registrations for the Training Providers Forum will close this Friday 13 April 2018. The preview program is now available and provides more information on the speakers, presentations, sessions and workshops.

  • When: Monday 28 May 2018
  • Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth

To RSVP for the event visit their website, or email

Draft 2018 IRC Skills Forecasts

Monday, 9 April 2018

After consultation with industry stakeholders, the Australian Industry Standards have released the draft 2018 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work documents for the eleven Industry Reference Committees that AIS supports. Feedback on the draft documents can be received up to COB Friday 20 April 2018.

Click here to view the draft IRC Skills Forecasts.

To provide feedback, or for more information, email

Proposed new Maritime Qualification

Monday, 9 April 2018

A Case for Change has been drafted by the AIS Maritime IRC for the development of an Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying) qualification. Feedback on the proposed qualification is open until COB 20 April 2018.

To provide feedback or to view the case for change, cick here. For more information please contact Klausch Schmidt, Industry Manager, on 0417 568 967, or via email,

Improving employment pathways for people with disabilities

Monday, 9 April 2018

A second roundtable discussion, hosted by Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson, was held with industry on Thursday 5 April 2018 to discuss ways to improve and grow employment opportunities for individuals with disability.

Discussion was focussed around three key themes:

  • Business drivers for employment of people with disability;
  • Attraction and retention opportunities and challenges; and
  • Opportunities for innovation.

Click here to view the media statement.

Australian First: WA Schools to Teach Driverless Automation

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Western Australian Schools and TAFEs will offer automation courses in operating driverless trucks and trains in an Australian first. The State Government has partnered with Rio Tinto, and TAFE to offer Certificate II and IV courses in VET programs and TAFE colleges as soon as 2019, in a drive to establish and grow a new set of skills for our future workforce.

Read the full story here.

Remote WA Schools Win at Nationwide STEM Awards

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The LTC would like to congratulate Wiluna Remote Community School and Leonora District High School, two of the State’s most remote schools, on their achievements in the 2017 National Indigenous STEM Awards. Wiluna Remote Community School won their award for their work in teaching robotics in its local Aboriginal language, and Leonora District High School primary school student who won the Student Science Award for discovering an undescribed species of spider.

Click here to learn more.

Women in Rail Lunch - Perth

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The Australasian Railway Association will be hosting a Women in Rail Lunch on 31 May 2018 with the Hon. Rita Saffioti, The Western Australian Minister for Transport, confirmed to speak at the event. The purpose of the lunch is to promote gender diversity and a balanced rail workforce in Australia, and to acknowledge the challenges of fostering a culture of championing women in rail within the industry.

When: Thursday 31 May, 12:00pm to 2:30 pm

Where: Argyle ballroom, Parmelia Hilton, Perth


  • ARA Members $125 per person, $1,250 for a table of 10
  • Non-Members $170 per person, $1,700 for a table of 10

For further information, or to register, click here, or email Janet Cameron, ARA Events Manager,, or call (02) 6270 4527.

Reminder to Submit Your Applications for the Western Australian Training Awards

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A friendly reminder that applications for the Western Australian Training Awards close on the 4 May 2018, click here for more information on the catagories and application process.

The RAC Intellibus

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The technology of autonomous vehicles is rapidly advancing and it is important to ensure Automated Vehicle (AV) technology can be safely applied in Australia to solve urban and regional mobility issues. To do this the RAC has been testing and evaluating a fully autonomous shuttle bus since 2015, and recently the Logistics Training Council had the opportunity to experience the journey for ourselves. The 3.5km journey hosted by Jurgen begins at the South Perth Esplanade and travels to the Old Mill. Jűrgen described how the technology and sensors operate, as well as the impact of AV’s in Australia. During the journey the LTC was able to experience a number of interactions the AV had with other road users, for instance, stopping for obstacles in the road such as a parked car with an open door which blocked oncoming traffic. When interactions like these were encountered the AV switches control to its driver, David Meinen, who can assess the appropriate course of action based on the vehicles analysis of the situation. Once the obstacle is cleared the autonomous function then resumes operation on the designated route.

To date, the RAC has completed 2,883 thirty minute rides and have travelled over 10,091 km in autonomous mode. The RAC will be part of another AV trial of driverless passenger vehicles due to start next month with French manufacturer Navya. Perth is one of three capital cities to be chosen to participate in this trial (the other two Cities are New York and Paris).

To get involved or to learn more about the trial click here.

Maritime Career Pathways Booklet Released

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Logistics Training Council is happy to announce the release of the Maritime, Ports and Stevedoring Career Pathways Guide, the fifth and last instalment in a series aimed at showcasing what diverse career options are available in the Transport and Logistics industries. Case studies can be found throughout the guide, giving an insight into what it is like working in the Maritime Industry. There are also useful links with further information on specific industry areas and possible training options.

Copies of our other publications on the Supply Chain, Road, Aviation and Rail sectors can be found on our website. Physical copies are also available on request by emailing

Have Your Say on the TAE Training Package

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Following the April 2016 release of the updated TAE Training Package, the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed that a review of the Training Package should occur in 2018-19. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has endorsed this proposal and has directed the Education IRC to prepare a Case for Change to undertake this review. In light of this, the Education IRC is seeking initial feedback from stakeholders regarding the current and future state of the TAE Training Package. This feedback will be used to inform the development of a Case for Change for inclusion in the 2018 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work that will follow. If you would like to make a submission on the future of the TAE Training Package, please send your feedback to by Tuesday 3 April 2018. Please note this is the first of several opportunities to provide feedback on the TAE Training Package in coming months.

Click here to find out more about the TAE review.

WA Industry Link Portal and Advisory Service Launched

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Premier Mark McGowan recently launched the WA industry Link to assist local businesses to secure work on government contracts. The portal will provide businesses with access to a central online information source on how their businesses can maximise opportunities to supply State Government, as well as providing an avenue for local industry to share feedback and seek advice. As part of the promise to fill local jobs, businesses wishing to compete for a tender will be required to submit local participation plans as part of the tender process. These plans will include information on the level of local business engagement as well as the jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships that will be created and retained as part of their tender. Successful bidders will also be required to report on the fulfilment of their plans. To find out more, visit

New Airline Agreements

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Department of Transport will manage 5 year agreements signed separately between the State Government, Skippers Airlines, and Regional Express (Rex), to increase routes available in regional areas. This will result in a 20% increase in flights from Carnarvon, and a 50% increase in flights for Monkey Mia. Northern Goldfields will continue to receive regular services with three flights a week between Perth, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna. The changes are expected to enable residents to travel to and from Perth more frequently and will provide greater opportunity for tourism in these areas. The agreements are due to commence from 2 July 2018.

For more information on the Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia air route, visit and for information on the Northern Goldfields air routes, visit

Jobs and Skills Update

Thursday, 29 March 2018

In support of the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs initiative, a network of TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will be opening in Western Australia in 2018. These centres will offer free career, training and employment services to businesses, students, jobseekers and career changers. On 16 April 2018, five Jobs and Skills Centres will open at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses in Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie and Rockingham.

The new Jobs and Skills Centres will enhance existing career and job services offered by the Department, with the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) and Career Centre transitioning their services to the five centres in April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. The Department continues to fund a range of contracted Career Centre services and AWDC services.

Click here for more information.

2018 Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community. Applications for the Award are made directly to the Australian Training Awards by completing the nomination form on the website. Applications close 31 May 2018.

Click here to find out more.

Training Providers Forum: Preview Program Now Available

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Training Providers Forum will be held Monday, 28 May 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will also be available via webinar (excluding the breakfast presentation). The preview program is now available and provides more information on the speakers, presentations sessions and workshops which will be available on the day. Click here to view the program.

When: Monday 28 May 2018

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth

For more information or to RSVP visit their website, or email

AISC Approves Maritime Training Package

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Maritime Training Package (Certification Near Coastal) Phase 1 Case for Endorsement has been approved for implementation by the Australian Industry Skills Committee. The following qualifications with their subsequent Units of Competency are approved:

  • MAR10417 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • MAR20317 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • MAR20417 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
  • MAR30817 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • MAR30917 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • MAR31017 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters)
Click here to view the project update, or for more information contact: Klausch Schmidt via email

Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (KBCCI) to present the Kal Jobs Expo

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Apprenticeship Support Australia has partnered with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc to present the Kal Jobs Expo. This is a great opportunity for candidates, who are willing to relocate to the goldfields region, to meet with recruit-ready employers. If you are interested learning more about vacant positions in the Goldfields region and connect with potential employers then register through the KBCCI website. When: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Time: 9am to 4:00pm Where: CCI Conference Centre, 180 hay Street East Perth WA

Innovation Vouchers Program to Support the Creation of Jobs in WA

Friday, 9 March 2018

Applications are now open for the Innovation Vouchers Program. This program is part of the State Governments’ initiative to support new and emerging businesses within Western Australia, and will assist these enterprises to transition their innovative ideas into business opportunities through funding grants of up to $20, 000. To be eligible funding must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Research and Development
  • Product Development
  • Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property
  • Commercialisation Support Services
Applicants are required to demonstrate how their innovation will create or support jobs within Western Australia. Successful applicants will receive their funding by 1 July 2018 and they will be required to co-invest 20% of the Government funding received). Applications close at 11am Wednesday 28 March 2018. For more information, click here.

Tender for Future of Rail Operations Control Centre

Friday, 9 March 2018

A Lead Design Consultant is being sought to design the Public Transport Authority's future rail operations control centre. The new Automatic Train Control (ATC) system will make use of new and advanced technology as it replaces the aging signalling network. The new technology is expected to provide greater capacity for trains to move more frequently across the rail network. Tender applications close 11am, Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Click here to view the media statement, or visit TendersWA for more information.

METRONET Private Sector Reference Group Formed

Friday, 9 March 2018

A METRONET private sector reference group has been recently formed to ensure METRONET projects capitalise on best practice outcomes, and represent the wider sector. Industry bodies will advise on a variety of planning issues vital to METRONET and recommendations will be put forward to the METRONET Team. The METRONET Private Sector Reference Group will meet in coming weeks. For more information contact the Minister’s office on (08) 6552 5500 or click here to read the media Statement.

Australasian Rail Industry Awards

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards are now open for 2018. Last year, Arc Infrastructure (previously known as Brookfield Rail) won the award for Workforce Diversity for their impact on addressing gender imbalance, and gender pay parity for rail workers. Nominations are open to all Australian and New Zealand companies working within the rail industry (including, consultants, track owners, manufacturers, operators and suppliers):

  • Career Achievement
  • Customer Service
  • Employee Engagement
  • Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist (RTAA)
  • Freight Rail Excellence
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Permanent Way Institution Young Achiever Award (PWI)
  • Rail Sustainability
  • Safety
  • Systems Engineering (IRSE)
  • TrackSAFE Foundation
  • Workforce Diversity
  • Young Rail Professional (RTSA)
To put forward a nomination, or to view the criteria and instructions, click here. and select the award category you are interested in. Nominations close 20 April 2018. The award dinner will be held Thursday, 5 July 2018 from 6.30 pm at the palladium C, Crown Towers, Melbourne. To purchase tickets complete the registration form. For further information contact Janet Cameron, or (02) 6270 4527.

Getting Licensed and Certified to Fly a Drone

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

If you want to fly a drone commercially, you might need to be licensed and/or certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). If you intend to fly a drone commercially that weighs between 100g and 2kg, you can fly your drone in our 'excluded' category. Find out more about the excluded category and the standard operating conditions. that apply. Click here to watch the safety video and get additional information for a professional drone flyer. If you still have questions, call CASA on 131 757 or via the online enquiry form.

ALC Forum 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The ALC Forum 2018 will be held on the 6-8 March 2018. This year’s will focus on the freight logistics industry’s priorities and expectations for the types of infrastructure investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain efficiency and safety. In particular, the forum will progress discussion on the issues raised in the Draft Report on National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities covered in their response Freight Doesn't Vote.

Click here to register for the Forum or to view the Forum’s Agenda.

Sustainability 2017 Project Progress

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Draft Two of the Sustainability 2017 Project incorporating the Carbon Auditing development work, as well as associated units of competency and reviewed qualifications will be available for comment, via the IBSA website until Wednesday 7 March 2018. To provide feedback contact The final product will be submitted for endorsement in June 2018. Further detail will be provided when Draft Two components are available.

Draft High Risk Work Licence Units of Competency – Have Your Say

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The AIS has commissioned a High Risk Work Licence (HRW) project for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package, which will update 13 HRWL Units of Competency to improve safety outcomes. To view the drafts click here. Feedback will be accepted until COB Wednesday 14 March 2018, to submit your feedback, email

Training Providers Forum

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Training Providers Forum will be held Monday, 28 May 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will also be available via webinar (excluding the breakfast presentation). The breakfast workshop will be presented by Robert Sobyra, Director Evidence and Data, Construction Skills Queensland who will be presenting on the Future of VET, whilst the topic for the plenary discussion panel is: The world of work is changing - Reshaping training to meet future skill need. The Forum promises to be a relevant analysis on the future of work, and emerging occupations and the future skills industry will need, in particular:

  • Skilling the future workforce
  • Aboriginal training and workforce development, and
  • Training in the regions
When: Monday 28 May 2018 Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth For more information or to RSVP visit their website, or email

Funding for Women’s Leadership Development: Transport & Logistics

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

For over 14 years Women & Leadership Australia has been advocating for the increased presence of women in business and leadership roles. In view of this, all women currently employed within the Australian transport and logistics sector are eligible to apply for scholarship funding through Women and Leadership Australia. The scholarships seek to provide development opportunities for women working within the transport and logistics industry through offering provisional funding which covers a wide range of leadership courses. To find out more information Click Here.

Hurry! Expressions of interests close Friday, 16 March 2018.

Short Courses and Training Product Reform

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Australian Government is currently undertaking a number of reforms to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector to ensure students and employers receive responsive, high quality training which translates into employment opportunities for individuals. In this context, two aspects of the system which are available for comment are:

  • Unduly short courses
  • Training products
The Department of Education and Training has released discussion papers on both topics and VET stakeholders are encouraged to review the outline of reforms currently proposed, and to respond to the discussion papers. To view the discussion papers Click Here.

Feedback will be accepted until 9 March 2018. Further information can be directed to Department of Employment via

The Western Australian Training Awards

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Western Australian Training Awards was launched on Wednesday 14 February 2018, by Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training and applications are now open. The WA Training Awards showcase the occupations which are important to our State through the success and achievements of the apprentices, trainees, VET students as well as trainers, training organisations and industry. To apply for the awards visit, Click Here. Entries close Friday, May 4 2018 .

National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Inquiry aimed to inform the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy is due to release their final report to the Government by March 2018. The Inquiry aimed to determine how best to lift the productivity and efficiency of Australia’s freight supply chain. Click Here. to view the Discussion paper, media releases, working papers, and submissions received.

The Western Australian Nominal Hours Guides

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nominal hours are used to guide funding decisions and to determine the length of time needed to achieve a Unit of Competency. The Western Australian nominal hours guide for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package v3.1, is now available for download from the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) website. For more information email

AIS - Update

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The AISC has had a busy start to the year and reports they currently have 29 Training Package development projects underway, as well as supporting 11 IRCs, and 15 Cases for Change. Recently, the AISC released the draft IRC Industry Skills Forecast for public comment until Tuesday, 20 February 2018, for the Maritime, Rail, Aviation and Transport and Logistics industries. The purpose of the papers is to provide industry stakeholders with an overview of key findings and trends within each sector, and the information assists the IRCS to develop their IRC Skills Forecast for 2018, as well as their proposed Schedule of Work prior to its submission to the AISC. These will be available from April 2018. Following consultation with industry in Western Australia, The Logistics Training Council (LTC) has provided comment on the snapshots and looks forward to reviewing the final discussion papers once made available. Consultation on the papers has now closed, however, the draft Discussion papers can be viewed here. and follow the links to select your industry type.

Industry Reference Committee Projects Update

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Industry Reference Committee Projects Update: There are a series of IRC projects underway. Click on the links below for more information regarding your sector:



Supply Chain

Transport and Logistics

    Review of the Local Government Act 1995

    Monday, 4 December 2017

    The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is seeking the input of industry stakeholders on the review of the Local Government Act 1995. The review will be undertaken in two phases. Phase one of the review will consider the following matters:

  • meeting community expectations of standards and performance;
  • transparency;
  • making more information available online; and
  • red tape reduction.

    DLGSC recently released a consultation paper which relates to phase one of the review. The paper presents a range of options that aim to modernise local government, restore the reputation of the sector, simplify regulation and improve services. A consultation paper which relates to phase two of the review will be released in 2018. If you are interested in the Review, the consultation paper can be found here.

    Please note that consultation period closes on 9 February 2017.

    2018 Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecast Survey

    Monday, 4 December 2017

    Australian Industry Standards is seeking input to assist the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop important Industry Skills Forecasts. On behalf of those IRCs, stakeholders are invited to provide feedback about a range of issues affecting their industries. Click here. to complete the survey which should take no more that 10 minutes.

    Feedback is due by Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    Changes to Payroll Tax Exemptions

    Monday, 4 December 2017

    Effective from December 1, 2017, exemptions will be limited to all apprenticeships, and to traineeships undertaken by new employees earning no more than $100,000 per annum at the date of lodgement of the contract with the Department of Training and Workforce Development. The savings will be redirected to fund 43,350 training places over the forward estimates.

    Existing worker contracts lodged before December 1, 2017 will continue to be exempt providing the employee's annual wages do not exceed $100,000. Stage one will not alter the exemption for apprenticeships. Click here for more details.

    Launch of the New VET Information Strategy

    Friday, 1 December 2017

    The VET Information Strategy will address misconceptions around VET and promote the opportunities that an individual can gain by completing a VET qualification. Its roll out will include a range of initiatives centred around a united tagline for the VET sector, real skills for real careers and promote a collaborative approach by stakeholders and corporate and community partners. For further information, click here.

    New Pilbara Marine Cadetship Program for School Leavers

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    The Pilbara Ports Authority have announced a new marine cadetship program to be offered to Pilbara-based school leavers. The marine cadets will receive at least two years of training, which will include a period of shore-based learning prior to the opportunity to go to sea, as well as financial support towards required study. For more details about the cadetship program click here.

    Release of NCVER's Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    Following an extensive independent review by the NOUS Group involving consultation with key VET sector stakeholders, NCVER have released their latest strategic plan which outlines the vision and mission, and 7 strategic objectives, that will direct company activities for the next 3 years. Read the strategic plan here.

    Automated Vehicle Reforms

    Monday, 13 November 2017

    Transport Ministers have approved two key automated vehicle reforms as part of a roadmap of reform to support commercial deployment. Ministers have endorsed new national enforcement guidelines and agreed to progress the development of a safety assurance system at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting held on Friday 10 November. Read more.

    Automation Skills Project

    Monday, 6 November 2017

    Skills Impact have released a Case for Change which proposes training package developments and modifications to address identified cross-industry workforce and skill requirements in relation to the use of robotics, drones and remote operation systems. Feedback is now sought on the draft Case for Change from industry and VET system stakeholders. To provide feedback, please first download the draft paper and then complete the short online survey linked below.

    For further details about the Automation Skills Project, click here.

    2017 Fremantle Ports Maritime Day

    Monday, 6 November 2017

    The 2017 Maritime Day held on Saturday November 4, was another huge success for Fremantle Ports with a busy day full of maritime-themed activities and outdoor displays held at Victoria Quay. Logistics Training Council staff were on hand to provide information on maritime training pathways and careers, as well as coordinate a quiz competition for school-aged students with the winning prize an iPad kindly donated by the WA Branch of the Company of Master Mariners.

    ASQA's Annual Survey of Training Providers 2016-17

    Monday, 6 November 2017

    The results of ASQA's annual survey of training providers for 2016-17 are now available, based on feedback received from 2353 training providers in late July. Overall, survey results show continued satisfaction with the regulator's efforts to maintain quality in the training sector. To view the results click here.

    Reform to On-demand Transport Industry

    Thursday, 2 November 2017

    The Government is proposing to introduce changes to WA's taxi and on-demand transport laws to create a fairer system, improve passenger safety and promote innovation and competition across the sector. The McGowan Government intends to bring all operators under the same simplified rules with a new On-demand Transport Act, set to be introduced to Parliament in early 2018. For further information, read the Media Statement herehere or visit the Department of Transport website.

    Skills Development Workshops

    Wednesday, 1 November 2017

    The Logistics Training Council invites stakeholders to a free workshop being held by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) on Thursday 7 December to engage in skills development. The workshop will provide:

    • An overview of the National VET system and Training Package development process
    • Insights into industry workforce trends
    • Opportunities to engage in the skills development process
    • Round table discussion on emerging skills needs
  • For further information, and to register your attendance for this free event, please click here.

    Inclusion of People with Disability in Training and Work

    Tuesday, 31 October 2017

    This innovative new project aims to give employers and educators the skills and knowledge they need to improve inclusion of people with disability in work and and vocational education and training (VET). PwC's Skills for Australia has been commissioned to investigate how the VET sector and industry can address poorer employment outcomes for people with disability. To find out more or contribute to this project, click here.

    Employers' Use and Views of the VET System 2017

    Monday, 30 October 2017

    This publication by NCVER presents information on employers' use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs, and their satisfaction with these methods of training. To view the publication click here.

    Aspects of Road Safety in Australia: Final Report

    Monday, 30 October 2017

    The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport have released the final report into road safety in Australia which looked at road and vehicle design and the impact of the freight transport industry. To view the report, and the 12 recommendations, click here.

    The National Digital Economy: Opening up the Conversation

    Monday, 30 October 2017

    The Australian Government recently announced it will develop a national Digital Economy Strategy. As a first step, a Digital Economy Consultation Paper has been released, which outlines the government's current digital agenda; the scope for the strategy; and seeks the input of stakeholders on the key issues. For further information on the Strategy, and to view the Consultation Paper click here. Feedback is open until 30 November 2017.

    Collaboration Across Industries on Future Skills Needs

    Friday, 27 October 2017

    The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is piloting a new model for the development of vocational education and training that fundamentally changes the way industry collaborates on future skills needs. There are nine cross sector projects currently underway which focus on emerging technologies and bring a range of industries together to determine the common skills people will need to transition into future jobs. These cross sector projects are:

    • Automation
    • Big data
    • Digital skills
    • Cybersecurity
    • Supply chains
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Work and participation bank
    • Inclusion of people with disability
    • Consumer engagement through social media

      Employers are invited to stay up to date and get involved with relevant projects. Further information is available here.

      Training to Meet the Rapidly Changing Nature of Work

      Friday, 27 October 2017

      Rio Tinto will join forces with the Western Australian Government and vocational training provider South Metropolitan TAFE, to develop new courses to upskill potential and existing workers to undertake tasks in analytics, robotics, IT, and other technology tasks. The vocational training courses will include a high school pathway and will be made up of modules, meaning employees can move between work and study. For further details, read the article here.

      Priority Start

      Friday, 27 October 2017

      The State Government is committed to providing more opportunities for construction apprentices and trainees by expanding Priority Start. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is reviewing the current policy, the Government Building Training Policy, in line with the State Government's Plan for Jobs election commitment.

      The current policy requires State Government construction contractors to achieve a target training rate by employing apprentices and trainees. The policy applies to head contractors and subcontractors working on State Government construction projects with a labour value of over $2 million.

      The Department is seeking feedback from contractors working on current contracts as well as those who tender, or plan to tender, for State Government construction contracts. Two consultation sessions will be held at 'Keirp Nyinalungup' (Town Hall), Optima Centre - Building B, 16 Parkland Rd in Osborne Park :

      • Wednesday 8 November 9.30am - 11.30am
      • Tuesday 14 November 3.00pm - 5.00pm

      To register, email

      Alternatively, written feedback can be provided on the proposed policy changes by Thursday 30 November 2017 to the above email address. For further information, please contact Toni Rogers, Project Officer, on (08) 6551 5607

      Have Your Say on Draft Scheduler and Yard Operations Qualifications

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017

      The Technical Advisory Committees for the TLI Scheduler and Yard Operations Training Package Projects have released draft qualifications, including new and reviewed Units of Competency for feedback. To view the drafts, please click the links below.

      Feedback is invited until close of business on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 to Klausch Schmidt, Industry Manager at Australian Industry Standards by email If providing feedback, please CC either or in to your email.

      Teamwork and Communication Cross Sector Project

      Monday, 23 October 2017

      PwC's Skills for Australia is undertaking a cross-sector project examining the case for standardised units of competency in teamwork and communication. The aim of the project is to potentially develop common units which will address the identified skills needs for 'teamwork' and 'communication' skills across multiple industry sectors. A survey has been designed to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders from multiple industry sectors across Australia to understand the future skills needs, role requirements, and training priorities in the skills areas of teamwork and communication.

      Find out more about the project here. To participate in the survey, click here.

      Innovation Summit

      Friday, 20 October 2017

      The rate at which change is taking place is far greater than it has ever been before. The Logistics Training Council recently attended an Innovation Summit on Drones, Cyber Security and Robotics hosted by the Innovation Centre of WA. Guest speakers gave their insights into the role innovation has and will continue to play in our increasingly connected world. Topics included the importance of effective cryptology (on-line security), the role of Artificial Intelligence, and the greater prevalence and utilisation of drones and their subsequent applications and overall quality assurance measures for data analysis. Although trying to grasp what the future holds can be quite daunting and challenging, technology should be embraced and not feared. Further details on the Innovation Centre of WA can be found here.

      Fremantle Ports Maritime Day

      Thursday, 19 October 2017

      Come on down to Fremantle Port on Saturday 4th November for a fun-filled day for all ages, with an emphasis on information about the port, the maritime industry and maritime careers. There will be action throughout the western end of Victoria Quay, inside the historic B Shed and on the water. Logistics Training Council staff will be manning a both to promote training and career options in the maritime industry, as well as coordinating a competition for school students to learn more about the different exhibitors at Maritime Day. Click on the following links for further details on Maritime Day attractions and information.

      What School Students Think About Choosing VET

      Wednesday, 18 October 2017

      New research shows that primary and secondary school students have a higher interest in vocational education and training (VET) related jobs than they do in post-school VET education and training pathways. Hear what students are saying about working and studying in VET-related areas by joining the NCVER webinar Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choices to be broadcast on Tuesday 31 October.

      Rail Safety Critical Communications Project

      Thursday, 12 October 2017

      The Rail Safety Critical Communications Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 to finalise development of a draft Unit of Competency and Skill Set for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package. The Rail Safety Critical Communications TAC has completed the final draft Unit of Competency and Skill Set, and these are now available for public feedback. To view the draft unit and Skill Set, please click on the links below:

      Please click here to submit your feedback by close of business Friday 27 October 2017.

      Future Skills and Training Resource

      Wednesday, 11 October 2017

      The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned a new, practical future-focused resource Future Skills and Training to assist Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in preparing for the future by exploring how current and future Australian and international trends may affect their industries and future skills needs. While the resource was primarily developed to support IRCs, it may also be of interest to anyone with an interest in vocational education and training and Australia's future skills needs.

      View the resource here.

      Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

      Tuesday, 10 October 2017

      The Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) has been developed to assist Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and senior secondary schools that need to assess the foundation skills of their students to better target areas where additional support is needed. The development of the FSAT has been funded by the Department of Education and Training, and is an interactive, free online tool designed to identify and measure an individual's foundation skill levels (English language, literacy and numeracy, employability skills). For further information about the tool, click here.

      Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme Review

      Monday, 9 October 2017

      The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has commissioned an independent review into heavy vehicle accreditation schemes to support improved road safety. The review will begin with a marketplace scan to identify the best practice approach for accreditation schemes, and identify inconsistencies that exist between schemes. It will examine schemes such as the Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (WAHVA) and the NHVR's National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, as well as industry schemes such as TruckSafe. To view the terms of reference click here.

      Feedback Sought on Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles

      Thursday, 5 October 2017

      The National Transport Commission (NTC) is asking road transport agencies, police, and industry stakeholders to provide input on how Australian governments should amend driver laws to facilitate the introduction of automated vehicles. The NTC released a discussion paper: changing driving laws to support automated vehicles which seeks to clarify how current driver and driving laws apply to automated vehicles and who would be legally responsible for their operation.

      The paper raises 14 questions relating to current driver laws. The key question is: should driving laws change to allow an automated driving system (ADS) to drive—rather than a human—and ensure that an entity is responsible for the actions of the vehicle when the ADS is driving?

      Submissions for this discussion paper are open until 4.00pm on Friday 24 November 2017 via the NTC website.

      Proposal for New Mobile Crane Operations Traineeship

      Monday, 2 October 2017

      The State Training Board has requested the Construction Training Council to liaise with relevant industry stakeholders, following a formal request from the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) for the CPC32912 Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations to be established in Western Australia as a Class A traineeship. Accordingly, the Construction Training Council is seeking stakeholder advice on several elements regarding the proposed traineeship. To provide feedback and advice and this proposal, and for further information click here.

      Peel Employment Expo

      Thursday, 28 September 2017

      The 2017 Peel Employment Expo will be held on Wednesday 18 October from 9am - 2.30pm at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Hosted by the Peel Development Commission, it will be an opportunity for job seekers and local businesses from across a range of different industries to come along and connect with each other. For more details about the event and information on how to register, click here if you are a job seeker or here if you are an employer.

      Developing Appropriate Workforce Skills for Australia's Emerging Digital Economy

      Wednesday, 20 September 2017

      This paper published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) investigates the role of VET in developing digital skills in the Australian workforce. Focusing on the Transport and Logistics, and Public Safety and Correction Services sectors as case studies, an analysis is undertaken of online job vacancy advertisements and their requirement for digital skills. To view the report click here.

      Aviation Training Package Project Updates

      Tuesday, 19 September 2017

      The Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and industry stakeholders are commencing three projects in relation to the AVI Aviation Training Package focusing on:

      Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) are in the process of being created to inform these projects. Nominations for these TACs are now open to interested parties until close of business Friday 6 October 2017. For further details about the projects, or to register your interest in becoming a TAC member, contact Dan Minton, Industry Manager on 0459 021 115 or via email Further details can also be found on the AIS website.

      Supply Chain Skills Industry Roundtable

      Monday, 18 September 2017

      The Project Reference Group for the Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector Project is hosting an Industry Roundtable to seek stakeholder input on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Following the keynote address about the latest supply chain trends, participants will be invited to discuss priorities and cross sector approaches to the development of supply chain skills. More information about the project is available on the AIS website. Stakeholders who are not able to attend in person can watch the keynote address and participate in live Q&A and audience polls. For further details, click here.

      2017 WA Training Awards Winners Announced

      Monday, 18 September 2017

      The Logistics Training Council attended the 2017 WA Training Awards presentation dinner held at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on Friday the 15th of September. The awards night recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

      To view the 2017 winners, click here.

      Annual Maritime Day

      Tuesday, 12 September 2017

      Maritime Day celebrates the maritime industry in the working Port of Fremantle, and provides information about maritime jobs and education. This year it will be held on Saturday 4 November 2017 from 10am - 4pm at Victoria Quay. Come and visit the Logistics Training Council, and a number of other exciting exhibitors and interactive displays for a free, fun-filled family day at the annual Maritime Day celebrations.

      For further information about this year's Maritime Day, click here.

      New Documents - Main Roads WA Guides and Templates

      Tuesday, 12 September 2017

      Main Roads WA have published new recognised loading control guides and loading plan templates on the accreditation guidelines and forms page of their website. The guides are provided as recognised loading control methods that may be used by an operator under the Accredited Mass Management Scheme (AMMS) and cover the following:

      • Using a Weighbridge
      • Using Portable Scales
      • Specific Position Loading
      • On Board Mass Management
      • Volumetric Loading

      New loading plan templates have been developed for the following:

      • Loading Template - 'How to Guide'
      • Rigid Truck - Loading Plan Template
      • Prime Mover and Tri Axle Semi Trailer - Loading Plan Template
      • 5 Axle Dog Trailer - Loading Plan Template
      • 6 Axle Dog Trailer - Loading Plan Template

      To view these documents click here.

      Plan for Jobs - Regional Consultations

      Monday, 11 September 2017

      The State Training Board is visiting regional locations across Western Australia to hold consultation sessions on the Plan for Jobs agenda - to discuss 1) growing apprenticeships and traineeships and 2) the proposed TAFE Industry Skill Centres. Confirmed dates and locations for the regional visits are as below :

      • Geraldton - 13 October 2017 - Geraldton TAFE Campus
      • Port Hedland - 25 October 2017 - Pundulmurra Campus
      • Merredin - 3 November 2017 - Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre
      • Albany - 8 November 2017 - Albany TAFE Campus
      • Broome - 13 November 2017 - Broome TAFE Campus
      • Kalgoorlie - 24 November 2017 - Kalgoorlie TAFE Campus
      • Bunbury - 27 November 2017 - Bunbury ECU Campus

      Registrations are now open and can be found on the State Training Board website.

      2017-18 State Budget Released

      Thursday, 7 September 2017

      The McGowan Labor Government have released their 2017-18 Budget for Western Australia. Priority areas include:

      • $1.3 billion for METRONET Stage 1 projects, including the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension, and acquisition of an additional 102 rail cars.
      • Over $2.7 billion invested in road projects to reduce road congestion, facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and help boost the local economy to create jobs.
      • $39 million on the Local Projects Local Jobs grants program to deliver over 750 projects across the State.
      • $90 million to be spent over the next four years to improve training affordability through a freeze on vocational education and training courses starting from the 2018 training year, to return the delivery of several qualifications to WA, and to upgrade vital training infrastructure.

      To view the Budget Papers and Budget Snapshots, click here.

      Have Your Say on Truck Driver Training and Licensing

      Friday, 1 September 2017

      Ausroads have engaged Judy Oswin Consulting to undertake a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework. The review will specifically look at: the competencies and qualification requirements of driver training and trainers; and regulatory and monitoring arrangements used in jurisdictions covering training and licence assessment. Views are invited until the 15th of September via this survey.

      NCVER VET in Schools 2016 Data Released

      Friday, 1 September 2017

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released data on the numbers of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) as part of their senior secondary certificate of education. In 2016 there were:

      • 243,300 VET in Schools students
      • 17,200 school-based apprentices and trainees, representing 7.1% of all VET in Schools students
      • 226,100 other VET in Schools students, representing 92.9% of all VET in Schools students.

      To view the publication, click here.

      Automation Skills Project

      Thursday, 31 August 2017

      Skills Impact have been funded by the Australian Government to undertake a cross-sectoral project that will review current and emerging developments in automated processes. The project will examine the workforce skilling implications and identify related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to the use of robotics, drones and remote operation systems. Skills Impact are inviting feedback on how automation is impacting upon organisations and the skills required by employees. Feedback can be provided via an online survey here until the 5th of September. Further information on the project can be found here.

      Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarships Program

      Wednesday, 30 August 2017

      Up to 400 scholarships over four years will be available to encourage women into non-traditional industries where women make up less than 25% of the total workforce. Scholarships will be made available across more than 240 approved qualifications for both institutional and employment based training:

      • institutional training - $3000 will be available for women planning to undertake a publicly funded institutional training course in an approved qualification; or
      • employment based training - $1000 will be available for women planning to do an approved apprenticeship or traineeship; and their employer will receive a $2000 incentive payment
      These scholarships can be used to help out with costs associated with undertaking training, including student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, tools, equipment, accommodation, transport and childcare fees. Applications open on 1 September 2017 and will close on 31 October 2017. For further information on the scholarships program, click here.

      Resources Available from Training Providers Forum 2017

      Monday, 28 August 2017

      All PowerPoint Presentations, webinar recordings, and YouTube videos from the 2017 WA Training Providers Forum are now available online. Resources from each of the sessions can be accessed here.

      Review of Certificate II in Road Transport Yard Operations (Freight Handler) Qualification

      Wednesday, 23 August 2017

      Following a revised draft of the TLI21716 Certificate II in Road Transport Yard Operations (Freight Handler) qualification, the Transport and Logistics IRC invites stakeholders to provide feedback into the draft qualification. View the draft qualification here. Feedback can be submitted via email to by close of business Wednesday 6 September 2017. For further details on this project, click here.

      New Transport Scheduler Qualification - Feedback Invited

      Wednesday, 23 August 2017

      The Transport and Logistics IRC invites stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft outline for the new Transport Scheduler qualification. To view the draft qualification outline click here. Feedback can be submitted via email to by close of business Wednesday 6 September 2017. For further details on this project, click here.

      Total VET Students and Courses 2016

      Tuesday, 22 August 2017

      NCVER have released a summary of vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2016 by Australian training providers. Information is provided on the number of training providers, students, enrolments in programs, enrolments in subjects, hours of delivery and program completions. To view the publication click here.

      Consultation on ASQA's Proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges

      Monday, 21 August 2017

      The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is seeking feedback from the vocational education and training (VET) sector on its proposed schedule of revised fees and charges for 2018. To view the proposed fees and charges, and to provide feedback click here.

      New Australian Apprenticeships Pathway Website

      Thursday, 17 August 2017

      The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) has a new Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website. Free interactive face-to-face sessions are now scheduled to demonstrate the improvements and functionality of the website, launching on 31 August. Areas of the website that will be reviewed are:

      • Site search
      • Job and training descriptions
      • Field officer brief
      • Industry information pages

      Sessions will be held in cities across Australia. To register your attendance at these free events, click here.

      TAC Annual Regulatory Strategy 2017-2018

      Monday, 14 August 2017

      The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) have released their Annual Regulatory Strategy for 2017-2018. The purpose of the Annual Regulatory Strategy is to inform stakeholders about the priorities TAC has agreed to focus its regulatory efforts on during 2017-2018. The focus includes increased transparency to motivate RTOs to improve compliance levels and foster a culture of good practice whereby students, employers, industry and the wider community will have confidence in VET outcomes. During 2017-2018, the areas of focus will be on:

      • Training Products (Community Services; Construction; Security Operations; Training and Education; and Units of Competency leading to the issuance of High Risk Work Licenses - HRWL)
      • Standards for RTOs (Marketing and governance; Amount of training; Assessment practices; Trainer and assessor vocational competence and industry currency)
      • Other (VET in Schools)

      To view the 2017-2018 Regulatory Strategy, click here.

      Employers' Perspectives on Training

      Monday, 14 August 2017

      NCVER have released a research report into employers' perspectives on training from the: red meat processing, road freight transport, and freight forwarding industries. The study shows that, while training practices vary across industries, and sometimes across companies in the same industry, there are many similarities. All companies believe that ongoing training of the workforce is critical to the survival of the business. To read the report, click here.

      Aviation Drone Discussion Paper Released

      Friday, 11 August 2017

      Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has welcomed the release of a discussion paper focusing on the regulation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) - or drone - operations and air safety. The discussion paper seeks comment on five key aviation safety issues:

      • drone registration;
      • training and education of drone operators;
      • geo-fencing
      • counter drone technology; and
      • future approaches to drone aviation safety regulation

      Interested parties are invited to make a submission. The discussion paper is available online here.

      Release of SPOL 2017

      Thursday, 10 August 2017

      The Minister for Training and Workforce Development has now endorsed and approved the publication of the 2017 edition of the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL). The Logistics Training Council would like to thank all of the industry stakeholders who provided us with feedback to assist with our submissions to the Department of Training and Workforce Development for the inclusion of transport and logistics occupations on the SPOL. To view the list, click here.

      Aviation Training Package Work Approved

      Wednesday, 9 August 2017

      The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned the Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to review necessary components of the Aviation Training Package to ensure it aligns with the Aviation industry regulatory requirements, and responds to industry feedback and changed operational requirements. The work is planned to be undertaken through two releases of the AVI Aviation Training Package:

      • AVI Aviation Training Package Release 4.0. The project includes updating the AVI20316 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Passenger and Non-Passenger Screener) and the AVI20416 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Checked Baggage Screener), including updating seven native units of competency. This work is expected to be completed by June 2018.
      • AVI Aviation Training Package Release 5.0. This project includes, where necessary, updating up to 11 qualifications, 27 skill sets and 169 existing native units of competency to meet regulatory requirements and the development of new units of competency for the AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot - Visual Line of Sight). This work is expected to be included in AVI Aviation Training Package Release 5.0 in December 2018.

      For further details on these projects, click here.

      Plan for Jobs Invitation

      Friday, 28 July 2017

      The State Training Board (STB) will be hosting consultation sessions in August at the Mercure Hotel Perth to hear feedback from employers and industry representatives about their experience with the VET system, to gain an understanding of what employers and industry need from the VET system, how apprenticeships and traineeships can be improved to meet the needs of businesses, and how jobs can be created to diversify the State’s economy. The McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs initiative and its strong focus on job creation will see Western Australia's STB a key component in the drive to ensure vocational education and training meets the skill requirements of the State. Session times are as follows:

      • Friday 18 August 2017 from 11.00am - 2.00pm
      • Monday 21 August 2017 from 9.00am - 11.00am
      • Monday 21 August 2017 from 1.00pm - 3.00pm

      To register your attendance at one of the sessions, please contact the State Training Board via email here.

      New State Training Board Website

      Thursday, 27 July 2017

      A new State Training Board website went live on 27 July 2017. The website has been redesigned to more clearly align the content with key clients and stakeholders. The new website has a Have your say, get involved section which is a way for industry, business and employers to have input into the future direction of vocational education and training in Western Australia. To view the new website, click here.

      Release of State Training Plan 2017 - 2020

      Wednesday, 26 July 2017

      Following endorsement from the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Sue Ellery, the State Training Board has released the State Training Plan 2017 – 2020 which identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia’s workforce. It provides strategic direction on how the State Government can meet these needs by investing in training places through TAFE and private training providers. To read the Plan, click here.

      Logistics Training Council RTO Workshop

      Tuesday, 25 July 2017

      The LTC invites RTOs delivering qualifications from the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package to attend an RTO workshop to be held on Friday 4th August from 8am - 10am. The workshop will provide an update on training package projects, the VETiS Qualifications Register, and information about the LTC's strategic focus for the next 12 months. There will also be group discussion on vocational competence and trainer currency, a refresher on the Standards for RTOs 2015, Chain of Responsibility requirements, and marketing and social media. The workshop will be held in the Seminar Room of the Wyllie Arthritis Foundation Building at 17 Lemnos St in Shenton Park. To register to attend, click here.

      Blueprint for CASA's Future

      Monday, 24 July 2017

      A fresh blueprint for the future for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has been released by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester. Mr Chester said CASA's latest corporate plan continues CASA's focus on safety as its highest priority and sets out how the nation's aviation safety regulator will be pragmatic, practical and proportional in its responsibilities. To view the corporate plan, click here.

      Review of the WA Rail Access Regime

      Friday, 21 July 2017

      WA Treasurer, the Hon Ben Wyatt, has announced a review into the WA Rail Access Regime. The regime's purpose is to encourage the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations. An Issues Paper has been prepared to assist discussion in relation to proposed changes and potential improvements to the regime, and to help stakeholders participate in the review process. For further information, click here. Feedback on the Issues Paper is due by 8 September 2017.

      Transafe WA Kalgoorlie Forum

      Wednesday, 19 July 2017

      The 14th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum will be held in Kalgoorlie on Friday the 25th of August. Topics to be covered include load restraint; explosives transport; managing alcohol and drugs in the workplace; and heavy vehicle rollovers. There will also be updates from Goldfields-Esperance Police and Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services division. Logistics Training Council CEO Jillian Dielesen will be providing an update on work that's been undertaken to look at a new framework for heavy vehicle licensing and training. For further details on the Forum, including details of how to register, click here.

      Supply Chain Cross Sector Project

      Wednesday, 12 July 2017

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has been commissioned to lead the Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector Project. Major change is underway across and within supply chains due to the impact of automation, robotics, big data and other new technologies. The addition of disruptive technologies to these changes has only increased the need of supply chain related industries to become innovative and seek new practices to increase efficiency, meet consumer demands and become more competitive. The skills needed to support innovation and the new technologies will be the key to the future success of industry throughout the supply chain. Working with a Project Reference Group of representatives from across the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) network, the project will identify opportunities for Cross Sector Training Package material to support the development of Supply Chain skills. For further details about this project, click here.

      Update to the VET Qualifications Register for Secondary Students

      Tuesday, 11 July 2017

      The Department of Training and Workforce Development, in collaboration with the industry training councils, has revised and updated the VET qualifications register for secondary students. Some changes have been made to the format and content of the register including:

      • indicating qualifications which industry considers high risk for auspicing;
      • adding an outline to describe the aim of the qualification; and
      • providing key training package/accredited course and regulatory/licensing requirement

      To view the updated register, click here.

      Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

      Friday, 7 July 2017

      Vocational education and training (VET) plays a vital role in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce it needs to drive innovation and economic growth. Australia’s economic prosperity depends upon the quality of our VET graduates, the outcomes of the training they receive and their possession of skills employers need. The review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework will assess the suitability and capacity of the framework to ensure students and employers can access quality training into the future. For further information, and to provide a submission, click here. Public submissions are now open and will close on Friday 18 August 2017.

      ASQA Releases Findings of National Strategic Review into Course Duration

      Monday, 3 July 2017

      The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has released the report: A review of issues related to unduly short training. ASQA initiated this strategic review in response to concerns raised that unduly short training is preventing learners from gaining the skills and competencies required to be certified as competent from VET courses. To view the report, click here.

      Research Report: Costs and Benefits of Emerging Road Transport Technologies

      Friday, 30 June 2017

      Road transport technologies are evolving rapidly. This research report summarises the estimated costs and benefits of intelligent transport systems and automated vehicles from existing Australian and international literature. It also provides policy makers with guidance on what further research would improve understanding of the implications of these technologies under Australian conditions. Read the report here.

      Skilling for Tomorrow

      Wednesday, 28 June 2017

      The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published a paper Skilling for Tomorrow which provides a summary of research on the future of work. It explores the drivers changing the world of work, the skills we're predicted to need in the future and what this means for training. Read the paper here.

      Drone Safety Review

      Friday, 16 June 2017

      CASA has released the Terms of Reference for the review of aviation safety regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems, commonly known as drones. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester MP said the review's findings and recommendations would ensure future growth in drone operations is safely integrated into Australian airspace. The Terms of Reference are available here.

      Aviation Projects Approved

      Thursday, 15 June 2017

      The Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has scheduled a staged review of the AVI Aviation Training Package to ensure that Training Package products are reflective of national policies and standards, contain contemporary and relevant units of competency, and are available for use by industry at a point in time when Aviation safety legislative requirements take effect. The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned the Aviation IRC and Australian Industry Standards to undertake training package development project work concerning aviation security and the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). For further details on these Aviation Projects, click here.

      WA Award and Minimum Pay Rates to Increase from 1 July 2017

      Thursday, 15 June 2017

      The WA Industrial Relations Commission has increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017. For further details on the increase click here.

      Feedback Invited to Improve Load Restraint Guide

      Wednesday, 14 June 2017

      The National Transport Commission has released a new draft of its Load Restraint Guide which is designed to provide drivers, operators, and other participants in the transport chain of responsibility with practical advice on how to safety transport a load. The draft third edition of the guide is available at the NTC's website. Consultation is open until 5pm, Friday 4 August 2017.

      Regulatory Options to Assure Automated Vehicle Safety in Australia Discussion Paper

      Friday, 9 June 2017

      The Regulatory options to assure automated vehicle safety in Australia discussion paper has been released by the National Transport Commission. Australian governments, vehicle manufacturers, transport technology providers and other interested parties have been asked to contribute to the development of a national safety assurance regime for automated vehicles. The NTC is seeking feedback on four regulatory options including continuing the current approach, self-certification, pre-market approval and accreditation. To view the discussion paper click here. Further details about how to make a submission are available here. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 28 July 2017.

      National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities

      Friday, 26 May 2017

      The Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities discussion paper was released on May 26. The Inquiry is interested in receiving feedback from people across the freight network, and critically, freight consumers and suppliers to find out what they require now and into the future from our national freight supply chains. Submissions are open until 28 July 2017 and can be made by email or mail. To view the discussion paper, and for further details on how to make a submission click here.

      Road Pricing Reforms

      Thursday, 25 May 2017

      The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development recently released a Land Transport Market Reform discussion paper. The paper seeks stakeholder views on establishing independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges. The public and industry are encouraged to review the document and provide input on which entity or entities should be responsible for establishing independent price regulation by July 14, 2017. Click here to view the discussion paper

      Impact of New Technologies

      Wednesday, 24 May 2017

      Curtin University is conducting research to gauge the use and impact of new technologies on workplaces and workforces. Employers and employees from businesses within the transport and logistics sector in WA are encouraged to complete the survey to assist in examining the impact of new technologies on the sector and its workforce. It is anticipated that the survey will take between 3 - 5 minutes to complete. Click the relevant link below:

      Funding Grants for Women's Leadership Development

      Monday, 22 May 2017

      Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia's transport and logistics sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to June 16, 2017 by clicking here.

      Changes to Approved Training for Drone Operation

      Wednesday, 17 May 2017

      The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced on the 17th of May that the practical training requirements for gaining an Australian Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) will change from 1 June 2017. A RePL is required if you are operating a drone otuside of the standard operating conditions applicable to the excluded category. More details on drone exclusions, requirements and a list of CASA approved training providers can be found by clicking here.

      Rail Safety Critical Communications Project

      Wednesday, 17 May 2017

      The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned the Rail Safety Critical Communications Project for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package. The project covers the development of a new unit of competency and one skill set in Rail Safety Critical Communications. For further details on this project, click here.

      Development of New Scheduling Qualification

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017

      The TLI Scheduling Project will focus on the development of a new Transport and Logistics Scheduling qualification, to meet the skills and knowledge requirements of the industry. Industry is placing greater emphasis on the specific skills required of schedulers. The scheduler role is now, more than ever, a critical transport and logistics role with the development and implementation of increasing levels of technology in organisations, including GPS, telematics and route management systems. A workshop will be held in Perth on Tuesday 20th June from 1.00pm - 3.30pm. For further details on this project, including details of how to register to attend the workshop click here.

      Yard Operations Project

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017

      The TLI Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is overseeing the Yard Operations Project, facilitated by Australian Industry Standards in consultation with industry stakeholders. The project will focus on reviewing the TLI21716 Certificate II in Road Transport Yard Operations (Freight Handler) qualification. There are opportunities to broaden the qualification to a wider range of aligned entry occupations. A workshop will be held in Perth on Tuesday 20th June from 9.30am - 12.00noon. For further details on this project, including details of how to register to attend the workshop click here.

      $2.3 Billion Jobs and Infrastructure Boost for Western Australia

      Monday, 8 May 2017

      The Turnbull and McGowan Governments have reached agreement on a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia which will be included in the Federal Budget to be announced May 9. For further details on the WA Infrastructure Package, click here.

      Review of VET Student Loans

      Friday, 5 May 2017

      The Federal Government is reviewing the methodology for determining eligible courses and loan caps for the VET Student Loans. The review invites submissions from the public on the discussion paper until 30 May 2017. For further details, click here.

      Maritime Training Package Project

      Friday, 21 April 2017

      The MAR Phase 1 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recently met and commenced reviewing the six qualifications and 35 units of competency including one skill set, for the inclusion of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency requirements. The key actions of this meeting included the following:

      • Review of qualification descriptions to include AMSA requirements
      • Review of the unit of competency, application, performance evidence and knowledge evidence and the assessment conditions to include AMSA requirements.
      Comments on this stage of the project can be provided by email to by no later than Tuesday 9 May, 2017. Further details on this project are available here.

      New Fatigue Management Units of Competency

      Wednesday, 19 April 2017

      The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved the Case for Endorsement submission for the development of three Fatigue Management units of competency for Training Package implementation. The development of the new units was required to meet the Fatigue Management accreditation requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The new units are:

      • Apply a fatigue risk management system
      • Administer a fatigue risk management system
      • Manage a fatigue risk management system
      For further details, click here.

      Federal Government Announces Changes to 457 Visa

      Tuesday, 18 April 2017

      The Federal Government has announced reforms to Australia's temporary employer sponsored skilled migration program which will see the abolition and replacement of the 457 visa. 457 visas will be replaced with a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS will comprise of a short-term stream of up to two years, and a medium-term stream of up to four years, and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritises Australian workers. Implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and be completed by March 2018. Future information on these changes can be found here.

      Logistics TC Presents Driver Survey Findings at Transafe Forum

      Tuesday, 11 April 2017

      Jillian Dielesen, CEO of the Logistics Training Council (LTC), presented the preliminary findings of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Safety and Training Alliance (HVISTA) 2017 Driver Survey at the recent Transafe Forum, attended by over 70 transport and logistics stakeholders. The aim of the survey was to ascertain the knowledge of basic requirements for commercial heavy vehicle drivers in WA. The results of the survey will be used to identify opportunities for continuous improvement for new and existing drivers and for future planning. A final report of the survey findings and recommendations will be made available shortly on the LTC website.

      Training Providers Forum 2017

      Monday, 3 April 2017

      The Training Providers Forum has changed format this year to a one day conference to be held on Monday 29th May. The new format includes an optional breakfast with guest speaker Loris Strappazzon, Executive Director of Tertiary Education Policy and Strategic Projects at the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The LTC will be facilitating a workshop session entitled Our Future Workforce—Workplace Training, with presenters from the Rail and Maritime sectors. For further information on the Forum, including details of how to register, click here.

      High Risk Work Licence Project

      Friday, 31 March 2017

      The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee will have oversight of a new project to update 13 High Risk Work licence units of competency as approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Regular project updates will be available on the AIS website. For further information on this project, click here.

      Call for Comment on Proposed Coastal Shipping Reforms

      Tuesday, 21 March 2017

      Following the release of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper, the Commonwealth Government is seeking comment from ship operators, shipping companies, and other relevant stakeholders on proposed changes to ensure coastal shipping plays an increasing role in Australia's freight transport network. The discussion paper also proposes the introduction of a number of seafarer training initiatives aimed at developing and retaining critical maritime skills in Australia. To download copies of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper click here.

      National Maritime Training Package Consultation

      Monday, 20 March 2017

      Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is currently undertaking a project to update the Maritime Training Package, on behalf of The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC). Phase one of the National Maritime Roadshow 2017 commenced in Perth on March 20. The Logistics Training Council (LTC) hosted the Perth workshop with presentations given by AIS and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). There was a robust discussion over the unpacking of qualifications and valuable input given by West Australian stakeholders. Participants that attended were from regulatory bodies, Registered Training Providers (RTOs), unions and government agencies.

      To keep updated with the progress of this Training Package review, click here.

      Development of New Scheduling Qualification

      Monday, 20 March 2017

      Following a submission from the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC), the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the development of a new qualification for Schedulers. The role of a Scheduler has become critical to transport and logistics businesses to ensure they can meet the needs of customers in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.

      The IRC will oversee the project to develop the qualification and encourages all stakeholders who are interested in participating in this project, or who wish to receive progress updates to register by clicking here.

      WA Premier Mark McGowan Announces New Cabinet

      Friday, 17 March 2017

      Following Labor’s win in the recent State Election, Premier Mark McGowan has announced his new cabinet of 17 Ministers. Mr McGowan will have responsibility for the State Development, Jobs and Trade portfolio. The Logistics Training Council welcomes the incoming Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC and Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA, and looks forward to working with both Ministers on workforce development and training strategies for the Transport and Logistics industries.

      Release of Aviation Workforce Skills Study

      Friday, 10 March 2017

      The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has released the Aviation Workforce Skills Study. The study and associated report was compiled by Australian Industry Standards (AIS), following a series of consultations with industry stakeholders. The report aims to identify the industry's skilling and workforce needs and can be downloaded here.

      Norma's Retirement Farewell

      Thursday, 3 March 2017

      Thursday March 3 was a bitter sweet day for the Logistics Training Council (LTC). We bade farewell to our Senior Consultant, Norma Nisbet. We are sad to see her go but happy for her as she begins a new chapter in retirement. Norma has given 14 years of dedicated service to the organisation; raising the profile of the industry, undertaking stakeholder engagement, workforce development and promoting the VET sector. A morning tea was held in her honour and was attended by a mix of colleagues she has worked with over the years. The Staff and LTC Board of Management wish her all the very best in her future endeavours. As Norma leaves, we would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Rachael Davidson to the LTC. With a strong background in Training Councils and the VET sector, she will be a great addition to the team with a set of skills that will help us tackle the continually evolving challenges faced by the Transport and Logistics industries. Rachael will be taking on the Road, Warehousing and Logistics sectors. And she hopes to be in contact with stakeholders in the near future.

      Extension of transition period - training products endorsed between September 2015 and March 2016

      Friday, 18 March 2016

      As a result of the transition to the Standards for Training Packages there is a temporary surge in the number of revised training products endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The peak of activity for release of revised training packages is within the period September 2015 to March 2016.

      To assist registered training providers (RTOs) prepare for and implement revised training packages, the Australian Government Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and state and territory Skills Ministers have agreed to temporarily increase the period allowed to transition students to the updated training package qualifications under Standard 1.26 (a) of the Standards for RTOs 2015. RTOs will now have 18 months instead of 12 months from the date the superseding training product was released on the National Register ( to transition students to the updated training package qualifications or complete their studies and issue the appropriate certification. This provision only applies for training products endorsed by the AISC from September 2015 until March 2016. A list of the qualifications that the 18 month period applies to is available at

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      New Skills Services Organisations Announced

      Wednesday, 27 January 2016

      As previously reported, responsibilities for training package development are currently being transitioned from the Industry Skills Council system to the newly created Skills Service Organisation (SSO)/Industry Reference Committee (IRC) model.

      The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP recently announced the outcome of the Expression of Interest process to identify SSOs to support IRCs in their work to develop and review training packages.

      The successful SSOs are:

      • SkillsIQ
      • Artibus Innovation
      • Skills Impact Limited
      • PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia
      • Australian Industry Standards Limited (new business name for TLISC)

      A list of IRCs and Training Packages allocated to each SSO has also been made available.

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      New Career Pathways app

      Wednesday, 20 January 2016

      AusAppPathways is a free app that will help students and jobseekers explore the many careers that can begin through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.

      The app allows visitors to browse general industry options to apprenticeship and traineeship occupation specific information. A keyword search is also provided and visitors can save or share their favourite descriptions. Searches can be filtered by State or Territory, Australian School-based Apprenticeships or trade related occupations.

      Apart from Australian Apprenticeships occupation and training descriptions, visitors are also provided with information on availability by location, Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider contacts and a link to Group Training Organisation listings.

      The app is available to download for free from Google Play or the App Store.

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      Scholarships provide expanded career options for women

      Wednesday, 20 January 2016

      The State Government has awarded more than 100 training scholarships to women in the second round of the expanding career options for women scholarship program, encouraging women into occupations in which they made up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce.

      The program is now in its second year and has attracted a high level of interest from women, with more than 200 scholarships offered through the program for training in 2015 and 2016. Offers have also been made to employers to fund apprenticeship and traineeship places.

      Up to 400 scholarships, to the value of $3,000 each, will be available over four years to women over the age of 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in more than 170 specified qualifications. Employers offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to eligible women can also take advantage of the program. Funds can be used towards costs associated with training, including learning resources, mentoring and fees, as well as for transport costs and childcare.

      Applications for the 2017 round are expected to open in late 2016.

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      Important updates to VET FEE-HELP from 1 January 2016

      Monday, 11 January 2016

      The Australian Government is making important reforms to the VET FEE HELP scheme to improve the quality and effectiveness of the scheme and to better protect students taking out a VET FEE HELP loan.

      The Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) was recently amended by the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Act 2015 and enacts new measures from 1 January 2016 to further strengthen the scheme. These changes aim to control growth and lift the performance of training providers ahead of a more fundamental redesign of the scheme to a new model from 2017 that better reflects the unique nature and practice of the VET sector.

      To see further updates about the reforms visit VET FEE-HELP Reforms.