Training product review and activity plan proposed by the Education IRC – public consultation

PwC’s Skills for Australia’s role is to work with our Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to revise our qualifications and training programs, with the aim of better matching what people learn with the skills needs of industries and businesses. The Education Industry Reference Committee is responsible for revising content in the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package  and the Foundation Skills (FSK) Training Package.

We are required to review all units of competency, the courses that make up qualifications in the Training Packages, within 4 years from 2016. We are conducting this review through two types of projects:

  • Training product development projects involve the review of unit of competency content.
  • Additional activities are completed where the Education IRC has identified a training need, but there is not yet enough information to know how to best change training content to meet that need. These projects involve research and consultation.

These projects need to be approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) before we can start our work.

We have presented a summary of our proposed projects for industry and employer feedback. See below for the status of our projects.

Project Title Project Summary Review Year Project Type Status Training Package
Project 2a. Develop and carry out stakeholder engagement sessions in response to concerns over the new TAE Training Package Carry out consultations (ten face-to- face and three virtual) to clarify ambiguities in the TAE Training Package following the 6 April 2016 update (release 2.0). 2016-17 Additional activity Consultations completed. Interpretation guide in progress. TAE
Project 1a. Review of the Foundation Skills Training Package Review all 91 units of competency in the Foundation Skills Training Package. 2016-17 Training product development Endorsed in principle by AISC and Department for business case. FSK
Project 2b. Strategic review of reform in TAE Develop a strategy to further Training Package development. We have received feedback that further changes to TAE are necessary (after a period of stability) and that a more consultative and transparent process to change is needed. 2016-17* Additional activity AISC did not endorse the project for 2016-17. The IRC maintains that this project is important to training product development. They will look to have it approved in later years or outside the training product development schedule. TAE
Project 2c. Review of skill sets Skill sets are an under-utilised component of the Training Package. We intend to conduct a research and consult with the public to understand how skill sets could be better used in TAE. 2016-17* Additional activity AISC did not endorse the project for 2016-17. The IRC maintains that this project is important to training product development. They will look to have it approved in later years or outside the training product development schedule. TAE
Project 2d. Review career pathways in the Training and Education Training Package Research and consultation project into options for the strengthening of career pathways and professional development within the VET sector. 2017-18 Additional activity Not yet submitted to the AISC for approval. TAE
Project 1d. Review of all units of competency in TAE v2.0 Review of all 54 native and 10 imported units of competency in the Training Package. Information and insights from projects 2a, 2b and 2c will be used to underpin our approach to this review. 2018-19 Training product development Not yet submitted to the AISC for approval. TAE

*The AISC did not consider additional activities of this nature at this time. However, SfA and the IRC are working with the Department and the AISC on the scheduling of this project, as it was seen as a priority by the IRC. Please note, this applies to both projects 2b and 2c.


If you would like to provide feedback on any of these projects, please follow this link.

Please note that you will need to complete your feedback before 5pm AEST on the 12th of August 2016, so that we can collate responses from across the industry and employers and present this to our IRC members.