Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) Replaced

As part of Australian VET reforms a new model for developing and maintaining training packages came into effect on the 1st of January 2016. The change is designed to put industry at the centre of training package development. The new Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) will work closely with Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) and Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop training packages to closely align them with current industry practices and people. That way people who actually work in industry can have more of a say in what’s going into these training packages. This will hopefully create training which has better outcomes that match employer expectations.

Here is a brief rundown of the new system and the role of each committee/organisation:


The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) – a committee of industry leaders from across Australia which will make decisions about what qualifications are needed and when.

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) – committees made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of particular industry sectors which will ensure that training packages meet the needs of employers.

Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) - organisations that support IRCs to develop the training packages that industry needs.

This information was taken from the new model for training product development for Australian Industry Factsheet, the full document can be viewed here.

SAVE Training offers the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment right accross Australia so our training package is TAE Training and Education and our Industry Skills Council used to be IBSA. Our SSO is now Skills for Australia which is part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. We have found Skills for Australia particularly receptive to our feedback as both an RTO, employer, and industry stakeholder. They have actively engaged with our staff to seek feedback and ongoing consultation on the development of the Cert IV.

We are happy to assist anyone with questions about the endorsement of the new TAE Certificate IV and any upgrade or transition options so just contact us with any questions you have and we will promptly assist you.