The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training is undertaking a competitive expression of interest process to identify organisations to operate as Skills Service Organisations (SSOs). Under the new arrangements for developing training packages, Industry Reference Groups (IRCs) will drive training package development. They will be supported in this work by SSOs. These organisations will support a range of IRCs by providing a range of independent professional activities including technical, operational and secretariat services to enable the IRCs to undertake their industry engagement and training product development and review activities.
The Department has now progressed to Stage 2 of the evaluation process for the EOI to operate as a Skills Service Organisation (SSO). To assist the initial allocation of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to SSOs as part of the EOI process, notional industry groupings have been identified. These industry groupings are still subject to negotiation with the applicants and to a final decision by the Minister.
The following industry sectors have been grouped at the highest sectoral level, and not at the training package level. All current training packages are included in the sectoral groupings and their location within existing sectors has not changed. The initial industry groupings are as follows:
- Government and Administration, Health and Community Services, Services Industry, and Public Safety and Security;
- Construction and Property, Utilities, Engineering, Information and Telecommunications, and Property – Surveying and Spatial Information Services;
- Agriculture (including Forest and Forest Products), Food Processing, Environmental Management, and Sustainability;
- Arts and Recreation, Cultural Industries, Design, Business Services, and Financial Services; and
- Transport and Logistics.
It is anticipated that SSOs for these industry sector groupings will be operational from January 2016.
Three industry sectors Mining and Drilling, Manufacturing, and Automotive have been carved out of the EOI process and will be subject to a separate select application process. It is anticipated that this process will be initiated early in 2016. The department will put in place transitional arrangements to provide coverage to these sectors while this process is being conducted. This is to ensure ongoing service provision while a suitable SSO is identified.
IRCs will have the opportunity under the new model to move from one SSO to another if they are not receiving the service they require.
The Department will continue to implement the VET reform process across all industries participating in the national training system.
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