Skills Impact is a national Skills Service Organisation (SSO), funded by the Commonwealth Government. We are responsible for supporting Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications, for use by industry and the vocational training and education sector.

Skills Impact:

  • Understands the importance of skills development.
  • Has in depth knowledge about vocational education and training, skills standards and qualifications.
  • Recognises the sustainable and economic value that grown and renewable resources, land-management based industries, and their value chains offer to the Australian economy.

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Skills Impact Review of Activities 2016-2017

This document provides an overview of  Skills Impact’s activities, from implementation as an SSO (January 2016) to today (November 2017).

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Role of an SSO

Skills Impact is one of six SSOs who have received funding from the Commonwealth to support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in the review and development of training packages, including units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.

IRCs work with industry to ensure units, skill sets and qualifications reflect their existing and emerging workforce development needs.

SSOs are accountable for providing technical, operational and secretariat services to enable their IRCs to undertake their industry engagement and training package development and review activities.

We provide the following services to these IRCs:

  • Provide secretariat services and assist IRCs with industry engagement, to gather information about skills needs.
  • Develop IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work, Cases for Change and proposals for Training Package projects to review units, skill sets and qualifications.
  • Undertake approved Training Package Projects, under the oversight of IRCs, including drafting units, skill sets and qualifications, in preparation for endorsement by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Note: training packages were designed by Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) under the previous system for training product development. SSOs now have this role of developing training products, including units of competency, skill sets and qualifications, under new processes and procedures. ISCs as a government funded function no longer exist.