Skills Impact is a not-for-profit, industry-owned organisation that works across Australia to benchmark learning and skills standards for industry.

Through our work, learners and workplaces have access to nationally consistent skills standards and qualifications, supporting greater employment opportunities and industry competitiveness.

We collaborate with industry, government and training providers, to review and develop vocational units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. Working with industry and government, we are able to track industry trends and document skills opportunities and challenges.

We are amidst the “fourth industrial revolution”, with the rise of digitisation, automation, biotechnology and robotics changing the way work is done. The industries we support are familiar to change and the need to adapt. Many of them work in unpredictable and changing industries, affected by changes in the environment, legislation, technology, products and consumer demands. It is important that we continue to respond to their changing skills needs.

“A skilled and qualified workforce is critical to current and future prosperity of industry and our nation” Michael Hartman, CEO

Skills Impact, and its predecessors, have been supporting industries to develop the skills of their workforce for nearly 30 years.

Skills Impact was born out of an alliance of industry associations and not-for-profit skills standards development organisations. They all had one thing in common – a strong network of stakeholders from Australia’s various grown and renewable resource industries looking to improve the national skills and occupational standards that are available for industry and training providers.

We know from our work that a competent employee is a more knowledgeable, confident, safe and productive worker. Australia has one of the most comprehensive vocational skills systems in the world and that is due, in part, to industry input into the documentation of skills standards for various skilled activities and job roles. Industry needs the assurance that the vocational qualifications in which learners enrol will produce graduates that are job ready. Ongoing review of national qualifications and competences is an important part of that outcome.

With staff sourced from the industries we service or from the tertiary education system, we are passionate about workforce development and the need for industry to have their say in the skills standards of their workforce.

As part of our Skills Service Organisation role, we work with 12 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to review and update the national training packages that contain units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.


Our Work

Everyday our team communicates with industry representatives, technical experts and training providers to ensure national qualifications reflect real work activities, and current skills standards and practice.

We are inspired everyday by those who volunteer their time and resources to inform our work.

We recognise that they work in industries that are critical to Australia’s prosperity.

Overall, the industries we work with are represented by more than 220,000 businesses, collectively employing 875,200 people and generating $58 billion in exports and $339 billion in revenue each year.

Our team carefully captures information about skills gaps, emerging markets and changing work methods as well as views about what is working in the training sector, what needs changing, and possible avenues for improvement. Most of this information is documented in Skills Forecasts and submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) each year. From this information, Training Package development projects are determined and funded by the government.

Australia can access a skilled workforce now and into the future, provided occupational skills standards outline the right content and training providers respond to training demands appropriately.


Our Values

We will work with you in a way that is open, transparent, trustworthy, collaborative and respectful.

We will always consider ways to be adaptable, flexible, inquisitive, dedicated, conscientious and accountable.


Our Vision

Skills Impact has a significant role in Australia’s industry focused vocational skills and learning system; a system that is widely recognised for delivering excellence for learners and industry.


Our Mission

  • Be respected and valued by key industry stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with all aspects of the skills and learning system to develop national skill standards.
  • Hold an enduring expert role as a valuable and contracted partner with government and industry.