Skills Impact was funded by the Australian Government to undertake a cross-sectoral project that reviewed current and emerging developments in automated processes. The project examined the workforce skilling implications and identified related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to the use of robotics, drones and remote operation systems.

Project Deliverables

  • A scoping report to define automation relevant to multiple industry sectors
  • Identification of skills suitable for codification as units of competency, skills sets or qualifications that are common across multiple industries
  • A report on skill needs and training package implications (units, skill sets, qualifications)
  • A detailed Case for Change.



Skills Impact worked collaboratively with industry stakeholders to:

  • Define automation within the scope of this project
  • Compile research on current and future needs for automation
  • Consult with industry to identify and validate common skills across industry areas
  • Identify training package components (units, skill sets, qualifications) that need to be developed, modified, adapted or removed
  • Develop a Case for Change.

The resulting Case for Change analysed cross-industry automation skill areas in the light of existing training packages to identify gaps and areas of duplication. The analysis identifed existing sector-specific competencies that could be adapted for use across industries. Analysis also identified opportunities for the development of new cross-industry units of competency, skill sets or qualifications.

Stakeholder input:

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft Automation Skills Case for Change. Skills Impact used your input to revise the Case for Change which was distributed to State/Territory Training Authorities and relevant Industry Reference Committees, to seek their comment and support. An IRC Briefing Paper was also developed to outline the proposed changes to training packages.

The Project Reference Group has now finalised the Case for Change and it was submitted to the Department of Education and Training in November 2017.

Download the final Case for Change

For more information on the project, please contact us.