Our Role Establishing Skills Insight JSC

Skills Impact held a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) role between 2016 and 2022. In 2023 we established one of ten Job and Skills Councils (JSCs), after a submission to move into the role was backed by over 200 letters of support from a broad range of industry stakeholders. This new JSC, Skills Insight, has a broader scope to deliver outcomes that support a responsive VET system and a skilled and resilient national workforce. The industry coverage of Skills Insight is similar to our past coverage as a Skills Service Organisation.

Visit the Skills Insight website

Proposed Qualification Model Survey

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is encouraging you to complete a survey on a proposed VET training products (qualifications and skill sets) model to ensure that it meets the needs of all VET system stakeholders. Feedback is being collected from stakeholders in the VET sector involved in the design, development, delivery or use of national training products. In preparing your response, you may like to register for and attend one of two webinars being run on reforming VET … Read More

Jobs and Skills Australia: Call for Contributions

The Australian Government has released a discussion paper calling for feedback on future arrangements for Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA). All stakeholders, including those from state and territory governments, employer bodies, unions, tertiary providers and community organisations are encouraged to provide input. Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor MP, said Jobs and Skills Australia is a key priority of the Government and an important part of addressing national skills needs. Read more and have your say

Establishing a Jobs & Skills Council

Following the announcement by the Skills Minister last year and being awarded a stage one establishment contract, Skills Impact is working to establish an Agribusiness Job and Skills Council to provide industry with a stronger, more strategic voice in Australia’s VET sector.        

Aquaplan survey

Aquaplan are running a survey seeking to understand your perceptions of the aquatic animal health system, perceived risks and opportunities to production of aquatic animals, and how aquatic animal health contributes to business confidence. It was developed collaboratively with Commonwealth, state and territory governments, aquatic animal industries and Seafood Industry Australia. The survey results will help to evaluate the impact of national projects aimed at improving aquatic animal health (under AQUAPLAN 2022-2027), and prioritise future projects, communication, and engagement activities. … Read More

A New Year – A New Approach

The new year will bring a reinvigorated approach to vocational education and training (VET) and we’re excited to announce that we will have a role in this new system, supporting industry to drive improvements to the Australian skills system. Today Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training announced the establishment of 10 Job and Skills Councils, to provide industry with a stronger, more strategic voice in ensuring Australia’s VET sector delivers stronger outcomes for learners and employers. With more than … Read More

Final FBP Industry Skills Report Available  

Thank you for providing feedback on the draft Industry Skills Reports for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. Your involvement will help provide insight into industry-specific issues impacting VET and skills reform, which will be crucial during the next round of industry skills projects. Industry feedback has been used to inform updates to the document, which is available to view on the Skills Impact website. View the Industry Skills Report

Draft Skills Standards for Australian Native and Bush Food Published Soon

Working with native Australian plants requires unique skills across the supply chain. As the industry expands, it is important that these skills are captured in national skills standards. The three skill sets and one unit developed as part of this project will soon be published on the national training register, pending the publication of the Respect for Country Job Skills Project, which has involved updates to related skills standards. These new skill sets and unit are designed to equip learners with skills to … Read More

New Jobs and Skills Councils & The Future of Food, Beverage & Pharmaceutical in the Australian Skills System

Today, Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training announced the establishment of 10 Jobs and Skills Councils, to provide industry with a stronger, more strategic voice in ensuring Australia’s VET sector delivers stronger outcomes for learners and employers. Jobs and Skills Councils will replace the current Skills Service Organisation (SSO) and Industry Reference Committee (IRC) structures. They will begin operating in the new year and will have different industry coverage to SSOs. The food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries will now … Read More

2021-2022 Year in Review

Our 2021-22 Year in Review showcases and celebrates the contribution all our stakeholders have made to national skills standards over the past 12 months, as well as the course of our Skills Service Organisation (SSO) contract. This year alone, over 2,030 stakeholders contributed to project work. Over the past six years, over 400 qualifications, 350 skill sets and 3,000 units of competency have been improved. The 2021-22 Year in Review can be downloaded from the Skills Impact website and there … Read More

Congratulations to 2022 Association Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) on winning the 2022 Association Awards, Small Association of the Year AwardTM. The Small Association of the Year Award™ is presented to an exemplary association that has achieved excellence. In 2022, the RGA played an active and lead role in the review of rice industry research, development, and extension (RD&E) programs. The RGA is seeking to achieve a goal of 1.5 tonnes per megalitre of water, significant considering that Australian rice growers are already ahead of the rest … Read More

Training Package Projects in Final Stages

As we come to the end of the Industry Reference Committee and Skills Service Organisation Program, all of the projects to improve national qualifications and skills standards are reaching their final stages; this means new and revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency are published and available for use or are very close to being available. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this work. Your expertise has been crucial to making sure the skills standards for your … Read More

This Friday is National AgDay!

All Australians enjoy world-class food and fibre grown right here in Australia. This Friday is a chance to celebrate an industry that’s part of our lives every day and to learn about our incredible agriculture sector. National AgDay is held on the third Friday of November each year. This year’s theme, Innovation in Agriculture, will showcase the new practices and technologies that make farms more sustainable and productive. Here are the National Farmers’ Federation’s top tips on how you can get involved … Read More

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Skills Impact acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been living in and caring for Australia for tens of thousands of years, and this is respected in line with Skills Impact values. We recognise the challenges involved for people who are not related to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to understand the importance of their connection to Country. Skills Impact seeks and relies on guidance from Indigenous people in our work.