The AISC was established by the former COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.
Australia requires a highly-trained and flexible workforce to ensure industries have skills to increase productivity, maximise competitiveness, adapt to rapid technological change and foster innovation.
The arrangements for developing training products came into effect on 1 January 2016. The model gives industry a leading role in the national vocational education and training (VET) system and strengthens contestability in the system while retaining the collaborative strengths of the previous model.
The model enables industry to prioritise the development and review of training packages based on industry demand for skills, now and into the future.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) was established in May 2015 by the former COAG Industry and Skills Council and consists of industry leaders from across Australia. The AISC provides national leadership and guidance to the VET system, bringing a strong industry-based perspective on current and emerging needs of the training system to enhance responsiveness, quality and relevance within the sector.
The AISC draws on advice from Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to ensure training packages meet the needs of employers, employees, training providers and people seeking training qualifications. IRCs consist of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. They are supported by independent Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) who, under direction from relevant IRCs, undertake work commissioned by the AISC on the review and development of training products.
Watch this video to find out about the role of the AISC.