Get FREE Samples, more Information or Quote!

By submitting this form, you agree to the Compliant Learning Resources Privacy Policy.

Revolutionising VET: Australia’s Jobs and Skills Councils at the Helm of Workforce Transformation

In this article:

By submitting this form, you agree to the Compliant Learning Resources Privacy Policy.

Revolutionising VET: Australia's Jobs and Skills Councils at the Helm of Workforce Transformation

Dive into the future of vocational education and training (VET) as Australia’s Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs) take centre stage, reshaping the landscape to ensure optimal outcomes for learners and employers. Uncover the essence of JSCs, unravel their essential functions, and explore how these industry pioneers are sculpting the nation’s workforce.

In this blog, we delve into the heart of JSCs, unravelling their crucial functions and understanding how these industry pioneers are actively sculpting the nation’s workforce.

Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs) – Fuelling Progress Across Industries

Jobs and Skills Councils are not your typical organisations—they are industry-driven, not-for-profit entities playing a pivotal role in ten different sectors across Australia.

Their mission is clear: lead the charge in tackling skills and workforce challenges within their industries. Here’s what they do:

  1. Bringing Industries Together: JSCs align efforts across different industries to make the VET system more responsive to real-world needs, ensuring that what students learn aligns with what’s happening in the workforce.
  2. Boosting Confidence: By building trust and collaboration between industry players, educational and training institutions, and regulators, JSCs ensure everyone feels confident in the educational process.
  3. Aim for Excellence: JSCs aim to deliver top-notch outcomes for the VET sector, learners, and businesses. It’s all about raising the bar and ensuring everyone benefits.

How JSCs Get Things Done: A Sneak Peek into Their Actions

JSCs don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Here’s a glimpse into the practical steps they take to shape the future:

  1. Spotting Skills and Workforce Needs: Acting like scouts, JSCs keep an eye on their industries’ skills and workforce needs, helping them stay ahead of the industry and address challenges head-on.
  2. Mapping Career Paths: JSCs plan clear career pathways within educational sectors, which means stakeholders see where their training takes them in their chosen industry.
  3. Cutting-Edge Training Products: Staying current is a priority for JSCs. They develop modern training products that meet industry standards, ensuring learners are equipped with the latest skills.
  4. Encouraging Collaboration: JSCs bring industry stakeholders and training providers together. This collaboration improves the quality of training and assessment practices.
  5. Intel Hub for Industries: Beyond their regular tasks, JSCs keep a keen eye on issues affecting their industries. They become go-to sources for insights that influence decisions at both industry and national levels.

Teamwork with Jobs and Skills Australia

Each JSC partners closely with Jobs and Skills Australia, using their in-depth workforce analysis and projections. This collaboration ensures a strategic and unified approach to addressing skill gaps and enhancing the overall VET landscape.

Core Functions Unveiled – JSCs as Architects of the Future Workforce

  1. Workforce Planning – Charting a Strategic Course:
    At the heart of JSCs lies Workforce Planning, a strategic masterpiece guiding intelligence-gathering for priorities. This function is the compass steering overall strategic planning, ensuring industries move in sync with evolving needs.
  2. Training Product Development – Redefining Quality:
    JSCs raise the bar for VET quality by developing training products aligned with standards set by Skills Ministers. This function emphasises speed to market and responsiveness, ensuring education keeps pace with the industry’s rapid evolution.
  3. Implementation, Promotion, and Monitoring – Bridging the Industry Gap:
    Collaboration takes the spotlight as JSCs partner with training providers. This dynamic alliance aligns workforce planning with national training products, creating a seamless transition from theory to practical application.
  4. Industry Stewardship – The Intelligence Epicentre:
    JSCs serve as the pulse of intelligence on workforce issues, providing invaluable advice on national training system policies. They act as the eyes and ears of their industries, offering insight into emerging trends and challenges.

The JSCs Up Close and Personal

Skills Insight – Cultivating Primary Productions and Beyond

Agribusiness, Fibre, Furnishing, Food, Animal, and Environment Care

Training packages like ACM, AHC, and MST guide primary production, covering plants, animals, textiles, forestry, and more. Their influence extends to emerging sectors like natural resources security and environmental management.

Related Training Packages
  • ACM Animal Care and Management
  • AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
  • AMP Australian Meat Processing
  • MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear
  • MSF Furnishing
  • FWP Forest and Wood Products
  • RGR Racing and Breeding
  • SFI Seafood Industry
  • PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry

SkillsEQuipped – Where Creativity Meets Commerce

Arts, Personal Services, Retail, Tourism, and Hospitality

CUA, SHB, and SIT sectors shape the ‘high street’ experience, from hairdressing to fine arts and online sales. The creative economy finds its compass in this council, fostering a harmonious blend of human services and artistic expression.

  • CUA Creative Arts and Culture
  • SFL Floristry
  • SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services
  • SIF Funeral Services
  • SIR Retail Services
  • SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality

Powering Skills Organisation Ltd – Lighting the Path to Energy Evolution

Energy, Gas, and Renewables

This council covers electricity, gas, and renewable energy. The council ventures into emerging territories like hydrogen production as the energy landscape evolves.

  • UEE Electrotechnology
  • UEG Gas Industry
  • UEP Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector
  • UET Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector

Future Skills Organisation – Navigating the Waves of Finance and Technology

Finance, Technology, and Business

BSB and ICT lead professional services, including finance, digital literacy, and artificial intelligence. They are the architects of tomorrow’s business landscape, with an eye on emerging technologies like cyber security and the Internet of Things.

  • BSB Business Services
  • FNS Financial Services
  • ICT Information and Communications Technology

Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance – Engineering Tomorrow’s Industries


From pharmaceuticals to aerospace technologies, FBP and MEM shape the diverse spectrum of manufacturing. The council doesn’t just keep up; it leads the way in light manufacturing and cutting-edge advancements, including defence and space technologies.

  • FBP Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical (food and beverage production)
  • ICP Printing and Graphic Arts
  • MEA Aeroskills
  • MEM Manufacturing and Engineering
  • MEM05 Metal and Engineering
  • MSL Laboratory Operations
  • MSM Manufacturing
  • MSA07 Manufacturing
  • MSS Sustainability
  • PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining
  • PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking

Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance – Unearthing Opportunities in Every Terrain

Mining and Automotive

RII and AUR are at the forefront of mineral exploration, automotive retail, and the rising tide of driverless automotive technologies. They navigate the complexities of extraction operations and drive innovation in the automotive sector.

  • RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry (mining)
  • AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair (service & repair)
  • AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair (retail qualifications only)
  • AUM Automotive Manufacturing

Industry Skills Australia – Synchronising the Wheels of Transport and Logistics

Transport and Logistics

AVI and TLI oversee the complex warehousing, distribution, and logistical support operations. As the industry evolves, the council sets the stage for emerging trends like omnichannel logistics and air and space transport.

  • AVI Aviation
  • MAR Maritime
  • TLI Transport and Logistics

Public Skills Australia – Safeguarding the Heart of Public Service

Public Safety and Government

CSC and POL are the guardians, covering areas from correctional services to local government. They ensure that the pillars of public safety and government services remain robust and adaptive.

  • CSC Correctional Services
  • DEF Defence
  • LGA Local Government
  • POL Police
  • PSP Public Sector
  • PUA Public Safety

HumanAbility – Nurturing the Foundations of Community Well-being

Early Educators, Health, and Human Services

CHC, HLT, and SIS are the custodians of community services, from early childhood education to mental health and fitness. These JSCs ensure that the pillars of community well-being are solid and resilient.

  • CHC Community Services
  • HLT Health
  • SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation

BuildSkills Australia – Crafting the Blueprint for Infrastructure

Building, Construction, Property, and Water

CPC and NWP are the architects of Australia’s growth, covering property services, construction, and civil infrastructure. They provide the blueprint for small-scale and large-scale projects, ensuring the nation’s infrastructure is robust and sustainable.

  • CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services
  • CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services
  • CPP Property Services
  • NWP National Water
  • RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry (civil infrastructure)

Revolutionising VET – The Impact on Australian Training Organisations

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are pivotal in delivering vocational education and training (VET) by ensuring their trainers and assessors are competent practitioners with industry-relevant skills and knowledge and in the success of JSC initiatives.

  • By aligning their training products and delivery with the insights provided by JSCs, RTOs can ensure their programs are responsive to industry needs. This collaboration enhances the quality of education and contributes to a more dynamic and skilled workforce, ultimately benefitting learners, employers, and the nation.
  • Robust processes should be in place to guarantee continuous professional development for all trainers and assessors.
  • When training providers encounter queries about current training products beyond the expertise of their staff, it is recommended to direct these inquiries to the relevant Jobs and Skills Council (JSC), ensuring accurate and industry-aligned responses.
  • Questions should be directed to the relevant VET regulatory authority for regulatory matters, particularly concerning the Training and Education (TAE) and Foundation Skills (FSK) training packages.

The Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has temporarily overseen TAE and FSK training packages. Acknowledging the critical role of the Education industry sector in supporting foundational skills and the broader VET workforce, the department is actively exploring alternative arrangements for the short and long term.

During this transitional phase, a dedicated TAE/FSK Training Package Technical Reference Group (TRG) has been established to assist with inquiries related to these specific training packages.

Conclusion: Unlocking Tomorrow’s Workforce Potential with Jobs and Skills Councils

Jobs and Skills Councils play a crucial role in shaping the present and future of Australia’s workforce. Their initiatives create a pathway for success, ensuring that education aligns seamlessly with industry needs. As you navigate your training delivery journey, remember that JSCs are working behind the scenes to pave the way for a workforce ready for whatever the future holds.

With industries, education, and government harmonising efforts, the stage is set for a workforce that meets today’s demands and pioneers the challenges of tomorrow.

Embrace the transformation – your workforce’s future is being shaped today!

Stay informed with the latest VET news and updates.

Share this on: