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Aged Care Training Package Product Development

Aged Care Training Package Product Development

During 2018, the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce, Chaired by Professor John Pollaers, consulted on a broad range of workforce issues relating to the aged care sector. The resulting report “A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy” provided a set of recommendations which were aimed at ensuring the best quality aged care services and outcomes for Australia’s elderly.

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Disability Support Training Package Product Development

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Disability Support IRC is undertaking a project to update the national Training Package Products for the Disability Support sector. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Direct Client Care and Support IRC and the Aged Services IRC.

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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the existing Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology Qualification and seven existing Anaesthetic Technology Units of Competency to ensure that Anaesthetic Allied Health Practitioners have access to current skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

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Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Packaging Rules of two Dental Assisting Qualifications and two Skill Sets; to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency; and to develop three new Units of Competency, to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles of all dental support staff, including dental assistants.

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Fitness and Aqua Exercise Instructor Training Package Products Update: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee, is undertaking a comprehensive update of Fitness Training Package Products included in the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

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Direct Client Care and Support Training Package Development

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support IRC is undertaking a project to update a range of current qualifications to ensure that they meet the current and future skills needs of the Australian Health system.

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Responsible Service of Alcohol: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the Responsible Service of Alcohol Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking a project to update Training Package Products within the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package relating to the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA).

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Children’s Education and Care Training Package Development: Draft 3 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking an update of the Training Package Products in the Children’s Education and Care sector. These include qualifications relating to Early Childhood Education, School Age Care and Education Support.

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Enrolled Nursing: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to review the skills needs of Enrolled Nurses. This will inform potential changes to current Enrolled Nursing qualifications, Units and an associated skill set to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

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Certificate IV in Housing: Final Drafting

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), and the Social Housing Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has undertaken a project to update the Packaging Rules of the Social Housing Qualification; to update twelve existing Social Housing Units of Competency; to develop two new Skill Sets and a new Unit of Competency to reflect the initiatives the government has placed on social housing and homelessness through proposed investment in the sector, in order to upgrade the skills and knowledge required by public housing specialist staff.

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Customer Abuse

Managing Aggressive or Abusive Customers

In July 2020 the Wholesale and Retail IRC put forward a proposal to develop a new Unit of Competency to equip customer-facing workers, particularly in the retail sector, with the skills and knowledge to manage disrespectful, aggressive or abusive customers.

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Residential Aged Care Cookery Skill Set

The AISC Emergency Response Sub-Committee has approved a project to develop a Skill Set to equip qualified cooks and Chefs with the additional skills to work in a Residential Aged Care setting.

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Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new qualification, Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol.

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Diploma of Clinical Coding: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification, the Diploma of Clinical Coding; a new skill set; seven new Clinical Coding Units of Competency; and the update of three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package Development

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for seven qualifications, packaged in the HLT Health Training Package. The IRC has identified the need to review the qualifications that cater to this sector to ensure they continue to be fit for purpose within the sector.

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Local Government: STA Review

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Local Government Industry Reference Committee, is undertaking a comprehensive update of all materials within the LGA04 Local Government Training Package.

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Technical Advisory Committee Expressions of Interest

From time to time, Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) supported by SkillsIQ will elect to form Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to assist in gathering specialist technical information to inform a project. This may be a Case for Change or a Training Package Product development project.

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Certificate III and IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the packaging rules of the two Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support qualifications; update nine existing Hospital Pharmacy Units of Competency, and develop eleven new Units of Competency to align to the existing and future job roles of all pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and senior pharmacy technicians.

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Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health: STA Review

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the packaging rules of the Certificate II in Indigenous Environmental Health qualification and to update the content of nine Units of Competency included within the qualification to meet the current and future skills needs of Indigenous Environmental Health workers in communities.

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Visual Merchandising

SkillsIQ, at the direction of the Wholesale and Retail Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update Training Package Products within the SIR Training Package relating to Visual Merchandising job roles.

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Ambulance Training Package Products: Quality Assurance

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Ambulance and Paramedic IRC, is now seeking feedback on Draft 2 HLT Training Package Products, including updates to seven existing qualifications and associated Units of Competency.

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Massage Therapy

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking a project to update Training Package Products within the HLT Training Package relating to Massage, Remedial Massage Therapy and Reflexology job roles.

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Beauty Services Training Package Development

Beauty: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Personal Services IRC and the Skin Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Tattooing Technical Advisory Committees, has sought feedback on Draft 1 SHB Beauty Training Package Products, including updates to 5 existing qualifications and associated Units of Competency. In addition, two new qualifications have been developed in the areas of Cosmetic Tattooing and Skin Therapy.

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Cookery Training Package Products: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to update the Training Package Products that relate to cookery and kitchen operations.

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Responsible Online Wagering Services: Draft 1 Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Client Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to develop a new Unit of Competency to address the responsible provision of online wagering services.

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Community Sector and Development Training Package Development

Community Sector and Development Training Package Development

The Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for 25 qualifications packaged in the HLT Health Training Package.

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First Aid: Engagement via Online & Social Media

First Aid: Training Package Products Update

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee, has completed an update of the First Aid Units to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

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Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package Development

Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package Development

Under the direction of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and a range of expert Technical Advisory Committees (TACs), SkillsIQ is undertaking a number of projects that will result in updates to Training Package Products within the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

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SkillsIQ report uncovers the $4.1 billion/year cost of over-qualification

The Right Skills. Right Time? report measures for the first time the gap between required and actual qualifications of 10 million Australian workers across 400 people-facing occupations. With 1 in 4 Australian workers spending time and money on qualifications not needed for their current role, Australia is facing the challenge of an increasing skills mismatch.

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Cross Sector Coordination across health and community services

The disability, aged care, mental health and primary care industries are undergoing significant reform, with policy changes allowing people to control their own funding. These reforms however will be felt broadly across the health and community services sectors. The shift to choice and control means that a more coordinated, person-led service delivery is needed to achieve better individual outcomes, safely and with dignity. SkillsIQ is conducting research to better understand, identify and evaluate cross-sector needs and roles and skills used by the health and community services sectors.

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