TACs are made up of people from a specific industry sector with subject matter expertise that will assist with the project at hand. They report to the IRC under which they are formed and have no final decision making authority. This authority remains with the IRC.
TACs usually consist of 8 members. Members may be drawn from the IRC and the general industry. Membership of a TAC is voluntary and there is no remuneration, however meeting expenses are covered, subject to the IRC travel policy.
TACs exist only for the life of the project on which they are assigned to work. They are not ongoing or perpetual bodies. Their remit extends to the work outlined in the relevant activity order for the project to which they are assigned.
The role of TAC members is to:
- Provide specialist industry subject matter knowledge regarding the project topic
- Assist in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
- Offer advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration.
Technical Advisory Committees (TACs): There are currently no Expressions of Interest open
Community Sector and Development (now closed)
SkillsIQ has invited Expressions of Interest from Subject Matter Experts with current industry experience in order to form the following four Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to provide input into a project being overseen by the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee.
The project will involve updating the following eight qualifications and six skill sets:
- CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
- CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
- CHC50313 Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
- CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
- CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work
- CHC40513 Certificate IV in Youth Justice
- CHC50513 Diploma of Youth Justice.
- CHCSS00073 Case Management
- CHCSS00074 Child Protection
- CHCSS00061 Family Support Services Work – Provide Support
- CHCSS00063 Working with Families
- CHCSS00090 Supporting Children and Families with Complex Needs
- CHCSS00110 Mediation.
The Community Sector and Development IRC is responsible for overseeing the project in its entirety and retains overall decision-making authority.
The four subject matter areas are as follows:
- Case Management (16 Units, 2 skill sets)
- Child Protection (19 Units, 2 skill sets)
- Community Development (18 Units, 1 skill set)
- Youth Services (12 Units, 1 skill set).
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has sought nominations for the aforementioned four Technical Advisory Committees (TACs). Each TAC will consist of members who are subject matter experts in the various fields.
The objective of each TAC will be to identify skills and knowledge gaps in their respective subject clusters and to identify the importance of the following:
- Case Management involving dealing with diverse and vulnerable clients, ranging from individuals to families and/or community groups. Most of the cases are complex and sensitive, and workers therefore need skills in self-care, self-management, resilience and emotional intelligence.
- Child Protection including understanding child development, trauma-informed care, ChildSafe standards, understanding family violence, the ability to identify best response to family violence, vicarious trauma, self-care, resilience and emotional self-regulation, occupational violence and aggression, and having the confidence to make family violence referrals to the appropriate authorities where indicated.
- Community Development involving community services workers who have the knowledge, skills, and values to work with clients, families, social groups and communities to promote, facilitate, or restore social functioning and inclusion. The complexity of the community services sector includes, for example, working with people with complex needs and vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
- Youth Services for workers who primarily work with young people aged between 12 and 25 years to develop and deliver services and programs to local youth and to young people with intellectual disabilities in residential care. Workforce training and development is centred around ways to improve the youth justice system, and includes topics such as trauma-informed care, youth suicide prevention, the needs and experiences of children with a disability, and mental health. Cultural competency training is also recommended to better engage with youth from different backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
The proposed update will seek to ensure that workers within the sub-sectors covered by the Community Sector and Development IRC have access to appropriate skills and knowledge to meet the current and future needs of communities, including those in metropolitan, regional and remote areas. Underpinning this work will be the relevant recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Northern Territory’s Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children, and the Australian Government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The TACs’ proposed project work will aim to ensure that the community services sector is supported by a high-quality, trained and skilled workforce. The TACs will ensure that the outcomes of this project enable access to training that will support the sector to improve efficiencies in operations, but also maximise its interaction with people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that they receive the most appropriate service possible.
The intent is to explore and update the current Units of Competency and skill sets. The outcomes of the TAC meetings will be used to input into the updated Draft 1 revised Training Package Products which will then be released for public consultation.
Expressions of interest for these four TACs closed at 5.00pm on Friday 22 May 2020.
For more information regarding this project, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.