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Public Sector IRC

The PSP Public Sector Training Package was last endorsed in February 2016.

Industry Overview

Public sector employees play an important role in the development, review and implementation of government policies, and they provide an array of services for the community.

The public sector comprises federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies, and state-owned corporations. According to recent data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the public sector employs over 1.6 million people, representing 18 percent of the Australian workforce. Employment growth has been strong over the last five years.


Given the array of services provided by public sector workers, there is a massive range of occupations within the sector, spanning areas such as education, health, policy, finance, police and emergency services.


To view and download content of the VET qualifications that sit within the PSP Public Sector Training Package, please click here.


The Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

Members of the Public Sector IRC were appointed by the Australian Industry & Skills Committee (AISC), following a public consultation and nomination process. 

To view the current membership of the Public Sector IRC, please click here

Current Projects

The Public Sector Industry Reference Committee is currently overseeing training package product development in relation to Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Existing accredited courses in Auslan which expire on 31 December 2017 are being re-developed as national qualifications and units of competency to sit within the PSP Public Sector Training package. 

Completion of the development of training package products and submission to the AISC for endorsement is expected to be November 2017.

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Project Background

The following courses have been accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) from 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2017:

  • 22075VIC - Certificate II in Auslan
  • 22077VIC - Certificate III in Auslan
  • 22078VIC - Certificate IV in Auslan
  • 22081VIC - Diploma of Auslan

The accredited courses consisted of the above four qualifications and a suite of 32 units of competency.

These courses were previously maintained by Government Skills Australia (GSA), an Industry Skills Council (ISC). Responsibility for these courses was transferred to SkillsIQ following the closure of Industry Skills Councils. SkillsIQ now supports IRCs that oversee some training package products formerly managed by GSA, including those within the PSP Public Sector Training Package. 

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved SkillsIQ to complete training package development work to address skills needs for Auslan signers. This will result in a suite of national training package products that reflect the Standards for Training Packages and will be available to all Registered Training Organisations to be used for training in these skills when the current accredited courses expire. Work will be overseen by the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Auslan training package products will be included in the PSP Public Sector Training Package. 

For more information regarding the Public Sector IRC, please click here

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

To inform the development of Auslan training package products, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed. The Auslan TAC reports to the Public Sector IRC and is made up of Deaf community stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia who provide: 

  • guidance at the national level to ensure training package products are flexible and responsive to changing needs and practices
  • specialist advice and strategic direction in relation to stakeholder feedback and issues relevant to their sector
  • views and feedback on behalf of the sector/organisation they represent
  • support and facilitation of communication and consultation with others, including other members of their organisation, association members and other networks.

The members of the Auslan TAC are:

Stephen Nicolson TASDEAF
Sarah Strong The Deaf Society NSW/ACT
Brent Phillips VICDEAF
Louisa Willoughby Monash University
Cathy Clark deafConnectEd
Michelle Stark Deaf Services Queensland
Stephanie Linder La Trobe University
Kyle Miers Deaf Australia
Patricia Levitzke-Gray Formerly WA Deaf Society
Jenice Wheeler TAFE SA


Consultation Activities and Timelines

Draft 1 of the Auslan training package products now available for public consultation. 

National consultation for Draft 1 will be open for a period of seven weeks from Monday 19th June to Friday 4th August 2017. During this period input will be sought on the following:

  • 15 Units of Competency and associated Assessment Requirements
  • 4 qualifications.

You can provide feedback on all of the proposed training package products through this online Feedback Forum.

All proposed training package products are listed on this page and you can access any one of them by clicking on the title and entering your comments in comment box applicable to the section on which you wish to provide input. For more detail on how to leave feedback click here.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of other activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals. 

Consultation Workshops

Public consultation workshops will be held to gather feedback on the proposed training package products. Workshops will take place as follows, please click on the link to register:

Sydney - 20th July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Perth - 24th July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Adelaide - 25th July – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Melbourne -26th July – 1.30pm-4.30pm

Brisbane - 2nd August – 1.30pm-4.30pm

Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement. 

It is anticipated that the Auslan training package products will be submitted to the AISC for consideration in November 2017.  The table below outlines the timelines for the training package review.


Auslan TAC Meeting 1

March 2017

Preparation Draft 1 & TAC Consultation

April - May 2017

Consultation Draft 1

June - July 2017

Auslan TAC Meeting 2

June - August 2017 

Feedback analysis & Draft 2 Development

August 2017

Validation Draft 2

September 2017

Auslan TAC Meeting 3

October 2017

State Training Authorities Engagement

October 2017

Quality Check

October 2017


November 2017

To provide feedback on this and other projects being undertaken by the Public Sector IRC, please visit our Feedback Forum


Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecasts

CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecast.