The PSP Public Sector Training Package was last endorsed in February 2016.
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.
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.
The following courses have been accredited by the Victorian Registration
and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) from 01 January 2011 to 31 December
- 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:
||The Deaf Society NSW/ACT
||Deaf Services Queensland
||La Trobe University
||Formerly WA Deaf Society
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.
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
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
Validation Draft 2
Auslan TAC Meeting 3
State Training Authorities Engagement
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 Forecast
On 30th September 2016, IRCs submitted their initial four-year workplans to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration. These workplans were developed incorporating information sourced in a variety of ways, including meetings and consultations with stakeholders, desktop research, an industry workforce survey open to all stakeholders, across all industries for a five-week period and consultation with IRC members and their stakeholder networks.
In April 2017, these workplans were refreshed, retitled as Industry Skills Forecasts and again submitted to the AISC. An IRC’s Industry Skills Forecast provides an overview of the sector and the current challenges and opportunities it faces, along with an analysis of current and projected employment and workforce skills needs. It proposes a schedule for the ongoing review of relevant training package products to inform the AISC’s development of the four-year rolling National Schedule.
It is noted that this Industry Skills Forecast has been developed and signed off by this IRC, but the final decision with regard to the scheduling of training product development rests with the AISC, once it has reviewed the submitted Industry Skills Forecasts of all 60 plus IRCs across the various sectors of Australian Industry. The confirmed National Schedule is published on the AISC website once approved.
CLICK HERE to download the Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecast.