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Media Announcement – Robert Adams, CEO, Australian Industry Standards Limited

Latest News | 28 Jan 2016

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills today announced the five organisations selected as Skills Service Organisations (SSO) to work with Industry Reference Committees to develop modern and relevant training packages.

The five organisations who will work with the Industry Reference Committees are:
• Australian Industry Standards Limited
• Artibus Innovation
• PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
• Skills Impact Limited
• SkillsIQ

Click here to view full media release.

TLISC Newsletter – Issue 40

E-Newsletters | 16 Dec 2015

Issue 40 – December Edition

CEO Update – December 2015

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

CEO Update

CEO Update

As 2015 draws to a close I would like express my sincere appreciation to our industry stakeholders for your ongoing support during a year of considerable change to the Australian VET system.

TLISC is nationally and internationally recognised as the trusted and independent developer of leading edge, industry-driven training products for Australia’s Transport and Logistics sectors. We look forward to the opportunity to continue this work in 2016.

The final phase of the Government’s process to select the entities that will operate as Skills Service Organisation’s (SSO) is underway. SSO’s will commence operation from 1st January, 2016. I can report that the TLISC Expression of Interest (EOI) submission to be the SSO for Transport and Logistics has progressed to this stage. Any further developments will be advised to our stakeholders as soon as we are in a position to do so.

This year has had many highlights for TLISC and they include;

  • Following extensive industry engagement all TLISC Training Packages have now been transitioned to the New Standards for Training Packages
  • TLISC Awards for Excellence
  • 2015 Environmental Scan
  • This year has seen increased international engagement by TLISC through a range of strategic engagements and projects. In addition we have continued to develop relationships with organisations involved in the VET sector in our region and have hosted a number of delegations throughout the year.

TLISC has been responsible for the development of Industry’s Training Packages for over a decade and boasts world-class, in-house capability and capacity in technical writing, quality assurance, project management and industry engagement.

Between 2009 and 2013 strong demand for TLISC developed Training Packages resulted in student enrolments increasing by 75% across Australia and qualification completion rates nearly doubling. This outcome is against the trend for most other industries.

In 2016 TLISC will continue to support the Transport and Logistics industry to maintain and grow a highly skilled and productive workforce through establishing skills standards, developing industry intelligence and providing strategic advice about workforce development.

I would like extend my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Aviation Training Package Update

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

 Aviation Training Package Update

Aviation Training Package Update

Over the past 18 months, TLISC has undertaken the transition and update of the AVI08 Aviation Training Package to the new Standards for Training Packages. TLISC’s work across the aviation industry saw us attend many events and conferences, and the opportunity to discuss aviation training issues with many of you. It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey to ensure that a wide range of aviation issues, stakeholders and regulations have been considered as each qualification, skill set or unit of competency was reviewed, updated or created. Australia’s aviation industry, training providers and regulators all provided excellent information and feedback into the next generations of the AVI Aviation Training Package.

Transitioning the AVI08 Aviation Training Package was managed through a range of projects, each of which was coordinated through industry representatives, forming the Project Steering Committee. The role of the committee was to review, discuss and finally validate the proposed new training package products to be included in the AVI Aviation Training Package. TLISC would like to thank the members of the Aviation Advisory and following Project Steering Committee’s for their support and feedback to these projects:

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Pilot in Command – Multi Crew Operations
  • Cabin Crew
  • Commercial Pilot (Aeroplane)
  • Ground Operations
  • Rotary Wing
  • Aviation Safety Skills
  • Foundation Skills.

The first release of the AVI Aviation Training Package was endorsed on 1st September 2015, and included the new Air Traffic Control qualification and two new Aviation Safety Skill sets. This release introduced the concept of the ‘Aviation Safety Management Framework’ through three new safety management units of competency;

  • AVIF0004 Implement aviation risk management processes
  • AVIF0005 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
  • AVIF0006 Manage aviation risk.

The intent of the Aviation Safety Management Framework is to ensure that all related training products, including qualifications, skill sets and units of competency are consistent with industry/regulatory language, national work health and safety legislation, and industry best practices. Once all training package products have been released, there will be over 30 units of competency that address aviation safety management skills across the areas of aviation Human Factors (HF), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Threat and Error Management (TEM), Work Health and Safety (WHS), Risk Management and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS). Training organisations should note that in most instances, these units are deliberately contextualised from existing safety management models from other national Training Packages, reducing the time and resources needed to develop aviation specific training and assessment strategies.

The second release of the AVI Aviation Training Package was endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee on 1st December, and included three new Commercial Pilot Licence qualifications and one Skill Set. This release of the training package ensures that the revised requirements of Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61 Flight Crew Licensing are appropriately addressed for the future training needs of Commercial Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilots, including the Instrument Rating qualification and Multi Crew Operations (MCO) Pilot Sill Set.

Finally, the third AVI Aviation Training Package submission and Case for Endorsement to the Department of Education and Training has been submitted for future endorsement by the Australian Industry Skills Committee in 2016. The submission includes an additional 17 qualifications, 41 skill sets and 140 units of competency that were not included in the first two releases in 2015. Interested stakeholders in the new and revised ground, aerodrome and flight operations training package products may download and review the Case for Endorsement and the rest of the AVI Aviation Training Package submission from the TLISC Aviation Training Package page.

For those of you travelling over the holiday period, TLISC would like to remind you that no matter if you’re walking, driving, or flying with friends and family, never let your feet, car or aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to earlier. We look forward to seeing you all return in 2016, to see what new challenges and opportunities await us all.

If you wish to provide training package feedback or to find out how you can become involved with TLISC’s work, please contact Dan Minton, Senior Training Package Specialist-Aviation on 0459 021 115 or

Maritime Training Package Update

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

MAR Update

Maritime Training Package Update

2015 saw the completion of the transition of MAR13 to the Standards for Training Packages, with all units of competency and qualifications included in the MAR Maritime Training Package.

On 27 February 2015 release 2.0 was endorsed and included Skill Sets covering radio operations, fast rescue and offshore familiarisation. Release 2.0 also included the Marine Engineering, Engineer Watchkeeper, Marine Engine Driver (Steam) and Marine Surveying qualifications. These qualifications were reviewed to better address AMSA and STCW requirements and aligned to the Standards for Training Packages.

Release 3.0 was endorsed on 1 September 2015. It included four qualifications and units of competency, aligned to the Standards for Training Packages and revised to better reflect AMSA and STCW requirements, the qualifications include:

  • MAR30415 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Cookery)
  • MAR50315 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)
  • MAR50415 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT)
  • MAR60315 Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited).

Release 3.0 also included the Certificate III in Marina Operations. This qualification is the first for the industry and covers the specific training requirements of marina owners and operators for berthing, mooring, storage and slipway/workshop facilities that are connected to sailing, cruising and general boating.

On 10 November 2015 release 4.0, which includes the remaining qualifications in MAR13, was submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee for consideration and endorsement. It is anticipated that these qualifications will be endorsed in early 2016. The qualifications include the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linesperson) which supersedes the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Linesperson). This qualification now addresses the full range of skills required by a lines launch person and a shore based linesperson.

Release 4.0 also includes the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating) and the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating). These qualifications directly align with the competency requirements for certification as described in Marine Orders 70 and 73 (2014) and have been aligned to the Standards for Training Packages and reviewed to better address the job role of Integrated Ratings and Chief Integrated Ratings.

This concludes the transition of all units and qualifications in MAR13 Maritime Training Package to the MAR Maritime Training Package.

For enquiries regarding the Maritime Training Package, please contact Eddie Hardman, or on 03 9604 7234.

TLISC would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the successful completion of all of the above and wish you all the best for 2016.

Rail Training Package Update

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

Rail Training Package Update

Rail Training Package Update

Transitioning TLI10 Training Package rail components to the Standards for Training Packages has been completed with TLI Release 1.0 endorsement 12th October 2015. This was the realisation of project work which started in 2013 through extensive engagement and numerous committee meetings with rail stakeholders nationally. The culmination of this work sees 26 qualifications, 53 Skills Sets, and all associated units of competency covering Rail Operations, Rail Infrastructure and Track Protection, released and are available for use.

A new TLI qualification, TLI40115 Rail Safety Investigation, was developed during 2015 to ensure a consistent approach to incident investigation by rail transport operators. This new qualification addresses an identified skills gap by enabling rail transport operators to have staff skilled with the capability to investigate incidents and events, not only as required by legislation, but more importantly in following good business practice.

Whilst reviewing all TLI rail qualifications, the following minor changes were made in response to industry needs:

  • TLI42615 Certificate IV in Train Driving
    • TLIF0004 Work effectively in a train-driving environment, now incorporating human factors elements within this unit, requiring the unit to be redraft and industry relevant
    • TLIW2037 Clip and secure points, now an elective unit of competency
  • TLI33215 Certificate III in Terminal Train Driving
    • TLIB3019 Test train braking system & TLIC3017 Shunt rolling stock, now elective units of competency
  • TLI32715 Certificate III & TLI21915 Certificate II in Track Protection
    • Track protection qualifications have been reviewed to Core, Specialist elective and Elective unit model to make these qualifications more industry relevant for variations in network safeworking rules and procedures
  • TLI21315 Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure
    • TLIW2001 Operate under track protection rules, now an elective unit of competency

As part of the transition to the Standards for Training Packages project, all of the 245 rail specific units of competency were reviewed to ensure they are in-line with rail terminology changes and risk mitigation requirements. Throughout the transition project, items on the Rail sector Continuous Improvement Plan were also completed, resulting in minor changes to a small number of units to align to current work practices and terminologies.

Finally, a big thank you to all our rail stakeholders who have contributed immensely to the ongoing review and development of all rail specific Training Package products throughout 2015. I wish you and yours a safe and happy holidays and look forward to stepping back on-board in 2016.

Further information on the above projects can be found on the rail page of the TLISC website

If you have any further queries or would like to participate in the consultation process, please contact Ron Horne, Senior Training Package Specialist – Rail on (03) 9604 7232 or

Transport & Logistics Training Package Update

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

 Transport & Logistics Training Package Update

Transport & Logistics Training Package Update

In 2015, a number of qualifications in the Transport & Logistics training package were revised as part of the process to transition training package products to the new templates. TLISC worked with industry stakeholders to review these products, to ensure they continued to meet industry needs. This process involved holding steering committee meetings and making draft material available to a wider audience to comment on, via the Transport & Logistics project update page on the TLISC website.  In this way, TLISC was able to provide the opportunity to as many stakeholders as possible to provide feedback.

Many of the training package products required little or no change; however, some qualifications had a number of additional changes in response to stakeholders requesting the opportunity to conduct a more extensive review of the training package products, to ensure they continued to meet current industry practices.

In the Driving Operations qualifications, the key changes included the inclusion of the Chain of Responsibility unit to applicable streams; the addition of a Tip Truck stream and a new Operate Tip Truck unit; an update to the Taxi and Pilot stream; the complete review of the Licence to Transport Dangerous Goods by Road unit; the inclusion of roll over awareness into the Dangerous goods tanker units. Five new skill sets were also developed and the Operate 4WD unit was reviewed to ensure it still met current industry practices.

In the Driving Instruction qualifications (car, heavy vehicle, motorcycle), the key changes included updates to packaging rules and core units; addition of heavy vehicle industry units to the Heavy vehicle Driving Instruction qualification and 3 new units being developed for conducting learner driver training.

Minor changes were made to the Warehouse & Logistics qualifications by adding the revised Chain of Responsibility units to the Core of the Certificate II, III and IV qualifications. With the International freight forwarding (IFF), Customs Broking and Traffic Operations qualification amendments were made to the packaging rules, core units and specialist groups. Three new IFF/Customs Broking units were also developed.

The TLI10 Training package was transitioned to the TLI Training Package in 2 stages. The first stage; TLI Release 1.0 was endorsed on 12 October 2015. This release included 11 qualifications and 10 skill sets, covering all of the Materiel and Deployment Logistics, one Stevedoring and  5 Warehousing & logistics qualifications.

The second stage; TLI Release 2.0 was submitted to the Department Education and Training on 20th November 2015. This release included 25 qualifications and 28 skill sets, covering 11 Road Transport qualifications, 4 International Freight Forwarding & Customs Broking qualifications, 2 Stevedoring qualifications,  2 Mobile crane qualifications and 6 Warehousing and logistics qualifications.

Many industry stakeholders were involved in this process and gave their time to ensure that the competency standards for their specific sector reflect current industry needs. So I thank them all for their involvement and dedication to ensuring that Transport and Logistics training organisations continues to produce a high quality workforce.

Further information on the above projects can be found on the TLISC website at:

If you wish to discuss any of these projects, please contact Judy Green Senior Training Package Specialist – Road Transport/Warehouse & Logistics on (03) 9604 7214 or via email

Enjoy a well deserved break over the festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2016.

New opportunities for Australia’s VET sector in Mexico due to increased training needs

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

 New opportunities for Australia's VET sector in Mexico due to increased training needs – APEC Project

New opportunities for Australia’s VET sector in Mexico due to increased training needs

This month TLISC had the pleasure to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ANZMEX Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the launch of the Senate’s report to the inquiry of Australia’s relationship with Mexico by Senator Chris Back, Deputy Chair of the Committee and Victor del Rio, President of ANZMEX.

Some important recommendations found in the report are:

  • To develop a strategic plan for the establishment of direct flights between Mexico and Australia by 2020.
  • To work together with Australian universities to review accreditation of both countries and achieve mutual recognition of qualifications by 2020.
  • To allocate additional funding for initiatives to promote Australian VET services in Mexico.
  • To encourage and facilitate research collaboration between Australia and Mexico so that more resources be available to universities of both countries.

Sen. Back highlighted that with the APEC alliance there is an enormous opportunity to enhance the VET sector in Mexico with the Australian skills and training framework. Additionally, he mentioned that Mexico had expressed a great interest for collaboration in different sectors, including the educational and the logistics one.

The report emphasises that Mexico lacks of training to improve productivity and fulfil the technical skills gap that exist in the country. These needs represent important opportunities for Australian VET providers. Furthermore, Mexican institutions have a great interest to develop relationships with interested providers that can provide trade and technical colleges with specialised qualifications. The report is available here.

TLISC and the Department of Education and Training host Indonesian Delegation

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

 TLISC and the Department of Education and Training host Indonesian Delegation

TLISC and the Department of Education and Training host Indonesian Delegation

Following on from our involvement in the APEC and IORA projects, TLISC and the Department of Education hosted 3 delegates from Indonesia for visits in Sydney conducted over 2 days in relation to the delivery of T&L qualifications by public providers in an industry-led system. The delegates were from two entities involved in the APEC and IORA projects being managed by TLISC for the Department of Education and Training: the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration (MOMT), and the Indonesian Professionals Certification Authority (BNSP).

The expertise and experiences of a public training provider in an industry-led VET system are of interest to Indonesia at this time. The purpose of the visit was to engage with public training providers delivering transport and logistics training and qualifications. Visits to the Sydney Institute, the South Western Sydney Institute and the Western Sydney Institute provided a cross section of approaches, geographic and demographic issues, strategy and experience and a basis for comprehensive discussion. We look forward to ongoing progress with all our project partners in implementing a system consistent with the requirements of their nations’ strategies.

The APEC and IORA projects related to the development of occupational standards in the transport & logistics, and port sectors within the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean Rim. This initiatives focus on supporting economic advantages, including increased productivity, trade and skilled labour mobility.

Changes identified in the Australian transport and logistics sector thanks to innovation and technology

Latest News | 16 Dec 2015

 Changes identified in the Australian transport and logistics sector due to innovation and technology

Changes identified in the Australian transport and logistics sector thanks to innovation and technology

The 2015 Transport and Logistics E-scan highlighted dramatic changes in the Australian transport and logistics industry sectors in the last decade, influenced by the accelerating pace of available technology and the proximity to developing markets. Based on research with TLISC industry and other stakeholders including businesses across all T&L sectors, RTOs and others, it was identified that the transport and logistics workforce is increasingly required to operate complex technology, identify and interpret relevant data in highly technical environments relating to a range of supply chains. Therefore, the demand for higher level qualifications and the growing use of skill sets to address specific needs would be increasingly significant.

An Australian body with a data focused research and digital innovation network, including the transport and logistics sector is Data 61. With the Federal Governments support and renewed focus on innovation, Data 61 will be created combining the expertise of the CSIRO Digital productivity Business Unit & NICTA teams.

Read the full article here.

At the very least we know there is a lot of technology that now exists and it is a question of when and how it can be applied, recognising that there is great diversity in businesses operating in the sectors.

Throughout 2014-2015, TLISC have attended NICTA events including the Transport & Logistics Living Lab where case studies and research projects undertaken with industry partners in the transport and logistics sectors demonstrate what is possible and investigate potential data driven or digital solutions to real world problems. For example, container tracking, truck wireless communications with an emphasis on safety and intelligent transport systems, big data scenarios relating to ports, transport asset maintenance, congestion, etc. All contribute to our understanding of how relevant data can enhance the performance of a business.

Sally Wagnon
Sally Wagnon
Manager, Marketing & Communications