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TLISC Newsletter – Issue 39

E-Newsletters | 26 Nov 2015

Issue 39 – November Edition

CEO Update – November

Latest News | 26 Nov 2015

CEO Update

CEO Update

The Department of Education and Training The department has progressed to stage 2 of the evaluation process for the EOI to operate as a Skills Service Organisation. More information can be found here.

This month TLISC were pleased to host delegates from Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka as part of a project looking at Transnational Skills in Ports involved in the Indian Ocean Rim. TLISC is managing this project for the Department of Education and Training. The project will support the skill development needs of occupations in port operations between IORA member states to meet local industry skill needs and support industry, trade and skilled labour mobility across the Indian Ocean Rim. More information about the project and the workshop can be found later in this newsletter.

As part the growing relationship between TLISC and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) together with Jon Northorpe, TLISC Deputy Chair, I travelled to China in late October to meet with the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP). CFLP is the peak body for the Logistics industry in China. This visit included the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Beijing and bilateral discussions with senior CFLP officials on how to increase the level of collaborative engagement between both organisations. Following the meetings in Beijing, Jon and I made presentations at the 7th China National Conference on Logistics Teaching of Vocational Schools in Changzhou.

The conference theme was “Strategy, System and Innovation” and I was able to provide an overview of the Australian Vocational Education System while Jon presented a case study on “Catch of the Day’ the largest eCommence business in Australia. Jon highlighted the value of providing quality training to the Catch of the Day workforce and the positive impact the training has had in improving organisational performance and employee engagement. There were a lot of questions following our presentations around the potential application of the Australian VET delivery approach in China.

During the visit we had the opportunity to visit a number of Chinese Logistics businesses and VET Training Institutions. Jon and I were both very impressed with the quality of the facilities th and innovative approaches being used at each Institute and with the delivery approach being used to develop the skills of the students. It was also very impressive to see the strong relationship with local businesses to support the vocational education and training being delivered.

We are continuing to discuss potential partnership activities with CFLP and some priorities include:

  • Bi-annual exchange visits between TLISC and CFLP team members
  • Facilitating exchange visits between Australian and Chinese Training Institutes to explore options for ongoing cooperation and partnership activities
  • Teacher and Student exchange opportunities
  • Undertaking joint research activities to evaluate how to best support improving Logistics Training in both countries

Over the next two months there will be further discussions between TLISC and CFLP to identify and agree on priority activities for 2016.

Training Package Update

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

Training Package Update

From the General Manager – Training Packages

The TLISC team is moving ever closer to finalising the transition of all of our Training Packages to the new standards.

The Aviation Training Package, AVI Release 2.0 was submitted for endorsement on Thursday, 5 November. This submission contains the fully revised qualifications for pilots, the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane), Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) and the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating).

On 11 November the Maritime Training Package, MAR Release 4.0, was submitted for endorsement. The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linespersons), Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating) and the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating) are all in this endorsement submission.

The final two endorsement submissions for the TLI Training Package and the AVI Training Package will be completed over the coming weeks. The TLISC team will continue to provide all registered stakeholders with project updates, including Training Package submissions and endorsements, as soon as they occur. It’s easy to register to receive updates, simply go to the relevant training package page (links provided below) and enter your details into the Register Your Interest panel at the bottom of the page *.

Information on all Training Package projects is regularly updated, and can be found on the relevant Training Package page at our website, with links to each provided below:

Paul Walsh
General Manager – Training Packages
03 9604 7207

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IORA Transnational Skills Development – Port Operations Project

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

IORA Transnational Skills Development – Port Operations Project

The Department of Education and Training have engaged TLISC to undertake a project with a number of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) countries to address the skills needs and develop occupational standards within the port industry in the region. A delegation of VET and Port Industry representatives from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka and Australia were involved in a workshop in Canberra and Sydney between 16 and 19 November 2015.

To contextualise the project, here are some vital statistics about the Indian Ocean Rim:

  • The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water on Earth, covering an area of over 68.5 million square kilometres
  • The region is bounded by 36 key countries – 20 of which are members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association – and is home to over 2 billion people.
  • It carries half the world’s container ships, one third of the world’s bulk cargo and two thirds of the world’s oil supplies.

With major shipping traffic flowing through the Indian Ocean region and growing by up to 10 percent a year, it is paramount that ports be able to handle cargo efficiently and effectively to ensure minimal turn around times.

Skills development is critical to ensure ports have the capacity to deal with major shifts within the industry and TLISC’s IORA project is assisting the region with the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce.


The week began with Joanna Wood, Director International Skills Cooperation at the Department of Education and Training welcoming delegates to the Canberra Institute of Technology. Background briefings of the VET and port systems within each participating country led to active discussions regarding the advantages and opportunities within each system.

An exploration of the key priorities for skills development in the region followed with the following three port job roles identified and given priority for the development of associated occupational standards:

  • Crane Operator
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Yard Planner

With Australia being home to some of the most technologically advanced port operations in the world, the delegation moved on to Sydney and visited Patrick’s AutoStrad Terminal in Port Botany, to observe the day-to-day operations of a port capable of handling 1.6 million TEUs per year.

Mr Andrew Thompson, Engineering & Maintenance Manager – Port Botany Terminal, provided a tour of the port which includes 45 automated straddle carriers, known as AutoStrads. These carries manoeuvre 20 and 40 foot shipping containers, unmanned, from trucks to holding stacks to ship-to-shore cranes and back, all controlled by a highly complex algorithm which is overseen by managers in a control tower above the port.

The new operation has seen considerable improvements in safety, efficiency and customer service. Delegates also had the opportunity to use the gantry crane operations simulator.


The delegation also visited the Transport and Logistics Living Lab, operated by Data 61 (previously NICTA). The lab, dedicated to testing and demonstrating new technologies available in the Transport and Logistics industry, has a particular focus on developing and scaling Australian innovations into the market. Mr Neil Temperley, Manager of the lab and Mr Thomas Vitsounis, project leader, introduced the facility and some of the initiatives currently under development in supply chain management and shipping innovation.


The final day of the workshop was dedicated to reviewing the work undertaken so far and sharing stakeholder engagement strategies, as well as focussing on how to address barriers to participation across sectors. A communication and engagement plan was also developed for the next stages of the project, which will see wider consultation from a broad range of stakeholders across each of the participating economies. Delegates also had the opportunity to meet TLISC CEO, Mr Robert Adams, who thanked them for their participation and dedication to the project

TLISC will coordinate the final drafting and validation of the work undertaken at the workshop with countries conducting stakeholder engagement activities for peer endorsement of the standards.

The project will be completed in June 2016, with the final development of the three job roles and associated competency standards. Benchmarking will also be undertaken to build an understanding of how the job roles will fit into the associated educational and training environments.

TLISC thanks Patrick Port Botany and Data 61 for their generous efforts and time in ensuring workshop participants were able to experience and observe the exciting advances being made within the ports industry within Australia and overseas.

Partnerships are a key component of building relationships across the vast distances of the Indian Ocean Rim. TLISC would like to thank all the delegates for their time and participation in the first stage of the IORA Development of Transnational Skill Standards project. The project has forged new friendships with our international counterparts, and we look forward to many more fruitful partnerships in the future.

For further information regarding the IORA project, please contact Amanda Thomas

North American travels for TLISC Fellows

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

North American travels for TLISC Fellows

North American travels for TLISC Fellows

Last year TLISC partnered with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) to award two Fellowships aimed at promoting the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice in the transport and logistics industry.

Fellowship recipients Paul Kahlert and Jarrod Weaving both recently returned from their explorations to the USA and Canada respectively. As prescribed by the Fellowship, they are required to pass on what they have learnt by:

  • Preparing a detailed report for distribution to government departments, industry and educational institutions;
  • Recommending improvements to accredited educational courses
  • Delivering training activities including workshops, conferences and forums

In addition to this, Paul and Jarrod have each taken the time to compile a short report for our eNewsletter – we hope their stories (and photos) inspire.

During his three week visit to the United States, Paul Kahlert, General Manager of Brisbane’s All Purpose Transport met with owners and CEOs of T&L businesses in California, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Read Paul’s account of his Fellowship trip here.

Jarrod Weaving is the manager of the University of Tasmania – Australian Maritime College’s Vocational Education and Training programs. Jarrod travelled to the remote Canadian maritime region of Nunavik where he observed similarities between its indigenous population and that of Australia’s Torres Strait – a snapshot of his Fellowship project is available here.

Update on the uptake of TLISC qualifications

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

Chart of the Month

Chart of the Month – November 2015

This edition of Chart of the Month provides an update on the uptake of TLISC qualifications, and on the gender distribution of commencing VET students.

Click here to download the chart.

Women Moving Australia – November 2015

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

Women Moving Australia – November 2015

Women Moving Australia – November 2015

Three states, three sectors – this month’s edition of Women Moving Australia covers a range of experience and credentials as we look at women who are moving Australia by air, land and sea.

As the granddaughter of RAAF pilot, Captain Lisa Norman has been flying for 30 years – 26 of them for Qantas. But her love of the transport and logistics industry runs even deeper. Since learning to drive a 1936 International truck at age 12, she’s had a passion for all modes of transportation ever since – including boating, flying, cars, motorbikes, rockets and space. Learn more about Lisa here.

Another woman who started her career in the industry at an early is Angela Lewis. Second in command of the sail training vessel, Leeuwin 2, with Fremantle-based Leeuwin Ocean Adventures, Angela has recently completed a Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) and was named as finalist in the 2015 WA Training Awards – Vocational Student of the Year category. Read Angela’s profile here.

Julie Russell is a third-generation family member at road transport business, Russell Transport in Brisbane. Starting out as a receptionist, she has worked her way up to the role of Director – Support Services where she works, “behind the scenes to support our operations team to provide the best possible experience to clients, community and staff.” Behind the scenes doesn’t mean she goes unnoticed…this year Julie was named the Australian Trucking Associations’ National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year! Julie’s full profile is available here.

Asciano’s uplifting approach to gender diversity

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

Asciano’s uplifting approach to gender diversity

Asciano’s uplifting approach to gender diversity

Asciano are throwing their weight behind a program to tackle an age old challenge in the ports sector – gender diversity.

The Women in Logistics ‘WILpower’ Management Cadetship program is an accelerated development pathway for female cadets interested in pursuing an operational management career.

Following a rigorous recruitment campaign which attracted 600 applicants, the first intake of ten female cadets commenced in February 2015 and have recently completed their first rotation through operational roles at Patrick Terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Mandy Walter, Organisational Development, Learning & HR Projects Manager at Patrick, believes the success of the program is due in part to the level of talent the company attracted through the recruitment process.

“Traditionally, we’ve recruited from the pipeline of operational roles…you might come into Patrick as a stevedore and work your way up through management ranks,” says Walter.

Bringing in, “highly trained, highly educated people with diverse backgrounds brings about a different thought process within the organisation.”

“Some of the women have come from careers in nursing, defence and mining – they bring new perspectives and are all highly practical in their approach – which is a good fit in the ports sector, where we require a practical and sensible approach to operational and people leadership.”

Cadets also undertake online, self-paced education within the two year period – most completing a mix of either Diploma in Logistics of a Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain. If a cadet brings a specialisation to the role, there is scope for them to tailor the education element to further enhance their expertise. Furthermore, cadets attend Asciano’s Frontline Leaders Program which enables networking in addition to completing a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

One of the key elements of the WILpower program is the mentoring component which gives the existing workforce, predominantly older males, an opportunity to pass on their wisdom and experience to the cadets.

“We’ve matched [the cadets] with mentors and that in itself has been quite a positive exercise in that we’ve also been able to upskill those mentors. We actually had a lot of ‘buy-in’ from those peers.”

Since the launch and implementation of the WILpower Cadetship Program, Asciano has seen an increase in overall external brand awareness for the Asciano group of companies resulting in a 9.7% increase in the number of women applying female applications for blue collar roles.

Key outcomes to date:

  • Increased representation of the female workforce at Asciano.
  • Asciano developed an external talent pool which can be drawn on to match against other existing jobs in the organisation and will continue to proactively run this talent pool.
  • Increased awareness internally of inclusive leadership through development and training with Asciano’s existing workforce.
  • Mentoring opportunities for its leaders to develop talent in the organisation.
  • Increased investment in the careers team allowing them to better source and support the attraction of females for existing roles.
  • Changes to the recruitment processes to increase the company’s ability to attract a diverse pool of candidates.

Jarrod Weaving

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

Jarrod Weaving is the manager of the University of Tasmania Australian Maritime College’s (AMC) Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. He has a career-long association with seafaring, in the tourism sector, with passenger operations and in the Royal Australian Navy. He now enjoys the many opportunities afforded to him as an educator to impart the skills and knowledge required for a successful seagoing career to a wide range of students.  In 2014 he was awarded an ISSI/TLISC Fellowship to conduct research into the maritime sector abroad.

Jarrod ISSI

Over the last two years I have lead my team to design, develop and deliver innovative navigational, engineering and safety training to Indigenous students throughout the Torres Strait. This has been as part of the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s highly successful Torres Strait Marine Pathway Program (TSMPP) in which AMC is the contracted and training organisation.

In 2014 I was awarded one of two $12,500 scholarships offered annually through the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute. The fellowships aim to bring international best practice and innovative approaches back to benefit Australian industry.

During September and October this year, I traveled to Canada and the remote Canadian maritime region of Nunavik where I had identified a number of striking similarities between the Torres Strait region and Canada, including

  • Low language, literacy and numeracy
  • More demand for blended delivery training
  • Indigenous populations undertaking fishing to support lifestyle and cultural connections to their traditional sea country,

During my time in Canada, I visited the indigenous community of Conne River, this thriving community is situated in the Mi’kmaq Territory, Newfoundland, about 8 hours’ drive from St John’s. Since being established as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek has gone from a poor, isolated community with almost 90% unemployment to a strong vibrant community with nearly 100% full time/part-time employment. This community is often pointed to by Indian and Northern Affairs as a model community for other First Nations.

Following Conne River, I traveled north to Iqaluit which is the territorial capital of Nunavut, the largest and fastest-growing community in the territory. During this visit I presented at the Nunavut Trade show and Conference. I also gained a remarkable insight into remote indigenous training during discussion with students regarding training and assessment.

The fellowship provided great understanding of the similar challenges faced by both unique geographic locations.

Paul Kahlert

Latest News | 23 Nov 2015

In 2014 TLISC partnered with the International Specialised Skills (ISS) Institute to award a Fellowship to Paul Kahlert with the aim of investigating international best practice in the transport and logistics (T&L) industry. Paul recently returned from his three week visit to the United States where he met owners and CEOs of T&L businesses in California, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

Kahlert photos

ISSI Fellow goes bicoastal in the name of T&L
My decision to spend time visiting T&L businesses on both coasts resulted in over 1,500 miles in hire cars and the ‘pleasure’ of traversing LA’s famous freeways (car parks).

The trip culminated with me attending the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual convention in Philadelphia with close to 2,000 delegates. This four day event showcased the latest in technology and equipment innovations along with key note speeches from world-class presenters on productivity improvement, safety, driver attraction and retention. The safety session was held by the co-pilot of the plane that successfully ditched in the Hudson River, New York and highlighted the importance of businesses having a true safety culture rather than just a compliance strategy.

A key takeout for me was the impact T&L businesses in the States experienced during the GFC. US businesses appeared to have had significantly more distress than what many Australian companies experienced. This downturn created a survival approach by business owners to improve their productivity and bottom line performances. Employers quickly embraced and committed to technology solutions to measure and report on their workers’ performance in order to make their businesses more sustainable.

I also found the use of smartphone devices to assist with fleet planning and asset management was rapidly evolving with drivers using apps on their phones rather than company provided equipment. There is a noticeable shift from traditional ‘in-house’ server based software applications to cloud-based services utilising the power of Google and the internet. Testimony to this was that there were no PDA hardware exhibitors at the convention with all software providers touting the IOS and Android platforms.

From a futurist point of view exhibitors also had their ‘autonomous’ trucks on show which are capable of driverless operations using a combination of radar, cameras, mapping and engine management systems.

On the HR spectrum, I found that with the US economy now showing signs of an upturn this has created a new challenge with the country experiencing significant driver shortages in long-distance operators with some firms offering up to $6,000 sign-on bonuses to attract drivers to their businesses.
The Chief Economist of the ATA provided statistics showing 89,000 new drivers were required each year to cover the loss of drivers and growth in the freight task. With a workforce of rapidly ageing drivers companies were turning to solutions such as lobbying government to automatically licence ex-military personnel where they had previously operated heavy vehicles. This initiative alone would create over 10,000 new driver positions annually. Other initiatives to attract drivers include the addition of satellite TVs, in-cab Wi-Fi and automatic gearboxes to attract younger generations along with other benefits such as medical and training expenses paid by the company.

I would like to thank the Boards of the TLISC and ISS for the opportunity of a lifetime to research the industry I have worked in for over 27 years. I am looking forward to producing the final report for distribution to key stakeholders.

Sally Wagnon
Sally Wagnon
Manager, Marketing & Communications