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TLISC Newsletter – Issue 38

E-Newsletters | 27 Oct 2015

Issue 38 – October Edition

CEO Update – October

Latest News | 22 Oct 2015


CEO Update

In a month which has seen the political landscape change somewhat, I wish to extend my congratulations to Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham who was promoted to the position of Minister for Education and Training on 20 September. Furthermore, welcome The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, who was named as the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) met with nominated representatives of Advisory Committees from all Industry Skills Councils recently. I attended along with Paul Walsh, General Manager – Training Packages. The TLISC Advisory Committee representatives were:

  • Transport and Logistics – Mark McKenzie, ACAPMA
  • Rail – Ron Devitt, Transport for NSW
  • Maritime – Bob Venema, Farstad Shipping
  • Aviation – Doug Nancarrow, Safeskies

I am pleased to announce that Mark and Ron were selected to be part of the Industry Reference Committee Chairs working group to assist the AISC to work through Industry Reference Committee governance arrangements and other issues in preparation for the move to new VET/Training Package arrangements from January 2016.

The Safeskies 2015 Conference was held in Canberra from 23-24 September with the theme ‘Training for change’. Several members of the TLISC team were in attendance and I was also privileged to chair a session on the second day of the event.

In his opening speech at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Warren Truss highlighted TLISC’s leadership of the Aviation Workforce Skills Study – an initiative he has commissioned in order to gain a better understanding of the current challenges and future workforce needs of Australia’s diverse aviation industry. A link to Minister Truss’ speech can be found here. Information about the Aviation Workforce Skills Study is available here.

Also in September, I attended the 2015 National VET Conference in Adelaide, hosted by Velg. Alongside Paul Walsh – TLISC’s General Manager, Training Packages – I updated delegates about how TLISC is positioned in the current political climate and introduced them to the TLISC Workforce website. Paul also provided an overview of the progress TLISC has made with its three training packages along including new qualifications and recent endorsements.

Speaking at the Sino-Australia Forum as part of the TAFE Directors Australia conference in Hobart, I had the opportunity to showcase the work TLISC has been undertaking as part of the APEC Transport and Logistics Project. The presentation focussed on the changing nature of supply chains and also included an overview of the project TLISC is working on with government and industry representatives from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to develop APEC regional occupational standards for core skills in the transport and logistics industry.

Robert Adams
03 9604 7207

Training Package update

Latest News | 22 Oct 2015


TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package Release 1.0 Endorsed


The TLI Training Package was endorsed on 12 October by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). All Rail Operations and Infrastructure qualifications are now in this latest release of the TLI Training Package having been through a thorough stakeholder review process as they have been transitioned to the standards for training packages format. TLI also includes the new Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation qualification. Further information can be found on the Rail Training Package page.

Transport and Logistics

The now endorsed TLI Training Package includes qualifications covering Warehousing Operations, Logistics, Materiel and Deployment Logistics, Yard Operations and Stevedoring. These qualifications have also been through a thorough stakeholder review as part of the transition process. This release includes three updated Chain of Responsibility units of competency which are aligned to legislative requirements covering the skills and knowledge required by operators, supervisors and managers working across the Road Transport Supply Chain.

The remaining qualifications in the TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package will be part of the November submission for endorsement. While all units and qualifications have been aligned to the standards for training packages, the stakeholder review process also identified a range of improvements, which have been completed, to ensure they meet the current needs of industry. This additional work has seen improvements in the Freight Forwarding, Driving Instruction, Traffic Operations and Driving Operations qualifications, as well as the Licence to Transport Dangerous Goods by Road unit. Further information and draft materials can be found on the Transport and Logistics Training Package page.


Work on the transition of Aviation qualifications, skill sets and units of competency is in the final stages of preparation for submission of the Aviation Training Package Release 2.0 for endorsement in November. Included in the submission will be all Pilot, Flight Instructor, Cabin Crew, Ground Operations and Rescue Crew qualifications skill sets and units. Further information, including draft materials can be found on the Aviation Training Package page.


The final 3 qualifications in the MAR 13 Training Package covering Linespersons, Integrated Ratings and Chief Integrated Ratings have been reviewed by stakeholders and transitioned to the standards for training packages. These qualifications will be in the November submission of MAR Release 4.0 for endorsement. Further Information, including draft materials can be found on the Maritime Training Package page.

Paul Walsh
General Manager, Training Packages
03 9604 7207

TLISC research: summary of pressing skill needs for the road transport and logistics industry

Latest News | 22 Oct 2015

Chart of the Month

Chart of the Month – October 2015

This edition of Chart the Month presents key visualisations from TLISC’s research paper presented at the Australasian Transport Research Forum in Sydney last month, entitled ‘Training the Logisticians of the Future: Skill implications of technological changes in the Transport & Logistics industry’.

Click here to download the chart.

Women Moving Australia

Latest News | 22 Oct 2015


Women Moving Australia

In the October edition of Women Moving Australia we look at two women who started out in operational roles in the industry and, over time, have used their experience and knowledge to become management specialists in their field.

Rebecca Warren is a ‘glass-half-full’ kind of person who has forged an enviable career path in the transport and logistics industry. Commencing as a management trainee with Brambles in Newcastle, Rebecca has worked her way to a role in Specialist HR Projects and Improvements with the Roy Hill Project – a 55 million tonne per annum iron ore mining, rail and port project being developed in West Australia’s Pilbara region. With qualifications in business (majoring in IR & HR), law and OHS, she is a shining example of how a career in transport can be tailored to suit the individual. Rebecca’s full profile is available here.

Belinda Polglase grew up surrounded by all things transport – her parents started Brisbane’s All Purpose Transport 40 years ago. After completing studies in human resources, Japanese and management and working in travel, hospitality and executive recruitment, Belinda returned to the fold 18 years ago and is now APT’s Project Manager. Belinda coordinates training for all the company’s staff and owner drivers while also managing the sales team, functions and events and various other projects. She is also the proud mother of four young children. Read more about Belinda here.

VET reform protects students

Latest News | 22 Oct 2015


VET reform protects students

The VET FEE-HELP loan scheme provides eligible VET students with loans to cover the cost of their higher level VET qualifications including Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.

The Australian Government is strengthening the scheme’s design to ensure it protects vulnerable students, taxpayers, and the reputation of Australia’s high quality VET system. A suite of measures is being introduced to tighten VET marketing, recruitment and administration practises to provide better protection for students.

The reforms, designed to improve the protection of vulnerable students and the reputation of the broader VET system from unscrupulous providers, have been underway in 2015 and continue with a further Bill currently before parliament. Implementation guidelines for the reform measures will also be available. The VET FEE Help site is a useful resource in keeping up to date with the reforms which will include penalties and a formal reporting process for inappropriate conduct.

Examples of bad behaviour, which are well documented in the press, now being stamped out include:

  • The banning of inducements and marketing such as iPads at enrolment
  • Providers not being responsible for the actions of their agents
  • Debt incursion and impediments to a student’s ability to withdraw from a course
  • Misleading marketing such as “if you do this course you will get job x or earn $y
  • Collection of personal details such as tax file numbers, bank accounts and personal information

Further details about the action priority areas are included in the fact sheet.

A fact sheet for students is also available.

From 1 January 2016, approved VET FEE-HELP providers will be required to meet and publish Entry Procedure Requirements and to assess whether a person wishing to access VET FEE-HELP meets the mandatory entry requirements prior to their enrolling a person in a VET course of study (Diploma or above qualification).

The Department requires a mandatory minimum level of LLN where a person would have a reasonable chance to actively participate in the higher level course and significant work and consultation is underway to ensure an appropriate balance of safeguards exist.

TLISC Newsletter – Issue 37

E-Newsletters | 15 Sep 2015

Issue 37 – September Edition

From the CEO – September 2015

Latest News | 15 Sep 2015

CEO Update

From the CEO

TLISC submitted an Expression of Interest to perform the role of Skills Service Organisation (SSO) for the industry on 24 August. With the implementation of the new contestable model for the development of training packages the SSOs working with Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) will facilitate the future development of training packages. We are still waiting for more information on our submission and once we are in a position to provide stakeholders with any news I will release an update.

National Skills Week was launched at Parliament House in Sydney on 24 August. The focus of the event was to showcase innovation and student engagement, along with creating awareness of skills needs particularly in areas of emerging opportunity and priority.

The event featured speeches from Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Assistant Minister for Education and Training) and The Hon John Barilaro (Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business). National Skills Week brings to life the positive messages that highlight the talents, the skills, the career pathways, and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia.

On 12 August in Hobart I attended the launch by The Hon Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage of the ‘Transport and Logistics Industry Workforce Plan 2015 – 2018’. In his speech in launching the workforce plan Minister Groom highlighted the critical role the transport and logistics industry has in supporting the Tasmanian economy and that having a highly skilled and efficient workforce is a key factor for the industry to continue to improve its productivity.

The launch was held at the SRT Logistics site at Brighton and coincided with the start of a ‘pre-employment program’ where 11 new entrants to the industry are completing a four week intensive training program to support them to move into full time employment in the industry. SRT Logistics are to be congratulated for this initiative which in previous programs has successfully delivered excellent completion rates leading to participants gaining full time employment in the industry as truck drivers. SRT Logistics were recognised at the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence through winning the Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development – Road Transport Award.

This innovative program has received the support of the Tasmanian Government through Skills Tasmania and with the launch of the Workforce Plan there is the opportunity for the industry to develop a strategic plan to address skills shortages to underpin the growth of the Tasmanian economy. TLISC has played an active role in supporting the industry in Tasmania through performing the secretariat role for Tasmanian Transport & Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee for the last three years.

Last week TLISC hosted a visiting delegation from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. This visit follows the signing of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between TLISC and CFLP which is the peak body association for the industry in China (please see the newsletter article on the visit).

Last week in Hobart I presented to the Sino-Australian VET Forum which will was held in conjunction with the annual TAFE Directors Conference. The forum provided an overview of the Australian VET system, VET Reform in China and cooperative TVET programs between our two countries. There was significant interest in the work TLISC and the Department of Education and Training are doing with China in the APEC Transport and Logistics project.


Robert Adams

03 9604 7208



Aviation Training Package Update

PUBLICATIONS | 15 Sep 2015

Aviation Training Package Update

Aviation Training Package Update

In this month’s edition of the Aviation Training Package newsletter, you will read about aviation security in Australia, and learn about your rights and obligations under Australia’s transport security legislation. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development administers the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (the Act) and the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (the Regulations).

The Act and Regulations came into force in Australia on 10 March 2005. The purpose of the legislation is to establish a regulatory framework to safeguard against unlawful interference to aviation. It also establishes minimum security requirements for civil aviation in Australia by imposing obligations on persons engaged with civil aviation related activities. In particular it obliges certain aviation industry participants to develop, and comply with, aviation security programmes.

The Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 establishes a number of mechanisms to safeguard against unlawful interference with aviation, and also gives effect to Australia’s aviation security obligations under the Convention on International Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention). Under these laws people and companies that operate within the aviation industry have responsibilities that help to maintain Australia’s excellent reputation as one of the most secure places in the world.

The meaning of unlawful interference with aviation is defined as any of the following done, or attempted to be done, without lawful authority is an unlawful interference with aviation;

  • taking control of an aircraft by force, or threat of force, or any other form of intimidation or by any trick or false pretence
  • destroying an aircraft that is in service
  • causing damage to an aircraft that is in service that puts the safety of the aircraft, or any person on board or outside the aircraft, at risk
  • doing anything on board an aircraft that is in service that puts the safety of the aircraft, or any person on board or outside the aircraft, at risk
  • placing, or causing to be placed, on board an aircraft that is in service anything that puts the safety of the aircraft, or any person on board or outside the aircraft, at risk
  • putting the safety of aircraft at risk by interfering with, damaging or destroying air navigation facilities
  • putting the safety of an aircraft at risk by communicating false or misleading information
  • committing an act at an airport, or causing any interference or damage, that puts the safe operation of the airport, or the safety of any person at the airport, at risk.

However, unlawful interference with aviation does not include lawful advocacy, protest, dissent or industrial action that does not result in, or contribute to, an action of a kind mentioned above.

Aviation security incidents are classified as either a threat of unlawful interference with aviation, or an unlawful interference with aviation. To ensure that aviation security is maintained across all areas of operations, the legislation prescribes requirements for reporting these types of incidents. Each of the following is a person with incident reporting responsibilities:

  • an aviation security inspector
  • an airport security guard
  • a screening officer
  • an aviation industry participant other than a participant who is an airport operator, an aircraft operator, or an employee of another aviation industry participant.

The AVI Aviation Training Package includes a wide range of units of competency and skill sets that address legislative and industry requirements. All AVI units that have the O competency field are classified as ‘Security’, and are used across the package where aviation security is a focus of the job. In addition, various other AVI units of competency have been redrafted through transition and Aviation Project activities to include skills and knowledge related to aviation security management, reporting of unlawful interference incidents, and individual task and role responsibilities.

If you wish to provide training package feedback or to find out more about TLISC’s Aviation Training Package activity, please contact Dan Minton, Senior Training Package Specialist-Aviation on 0459 021 115 or



Maritime Training Package Update

Latest News | 15 Sep 2015


Maritime Training Package Update

Release 3.0 of the Maritime Training Package was endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) on 1 September 2015 and is now available on the website.   It includes four existing qualifications and relevant units of competency that have been aligned to the Standards for Training Packages and revised to better reflect AMSA and STCW requirements, they 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 includes MAR30315 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. The qualification is essential in improving the skill level of those working in the industry while providing a level of flexibility that addresses the needs of businesses and individuals alike.

The Companion Volume Implementation Guide has also been updated and is available on the TLISC website.

TLISC would like to thank everyone who contributed to the development of release 3.0, for their time and the feedback provided throughout the various phases of these projects.

If you have any questions about the Maritime Training Package, please contact Eddie Hardman, Senior Training Package Specialist – Maritime, on 03 9604 7234 or

Sally Wagnon
Sally Wagnon
Manager, Marketing & Communications