Happy Holidays and Farewell to 2022
We take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment to the LDSC. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season as we reflect on all the developments 2022 has brought.
Next year we will be continuing to work closely with our industry stakeholders as we explore the workforce development issues and opportunities for industry sectors under our remit, including changes to industry as we continue to navigate through post-COVID-19 impacts. This will include our Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meetings, as well as individual catch ups and regional visits scheduled throughout the year.
Most importantly, we look forward to welcoming you all to a safe, happy and prosperous new year 2023!
The LDSC Team
The next rounds of Industry Advisory Group Meetings will be happening in February and March 2023. If you are not a member and would like to join a group please email the Industry Consultant listed below.
These meetings are an important opportunity for industry employers to discuss issues affecting workforce development in WA such as skills and labour shortages and training needs. This feedback is essential in ensuring we provide real-time advice to the State Government into areas such as:
Alternatively, if you cannot attend these meetings in person or via MS Teams, please contact the Industry Consultant listed below and we can arrange a 1:1 meeting with you.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dates for the Industry Advisory Groups are below. Times to be confirmed
The Australian Government appointed a Strategic Fleet Taskforce on 20 Oct 22 to guide the establishment of up to 12 Australian-flagged and crewed vessels. The Taskforce requested input by Wed 30 Nov 22.
The LDSC submission to Strategic Fleet Taskforce, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is here. All feedback is welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from the RSLWA and Working Spirit veteran career summit 1 Dec 22 are here. Employers interested in participating in the next RSLWA and Working Spirit veteran career summit. should Sign up here or register with email@example.com.
Have your Say: Future of Vertiport Design
With the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft rapidly moving ahead, we are preparing for the new, futuristic transport terminals where they will take-off and land: vertiports.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority have prepared draft guidance material, also known as an advisory circular, which sets out the design guidelines for future vertiports and are seeking feedback. CASA have opened a public consultation to anyone active in the AAM, uncrewed, or crewed aviation industry to gain your feedback.
To learn more about vertiports before providing feedback, CASA is hosting a series of free webinars:
Australian Skills Guarantee Discussion Paper
The paper also seeks feedback on the design of future initiatives to support women to achieve higher paying careers via vocational education and training pathways. The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DWR) are also seeking experiences about what is most effective in attracting and retaining women in occupations that have historically had low female participation. To inform the design and implementation of the Guarantee, stakeholders are invited to read the Australian Skills Guarantee Discussion Paper and make a submission.
Click here for more information. Submissions close 5pm AEDT, Thursday 22 December 2022.
The LDSC is undertaking a review of our career pathway booklets and invites training providers to review and participate in the update process (through nominating case studies or recommending/providing areas for inclusion/update). Contact a for more information or to provide your feedback/comments.
Links to the booklets are below:
WA signs up to National Skills Agreement
The West Australian government has signed up to a 12-month skills agreement with the Commonwealth to deliver about 18,800 fee-free training places worth more than $112 million.
The funding supports the new FREE IN ’23 initiative, which covers course fees for 58 full TAFE qualifications and course fees and resource fees for 56 skills sets. The course list is estimated to see approximately 8,500 fee free places in the care sector, 2,400 in technology and digital, 1,900 in agriculture, 1,500 in construction, 1,400 in hospitality and tourism, 300 in sovereign capability including manufacturing, and around 2,800 in other sectors including foundational skills.
TAE Training Package Endorsed
After a lengthy process, state and territory skills ministers have approved the newest TAE Training Package. The qualifications approved include:
Importantly, this will mean existing qualified Trainers and Assessors will not be required to complete any qualification upgrades.
Federal, state and territory governments have opened a consultation process on the proposed new model of VET qualifications that is being publicly canvassed. There is an online survey that covers 14 questions on areas such as training product design, terminology, training delivery and approaches, collaboration and engagement, and implementation and transition.
Note: the reform is still in its early stages and a final decision is yet to be made. The survey closes 17 March 2023.