Release type: Media Release


New Skills Service Organisations announced


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Deputy Leader of the House

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

Mr Hartsuyker said Artibus Innovation, Australian Industry Standards Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Skills Impact Limited and SkillsIQ would work with Industry Reference Committees to help them progressively review and develop training packages.

“Industry Reference Committees are at the heart of our national training system and are made up of people with in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in particular industry sectors,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Industry Reference Committees are responsible for the development of training packages that reflect the needs and priorities of employers.

“These training packages are an essential part of our national training system as they set out the skills and competencies required for different jobs across a range of industries.

“Training providers then use these training packages to design their training programmes and curricula.

“If we are to continue to help people into jobs, then it is essential that training packages accurately identify the specific skills employers look for in a potential employee so that providers can deliver the best quality training to students.

“The new Skills Service Organisations have been selected on the basis of their capacity to support Industry Reference Committees to achieve this goal.

“The Skills Service Organisations will work under the direction of an Industry Reference Committee to help them to consult with employers, analyse key trends and emerging issues, identify the skills sought by employers and develop the technical content of training packages.”

Minister Hartsuyker said the new arrangements will cover all of the industries currently serviced by the national training system.

“This approach will better meet the needs of industry, boost productivity and increase Australia’s international competitiveness in the long-term.

“I would like to thank those organisations that applied to become a Skills Service Organisation and encourage the successful applicants to work closely with their Industry Reference Committees to develop modern and effective training packages,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

The Department of Education and Training is undertaking further work to select one or more Skills Service Organisations to support the mining and drilling, and the manufacturing and automotive sectors. Transition arrangements have been put in place to support these sectors in the interim.

For more information on the reforms to the national training system including further details on the new Skills Service Organisations visit -