Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)

The AISC was established by the former COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.

Australia requires a highly trained and flexible workforce to ensure industries have skills to increase productivity, maximise competitiveness, adapt to rapid technological change and foster innovation.

The current arrangements for developing training products in the vocational education and training (VET) system came into effect on 1 January 2016. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) was established in May 2015 by the former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council and consists of representatives with industry experience from across Australia. 

Under the Terms of Reference, the functions of the AISC include: 

  • Advising on the implementation of national training policies
  • Quality assurance and approving training packages for implementation
  • Overseeing the process for development and approval of accredited training
  • Providing direction on the national VET sector research priorities
  • Providing advice on training provider and regulator standards.

The AISC draws on advice from Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to ensure training packages meet the needs of employers, employees, training providers and people seeking training qualifications. IRCs consist of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. They are supported by independent Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) who, under direction from relevant IRCs, undertake work commissioned by the AISC on the review and development of training products.

In October 2021, Skills Ministers agreed to the current industry engagement reforms. These reforms include the establishment of Industry Clusters, which will replace the 67 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and Skills Service Organisations (SSOs). Skills Ministers also agreed that the AISC will continue to review proposed changes to national training products until the end of 2022. 

The Australian Government announced the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will establish an independent Training Package Assurance function to ensure training products meet national standards. This arrangement will operate from 1 January 2023 providing time for Industry Clusters and Jobs and Skills Australia to become established before a decision is made on where to house the function long-term. 

Together, Industry Clusters and the assurance function will replace the AISC, IRCs and SSOs. The AISC, IRCs and SSOs will remain in operation until 31 December 2022 to ensure continuity and stability of the VET system during transition to the new arrangements. 

Learn more

For further information about the arrangements, visit the training packages page.

For further information about the AISC, IRCs and SSOs, please visit the AISC website.

For further information about VET Reform, please visit the Skills Reform website.

For further information about the Skills Committee, please visit the Skills Commonwealth State Relations page.