The following text is taken from the AISC website here. The UEEA encourages you to consider the information below. You are encouraged to provide your feedback directly to the AISC however I would ask you to consider keeping this Training Council informed about any issues/support that you provide. This will assist us to ensure all WA views are considered and the future of industry engagement in our state is considerate of your circumstances.
The Gas IRC is responsible for the UEG11 Gas Training Package. The qualifications and units of competency available under this training package can be viewed athttp://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UEG11.
The gas industry is a major supplier of energy to Australian homes and factories, supplying around 30% of industry energy needs and 20% of domestic needs. For the purposes of the Training Package, the gas industry refers to the industry which supplies natural gas via transmission and distribution pipelines, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) via cylinders, to a variety of domestic and manufacturing customers. It does not refer to the extraction of gas from its source, nor the installation or maintenance of gas appliances within domestic or manufacturing environments.
Gas IRC – proposed composition
It is proposed that:
- 2 positions are allocated to one representative from each of the following organisations:
- Access Canberra
- Australian Pipeline and Gas Association
- 1 positon is allocated to an employee association representative. This position will be alternatively represented by the Transport Workers Union and Australian Worker’s Union
- 2 positions are allocated to representatives from State Industry Training Boards, with membership being rotated amongst state representatives on a two yearly basis – with one position rotating each year.
- Energy Skills Queensland
- NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology Industry Training Advisory Board
- 7 positions would be open to nominations from Employers (asset owners/operators/contracting entities) in the gas industry
- 1 position would be open to nominations from individual Training Representative experts who have extensive knowledge of the gas industry
The table below shows a proposed structure for the Gas IRC, as proposed by the IRC’s existing members. Industry stakeholders are asked to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the relevant industry sectors.
In your response, some factors you may want to consider and comment on include:
- the proposed committee size – is the committee the most appropriate size to represent your industry?
- the industry coverage the proposed structure would provide
- the balance of representation between the sub-sectors
- the balance between the number of organisation and the number of individual expert positions.
If you have any comments or suggestions on the proposed structure below, please complete the AISC feedback form by COB Friday 16 September 2016.
||Number of Members
||Comments / Rationale
|Employer (asset owners / operators / contracting entities)
||Open for nomination
||Seven positions are open to EMPLOYERS operating in the Gas industry, which may involve:
- the design of transmission, distribution, processing and /or storage systems;
- construction and maintenance of the above systems;
- commissioning and decommissioning of the above systems; and
- metering and billing of customers.
Employers in this industry include large multi-energy utilities companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of town gas through a system of mains and pipelines.
||State based regulators have responsibility for technical and safety regulation and licensing requirements.
|Peak / Advisory / Association
||Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
||Peak industry body representing pipeline infrastructure, with a main focus on gas transmission. Members include constructors, owners, operators, advisers, engineering companies and suppliers of pipeline products and services.
||Open for nomination
||One position is open to an individual that represents TRAINING who has extensive knowledge of the Gas industry. The Training Representative will ensure that the training package reflects industry needs and is functional in structure and delivery. An understanding of pre-requisites / co-requisites and assessment requirements will support the end products uptake by industry.
|State Industry Training Boards
||Energy Skills Queensland
||Industry based bodies that represent their industries on training and related matters to support the VET system. They are typically representative of both employers and workers and may be supported by state government funding. One of these positions will be rotated each year.
|NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology Industry Training Advisory Board
||Transport Workers Union / Australian Workers’ Union
||Represents members working in the gas industry. This position will be alternated between the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Workers Union as required.
Gas Industry Reference Committee – Call for nominations
As well as asking for feedback on the structure of the Gas IRC, the AISC is seeking organisation nominations for the seven employer positions and individual nominations for the training representative position indicated on the proposed Gas IRC structure (above).
While the AISC has received nominations from existing IRC members for these positions, the nomination process is open to all interested stakeholders.
Nominations close on COB Friday 16 September 2016 and instructions on how to nominate are set out below.
The AISC will be writing separately to those organisations that have been allocated a position against the proposed structure for their nominees.
The AISC is looking for the membership of the Gas IRC, as a whole, to provide the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package development for their respective industries. The Committee is looking for organisations and individuals with extensive experience in, and knowledge of, their industry sector, with the capacity to proactively apply these attributes to the work of the IRC.
The AISC is interested in the nominees’:
- level of influence in their current role and how they are perceived in relation to industry-wide issues
- capacity to consider current and future directions/influences for their industry and to relate those factors to workforce development and skills needs
- capability to provide input directly, to seek input from others, and to represent a variety of circumstances in their industry.
In determining the final membership, the AISC will consider both feedback on the structure of the IRC, the individual characteristics of nominees (as set out in their nomination) as well as the composition of the committee as a whole to ensure it is appropriate to the gas industry. For example, the Committee is looking not only for industry expertise, but also to ensure the IRC has an appropriate geographic and demographic balance.
While it may not be possible to include every person that may nominate to become an IRC representative it is important to remember that the Skills Service Organisation (Australian Industry Standards Limited) and the IRC will consult widely during the Training Package development process and as needed may be supported by Technical Advisory Committee members who may be consulted on technical and related specific industry information on an as-needs basis to support the decision-making of the committee.
Further information about the role of IRCs and how they will operate can be found in the IRC Operating Framework.
Nominations for the training representative position can be made via this nomination form
Nominations for employer representatives can be made via this nomination form:
To assist the AISC in determining the membership for the IRC, please use this attachment and provide information against the three criteria. This will help the AISC understand what you will bring to the IRC.
Once you have completed and saved the attachment, please email it toAISCsecretariat@education.gov.au, (including your most recent resume) by COB Friday 16 September 2016.