EnergySafety Introduces a New Electronic Notice of Completion (eNotice) Facility

EnergySafety has introduced a web-based facility for the electronic lodgement of Preliminary Notices, Notices of Completion and Safety Certificates for Electrical and Gas work.

eNotice has been developed to improve the efficiency of work notice processes and achieve cost savings for all parties.

Please refer to the link below to Energy Safety’s website for full details on the eNotice facility for both Gas and Electrical.

Please Click Here

 

 

 

 

Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAinnovationandtechnology

 

 

 

Updates to Traineeships likely soon!

This is preliminary advice that the UEEA will soon be submitting advice to the State Training Board that seeks to address some anomalies with the nominal duration for a number of traineeships in the Electricity Supply, Gas supply and Electrotechnology industry sectors.

The issue was actually raised some time ago under an instruction to review and make recommendations on ‘harmonising’ nominal durations of traineeships.  The UEEA held back on the analysis of the traineeships that used UEE, UEP, UET and UEG qualifications due to expected changes to the training package.  However, it seems the time is right to make some amendments as there are some issues with the current settings.

In short, WA traineeships appear to have significantly shorter durations than in other states.

The changes proposed will largely formalise what already happens.  That is, the relevant Certificate III level qualification is effectively a pre-requisite.   For many traineeships, this will result in the public register noting two distinct timeframes for contracts – one where a pre-requisite is met (the existing shorter timeframe will remain) and one where the trainee has not completed the relevant lower qualification (the harmonised duration).

If you have an interest in any of the following qualifications, please let me know asap:

  • UEE40111 Certificate IV in Computer Systems
  • UEE40611 Certificate IV in Electrotechnology – Systems Electrician
  • UEE40711 Certificate IV in Electronics and Communications
  • UEE40911 Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
  • UEE41511 Certificate IV in Video and Audio Systems
  • UEE42611 Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical
  • UEE42911 Certificate IV in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
  • UEE40411 – Certificate IV in Electrical –
  • UEE50111 Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • UEE50411 Diploma of Electrical Engineering
  • UEE50511 Diploma of Electronics and Communications
  • UEE60411 Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • UEE60211 Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • UEE62211 Advanced Diploma of Electrical – Engineering
  • UET60212 Advanced Diploma of ESI – Power Systems
  • UEP40312 Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEP40512 Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEP50212 Diploma of ESI Generatoin (Operations)
  • UEP50412 Diploma of ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEG40114 Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations
  • UEG50114 Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations
  • UEG60115 Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations

Industry Consultant Position Available: Electrical and Utilities

 

For those that have worked with Trevor over the past few years with EUPA and the UEEA, I know you will be sad to see him go.  He has worked tirelessly in the electrotechnology space and will be missed.  Trevor is completing his final few weeks and will shortly leave us, which opens an exciting opportunity for someone else.

Please feel free to consider the vacancy and/or pass on to others that you know could contribute to our industry sectors.

Please click here to view the advertisement (seek)

Gas Industry Draft 4 Year Plan

gas-planAustralian Industry Skills have released the draft 4 year work plan for the gas industry.   The UEEA would like to hear from you directly should you have any feedback for this process.

Unfortunately, we are not provided with much time and so I ask for your attention at the earliest opportunity.  The UEEA must provide feedback no later than 28 September 2016 (next Wednesday).

Click here for the PDF Draft 4 Year Plan


The plan picks up on increasing demand for domestic gas, although due to declines nationally in manufacturing, there is downward pressure from that sector. The authors make note of the competing nature of gas with electricity as a direct energy source and that price will ultimately dictate the growth in the use of gas.  Of course, gas is also used as a fuel to generate electricity as it is much cleaner than coal.

Government regulation is also a driving determinant on workforce demand.  Since 2004, this plan shows that the workforce has substantially grown nationally.  Competition with the oil and gas extraction issue is raised, along with an ageing workforce.

The plan shows a significant shake-up in the delivery of qualifications in the last two years.  If memory serves me correctly, this would coincide with our work in the west to establish the apprenticeship in 2012 and subsequent uptake in other states.


Please note that the most immediate action will be the transition of the UEG11 training package to the 2012 standard.  Included in this work will be a review of Certificates III and IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations, a review of one unit of competency and development of two new units.

 

ISSUES PAPER – Gas

Australian Industry Standards has released a brief issues paper for the Gas sector.

The purpose of this paper is to provide industry stakeholders with a summary of the key industry and skills-related trends – domestically and internationally – that have been identified by the Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The contents of this paper are drawn from industry consultations and other research activities completed by the IRC this year. This information, along with feedback from stakeholders, will be used by the IRC in the development of the four-year Workplan for the Gas Training Package.

Australian Industry Standards has been tasked by the IRC to collect feedback from interested stakeholders about these issues on its behalf.

Please use this link to download the paper.

Please note that there are two questions that you can choose to answer at the conclusion of this paper.

How to provide feedback

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the key themes and issues outlined in this paper by close of business on Monday September 12th 2016.

In considering the key issues and themes identified in this paper, AIS are keen to have any feedback that either confirms your issue has been covered, or else raises an issue you feel should be addressed in the four-year Workplan for the Gas Training Package which will be submitted to the AISC on September 30th 2016.

Responses can be emailed to enquiries@australianindustrystandards.org.au but we here at the UEEA would like you to also inform us of your issues or concerns.  Please consider sharing your feedback with us.

Gas Industry Reference Committee – Have your say

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.

IRC Structure

Organisation Type Number of Members Organisation Comments / Rationale
Employer (asset owners / operators / contracting entities) 7 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.

Regulator 1 Access Canberra State based regulators have responsibility for technical and safety regulation and licensing requirements.
Peak / Advisory / Association 1 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.
Training Representative 1 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 2 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
Employee Association 1 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.
Total Members 13

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

Training representative nomination form – word document

Training representative nomination form – pdf version

Nominations for employer representatives can be made via this nomination form:

Nominations for employer representatives form – word document

Nominations for employer representatives – pdf version

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.

E Oz to continue developing environmental scans

eeozEUPA is pleased to see that E Oz is maintaining its focus on national workforce development by continuing to produce the annual Environmental Scan.

E Oz promises that the scan will examine the current state of the energy industries, continuing to focus on the future development and training needs of the workforce.  Further, it will alert us all of potentially significant issues at product, operational and systemic level.

Of course, the scan will only be as good as the information that is provided by industry.  In that respect, we urge you to complete this short 5 minute survey.  All responses are to be provided by 22 April 2016

Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5X6XVL9

Message from E Oz – Training Package Status

UEE16 Electrotechnology Training Package Status Report

E-Oz provides the following Status Report on the UEE16 Electrotechnology Training Package for the information of the Australian Electrotechnology Industry and it’s Training Partners:

In accordance with the Transition Agreement between E-Oz and the Commonwealth, the UEE16 Electrotechnology Training Package was submitted to the Department of Education, via the Transition Manager, by 30 November 2015.

The accompanying Case for Endorsement and Companion Volume were also submitted to the Department of Education, via the Transition Manager, by 30 November 2015.

The UEE16 Training Package Case for Endorsement was not provided to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) as it did not include the three external evaluation reports (ie; Quality, Equity and Editorial Reports) that would normally accompany a Case for Endorsement.

The Quality, Equity and Editorial Reports could not be completed because the Training Package could not be released to external consultants (ie; the Quality Panel members).

The Training Package could not be released to external consultants as, on 30 November 2015, the National Electrical Regulators Advisory Council (ERAC) had not made public, in the form of a declaration on its website, the outcomes of its revision of the 66 Essential Performance Criteria in the Certificate III Electrician (trade) qualification.

E-Oz is pleased to report that ERAC has now publicly released their decision and the 55 Essential Performance Criteria can be accessed via the following link:
http://www.erac.gov.au/images/downloads/List_of_Essential_Performance_Capability_Requirements_for_Licensed_Electrician.pdf

E-Oz has advised the Department of Education and the industry’s new Skills Service Organisation (SSO), Australian Industry Standards Ltd, of this development.

Please be advised that under the new SSO arrangements, Australian Industry Standards Ltd is now responsible for guiding the Training Package through the endorsement process. Australian Industry Standards Ltd’s contact details are as follow:

Australian Industry Standards Limited
(03) 9604 7200
enquiries@australianindustrystandards.org.au