The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is reviewing Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to ensure that the structure and membership of each IRC provides the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package development for each industry sector.
The Water IRC is responsible for the NWP – National Water Training Package.
The water industry includes supplying irrigation water to farmers and other users and providing drinking water and wastewater services, including sewage treatment, to households and industry.
Core water industry skills are also required in a number of other industries, including mining, hospitality and local government. The NWP National Water Training Package includes nationally-recognised qualifications for occupations involved in water industry operations (generalist, treatment, networks, source, irrigation, hydrography, trade waste), treatment (drinking water, waste water) and irrigation.
Water Industry Reference Committee – Proposed composition
It is proposed that:
- Two (2) permanent positions are allocated to representatives from the following peak bodies and associations:
- Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA)
- Rotating position (every two years) for the Australian Water Association and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
- Nine (9) positions are allocated to employers, enterprises, organisations and individuals as follows:
- Five (5) positions for representatives from government owned employers (open for nominations every two years)
- Four (4) positions for employers, organisations or individuals with expertise in Australia’s water sector and access to networks in this sector (open for nominations)
- One (1) position is allocated to a representative from the Australian Services Union.
The table below shows a proposed structure for the Water IRC. Industry stakeholders are asked to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the Water sector.
You will hopefully be fully aware that the UEEA Training Council includes within its Board of Management the Training Manager from the Water Corporation WA – Mr Neil Hooley.
Neil has been heavily engaged at the national level representing WA needs under the old arrangements at GSA, and continues to sit on the interim IRC to this date.
Your views on the IRC membership are very important, particularly as we must ensure that all industry needs are considered in training package development work. I urge you to consider the suitability of the structure above.
In your response, some factors you may want to consider and comment on include the industry coverage the proposed structure would provide and the balance of representation between the sub‑sectors.
Feedback is required by COB Thursday 15 December 2016, and you are free to complete the AISC feedback directly. Should you choose to do so, I encourage you to let this office know what your views are. Even a quick note in the comments below would be great!
NB: Industry stakeholders are being asked to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the industry and sectors. Once the structure has been agreed, the AISC will call for nominations against the vacant positions. For more information about the review process please see the IRC Review Page.
The AISC adds that membership of the IRC is not the only avenue for stakeholders to raise their views. The Water IRC will be responsible for ensuring, with the support of its allocated Skills Service Organisation (Australian Industry Standards Limited), that all relevant industry stakeholders are given opportunities to provide input into the training package development process. Specific expertise / advice outside the reach of the IRC may also be sought on an as-needs basis, including through the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee.
Let me further add that the UEEA Training Council is also your voice-piece – not only to the Industry Reference Committee, but also to our own Department of Training and Workforce Development, the State Training Board, and ultimately to the Minister.