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The Role of Jobs and Skills Councils and the Training Package Assurance Function

13 February 2023
ONLINE via Zoom Webinar

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From January 2023, the current industry engagement arrangements (67 Industry Reference Committees and six Skills Service Organisations) will be replaced by Jobs and Skills Councils (formerly known as Industry Clusters).

Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs) are being established to provide industry with a stronger, more strategic voice in ensuring Australia’s VET sector delivers stronger outcomes for learners and employers.

As a national network of industry-owned and industry-led organisations, JSCs will provide strategic leadership in addressing skills and workforce challenges, aligning efforts across industries to improve system responsiveness, build stakeholder confidence, and drive high-quality outcomes for the VET sector, learners, and businesses.

JSCs will identify skills and workforce needs for their sectors, map career pathways across education sectors, develop contemporary VET training products, support collaboration between industry and training providers to improve training and assessment practice, and act as a source of intelligence on issues affecting their industries. JSCs will have a strong connection to Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), drawing on JSA’s workforce analysis and projections to undertake planning for their industry sectors, creating a consistent understanding of the skills landscape and how skill gaps can be addressed.

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) is now also responsible for the establishment of the Training Package Assurance function. The Training Package Assurance function will deliver increased transparency, accountability, and confidence in training products for employers, learners, and training providers.

So, how will these two initiatives function, and what do RTOs need to know?

Join representatives from DEWR for this information update session on 13 February 2023 to find out the latest about these reforms and how they will change the way industry engages with the VET system to make sure it works for both students and employers.

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We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

Monday 13 February 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACDT: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • Trainers/Assessors
  • L & D Mangers
  • Curriculum Developers
  • RTO Managers
  • Compliance Managers

What to expect

Presented by Renae Houston (DEWR), you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint (in PDF format)
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Renae Houston

Government Officer

Renae is currently the First Assistant Secretary, VET Quality and Policy Division, in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

She has extensive experience in education and training policy and Commonwealth-state relations. In her current role, she is responsible for leading a range of reform work for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. 

This includes: revising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations, to ensure they are clear and outcomes-focussed; developing a Blueprint to support, grow, and retain a quality VET workforce; developing a new, more responsive, and easier to navigate system of VET qualifications that combine industry specialisations with transferrable skills; and implementing the new Jobs and Skills Councils to provide industry with a stronger and more strategic leadership role to identify, forecast, and respond to current and emerging skills needs and workforce challenges.

Renae is also responsible for leading a program of cultural and regulatory policy reforms for the national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to support the fair, transparent, and effective regulation of the sector.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to Renae Houston (DEWR) before the session, please email

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