Trails are important assets for community development, tourism, health and building regional economies. The 2017 Trails Industry Forum features leading industry presenters and is a valuable networking opportunity for the wider trails community. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray is set to launch the Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint at the forum, which will guide the next five years of trails development. The forum takes place at the Nedlands Yacht Club on Friday 19th May from 8.50am-12.30pm. RSVP essential by Friday 12th May 2017 to Sam Hegney on 9792 6948 or email@example.com
The WA Training Awards offer a fantastic professional development opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices, trainees and students. The winner will receive a $5000 study grant from The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation and will go on to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development encourage applications for the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award and full details can be found here.
Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 close Friday 5 May 2017.
The Turnbull government is axing the Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. The TSS visa program will comprise a short-term stream of up to two years and a medium-term stream of up to four years with no permanent residency outcome at the end. It aims is to support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce, (including regional Australia) with safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
Key reforms include: new entry requirements focusing on previous work experience, better English language proficiency, mandatory police clearances and labour market testing; tightening eligibility requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas; and significantly condensing the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas from 19 April 2017. Implementation of these reforms will be complete in March 2018.
For a more detailed list of reforms, media release, fact sheets and changes to occupations, go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) is calling for nominations from organisations for vacant positions on the Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee (IRC).
The Sport and Recreation IRC has responsibility for overseeing the development of skills standards and qualifications within the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation and SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Packages, spanning 23 qualifications aligned to job roles in the following sectors:
Four positions are open to employer organisations, including organisations which manage volunteers and six positions which fall under a Peak Body/Association category.
For more information and to nominate, go to the AISC website.
Nominations close COB Monday, 1 May 2017.
As part of the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Review, a call for nominations for organisations for the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC membership is now live on the AISC website.
The proposed structure for this IRC was made available for public consultation on 1 February 2017 and the feedback received has been incorporated into the final structure.
The AISC are reviewing IRCs to ensure the structure and membership of each Committee provides the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package development.
The Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC is responsible for ensuring nationally recognised tourism, travel and hospitality qualifications deliver the skills and knowledge required to equip its sectors with a highly skilled workforce, both now and into the future.
Full details are available on the AISC website and nomination applications close at COB Monday 1st May 2017
PwC Skills for Australia and SkillsIQ are two Skills Service Organisations servicing Industry Reference Committees in areas relevant to FutureNow stakeholders. Both have drafted updates to their Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work documents (formerly 4-Year Work Plans).
Drafts available for comment are linked to below.
Skills Impact have incorporated consultation feedback received over the past couple of months, releasing a second version of draft units of competency, qualifications and skill sets relating to greyhound racing for your review.
The revised versions include the merging of several units of competency, with information from deleted units of competency embedded into related units. Further feedback is being sought to ensure these reflect racing integrity, animal welfare skills and knowledge critical to the industry.
Units of competency listed have been grouped into:
To provide feedback, please visit the Skills Impact website, with drafts available for comment until COB 26 April 2017.
The McGowan Government has commenced plans for the next stage of reform of WA's liquor licensing laws in a move designed to "support innovative local businesses and create jobs for Western Australians".
In line with the changes, Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia today welcomed the Director of Liquor Licensing's decision to allow the award-winning Whipper Snapper Distillery to sell their whiskey with a non-alcoholic mixer drink, such as soda water or ginger ale.
The Government will add a new category to the public interest assessment to allow venues' tourism, community and cultural benefits to be strongly considered during the liquor licence application or amendment process. Equal weight will be given to representations of tourism and cultural bodies as to those of the Police Commissioner and Executive Director of Public Health. Mr Papalia will introduce the amendments to the Liquor Control Act 1988 into State Parliament before the end of the year.
PwC Skills for Australia are in the process of updating their 4-Year Work Plans (now called Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work) to ensure training packages are developed to meet the training needs of eight industry sectors, including:
These will be available for comment from 12 April until COB 19 April with the refreshed versions being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at the end of April.
The WA Training Awards 2017 recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, as well as the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.
There are 12 categories in total comprising both individual and organisation categories, including WA Apprentice of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year and WA Industry Collaboration Award.
Award winners will be announced at the presentation dinner on 15 September, with each winner receiving $5,000, the recognition of being the best in the State and an opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November. For further information or to apply click here.
Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 close on 5 May 2017.