PwC Skills for Australia have released for public validation a new skill set consisting of two new units relating to countering insider cyber security threats. The skill set has been developed as part of an urgent response to Australia's post-Covid recovery and upskilling needs. Consequently the review period is very short- responses may be provided directly to PwC Skills For Australia no later than COB Wednesday, 27th January 2021.
Review materials here
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Release 7.0 of the ICT Information Communications Technology training package can now be found on the training.gov.au website. The update sees the remaining telecommunications qualifications from the training package absorbed into the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Information Technology, and a name change for the Certificate II, to the Certificate II Applied Digital Technologies.
View changes here
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has funded the annual beachside exhibition Sculpture by the Sea for the next three years. This year marks the 17th year of the event at Cottesloe Beach and will feature a large-scale, four-metre wide piece, 'Laminae', by New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth. Mr Booth is the featured international artist for the 2021 event and is known for using organic materials and cultural influences in his monumental artworks.
Seventy sculptures from local, national and international artists will be on show over the 18-day event, which is one of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the world. The event includes a public indoor exhibition of smaller scale sculptures, and an access and inclusion program offering special tours of the exhibition for people with diverse abilities. The popular school education program will return to give schoolchildren the chance to get out of the classroom and join in sculpture making workshops and interactive exhibition tours.
A number of significant awards and subsidies are available to exhibiting artists. For more information, visit https://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe
Read Minister Papalia's full media release
Two culture and the arts organisations have been funded to pursue significant workforce development projects for the sector in 2021. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman presented grant certificates to arts advocacy body the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, and performing arts touring and service organisation CircuitWest. The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA will receive $323,351 to support their work with arts and culture organisations to improve their capacity to respond to future crises and opportunities. CircuitWest will receive $376,000 to deliver a year-long professional development and capacity building program to 30 community theatres across the State. Accepting the grant certificates on their organisations' behalf were Shelagh Magadza from the Chamber and Ryan Taaffe from CircuitWest.
Read the full media statement
Sport sector peak body SportWest has appointed Matt Fulton as its new Chief Executive Officer after FutureNow Board Member Rob Thompson announced his retirement in 2020.
Chairman Michael Beros said, “We are so excited to be able to welcome Matt to SportWest. Rob Thompson has been CEO of SportWest since 2006/2007 and has fulfilled the role not only with great success, but with great pride. His professionalism and commitment to West Australian sports has been amazing and over the past 18 months he has worked diligently on the continued evolution of SportWest to which he can now proudly handover to Matt, whose strong leadership, communications and advocacy skills will help drive the transition we have been preparing for.”
Matt Fulton joins SportWest from WestCycle, where he was CEO for the previous six years. Mr Fulton announced he was "delighted and feel challenged to be joining SportWest, Western Australia’s peak sport industry body at this time... Sport plays a vital role in building strong and resilient communities. With an amazing network of more than 500,000 participants in organised sport, over 200,000 volunteers and 5,500 clubs, I look forward to engaging collaboratively with the diverse stakeholders that contribute to the delivery of sport and the lifestyle for all Western Australians.”
To coincide with Australian Cyber Week, Block Branding have helped launch the TAFEcyber brand.
TAFEcyber is an Australian based consortium focusing on the skilling of the fast-growing cyber security workforce through education and training. As a successful initiative awarded funding through the AustCyber Projects Fund, TAFEcyber aims to support the development of Australia’s cyber security training capabilities.
Block Branding CEO Natalie Jenkins sits on FutureNow's Board.
WAITOC, in partnership with Breakaway Tourism has developed the Aboriginal Tourism Academy (ATA).
The ATA is a customised program for tourism business development and professional development for staff. It aims to meet the needs of new and existing Aboriginal tourism operators across Western Australia, including training/skilling, strategic marketing assistance, product/service development, and mentoring.
This follows from the success of previous programs where WAITOC partnered with The City of Perth.
WAITOC encourages all interested individuals, businesses and organisations to work together to help grow Western Australia's unique Aboriginal cultural tourism industry. Through committed partnerships, all stakeholders will benefit and communities in our state will begin to prosper.
Learn more about partnering with WAITOC by downloading the Local Government Prospectus: WAITOC Partnership Packages 2020
PwC Skills for Australia have released for comment a Case for Change detailing 3 new projects for inclusion in the ICT training package. The proposed projects are broadly themed as follows:
Read the Case for Change
In response to a lack of workplace skills and experience being key factors faced by young people experiencing unemployment, Volunteering Minister Mick Murray last week announced that the State Government will provide funding of $440,000 to Volunteering WA over three years, to deliver the Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness program.
The funding will enable Volunteering WA to develop and deliver face-to-face training, materials, and online tools for the program.
The program will help address this by supporting young people aged between 15 and 24 years to engage in volunteering to build the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to become workplace ready. The Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness program will also support volunteer involving organisations to attract, engage and support young people to volunteer, while helping them to develop the skills and experience to improve their job readiness and employability.
FutureNow's CEO Julie Hobbs and Industry Development Manager for the cultural sector Ann-Marie Ryan were among thousands who attended events at the 9-day launch of Western Australia's new museum WA Museum Boola Bardip.
To celebrate the opening of the Museum with interstate and international audiences unable to travel, WA Museum Boola Bardip has collaborated with Perth Festival to produce films that showcase creative works inspired by and filmed in the stunning new Museum. More than 100 people from Western Australia’s creative industries were employed to work on these films that highlight Western Australia’s world-class artistic talent and the Museum's stunning heritage-listed buildings and contemporary spaces.
Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Whadjuk Noongar language. WA Museum Boola Bardip has been developed with a 'People First' approach, and its content and experiences have been informed by four Community Panels, the WA Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the Whadjuk Content Working Group, and direct engagement with more than 54,000 people across WA.
Book a visit to WA Museum Boola Bardip here.
Watch a compilation of films made for the launch of the new museum here.