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2019 Industry Skills Forecasts released for consultation

Guided by the 18 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support, SkillsIQ is in the process of developing draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts. Each of these drafts is being made available for public consultation and comment on a staggered basis over the coming months. 

National consultation is currently open for the following draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts: 

  • Enrolled Nursing (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019) 
    • Technicians Support Services (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019)
    • Public Sector (closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019).

Please click here to access the draft documents and to register your feedback. 

Foundation Skills Training Package update

PwC have released for comment draft products from the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package.

Further Information regarding the project, draft qualifications and units of competency can be accessed via the PwC website.

Please note that feedback will be accepted until COB Monday 7 January 2019.

If you would like to provide feedback, simply email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to .

WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards

 ​The WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards are the highlight of the nursing and midwifery calendar. It is a wonderful occasion that brings together nurses, midwives, health care professionals and government officials from all over Western Australia.

Winners of the 2019 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards will be announced on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Gala Ball.

Nominations open on Monday 10 September and close at midnight on Monday 10 December 2018   


2019 General Awards Categories, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Excellence in Person Centred Care – Team Award, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Consumer Appreciation , Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

2019 Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards – NOMINATE HERE

To access the Director of Nursing Endorsement form, click here

To access the Nominee Statement form, click here

Expressions of Interest sought for Community Sector and Development IRC – Social Housing Technical Advisory Committee

Project: Provide subject matter expertise to assist in the update of the CHC42215 Certificate IV in Social Housing

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is seeking nominations for a Social Housing Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will consist of members who represent the social housing and homelessness sector, training providers and associations.

The objective of this TAC will be to identify skills gaps in the social housing sector and to identify the importance of issues such as family violence, dealing with people from diverse backgrounds (including CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and supporting homeless people. This information will then be used to guide the update the CHC42215 Certificate IV in Social Housing qualification.

The TAC will identify the challenges and opportunities that the sector is currently experiencing which are impacting on workforce skill requirements, including:

  • Government initiatives to combat housing affordability and homelessness, and
  • Critical cultural competency skills required.

This project will ensure that the social housing sector is supported by a high quality trained and skilled workforce. The contribution of the TAC will ensure that the outcomes of this project enable access to training that will support the sector to improve efficiencies in operations, but also maximise the sector’s interaction with people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that they receive the most appropriate service possible. 

Expressions of Interest for this TAC close at 5.00pm on Monday 15 October 2018.

To submit your EOI for TAC membership, please click here to complete the online form. 

For more information regarding this project, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or


WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018 Mental Health Commission – Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs

The Mental Health Commission’s Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since it’s commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.

Congratulations to Caitlan Noble and Soleil White – winners at the WA Training Awards 2018

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018

Caitlan Noble

Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlin did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role. Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon she enjoys seeing how children benefit from raised funds.


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018

Soleil White

Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Trained at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

Employed by Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.  Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two year old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations. Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and take a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Clinical Coding – A Case for Change

Clinical Coding Case for Change

Skills IQ has released a Case for Change for Clinical Coding training products within the HLT Health Training Package.

The  Case for Change proposes to develop 1 new Qualification, 7 new Units of Competency and 1 new Skill Set covering the following key areas:

  • introduction to the role of clinical coding in the health system, including funding models;
  • medical terminology and medical science for clinical coding;
  • clinical anatomy and physiology;
  • understanding and applying principles of privacy and ethics in health care;
  • understanding and interpreting/navigating health records in the context of the patient journey;
  • abstracting information for clinical coding; and
  • understanding and participating in clinical coding audits.

Feedback can be provided by email  directly to Melinda Brown ( until C.O.B (AEST) Friday, 5th October 2018.

Should you require additional information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on 02 9392 8100.

Hospital Pharmacy Support – Case for Change

The Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is responsible for ensuring that nationally recognised qualifications deliver the skills and knowledge required to equip the sectors under its remit with a highly skilled workforce.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services IRC and the Hospital Pharmacy Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), has prepared a Case for Change to update two Hospital Pharmacy qualifications in order to address a number of key issues relating to qualification outcomes, including industry concern regarding the level and strength of skills and knowledge contained within individual Units of Competency and their associated assessment requirements.

In 2016, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) conducted a comprehensive workforce study into hospital pharmacy technicians and assistants. SHPA’s White Paper, titled Exploring the role of hospital pharmacy technicians and assistants to enhance the delivery of patient-centred care, showed that there is concern regarding the lack of a career structure for hospital pharmacy technicians/assistants in Australia.

Industry has consistently highlighted that the current training package products are not meeting their needs. Access to a skilled workforce and qualifications that support the delivery of the skills and knowledge as defined by industry is critical.

The proposed update of the following qualifications will seek to incorporate the required changes to ensure that industry has access to skilled pharmacy technicians and assistants to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.

• HLT37115 Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
• HLT47115 Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support.

Feedback was sought in relation to this Case for Change during August and it is in its final stages of preparation for submission to the AISC.

Further information

For more information or to discuss, please contact Devika Mudaliar at or by telephone on 02 9392 8100.

Inclusion of People with Disability Cross Sector Project

The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET project is the first time government and industry have come together to explore how the development of training packages could increase the participation of people with disability in VET and the workplace. This cross sector project aims to equip vocational educators, employers and customer service providers with the skills and knowledge they need to better include people with disability in education, employment and service contexts. It is expected that this project will result in a reduction in duplication across the national VET system by developing common training components on disability-related matters that can be used across multiple industries.

More information is available at the following link: 

Inclusion of People with Disability in VET