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May 15, 2024

Welcome to the May edition of our newsletter

In this month’s newsletter

  • 2024 Workforce Plans update
  • Project updates   
  • Food and Supply Chain Discussion Paper feedback
  • Pathway to Transport and Logistics project
  • The Australian Trucking Association elects Mark Parry, as its new Chair


2024 Workforce Plans update

The 2024 Workforce Plans for the Aviation, Maritime, Rail, and Transport & Logistics were submitted to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) on 7 May. These will be published on the ISA website once they have been cleared for release by DEWR. 

ISA’s Strategic Workforce Planning Committees met in April to review industry stakeholder feedback on each of the 2024 Workforce Plans.  Once each of the Strategic Workforce Planning Committees were satisfied with the Workforce Plans, they recommended their submission to DEWR. 

The Workforce Plans serve as a guide to industry drivers and challenges, employment outlooks, and current, emerging, and future workforce challenges and opportunities. 

The Workforce Plans include a range of proposed actions to address industry challenges. Some of this work has already commenced. Check the projects page to see work underway. Other proposed actions will form the basis of both Workforce Development and Training Package projects to be launched this year. The workforce plans also detail future research and consultation activities which will help inform work ISA will take forward to address current and emerging skills requirements and workforce challenges. 

If you have any queries, please contact our Industry Engagement Managers: 

Project updates 


Industry Skills Australia (ISA) has submitted the draft Training Package products for the Chain of Responsibility Project to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) Assurance Body. These draft products have been aligned with National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) requirements. The revised materials include updates to 11 qualifications and two Units of Competency.  

Find out more here 

Training product development work is continuing in the following projects. Click to find out more: 


Industry Skills Australia (ISA) invites you to be part of a webinar about our projects to align Maritime Training Package products with AMSA regulatory requirements relating to Marine Order 505 and Vessel Traffic Services.  

This is the second of three webinars to be facilitated by ISA to support stakeholders in understanding the reason for the changes and how implementation will affect them.  

The webinar will include a panel comprising an AMSA representative and ISA managers.  

The webinar will be held on Thursday 23 May 2024 1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT.  

Register to attend

Registrations close Tuesday 21 May 2024 5.00pm AEDT.  

We look forward to you joining us at the webinar and encourage you to share this invite with your relevant networks.  

Food and supply chain discussion paper feedback

Jobs and Skills Australia is looking for feedback on its Food Supply Chain Capacity Study Discussion Paper. 

Australia has a world-class food supply chain. We produce a wide variety of high-quality foods and export them around the world. The industries, activities, and jobs that make up this supply chain are highly diverse and distributed across the country. While many activities are vital to the food supply chain, the primary purpose of this study is to explore the production, manufacturing, and distribution of food.  

 Through this study, it aims to support a workforce that can sustain regional Australia, strengthen the economy, maintain food security, and overcome challenges. This consultation will provide the opportunity for stakeholders, interested parties and the broader community to share their diverse views and provide critical evidence and insights that will help shape our recommendations to government.  

The discussion paper and instructions on how to provide a submission can be found on the consultations page of the Jobs and Skills Australia website.  

The Food Supply Chain Capacity Study Discussion Paper is now open for comment and stakeholder feedback until 10:00 a.m. (AEST) Thursday, 16 May 2024. 

Pathway to Transport and Logistics project

The Pathway to Transport and Logistics project delivered by Workforce Specialist Driver Risk Management is a pre-employment program to assist up to 160 participants over 8 tranches to overcome barriers to employment and prepare themselves for a career in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry. The project is available to all Workforce Australia Services, Workforce Australia Online and Transition to Work participants, including all ages and cohorts. It is being delivered in Western Australia, targeting Perth and Bunbury. 

The project aims to prepare participants for entry level positions in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry, including automotive drivers, couriers, valet parkers, postal delivery drivers, warehousing and warehousing fitters. 

The project sees participants: 

  • complete accredited and non-accredited units of competency 

  • prepare for employment opportunities through résumé and interview assistance 

  • participate in an elevator pitch session to promote their capabilities in front of employers 

  • be offered entry-level employment opportunities 

  • receive 4 weeks of post-placement support, and 

  • receive up to 20 driving lessons (if eligible).  

For more information about the project, contact the Workforce Specialists team at 

Find out more about how the Pathway to Transport and Logistics Program helped Brandon start his career in the transport industry.  

The Australian Trucking Association elects Mark Parry, as its new Chair

The Australian Trucking Association has elected the Managing Director of Ron Finemore Transport, Mark Parry, as its Chair. 

ATA members elected Mr Parry as the association’s new Chair following the retirement of David Smith, who was elected as Chair in 2020 and re-elected in 2022. Mr Smith will remain on the board as the ATA’s Immediate Past Chair. 

Industry Skills Australia congratulates Mark on his appointment.   

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