Industry Skills Councils (ISCs)

Industry Skills Councils are:

  • recognised and funded by the Australian Government
  • governed by independent, industry led boards
  • not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee

The formal roles of Industry Skills Councils involve:

  • providing integrated industry intelligence and advice to Skills Australia, government and enterprises on workforce development and skills needs;
  • actively supporting the development, implementation and continuous improvement of high quality training and workforce development products and services including Training Packages;
  • providing independent skills and training advice to enterprises, including matching identified training needs with appropriate training solutions; working with enterprises, employment service providers, Registered Training Organisations and government to allocate training places under the Productivity Places Program;
  • engaging with State and Territory Governments, State and Territory industry advisory bodies and peak representative bodies in their area of industry coverage.


Parliament of Australia Senate Inquiry into Industry Skills Councils:

On 22 June 2010, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees for inquiry and reporting on 16 March 2011.

(a) the role and effectiveness of Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) in the operation of the national training system particularly as it relates to states and territories and rural and regional Australia;
(b) accountability mechanisms in relation to Commonwealth funding for the general operation and specific projects and programs of each ISC;
(c) corporate governance arrangements of ISCs;
(d) Commonwealth Government processes to prioritise funding allocations across all ISCs;
(e) ISC network arrangements and co-operative mechanisms implemented between relevant boards;
(f) the accrual of accumulated surpluses from public funding over the life of each ISC’s operation and its use and purpose;
(g) the effectiveness of each ISC in implementing specific training initiatives, for example the Skills for Sustainability initiative under the National Green Skills Agreement; and
(h) any related matters.