Industry Skills Australia

Industry Skills Australia (ISA) - The Transport and Logistics JSC

Industry Skills Australia will cover industries involved in warehousing and distribution operations as well as transport, including rail, maritime, aviation, and logistical support and supply chains. Emerging industries include omnichannel logistics and distribution and air and space transport and logistics.

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At Industry Skills Australia (ISA), formerly known as Australian Industry Standards, we’re working to establish the Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) for Transport and Logistics which includes aviation, logistics, road transport, rail and maritime sectors, and the emerging industries of omnichannel logistics and space transport.

For many stakeholders, the difference between the previous Skills Service Organisations and JSCs is not too clear, so we thought a good place to start on our profile article is to set out some of the key points of difference between the two.

The four JSC roles enable us to work within the full skills ecosystem – schools, VET, Higher Education and industry – and right along the student journey.  In doing so, we can apply our resources and collaborate with stakeholders who share industry’s priorities and passion, and who want to be part of the solution.  We’ll be working with employers, unions, industry bodies, communities, training providers, universities, schools and the innovation sector.  We’ll also be working closely with each state and territory training authority and Jobs and Skills Australia.

So what are the four roles of JSCs?  The first is ‘industry stewardship’ which involves gathering industry intelligence to reliably represent the views and needs of industry back to the system and its decision-makers.  From that flows the ‘workforce planning’ role which, drawing on industry intelligence and anchored in hard data, will see industry prioritise its skills needs into Workforce Plans.  From that advice comes the third role, the development of training products and other workforce development solutions in response to industry’s skills needs.  Our fourth and final role involves ‘implementation, promotion and monitoring’ where we’ll be working on the ground to support training providers, promote careers and monitor just how well the system is meeting the needs of industry and learners.

Owned and led by industry, ISA is committed to a ‘people first’ culture where a skilled workforce enables better jobs, increased productivity and real opportunity.  With an operating model designed around this ethos of jobs, productivity and opportunity, stakeholders will have a wide range of opportunities to get involved through initiatives such as:

  • RTO Capability Building Program which will build practitioners’ vocational currency,  professional capability and grow communities of practice
  • Regional Fora in priority locations across the country which will build enterprise capability in workforce development and broker partnerships between stakeholders
  • Technology Futures Taskforce which will identify the implications of cutting-edge technologies on skills and jobs, and through world-class training products, enable the rapid adoption of new technologies at scale by the Australian workforce.

We believe that great ideas can come from anyone and anywhere. Whether you’d like to collaborate with us, share your ideas, get involved in our activities or simply stay informed, we’re encouraging people to get in touch now and join us on the journey.
If you would like to know more about:

  • ISA establishment and activities – visit us here and subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed
  • Opportunities for collaboration – email us at and include a short outline on your organisation and the jobs and skills issues you are keen to address
  • Career opportunities – follow us on LinkedIn for the latest vacancies.