Responding to the skilling needs of the disability support workforce

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The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is pleased to announce the final membership and structure of the Disability Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The Disability Support IRC will play an important role in ensuring the increasing numbers of workers required in the disability support sector have the required skills and knowledge to provide high quality individualised support to people living with disability.

The IRC brings together key industry voices to ensure the national training system is responsive to the needs of the disability workforce. Membership of the IRC includes the National Disability Insurance Agency, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, as well as representatives from providers, peak organisations, employee groups and consumer advocates.

AISC Chair, Professor John Pollaers OAM, stated, “It has been encouraging to see the breadth of interest and engagement from across the sector. It is clear the industry is focussed on ensuring the training system is supporting the disability workforce, so that they can provide the best support for people living with a disability.”

The IRC will have responsibility for reviewing and updating national training package qualifications, skill sets and units of competency needed by the disability support sector.

 “The IRC complements other initiatives being progressed by governments and industry to build and sustain a highly capable and high quality disability support workforce”, Professor Pollaers said.

The full structure and membership of the Disability Support IRC can be found at

The AISC would like to thank individuals, businesses and industries that participated in the IRC consultation and nomination process.

The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council to give industry a formal role in approving vocational education and training (VET) training packages. Further information about the AISC is available at