Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) are independent, professional service organisations that support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work developing and reviewing training packages.
There are six SSOs funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
SSOs support industry engagement while remaining independent from both industry and the training sector.
Each SSO provides agreed services to several IRCs.
This includes providing secretariat services and travel and accommodation support, preparing documents such as the skills forecast and proposed schedule of work, and assisting with developing and reviewing training packages.
SSOs are also a key access point for other industry stakeholders who want to play a part in the development of training packages.