Project Overview

Supply chains are all around us and fundamental to how we live.  The food we eat, clothes we wear, buildings we inhabit, transport and equipment we use are all examples of how we benefit from multiple supply chains each and every day.

New technologies, automation, big data and sophisticated analytics are rapidly changing how supply chains operate and as a direct consequence, evolving the job roles and skills needed by individual workers.  Whilst many of these skills are specific to a particular industry, many are transferable between industries or different elements of a supply chain.

The Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).  Its goal is to develop a range of Skill Sets and Units of Competency for those supply chain skills common to a range of industry sectors and in doing so, support the mobility of skilled labour and agility of the Australian workforce.  It will enable the many individuals working in a supply chain to be skilled to the same world class standards and as a consequence, increase industry efficiency and productivity.

The project is led by a Project Reference Group comprising representatives from across a range of diverse industries.  Oversight is by the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee.   Technical expertise and project management is by Australian Industry Standards.

This stage has been completed.

In 2017, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) commissioned a scoping study of cross sector supply chain skill needs with the purpose of identifying common skills needed to support new supply chain technologies, practices and innovation.

As a result of the research, analysis and industry consultation, the Project Reference Group established to oversee the work prioritised the following proposals for consideration by the AISC:

  1. Development of 13 new cross sector units of competency to reflect new and emerging skill areas or to fill existing gaps;
  2. Revision of 9 existing units of competency to enable greater portability of skills and cross sector usage;
  3. Rationalisation of 10 units of competency into two in the area of stock control;
  4. Review of 5 existing units of competency where there is clear duplication and/or little or no enrolment;
  5. Development of 10 new Skill Sets in the following areas:
    • Establish supply chains
    • Monitor a supply chain operation
    • Manage a supply chain
    • Establish a digital supply chain
    • Digital supply chain operations
    • Digital supply chain supervision
    • Supply chain stock control
    • International supply chain
    • Value chain analysis
    • Supply chain financial management
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Initial drafting of the Units of Competency (often referred to as occupational standards) has been undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in supply chain operations, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of multiple sectors.

The draft Units are available online now for public consultation. Please get involved and have your say on the future skill needs of the workforce.

If you’d like to be involved as a subject matter expert it’s not too late, please submit your details through the box on the left or drop us an email at and our project team will be in touch.

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This stage has been completed.

Drafting has now been finalised following stakeholder feedback on the 16 draft Units of Competency (often referred to as occupational standards) and 10 Skill Sets. 

The Technical Advisory Committee has reviewed all feedback and final amendments to the draft products have been made. 

The final draft Units of Competency are:

• TLIX9982X Work with global supply chains
• TLIX9983X Manage fundamental aspects of supply chains
• TLIX9985X Administer market supply chains
• TLIX9986X Establish blockchain in supply chains
• TLIX9987X Monitor compliance in digital supply chains
• TLIX9988X Manage outsourced supply chain operations
• TLIX9989X Manage customer focussed supply chains
• TLIX9990X Manage supply chain mass customisation
• TLIX9991X Enable traceability in a supply chains
• TLIX9992X Monitor digital supply chain services
• TLIX9993X Build digital supply chain capability in the workforce
• TLIX9995X Lead digital supply chain implementation
• TLIX9996X Employ digital supply chain risk management practices
• TLIX9997X Monitor ethical supply chain practices
• TLIX9998X Maintain stock control and receivals
• TLIX9999X Administer inventory systems

The final draft Skill Sets are:

• TLISS99990X Supply chain financial management
• TLISS99991X Supply chain stock control
• TLISS99992X Value chain analysis
• TLISS99993X Digital supply chain supervision
• TLISS99994X Digital supply chain operations
• TLISS99995X Establish digital supply chains
• TLISS99996X Global supply chain operations
• TLISS99997X Establish blockchain
• TLISS99998X Monitor supply chain operations
• TLISS99999X Manage supply chains

This stage has been completed.

The final draft Units of Competency and Skill Sets have been validated with a range of key stakeholders to ensure they are factually correct and accurately codify the skills and knowledge required by contemporary supply chains.

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

cross sector supply chain skill sets and units of competency approved by aisc

The supply chain cross-sector Units of Competency and Skill Sets, along with the Companion Volume Implementation Guide compendium, have been approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). They will now be referred to the COAG Skills Council for endorsement.

The AISC’s decision was made public in its 11 March 2020 communique. Following endorsement by the Skills Council, the Units and Skill Sets will be published on the national register for vocational education and training and made available for use by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).  

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project during 2019.  A range of additional material to help RTOs, schools and career advisors promote supply chain careers is under development and will be launched over the coming months.

If you would like to be notified of when launch materials are available, please register for ‘Project Updates’.