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
Read the full Case for Change


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.

If you’d like to be notified about the progress of this project, simply submit your details through our ‘Register for Updates’ box on the left.

This stage is currently underway

Following two rounds of consultation, the Technical Advisory Committee and the Project Reference Group are now reviewing stakeholders’ feedback on the revised draft Units of Competency. Thank you to all those stakeholders who provided their thoughts and suggestions on how the draft Units can be improved for use across industries.

Over the coming weeks we’ll also be working with 13 different Industry Reference Committees to discuss how their existing industry-specific Units of Competency could be amended to increase relevance to other industries.

If you’d like to be notified about the progress of this project, simply submit your details through our ‘Register for Updates’ box on the left.

Read the Jan/Feb 2019 project update here.

This stage is yet to commence.

The final draft units of competency and Skill Sets will be 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.

Key stakeholders will include but are not limited to:

  • Industry Reference Committees
  • Industry peak bodies
  • Union representatives
  • Professional bodies
  • Industry regulators
  • State and Territory Training Authorities
  • VET regulators

Once the final draft units of competency and Skill Sets have been validated, they will be presented to the Project Reference Group and subsequently, the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee for approval.     

This stage is yet to commence.

The final draft units of competency and Skill Sets, along with a Companion Volume Implementation Guide, will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) as part of a Case for Endorsement.

The Case for Endorsement provides the AISC with a rationale for approving the final draft units and Skill Sets.  It also outlines who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project.  Once endorsed, the AISC issues a communique. The units and Skill Sets are then published on the national register for vocational education and training in Australia and available for use by Registered Training Organisations.