Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs) are key industry contacts for the NSW Government. They provide independent industry advice on the training and skill needs of industry which will facilitate workforce development.


The advice provided by the ITABs assists the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) to identify training priorities, formulate policy, implement reforms, design industry-related strategies and to partner on industry skills initiatives. This work makes a contribution to meeting training targets under the NSW State Plan and through commonwealth/state/territory agreements.

Services they provide

NSW ITABs are state-funded with funding tied to the provision of services to support critical operational areas of the vocational education and training (VET) system in NSW.
NSW ITABs play a key role in:

  • identifying and prioritising industry skills and workforce development training needs
  • establishing apprenticeship and traineeship pathways and their suitability as schools-based arrangements
  • promoting and assisting in the implementation of brokerage services for the Productivity Places Program (PPP)
  • advising on options to strengthen vocational pathways in schools
  • assisting in the development, implementation and continuous improvement of national Training Packages
  • providing advice and information to RTOs regarding registration processes as well as the accreditation and review of courses.

In addition they:

  • develop training and career information resources
  • provide professional support to RTOs, including TAFE NSW
  • provide professional advice on training and workforce development to industry and enterprises
  • promote the benefits and opportunities of VET to their industries.

Industry sector coverage in NSW