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Training Councils

The State Training Board, under section 21(1)(b) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 recognises Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs), which are funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
The current industry training advisory arrangements comprise 10 Training Councils in WA, which:

  • provide a leadership role in promoting training industry​​, including partnerships between industry and the training sector;
  • high level, strategic information and advice that informs the State Training Board on the training needs and priorities of industry in Western Australia; and
  • market intelligence on skills supply and demand, in particular, current or emerging skills shortages and recommends training strategies to support industries skills development needs.

Training Councils provide a valuable contribution towards the preparation of the State Training Profile and the State’s Vocational and Education Training system funding priorities and receive a wide-range of input from key stakeholder representatives, including peak employer, employee, and industry organisations.

The State Training Board has issued guidelines to Industry Training Advisory Bodies:
ITAB Guidelines 2005

List of Training Councils

Community Services, Health and Education Industry Training Council Inc.

The Community services, Health and Education Training Council Inc. is an advisory and research organisation that provides advice on publicly funded Vocational Education and Training (VET) needs for the community services, health and education industries.

Chair: Brendan Robb, Director Workforce, Health Department of WA
Deputy Chair: Richard Barlow, Industrial Organiser - Health Services Union of WA
Chief Executive Officer: Ian Andrews                                                                                    
Telephone: 9445 1511


Construction Training Council

The Construction Training Fund aims to improve the quality of training and to increase the number of skilled workers in the building and construction industry.

Chair: Ian Hill, Building and Construction Industry Training Fund
Executive Officer: Alan Davis, Director Skills Development   
Telephone: 9244 0100



Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Inc.

The Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive​ Training Council provides strategic advice to the State Training Board and the Department of Training and Workforce Development, regarding industry training issues.

Chair: Joe Fiala, Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union State Organiser
Chief Executive Officer: Kevin Peachey
Telephone: 9240 2688



Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Inc.

The Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Inc. works with industry to foster: quality and industry specific training; a skilled and flexible workforce; and effective representation on training-related matters.

Chair: Graham Drury, Security Agents Institute of WA
Deputy Chair: Liz McIhone, REIWA

Chief Executive Officer: Allan Jones
Telephone: 9427 0898


Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council (WA) Inc.

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council promotes training to industry, supports innovation and workforce development.

Chair: Carlo Gosatti
Chief Executive Officer: Kay Gerard
Telephone: 9361 2800



FutureNow: Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Inc.    

FutureNow brings together industry leaders, training organisations and action groups to make recommendations to the State Training Board regarding workforce development strategies for Western Australia.

Chair: Barry Felstead, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Resorts, Crown Ltd
Deputy Chair: Ken Norquay, Executive General Manager Racing, Racing and Wagering WA
Chief Executive Officer: Julie Hobbs
Telephone: 9285 8555



Logistics Training Council Inc.   

The Logistics Training Council is the peak advisory body for skills development and training in Western Australia for the transport, logistics and wholesale industries.

Chair: Cathi Payne, Director Payne Haulage
Vice Chair: Brian Appleby, Executive Director/People & Organisation Development, Public Transport Authority

Chief Executive Officer: Jillian Dielesen
Telephone: 9388 8781



Resources Industry Training Council

The Resources Industry Training Council is a joint venture between the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CMEWA).

Chair: Sanchia Tolomei (PwC Australia)
Executive Officer: Jamie Mackaway
Telephone: 9220 8538



Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council Inc.

The Retail and Personal Services Training Council's role is to serve the Retail, Community Pharmacy, Hairdressing, Floristry, Beauty Therapy and Funeral services industry sectors in relation to Vocational Education and Training.

Chair: Andrew Vitolins, Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Assoc.
Executive Director: Norma Roberts
Telephone: 9446 8177