The Future Role of the Property IRC

Australia’s built environment not only houses the majority of Australians and their commercial activity, it also makes a significant direct contribution to the economy and employs millions of Australians. The built environment value chain encompasses a lifecycle from urban planning to renewal. Structurally it is segmented, with many interests focused on sector impacts rather than whole of industry benefit. This is highlighted in the Building Confidence report which highlights some of the weaknesses of a siloed and developer led industry.

The value chain is experiencing significant disruption including Building Information Modelling (BIM), robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing. Technology disruption is not confined to single sector, but the impacts are being felt right across the value chain.

The parallel challenges and opportunities of building confidence, sustainable development and digital disruption, point to the need for a significant industry transformation – with changes required to how the industry plans, designs, constructs and manages the built environment. This transformation will be felt across the entire value chain especially in the area of skills and workforce development.

The Built Environment Cycle

National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List

The National Skills Commission’s (NSC) Skills Priority List (SPL) has been published and is now publicly available at NSC – SPL (or see download at end).

The SPL provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for occupations nationally. Current labour market ratings are also available for occupations at a state and territory level.

The SPL provides the backbone piece of labour market analysis on occupations that will inform a range of subsequent government policy responses, including targeting of apprenticeship incentives, training funding and skilled migration, although the SPL will not be the sole input to government decisions on these policies.

The evidence supporting the development of this list includes labour market data analysis, employer surveys, and stakeholder consultation with federal and state/territory government agencies and representative bodies, such as yourselves.

The NSC would like to thank those who provided input to the SPL process. Your responses have provided them with valuable insights and evidence on the current and future state of the labour market. The submissions received were a key input to the assessment of occupations for the SPL.

While the SPL will be updated annually, the NSC is keen to remain across any changes to the labour market for occupations as they occur, especially considering the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The NSC welcomes input on the SPL year-round as part of our continual review process. Submissions can be provided to In addition, we plan to go out with the initial stakeholder survey for the 2021-22 process in September this year. We will provide further details to you closer to the date, an indicative timeline is below.

Year-roundFace-to-face/digital engagement with stakeholders as appropriate
SeptemberInitial stakeholder survey
FebruaryFollow-up stakeholder survey
NSC's indicative timeline for stakeholder surveys

If there are any other peaks, industry groups, unions, employee representative groups or regional representative bodies that you believe should be included in this process, please let the NSC know by emailing, and they will include them in their ongoing consultations/survey work.

Courtesy Workforce Analysis Team
National Skills Commission

Asbestos Safety Videos from SafeWork NSW

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SafeWork NSW have recently launched a five-part series of asbestos videos aimed at keeping tradies, who are most at risk of being exposed to asbestos on the job, safe. Some of the most at risk groups of tradesmen includes builders, electricians, plumbers, painters, roof restoration experts, floor covering experts, home handymen and bathroom and kitchen renovators.

Links to the five videos can be found below:

Asbestos Hazards, Risks and Identification
Setting up your asbestos work area
Personal Protective Equipment
Safe Handling and Controls (Drilling)

SafeWork are currently promoting the video series on Facebook and YouTube and would appreciate these links being shared on your own social media channels (if you deem it relevant and appropriate) to help promote these important safety messages.

The videos along with all of SafeWork’s asbestos safety videos (including dangers of pressure cleaning asbestos roofs and dangers of cladding over asbestos) can be found at:
YouTube SafeWork Asbestos Videos Playlist

CPC Release 6.3

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It has been brought to our attention a query relating to the referencing of prerequisites across several units of competency in a number of qualifications. We have undertaken an audit and identified which qualifications will need to be amended. The typographical amendment will consist of adding or removing the prerequisite reference.

Amending the qualifications will require a minor release CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services: it will be Release 6.3 of the training package. We will advise you of the release shortly.

CPC31320 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC32320 Certificate III in Stonemasonry
CPCCOM1012Remove *
CPCCOM1013Remove *
CPCCOM1014Remove *
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying
CPCCOM1012Remove *
CPCCOM1013Remove *
CPCCOM1014Remove *
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC30820 Certificate III in Roof Tiling
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC31020 Certificate III in Solid Plastering
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry
CPCCOM1012Remove *
CPCCOM1014Remove *
CPCCJN3100Add *
CPCCWC3004Add *
CPC31420 Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery
CPCCOM1012Remove *
CPCCOM1013Remove *
CPCCOM1014Remove *
CPCCOM2001Add *
CPCCCA3011Add *
CPC30120 Certificate III in Shopfitting
CPCCJN3100Add *
CPCCWC3004Add *

Reinstatement of deleted units: CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services

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A backend fault occurred when CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Release 6.2.

The following units of competency were unintentionally deleted from the CPC training package and have now been reinstated.

  1. CPCMCM8001 - Plan and manage complex projects
  2. CPCMCM8002 - Manage the quality of projects and processes
  3. CPCPCM5014 - Design sewer infrastructure systems
  4. CPCPDR3024 - Maintain and service domestic treatment plants and onsite sewerage facilities 
  5. CPCPFS4022 - Commission and maintain special hazard fire suppression systems
  6. CPCPFS4023 - Commission fire system pumpsets
  7. CPCPFS4025 - Commission fire alarm and detection system interface devices
  8. CPCPFS4026 - Commission firefighting appliances
  9. CPCPFS4027 - Commission fire sprinkler systems
  10. CPCPFS5010 - Design fire-compliant hydraulic services
  11. CPCPFS5012 - Design fire hydrant and hose reel systems 
  12. CPCPPS5000 - Design gas bulk storage systems
  13. CPCPPS5001 - Design industrial gas systems 
  14. CPCSFS5008 - Create detailed designs for fire detection and warning systems
  15. CPCSFS5017 - Create detailed designs for foam suppression systems