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Public Sector IRC

The PSP Public Sector Training Package was last endorsed in February 2016.

Industry Overview

Public sector employees play an important role in the development, review and implementation of government policies, and they provide an array of services for the community.

The public sector comprises federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies, and state-owned corporations. According to recent data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the public sector employs over 1.6 million people, representing 18 percent of the Australian workforce. Employment growth has been strong over the last five years.


Given the array of services provided by public sector workers, there is a massive range of occupations within the sector, spanning areas such as education, health, policy, finance, police and emergency services.


The VET qualifications that cater to this sector are:

PSP20116 Certificate II in Government
PSP30116 Certificate III in Government
PSP40116 Certificate IV in Government
PSP40216 Certificate IV in Court Operations
PSP40316 Certificate IV in Government Security
PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations
PSP40516 Certificate IV in Trade Measurement
PSP40616 Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting
PSP40716 Certificate IV in Heavy Vehicle Road Compliance
PSP50116 Diploma of Government
PSP50216 Diploma of Court Operations
PSP50716 Diploma of Fraud Control
PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations
PSP50316 Diploma of Government Security
PSP50516 Diploma of Trade Measurement
PSP50816 Diploma of Translating
PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting
PSP50616 Diploma of Procurement and Contracting
PSP60116 Advanced Diploma of Government
PSP60816 Advanced Diploma of Translating
PSP60916 Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (English-LOTE)
PSP60616 Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting
PSP80116 Graduate Certificate in Strategic Procurement
PSP80216 Graduate Certificate in Radiation Safety.

Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.

Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecast

On 30th September 2016, IRCs submitted their initial four-year workplans to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration. These workplans were developed incorporating information sourced in a variety of ways, including meetings and consultations with stakeholders, desktop research, an industry workforce survey open to all stakeholders, across all industries for a five-week period and consultation with IRC members and their stakeholder networks.

In April 2017, these workplans were refreshed, retitled as Industry Skills Forecasts and again submitted to the AISC. An IRC’s Industry Skills Forecast provides an overview of the sector and the current challenges and opportunities it faces, along with an analysis of current and projected employment and workforce skills needs. It proposes a schedule for the ongoing review of relevant training package products to inform the AISC’s development of the four-year rolling National Schedule.

It is noted that this Industry Skills Forecast has been developed and signed off by this IRC, but the final decision with regard to the scheduling of training product development rests with the AISC, once it has reviewed the submitted Industry Skills Forecasts of all 60 plus IRCs across the various sectors of Australian Industry. The confirmed National Schedule is published on the AISC website once approved.

CLICK HERE to download the Public Sector IRC Industry Skills Forecast.