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Policy & Projects

Australian Industry Group represents members' interests to government and researches your needs to develop training solutions to skills issues facing industry today. We are represented on a broad range of government decision making bodies, making sure that the voice of industry is heard at all levels of Australia's education and training system.

Australian Industry Group regularly makes submissions to governments at all levels on matters to do with education and training.

We develop and publish policies which are designed to ensure that Australia's education and training system hears the voice of industry and that our vocational education and training system is led by industry.

In addition, Ai Group is regularly contracted by government to undertake projects within education and training.

Some examples of policy and projects:

Recent Policy:

  • Addressing Enterprise Leadership in Australia (June 2015): this statement highlights the importance of addressing enterprise leadership in Australia, how Australia compares to other countries, addressing the barriers to improvement and approaches to the way forward.
  • Progressing STEM Skills in Australia (February 2015): this policy statement addresses the imperative of STEM skills, the current situation in all sectors, what employers are saying and a suggested course of action and recommendations.
  • Work Integrated Learning - Strengthening University and Business Partnerships (February 2014): this Statement of Intent is co-signed by Universities Australia, the Ai Group and other peak business organisations to support university-business partnerships and to advance the implementation of Work Integrated Learning for undergraduate students participating in work placements in industry.
  • Getting it Right: Foundation Skills for the Workforce (October 2013): this policy statement highlights the importance of foundation skills, the current status of these in Australia, what employers are saying about this issue and a series of recommendations for future action.
  • Making Sense: A business perspective on school reform (June 2013):this policy statement addresses several school sector issues including resourcing, teaching capability, foundation skills, school - industry partnerships, VET in Schools programs, STEM subjects and advances a number of recommendations targeted at improvement.
  • Apprenticeships: Achieving Excellence (June 2013): this policy statement focuses on the importance of apprentices, the current situation, employer viewpoints and identifies a number of areas for recommended action apprenticeships.

Current Projects:

  • Strengthening School – Industry STEM Skills Partnerships (2015 – 2016): this project is mapping current school – industry STEM skills programs and will conduct pilot programs designed to raise the participation of schools and industry in the provision of STEM skills.
  • Engineering Excellence: Competency Based Progression and Completion for Engineering Trades (2012 – 2015): tthis is an Accelerated Apprenticeship initiative funded by the Australian Government to implement competency based progression and completion for over 3,500 engineering apprentices across 10 different Registered Training Organisations covering each State.
  • Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Program – Manufacturing (2012 - 2014): this is an Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program initiative which provides mentoring services to over 400 manufacturing apprentices and their employers to assist apprentices to complete their apprenticeship.
  • Building Employer Commitment to Workplace Literacy Programs (2012 – 2014): this is an Australian Government funded project to determine the return on investment for employers participating in the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program.
  • School - Industry Numeracy Project (2013 - 2014): this project is funded by the Office of Chief Scientist and involves the collaboration of the Ai Group with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers to determine what mathematics skills are used in the workplace and how these can be integrated into the secondary school curriculum.
  • Corporate Champions Project (2013 - 2016): the Ai Group is an accredited national provider of services to industry involving the recruitment and retention of mature age employees (over 45 years of age) in the workforce.



This innovative project, funded by the Victorian Government, involves a leadership development program aimed at facilitating the transition of emerging leaders from shopfloor positions into a management role. The program uses a number of methods including action learning, adaptive leadership principles and a framework for regular coaching and self-guided reflection. Individualised work based projects will be driven by company needs and there will be opportunities for external collaboration. The learnings from the project will be evaluated for broader application.