IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to lead the Digital Skills Cross Sector project on behalf of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

This project will focus on:

  • Digital literacy skills (defined as the technical skills to analyse and respond to data provided by machines in the workplace)
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing) skills
  • Programming / coding skills


Digital skills will impact the manufacturing sector in the next five to ten years. Digital manufacturing, with the emergence of additive manufacturing and increasing use of computer aided drafting, is driving the need for new skills in digital literacy and coding.

Coding work is found in a range of contexts and is seen as an essential requirement for many current and emerging jobs. Digital skills are crucial in setting things up, manipulating and operating in a digital world. Analysis across Industry Skills Forecasts and proposed Schedules of Work identified digital literacy, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and programming/coding skills as an emerging trend across a number industries.

Project Aim

To develop a Case for Change for Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) consideration.

This case will provide evidence and demonstrate cross industry support for the development of training package components to address workforce needs related to digital skills across industries.

Project Governance

This project is overseen by a Project Reference Group (PRG) made up of the following Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members and subject matter experts:

Aerospace Education and Training IRC
David Peterson (IRC proxy), Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) IRC
David Sweeney, Telstra

Manufacturing and Engineering IRC
Michael Grogan, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Printing and Graphic Arts IRC
Julie Hobbs, Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicles and Laboratory IRC
Nigel Haywood, National Energy Resources Australia

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear IRC
Leon Drury, NSW Industry Training Advisory Board (NSW ITAB)

Subject Matter Expert
Nico Adams DPhil (Oxon), Innovative Manufacturing CRC

Subject Matter Expert
Shanti Krishnan, Swinburne University of Technology

Subject Matter Expert
Mark Walker, ICM Consulting

What Are Cross Sector Projects?

Cross sector projects have been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee to address common skills needs identified in IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. They are innovative and provide opportunities for IRCs to work collaboratively to develop training package components that are owned and used by many industries.