What the program does
The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program:
- boosts the number of skilled construction workers
- increases diversity in construction.
It recognises the need for the NSW Government to work with industry to:
- develop skills, capability and capacity
- increase diversity.
Training Services NSW manages the program in consultation with other government agencies and in partnership with the construction industry.
How it works
The program helps to
- address skills shortages in the construction sector
- increase diversity in the workforce
- train workers to gain new skills on the job
- increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities
- increase the representation of young people, Aboriginal people and women
- ensure workers from surrounding areas get training and employment.
Skills training and diversity targets
These are the program skills, training and diversity targets agreed by government and industry.
Plain text version of table data:
- Apply the relevant Aboriginal Procurement Policy*: Applies to contract value $7.5m to over $100m
- 20% of the Trades Workforce to be apprentices: Applies to contract value $10m to over $100m
- 20% of the Project Workforce to be learning workers: Applies to contract value over $100m
- 2% of the Trades Workforce to be women: Applies to contract value over $100m
- 8% of the Project Workforce to be young people: Applies to contract value over $100m
- Report Local Employment Outcomes: Applies to contract value over $100m.
*Please refer to definition of relevant Aboriginal procurement policy.
Training management guidelines
The Training Management Guidelines provide:
- information for NSW Government agencies and construction contractors on meeting ISLP targets.
- skills and diversity targets
- examples of strategies for achievement
- guidance on reporting performance to TSNSW.
The Training Management Guidelines and Reporting Template are live documents and will be updated from time to time. If you have any questions or feedback in relation to these documents please contact the team at ISLP@det.nsw.edu.au.
Case studies and achievements
- Sydney Metro City and Southwest
- Sydney Metro West
- Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport
- Parramatta Light Rail - Stage 1
- Regional Rail Dubbo Maintenance Facility
- Randwick Campus Redevelopment
- Nowra Bridge Project
- Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment
The infrastructure build may still be ongoing.
- WestConnex - New M4
- Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment - Stage 3B
- Wentworth to Broken Hill Water Pipeline
- Clarence Correctional Centre
- New Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility
- Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment - Stage three
- Coffs Harbour Hospital Redevelopment
- Local Government - Dubbo Regional Collaboration Project
- Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway Upgrade
- Albion Park Rail Bypass
- Batemans Bay Bridge Replacement Project
- Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct
Achievements against targets
The ISLP projects are demonstrating strong performance against the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program targets. The table below shows total achievement against targets for key ISLP projects.
Number of people
ISLP Target %
Average % across key ISLP projects
Inducted on to site
In line with APIC and APP (see note 1)
Women in non-traditional Trades/Roles
Young people under 25 years
People living in the local Region
As per the contract (see note 2)
Note 1: Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy / Aboriginal Procurement Policy. There is no set target unless specified in procurement.
Note 2: No specific target agreed, although contractors encouraged to ensure local jobs for local people.
Figures are from June 2016 to 30 June 2022
- NSW Government Action Plan: A ten point commitment to the construction sector
- NSW Procurement Board Direction – PBD 2020-03 Skills, training and diversity in construction
- Training Management Guidelines for ISLP & FAQs
- Attachment A - Reporting template for the Training Management Guidelines
- Infrastructure NSW Annual Report 2020-21