About Us

Our Vision

Every person who digitally upskills secures work and businesses can access a pool of digital talent.

Our Mission

Developing sustainable employer-led approaches to create a digitally upskilled, job-ready workforce.

What’s the problem?

Australia is facing a digital skills capability and capacity problem

The rapid pace of change in digital technologies combined with the pandemic is bringing a rocketing demand for digital skills.

Almost two in three Australian workers currently apply digital skills in their work, and in the next five years that number is set to reach 90%.

Every worker is now, or will be, one who needs digital skills.

Forecasts show 60,000 additional digital workers are needed yearly in Australia to meet demands.

However current approaches to digital education and training lack capacity and agility. In 2019, only 7,000 students in Australia graduated with an IT degree and less than 3,000 people completed a Cert IV in the ICT training package.

A national education system is required which can produce the people with relevant digital skills more quickly.

What’s the solution?

A simpler model with an end to end view

Based on this urgent need for more flexible, up-to-date training products and clear digital pathways that respond at speed to technology changes and can be applicable across multiple industry contexts, the DSO model includes three main elements.

Digital Skill Pathways

A signposted pathway that leads an individual or organisation to understand the skills needed for job roles. Each pathway details skill clusters which are the group of skills required in a pathway. Shaped by industry demand and described in a unifying language and taxonomy recognised by all. These pathways based on skills clusters help align employers, learners and training providers.

Digital Skill Standards

Digital Skills Standards describe the skills and performance levels needed by employers in the workplace.The skills standards are made up of skill clusters with an associated proficiency level which have been endorsed by industry. An individual can be assessed against the standard. The standards do not reflect the type of training given.

Networks of Excellence

Together, skill standards and pathways create a more flexible training approach based on outcomes. The resources and tools to support the skills-based training will be collated in accessible networks of excellence that contain tested ways that employers and training providers have worked together on the skills-based approach.

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DSO works closely with representatives from a diverse range of industries.

These organisations may be large, small, rural or urban, but what unites them is their need for highly-skilled digital professionals to enhance the way they do business both now and into the future. We will work with you on an ongoing basis, and apply your valuable feedback to rapidly establish, test and optimise pilot programs in the VET sector.

We encourage employers who are interested in collaborating to get in touch with us. We are always looking for fresh and creative ideas as well as feedback on our current Pilot projects. We are especially keen to hear from a diverse range of employers, such as Indigenous organisations, employers in rural areas and SMEs.

Collaborating with training organisations is key to DSO's approach.

Working with training organisations will help us to create effective and relevant learning opportunities in the digital skills sector. DSO is passionate about the power of vocational education to produce world-class employees who can go on to deliver great things for Australian industry.

Your advice and feedback is very important to ensure we are using best practice methods of teaching and training as we develop our Pilot programs. By working together, we can craft a new training curriculum and pilot original teaching methods that will deliver the job-ready candidates that employers need. We want training providers to bring their expertise, agility and innovation to the table as we develop a new type of learning. Together, we can challenge the status quo and design programs that will provide employers and learners with the digital skills they need for the jobs of today and of tomorrow.

As learners, you are at the heart of the DSO’s work.

Our aim is to improve digital skills VET so that you will emerge from your training highly employable and ready to hit the ground running. As well as developing skills programs that meet the current and future needs of Australia’s employers, we strive to produce cutting-edge, compelling and deeply interesting courses for learners. We want to ignite your passion for digital skills, whatever your experience level.

We want to connect with a range of learners. This means first-time digital students, current employees hoping to transition to a new role and digital experts who need to stay ahead of the curve. Without your valuable input and feedback on our programs, the DSO will not be able to achieve its mission.

DSO was established as part of the Australian Government’s national skills reform ‘Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.’

Funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, DSO is part of an important network of bodies established to shape the national training system. This includes the Mining and Human Services Skills Organisations, as well as the newly-established National Skills Commission. Collaboration with government at the state and territory level is at the heart of our approach as we ensure the skills needs of the whole country are addressed.

DSO thrives on learning and collaborating.

Collaboration with industry organisations and peak bodies is an important part of DSO’s success. Your deep knowledge of employers and industry expertise is invaluable as we work to deliver improved digital skills training in Australia.

We want to work with you to ensure our programs and calls for feedback reach a diverse and relevant industry audience. Your expertise and networks are key to spreading the message of the DSO and encouraging greater participation in our programs.