FAQ's

Who is DSO?
In 2020, the Government established DSO as a pilot to test innovative solutions that align training in digital skills with the skills needs of employers and employees across all industry sectors, both tech and non-tech. We work closely with employers, peak bodies, governments and training providers to develop and test elements of a new end-to-end digital skills development model that draws on skills assessments and employment standards to support skill development and inform training needs. The DSO builds on the recommendations of the Joyce Report and is one of three pilot Skills Organisations established, with approval of the Skills Ministers of Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, to test ways in which the VET system can be made more responsive to industry skill needs.
Why work with DSO?
We all know there is a digital skills gap and you need talent, fast. So to achieve that we need to support you with the right approaches and initiatives to open up a wider more diverse pool of talent. DSO can help with access to free/low cost pilots that use innovative solutions to support employers as they upskill and recruit their workforce. This includes testing of an employer led skills based model which focuses on the skills required across a range of job roles and different industries, tech and non-tech. This proven model brings new momentum and scale to the quest to create a diverse talent pool of skilled workers, helping Australia’s economy to grow and thrive. This aim is to get you the talent you need faster.
What is the Digital Skills Development Model?
The Digital Skills Development Model is based on the urgent need for more flexible, up-to-date training products and clear digital pathways that respond at speed to technology changes and match employer needs. The DSO model will do this through three main elements: Digital Skills Pathways, Digital Skills Standards and Digital Centres of Excellence.
Why Digital Skills Pathways?
Currently, there is a lack of clarity around the optimum pathway to a digital career. The digital skills pathways provide a more coherent narrative and common language to align trainers, employers and learners. Rather than focus on specific occupations or job roles, the proposed DSO Pathways Model seeks to define the central purpose behind virtually all technology careers. These seven functions have been defined as: Adapt, Analyse, Build, Design, Innovate, Protect, and Transform.
What is a Digital Skills Standard?
A standard that describes the skills and the associated level of performance to undertake specified functions in the workplace. These can either be generic, industry-wide accepted standards for defined roles or bespoke and tailored to a specific employer. Rather than focus on specific job descriptions, digital skill standards are more flexible, allowing you to focus on the individual skills your organisation needs and achieve more candidates that match these skills.
What is a Digital Centre of Excellence?
DCEs are a network of specialist training providers who are experts in the skills-based approach. They enable skills based training, workforce skill analysis, and provide expert skills-based training solutions aligned to a particular digital skills pathway.
How will the DSO model help employers?
Simplifying language and aligning employers, training providers and learners - making it easier for employers to get the right talent with the right skills.