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?
This Digital Skills Development Model (DSDM) proposes a skills-based approach to digital and technology training. A skills-based approach focuses on skills first. Job roles and required tasks are broken down into skill subsets - enabling clearer, more flexible alignment with employer, learner and training provider requirements. The DSDM will do this through three main elements:Digital Skills Pathways, Digital Skills Standards and Networks of Excellence.
Why Digital Skills Pathways?
Currently, there is a lack of clarity around the optimum pathway to a digital career. Digital Skill Pathways are 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.
What is a Digital Skills Standard?
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.
What is a Network 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.
How will the DSDM 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.