2.4: Specialised tasks

What is a specialised task?

A specialised task is a work activity a person undertakes specific to a job. These are specialist tasks required to be performed for specific jobs, and expressed in the way employees and employers talk about how work is done in the workplace.

The purpose of identifying specialised tasks

The Australian Skills Classification identifies specialised tasks for around 600 occupations in the Australian labour market in a way that allows these tasks to be compared across different occupations. This information identifies how specialised tasks in one job can be transferred to another — enabling specialised tasks gaps to be identified. These gaps could be met by multiple pathways such as learning on the job, short courses or accredited training.

Transferability of specialised tasks

Understanding the transferability of specialised tasks is important for students and workers at all stages of their career. It can open people’s eyes to other jobs that might use their skills and help them choose education and training pathways that align to their interests and areas of demand into the future.

Figure 3 shows how the specialised skills a Beauty Therapist has, such as client assistance and record management, can transfer to a Youth Worker. These are called transferable skills: the building blocks to help a person move to a new, higher paid job projected to grow. However, to transition to a new role, some specific skills gaps need to be addressed. Youth Workers also usually require a qualification such as a Certificate IV in Youth Work or a Diploma of Youth Work.

Having successfully attained the skills necessary to become a Youth Worker, multiple career pathways open up. These pathways include jobs in community care, allied health and human care, community justice and safety and other social professions.

Figure 3: Transferable skills between Beauty Therapist and Youth Worker (VET)

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Source: NSC analysis

Source: NSC analysis

Figure 3

This diagram shows 3 transferable skills for a beauty therapist – record management, client assistance and inventory maintenance. Transitioning to a youth worker requires training which provides additional skills. The additional skills gained through study are client interviewing, record keeping, referrals, report writing, health care advice, collaboration, policy and procedure advice, presentation. The diagram then shows which of the skills gained as a beauty therapist and youth worker transfer to other job roles including drug and alcohol counsellor, disability services officer, parole and probation officer, family support worker and occupational health and safety adviser.

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