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The International Specialised Skills Institute

Sir James Gobbo founder of The International Specialised Skills Institute


The ISS Institute is proud of its heritage. The organisation was founded in 1991  by Sir James Gobbo AC CVO and a group of visionaries to encourage investment in the development of Australia’s specialised skills. Our international Fellowship program supports Australians across a broad range of industries and sectors to undertake international skills and knowledge enhancement leading to new ways of working and economic and social benefits. To date over 510 Australians have undertaken Fellowships facilitated through the ISS Institute. Our Fellowship Program encourages shared learning, leadership and communities of practice.

The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) exists to develop an innovative, skilled and smart Australia by cultivating the mastery and knowledge of talented Australians through international applied research Fellowships.

At the heart of The ISS Institute are our individual Fellows. Under our Fellowship Program, the Fellows learn globally and, upon their return, pass on their newly acquired knowledge and skills through:

  • Publication of a detailed Fellowship Report distributed to government, industry, educational institutions and peers

  • Recommending improvements and enhancements in their industry sector

  • Introducing new practices and techniques

  • Disseminating their learnings, findings and recommendations via workshops, conferences and forums

The ISS Institute plays a pivotal role in creating value and opportunity, encouraging new thinking and the  adoption of new ideas and practice.

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