Ag Chemical Handling Project

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Case for change

“Chemical application and management” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast (see page 52). Skills Impact and the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 52)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling, to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, so that all job functions are accurately described.

Scroll down to view the list of units and skill sets that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover.

The importance of skills in safe chemical application and handling will be considered in light of new practices, technology and industry standards, including the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classifying and labelling of chemicals and techniques for spray drift mitigation.


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Relevant Occupations

Those people responsible for planning and risk management associated with the spray application of chemicals in primary production and individuals responsible for applying agricultural chemicals.


Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 12 units
  • Review and improvement of 2 Skills Sets
  • Development of up to 5 new units and/or skill sets, as identified during review



August 2017
Initial scoping

September, October 2017
Review process commencement

November, December 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials

February 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

March 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

April, May 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement


Project Team
Sam Papasidero Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact
Ron Barrow Skills Development Specialist, Nestor Consulting


Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units and qualification.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Below is a list of the current and existing skill sets and units of competency that will be reviewed as part of this project. To view a specific skill set or unit, please click on the title.

We are seeking your feedback on how the skill sets and units could be reviewed or improved to address skills relating to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals, spray application and drift, and new technology and management strategies used to reduce drift and increase spray efficiencies.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please email Wayne Jones



Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft revised units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling. Feedback from industry on the existing documents is also being considered as part of this process.

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when drafts will be made available for comment on this webpage.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place in November across states and territories, to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft materials in person. If required, one or more webinars will be also be held. Please feel free to register your attendance by clicking the corresponding link.


Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

9 Nov 17, 13:00 – 15:00 – Adelaide, SA – register here

14 Nov 17, 15:30 – 17:30 – Perth, WA – register here

16 Nov 17, 15:30 – 17:30 – Darwin, NT – register here

22 Nov 17, 16:00 – 18:00 – Brisbane, QLD – register here

23 Nov 17, 16:00 – 18:00 – Orange, NSW – register here

29 Nov 17, 15:00 – 17:00 – Launceston, TAS – register here

30 Nov 17, 15:00 – 17:00 – Bendigo, VIC – register here

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