Ag Machinery – Safety and Technology Project
Case for change
The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) issued an activity order for this project to commence, after the “safe operation of agricultural machinery and new technology” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work. Skills Impact, the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.
This project will review units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relating to the use of new technology and safety measures across a range of farm mobile machinery operations.
The Industry has identified important units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that need to be updated or created to incorporate the use of new technology and safety measures in all farm mobile machinery operations within the agriculture sector, including riding quad bikes, tractors, seeders, two-wheel motorbikes and other specialised equipment. Knowledge about the following areas has been noted as particular importance:
- The associated risks and safety measures relating to farm mobile machinery operations
- The serious risks of quad bikes, and particularly the risk of rollover when driving in steep and rocky terrain.
- The use of personal protective equipment and engineering controls that ‘design out’ the hazard.
- The use of active riding skills on motorbikes.
- Skills gap for operating commercial lawnmowers
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Farm managers, farm workers, machinery operators, local government/council workers, parks and gardens workers and sports turf industry.
- Review and improvement of 35 units of competency across Machinery and Operation (MOM) and 1 qualification (Certificate III in Rural Machinery Operations)
- Development of up to 5 new units and/or skill sets as identified during review
September, October 2017
Review process commencement
November, December 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials
Industry validation of final drafts
Finalisation of Training Package components
April, May 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement
|Sam Papasidero||Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact email@example.com|
|Ruth Geldard||Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Inci Sapmazturk||Administration Support, Skills Impact|
|Peter Miller||Skills Development Specialist, P.E.M Consulting|
Subject Matter Experts
Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.
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 email@example.com
Opportunities for stakeholder input:
Below is a list of the current and existing units of competency that will be reviewed as part of this project. To view a specific unit, please click on the unit title.
We are seeking your feedback on how these units could be reviewed to address skills related to the following industry concerns:
- Safety concerns regarding the operation of quad bikes, side-by-side and related vehicles
- Safety concerns and technological advances for other types of agricultural machinery (tractors, crop planting, harvesters, loaders, graders and other specialised machinery and equipment)
- Technological and design solutions
- Operator awareness and training solutions
Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised units.
To provide feedback, please email Ruth Geldard firstname.lastname@example.org