Ag Machinery – Safety and Technology Project

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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.

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Project Plan

Project Scope

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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Relevant occupations

Farm managers, farm workers, machinery operators, local government/council workers, parks and gardens workers and sports turf industry.


Key deliverables
  • 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



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
Ruth Geldard Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
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

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


AHCMOM101 Assist with routine maintenance of machinery and equipment

AHCMOM202 Operate tractors

AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment

AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery

AHCMOM205 Operate vehicles

AHCMOM206 Conduct grader operations

AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations

AHCMOM208 Conduct excavator operations

AHCMOM209 Conduct dozer operations

AHCMOM210 Conduct scraper operations

AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws

AHCMOM214 Operate cane haulage vehicle

AHCMOM301 Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair

AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance

AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment

AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment

AHCMOM306 Ground spread fertiliser and soil ameliorant

AHCMOM307 Operate a cane harvester

AHCMOM308 Operate broadacre and row crop harvest machinery and equipment

AHCMOM309 Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment

AHCMOM310 Operate land-forming machinery and equipment

AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology

AHCMOM312 Operate row crop planting and seeding machinery and equipment

AHCMOM313 Operate mobile irrigation machinery and equipment

AHCMOM314 Transport machinery

AHCMOM315 Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

AHCMOM316 Refuel machinery or vehicle

AHCMOM401 Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment

AHCMOM402 Supervise maintenance of property, machinery and equipment

AHCMOM501 Manage machinery and equipment

AHCMOM502 Implement a machinery management system

AHCMOM601 Analyse machinery options


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