Skills Impact has been funded by the Australian Government to undertake a cross-sectoral project that will review current and emerging developments in environmental sustainability skills, the skills required to support transition to a sustainable economy. The project will examine workforce skilling implications and identify related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to environmentally sustainable products, manufacturing and waste processes, and sustainable energy production.

Initial research was presented to the Project Reference Group in early August. Three focus areas have been identified for further investigation due to their relevance to a number of industries and occupations. These are: Environmentally sustainable production methods and energy management; Natural resource management and waste handling; and Consumer/market driven sustainability practices. Stakeholder input on workforce skill needs will be sought through on online survey in September.


Project deliverables will be:

  • A scoping report to define environmental sustainability skills relevant to multiple industry sectors
  • Identification of skills suitable for codification as units of competency, skills sets or qualifications, that are common across multiple industries
  • A report on skill needs and training package implications (units, skill sets, qualifications)
  • A detailed Case for Change.

Skills Impact will work collaboratively with industry stakeholders to:

  • Define environmental sustainability skills within the scope of this project
  • Compile research on current and future needs for environmental sustainability skills
  • Consult with industry to identify and validate common skills across industry areas
  • Identify training package components (units, skill sets, qualifications) that need to be developed, modified, adapted or removed
  • Develop a Case for Change.

The resulting Case for Change will analyse cross industry environmental sustainability skill areas, in the light of existing training packages, to identify gaps and areas of duplication. The analysis will identify existing sector-specific competencies that could be adapted for use across industries. Analysis will also identify opportunities for the development of new cross-industry units of competency, skill sets or qualifications.

Note: this project was previously called the ‘Green Skills Project’

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Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Stakeholder input on workforce skill needs will be sought through on online survey in September.

To provide comment or find out more about the project, please contact us.


Project Progress

Skills Impact is working in collaboration with Australian Industry Standards Limited, IBSA Manufacturing and in co-operation with other SSOs to ensure the project is informed by perspectives and insights from across all industries. The project is being guided by a project reference group (PRG) with membership drawn from Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) with an interest in the outcomes of the project.

Initial research was presented to the PRG at their first meeting in August 2017. Advice from PRG members is being used to guide the direction of further research and consultation.

 Download the project update for information on project progress and next steps.