Committee Membership

The Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:

  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Beverage Manufacturing
  • Livestock and Pet Feed Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Product Manufacturing

All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. For further information about this IRC please contact us.

The IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.

Organisation Represented
Nominee
Organisation Overview
Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) Dr Geoffrey Annison The AFGC is the peak representative body for food and beverage manufacturers and non-food grocery manufacturers of over the counter pharmaceuticals, personal care and home care products in Australia.
Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Nick Miller The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, they are the national employers’ organisation. With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, they have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of their members.
Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Ltd (AIFST) Shona Gawel Formed in 1967, AIFST strives to advance Australia’s food industry as a sustainable, world-leading industry. Representing thousands of food industry professionals working in all facets of the industry, it is the only national voice and network of its kind.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) Ian Curry (Deputy Chair) Employee representative body for employees working in the food manufacturing industry.
Australian Sugar Milling Council Scott Young The Australian Sugar Milling Council is a voluntary organisation, established in 1987 to represent Australian raw sugar mill owners. The Milling Council works with its members, other industry organisations and government to develop and promote policies that enhance the commercial development of the sugar industry in Australia.
Bega Cheese Limited David McKinnon Bega Cheese is a significant and innovative player in the Australian and international dairy industry, employing more than 1,700 people across multiple sites in Bega, New South Wales, Coburg, Derrimut, Strathmerton and Tatura in Victoria.
Carlton and United Brewers Renae Barber Carlton United Breweries is the largest Brewer in Australia. It has three large manufacturing sites and employ around 1,800 employees across a number of sectors.
CSL Behring James Thomas CSL Behring is the largest employer in the pharmaceutical industry in Australia. Responsible for the recruitment needs for CSL Behring Australian and New Zealand with functional client groups in Manufacturing, R&D, Sales and Marketing and Corporate.
South Australian Wine Industry Association Sarah Hills Established in 1840, the South Australian Wine Industry Association is the peak body representing the viticultural and winemaking interests of the state.
Sanitarium Kate Fisher Sanitarium currently has seven sites and employs more than 1400 employees across Australia and New Zealand operating across a number of food manufacturing categories.
SunRice Paul Scoullar SunRice is the consumer brand and trading name of Ricegrowers Limited, which is one of Australia’s largest exporters of processed branded food products.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Anne Astin (Chair) Expertise in food processing and manufacturing.

Anne is currently an Independent Director for the Australian Packaging Covenant and is the Chair of William Angliss TAFE Institute (education and training in the food, culinary, hospitality and tourism industries in Victoria).

Brett Noy Expertise in food processing and manufacturing.

Brett is currently the Managing Director of Uncle Bobs Bakery, and Creative Crusts Baking Company in Brisbane.

Chris McNamara Expertise in beverage manufacturing.

Chris is currently the Executive Officer of the Craft Beer Industry Association.

Briannon Avery Expertise in livestock and pet feed manufacturing.

Briannon is currently the Group Manager – Product Strategy and Communications at Ridley Corporation Ltd.

Paul MacLeman Expertise in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical product manufacturing.

Paul is currently the Managing Director of IDT Australia and the Chairman of AdAlta.

 

Operating Framework for IRCs

IRCs provide the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provide a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC is to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.

IRCs perform the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:

  • Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
  • Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
  • Oversight the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
  • Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
  • Report to the AISC on progress of its work
  • Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.

Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.