Wine Operations Project

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Case for change

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) issued an activity order for this project to commence, after “wine production, cellar door sales and cellar operations” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 45). Skills Impact and the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 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 45)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update wine industry units of competency and qualifications to reflect changing industry skills requirements, especially in the area of technology.

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

The following factors will be considered in the review of these qualifications and units:

  • Changes to the industry that have occurred over the last ten years
  • Changes in roles, technology and anticipated changes for the next five years
  • Pathways within the wine and allied supporting industries
  • Other skills required beyond the wine-specific elements to support the wine industry
  • An ageing workforce
  • The need to provide new job entrants with suitable pathways into a wine industry career
  • The need for a higher level qualification to support pathways and career progression
  • The need for clear articulation of the professional standards of performance.

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Relevant Occupations

Wine-making assistants, vineyard staff, sales assistants, cellar door staff, cellar production staff, customer service staff, managers and supervisors across all operations.


Key Deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 2 existing qualifications
  • Review and improvement of 135 units of competency (wine specific and cross-sector)
  • Review and improvement of 7 skill sets
  • Potential development of 7 new units of competency
  • Potential development of 4 new skill sets



February – March 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 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

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


Project Team
Julie Stratford Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact
Bronwyn Trimble Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
Dennis Trevarthen Skills Development Specialist, Ability Associates


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 qualifications and units that will be reviewed as part of this project. Use the links below to view the components on

We invite you to provide your input on the current units and qualifications. We would like to know of any changes (including, additions, deletions) that could be made to the components so that they meet the current skill needs of the industry.

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

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Bronwyn Trimble


FDFWGG2001A Bench graft vines

FDFWGG2002A Carry out potting operations

FDFWGG2003A Hand prune vines

FDFWGG2004A Undertake irrigation systems maintenance activities

FDFWGG2005A Maintain callusing environment

FDFWGG2006A Obtain and process rootlings

FDFWGG2007A Tend containerised nursery plants

FDFWGG2008A Train vines

FDFWGG2009A Operate specialised canopy management equipment

FDFWGG2010A Field graft vines

FDFWGG2011A Install irrigation components

FDFWGG2012A Identify and treat nursery plant disorders

FDFWGG2013A Deliver injection requirements

FDFWGG2014A Operate the irrigation system

FDFWGG2015A Support mechanical harvesting operations

FDFWGG2016A Install and maintain vine trellis

FDFWGG2017A Recognise disorders and identify pests and diseases

FDFWGG2018A Operate vineyard equipment

FDFWGG2019A Perform vertebrate pest control activities

FDFWGG2020A Carry out hot water treatment

FDFWGG2021A Operate nursery cold storage facilities

FDFWGG2022A Take and process vine cuttings

FDFWGG2023A Carry out basic canopy maintenance

FDFWGG2024A Pick grapes by hand

FDFWGG2025A Plant vines by hand

FDFWGG3001A Apply chemicals and biological agents

FDFWGG3002A Coordinate canopy management activities

FDFWGG3003A Coordinate crop harvesting activities

FDFWGG3004A Coordinate nursery activities

FDFWGG3005A Perform field nursery activities

FDFWGG3006A Coordinate hand pruning activities

FDFWGG3007A Implement an irrigation schedule

FDFWGG3008A Operate a mechanical harvester

FDFWGG3009A Monitor and maintain nursery plants

FDFWGG3010A Implement a soil management program

FDFWGG3011A Perform shed nursery activities

FDFWGG3012A Monitor and control vine disorders and damage

FDFWGG3013A Operate spreading and seeding equipment


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