The following projects are underway to improve current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The Government allocates projects to Industry Reference Committees, based on advice in the annual IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact manages the projects.

Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), as outlined in the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the relevant IRC take the project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Across IRCs

Equine Safety in Training Project

This project is underway to review occupational skills standards and units of competency to improve safety, quality and consistency in the delivery of equine training.

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Ag Machinery – Safety & Technology Project

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 mobile farm machinery operations.

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Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC

 

Ag Chemical Handling Project

Units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling are being reviewed to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.

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Apiculture (Bees) Project

Units of competency and the qualification in bee keeping are being updated to ensure all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

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Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC

Pest Management Project

The Certificate III in Pest Management and its related skill set and units of competency are being reviewed to ensure all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

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Animal Care and Management IRC

Farriery Project

The farriery qualification and units of competency are being updated to ensure all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

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Veterinary Nursing Project

Veterinary nursing units of competency and qualifications are being reviewed to ensure they reflect the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry.

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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC

Food & Beverage Manufacturing – Common Skills Project

Working concurrently with the Food Science and Technology and the Wine Operations projects, 38 ‘cross-sector’ units of competency are being reviewed to ensure current knowledge and skill requirements are clearly identified and accurately reflect current industry practice.

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Food Science and Technology Project

Four qualifications and approximately 81 units of competency are being reviewed to ensure all job functions are accurately described in the training package components, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Standards Project

Units of competency, skill sets and qualifications in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are being reviewed to reflect current skills standards and practices, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.

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Retail Baking Review Project

Retail baking units of competency, skills sets and qualifications are being updated to align to industry defined occupational standards.

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Rice Processing Project

This project is underway to transfer units of competency and qualifications currently in the ZRG05 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited Enterprise Training Package to the FDF Food Processing Training Package.

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Wine Operations Project

Wine industry units of competency and qualifications are being updated to reflect changing industry skills requirements, especially in the area of technology.

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Forest Management and Harvesting IRC

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project

Units of competency are being reviewed and updated in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on processes.

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Racing IRC

Greyhounds Project (animal welfare and racing integrity)

Units of competency are being updated to encapsulate racing integrity and animal welfare skills and knowledge critical to the industry.

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Racing Industry Review Project

Units of competency, skill sets and qualifications are being reviewed and updated to reflect the current skills and safety requirements of the racing industry, and to ensure that all job functions are accurately described.

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Cross Sector Projects

Many of the skills most valued by industry apply in multiple sectors of Australia’s economy. The AISC has identified seven cross-sector skills areas where opportunities exist to create flexible and transferable units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that will benefit industry, learners and the broader VET sector.

Skills Impact is collaborating with the AISC, the Australian Department of Education and Training, Industry Reference Committees, Skills Service Organisations and other stakeholders to lead two of these projects.

Environmental Sustainability Skills Project

This project will identify skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to environmentally sustainable products, manufacturing, whole of life cycle management and sustainable energy production. A Case for Change will be generated, including recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.

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Automation Skills Project

This project will identify skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to automated processes. A Case for Change will be generated, including recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.

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Other Cross Sector Projects

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has identified six other across-industry projects, which are being managed by other government-appointed Skills Service Organisations. These projects will examine the workforce skilling implications of: