The Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:
- Personal and Family Care Products
- Paper Products
- Fibre Based Packaging
Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).
The structure and membership of the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC is currently being reviewed in a process established by the AISC. Consultation for the structure and calls for membership nominations has now closed and the final make-up will soon be finalised by the AISC and published on this webpage. For further information, click here.
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.