Industry Reference Committee
The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the agriculture and production horticulture industry, covering a breadth of experience from across relevant sectors.
The IRC acts as a conduit for industry to provide feedback to government about industry trends and skills needs, and has responsibility for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the industry it services.
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). Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.
Next Meeting Date
12 April 2022
5 August 2021*
22 April 2021*
24 February 2021*
2 December 2020*
23 September 2020*
4 August 2020*
15 May 2020* Download Communique
17 March 2020* Download Communique
16 October 2019 Download Communique
15 May 2019 Download Communique
28 February 2019 Download Communique
4 December 2018 Download Communique
21 June 2018 Download Communique
15 May 2018* Download Communique
28 February 2018
18 February 2018
12 October 2017 Download Communique
5 October 2017*
27 July 2017 – Induction and initial meeting
Note: the Rural and Related Industry Reference Committee was previously responsible for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the agriculture and production horticulture sectors.
*Meeting held via video conference or teleconference.
|National Farmers’ Federation||Reginald Kidd||The peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia’s foremost and respected advocacy organisations.|
|Western Australian Farmers Federation||John Kargotich||The largest and most influential agricultural advocacy group in Western Australia. It represents the voice of farmers throughout Western Australia and is continually working towards a more viable, profitable and sustainable future for the agricultural industry.|
|NT Farmers Association||Greg Owens||The peak body for the plant based industries in the Northern Territory and is an amalgam of the former Northern Territory Agricultural and Horticultural Associations.|
|Horticulture Innovation Australia||Jay Cummins||Horticulture Innovation Australia strives for better results for growers by focusing on three priorities: research and development that has a positive short-term and long-term impact; marketing that grows industries; and building Australian competitiveness.|
|Australian Workers Union||Shane Roulstone||The nation’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union representing over 100,000 working men and women and their families.|
Individual Industry Experts
|Dianne Fullelove||Expertise in production horticulture and agricultural chemicals|
Dianne is currently the Owner Operator of Dianne Fullelove and Associates Pty Ltd.
|Expertise in agricultural irrigation|
Geoff is currently the National Training and Marketing Manager at Irrigation Australia Limited.
|Gordon Verrall||Expertise in agricultural business practice|
Gordon is currently the Managing Director of Corporate Agriculture Australia Pty Ltd.
|Jacqueline Heap||Expertise in livestock and production horticulture|
Jacqueline is currently a farmer and Teacher at Wollongbar TAFE.
|Judi Forsyth||Expertise in livestock and broadacre farming|
Judi is a currently Mixed Enterprise Farmer, a Board Member of Farmsafe WA and a Trainer and Assessor at AusChem WA.
|Meg Parkinson||Expertise in livestock-poultry production|
Meg is currently a Free Range Egg Farmer, Chair of the Victorian Farmers Federation Workplace Relations Committee and President of VFF Industrial Association.
|Position vacant||Expertise in broadacre – cotton and grain|
|Expertise in livestock and agricultural support services|
Rick is currently the Manager Education Quality at the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.
|Rob Fenton||Expertise in organic farming|
Rob is currently the Head Teacher of the National Environment Centre, TAFE Region South (Riverina).
|Ron Paynter||Expertise in livestock – dairy production|
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.