Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project

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Case for change

This project is formed as part of two skills priorities that were identified in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 61-62). In addressing these skill needs, this project will identify and fill gaps in current skill sets and units of competency from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package to address skills needs in carbon farming and agribusiness.

Carbon Farming
Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Support from the National Farmers’ Federation for farmers to access the Emissions Reduction Fund, and a growing interest from farmers to diversify farming activities and income, have increased awareness of carbon farming. However, the previously endorsed carbon farming units and skills sets have been superseded, with no replacements. Currently, there is no nationally-endorsed training available for farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers to fill this growing skills gap.

Agribusiness
Australia is experiencing increasing market demands for innovation in product development, to ensure the viability of enterprises and to take advantage of opportunities in the new free trade agreement with Asia Pacific partners. To respond to the dynamic and changing operating environment, with increased competition and opportunities to reach global markets, skills are required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Skills Impact and the Agriculture and Production Horticulture 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 pages 61-62)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and develop agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Carbon farming practices are becoming increasingly important, but there are few nationally endorsed units, skill sets or qualifications to support training in this area. There is also a growing interest from farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers in diversifying activities and income through carbon farming practices.

There is also increasing demand for innovation in agricultural product development, and the skills required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Scroll down to view the qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed in this project. They will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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Relevant Occupations

Rural and regional agribusiness managers (including lending managers, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers and real estate agents), agriculture enterprise business managers, production horticulture enterprise business managers, agribusiness administrators.

 

Key Deliverables

Review and development of agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September – November 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November – December 2018
Drafts available for broader consultation

February 2019
Validation of final drafts

March – April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Cathy Beven Industry Skills Standards Specialist catherine@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew Horgan National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact andrew@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate Vanson National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Jenni Oldfield Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

Qualifications, skill sets and units

Below is a list of current qualifications, skill sets and units proposed for revision and development as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications, skill sets and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. Use the links below to view the current components on training.gov.au.

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

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of competency that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

 

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 catherine@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected to be November – December 2018, and again for validation of final drafts in February 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Cathy on 03 9321 3526 or catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

The Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Development

Initial development work on this project has begun. Subject Matter Experts (SME) are being consulted to draft the revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency. Meetings with these experts have taken place to address feedback that was received  in the early ‘Project Plan‘ stage of this project.

SME meetings were held during September, with people who work directly in the Carbon farming and Agribusiness Industry. These meetings helped to identify the various job roles and tasks that exist within the industry. The information gathered will help determine where qualifications, skill sets and units of competency may be developed or revised, to assist with addressing training gaps within these sectors.

Please feel welcome to continue to provide feedback about the current and existing qualifications, skill set and units that will be revised in this project. To view the qualifications, skill set and units that will be reviewed in this project, select the ‘Project Plan’ menu option above.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Thank you to those stakeholders that have been involved and provided feedback and advice so far. The revised draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from November 2018 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Thu 15 Nov 18, 9am to 12pm – Brisbane register here

Mon 19 Nov 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Hobart register here

Tue 20 Nov 18, 9am to 12pm – Sydneyregister here

Fri 30 Nov 18, 10am to 12.30pm – Melbourne register here

Wed 5 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide register here 

Thu 6 Dec 18, 9am to 12pm – Perthregister here 

Tue 11 Dec 18, 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Darwinregister here 

Thu 13 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Cairnsregister here 

Consultation Webinar

Fri 30 Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm – Webinarregister here

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

 

Drafts Available

Draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for agribusiness and carbon farming are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

Agribusiness – Three revised qualifications, one new skill set and 44 revised units have been drafted to clarify job tasks, assessment requirements (including the volume and frequency of performance for assessment) and to remove duplication.

Carbon Farming – A suite of eight units and five skill sets have been developed to address skills and knowledge related to carbon farming.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the draft qualifications, skill sets and units you would like. Please share these with others who may be interested in providing feedback.

They will be available on this webpage for feedback until 14 December 2018.

Your Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in February 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Meetings were held in September with subject matter experts who work directly in the carbon farming and agribusiness industry. The information gathered helped to identify training gaps in these sectors, and guided the review and development of the qualifications, skill sets and units of competency.

How to provide feedback

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You have several options for submitting your feedback:

  • online via our new feedback hub;
  • register for a face-to-face consultation workshop or webinar;
  • or, by email.

Feedback Hub Maintenance

The Feedback Hub is undergoing maintenance between 14 – 16 December. During this time, please provide all feedback via email. Apologies for any inconveniences. We expect the Feedback Hub to be working again by Monday 17 December.

Feedback hub

Using the online feedback hub, you can post comments directly on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff can identify users, to ensure the authenticity of comments and to follow-up where required. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is moderated to avoid misuse, including the removal of any offensive material. For further details, see our Moderation Policy.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Find and view the draft document(s) you would like to review by clicking on the expandable document menus below.
  2. Click the ‘view and provide feedback’ link next to the qualification, skill set or unit.
  3. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account), follow the prompts.
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  5. Download user instructions

Please contact us if you require assistance.

Provide your feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualifications and units. Please email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Consultation Workshops & Webinar

Fri 30 Nov 18, 10am to 12.30pm – Melbourne – register here

Wed 5 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide – register here 

Thu 6 Dec 18, 9am to 12pm – Perth – register here 

Tue 11 Dec 18, 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Darwin – register here 

Thu 13 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Cairns – register here

Fri 30 Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm – Webinar – register here

 

Agribusiness

AHC41019 Certificate IV in Agribusiness View qualification and provide feedback
AHC51419 Diploma of Agribusiness Management View qualification and provide feedback
AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management View qualification and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCSS00030XX Farm Business Management Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCAGB301 Keep production records for a primary production business View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvement View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production business View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategies View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirements View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB503 Plan and monitor production processes View unit and provide feedback
 AHCAGB504 Plan production for the whole business View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB506 Manage application of agents to crops or pastures View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB507 Select and use agricultural technology View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB508 Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systems View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB509 Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systems View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB510 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production system View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB511 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable production View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB601 Develop export markets for produce View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB602 Manage estate planning View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB603 Manage the production system View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB604 Analyse business performance View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB605 Manage financial resources View unit and provide feedback
AHCAGB606 Manage price risk through trading strategy View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCBUS401XX Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS402XX Cost a project View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS404XX Operate within a budget framework View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS405XX Participate in an e-business supply chain View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS501XX Manage enterprise staff requirements View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS502XX Market product and services View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS503XX Negotiate and monitor contracts View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS504XX Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS506XX Develop and review a business plan View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS507XX Monitor and review business performance View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS508XX Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS509XX Develop and implement business structures and relationships View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS510XX Manage finance, insurance and legal requirements View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS601XX Manage capital works View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS602XX Review land management plans and strategies View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS603XX Develop and review a strategic plan View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS604XX Design and manage the enterprise quality management system View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS605XX Manage human resources View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS606XX Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS607XX Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program View unit and provide feedback
AHCBUS608XX Manage agribusiness risk View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wages View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCWHS501XX Manage work health and safety processes View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Provide feedback

Carbon Farming (CFP)

AHCCFP3X1 Identify benefits of carbon farming View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP3X2 Carry out controlled, low temperature burning View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP4X1 Increase carbon in soil View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP4X2 Identify opportunities and risks in carbon farming projects View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP4X3 Plan an ERF land-based carbon farming project View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP4X4 Plan a non-ERF land-based carbon farming project View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP5X1 Comply with measuring and modelling requirements of a soil-based carbon farming method View unit and provide feedback
AHCCFP5X2 Advise on carbon farming project planning and implementation View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCSSXXXX1 Carbon Farming Advisor Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
AHCSSXXXX2 Carbon Farming Savannah Burning Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
AHCSSXXXX3 Carbon Farming Soil Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
AHCSSXXXX4 Land-based ERF Carbon Farming Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
AHCSSXXXX5 Land-based non-ERF Carbon Farming Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

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