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 However, the previously endorsed carbon farming units and skills sets have been superseded, with no replacements.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

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for agribusiness and carbon farming. The drafts were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review and feedback from 21 November – 21 December 2018.

Feedback was sought 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.

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

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The documents were drafted in consultation with subject matter experts who work directly in the carbon farming and agribusiness industry. Meetings were held in September and 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.

 

Agribusiness

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

 

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

 

AHCSS00030XX Farm Business Management Skill Set View skill set

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wages View unit

 

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

AHCWHS501XX Manage work health and safety processes View unit

 

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

Carbon Farming (CFP)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

Validation

Draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency relating to carbon farming and agribusiness are now available for validation. The drafts will be available until 22nd February 2019.

All the final drafts are listed below, divided into groups.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. We are seeking your views on whether the final draft qualifications and units accurately reflect the current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described.

After validation, all final drafts will progress through the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts will be forwarded to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

You are welcome to provide comment on as many of the draft documents as you would like. Please feel free to share these with others who may be interested in providing validation or comment.

How to participate in the validation process

Please click on the expandable menus below. After reading the final draft, click the ‘provide validation and/or further comment’ button below and select the specific unit, skill set or qualification you would like to validate and/or provide further comment on.

Note: once you complete one unit or qualification in a group you will be asked if you would like to provide feedback on another document in that group. There is also the option to provide feedback via email to catherine@skillsimpact.com.au if you would prefer.

Summary of consultation

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided feedback on the drafts that were made available 21 November – 21 December 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage menu above. Feedback on the draft documents was collected via an online feedback hub, emails and nationwide face-to-face consultation workshops with industry stakeholders.

A description of how this feedback has been considered and applied in these final drafts can be downloaded below. Please click the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button.

Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions

Please note that these qualifications and units relate to people in various roles including:

Agribusiness

  • Those responsible for the administration and day to day business operations of an agricultural or horticultural production enterprise
  • Farm manager/administrator
  • Production unit manager/administrator
  • Station/property manager/Agribusiness manager/administrator
  • Horticulture production manager
  • Rural and regional agribusiness manager or advisor (including lending managers, insurance brokers machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers)
  • Agribusiness advisor or consultant
  • Agriculture enterprise business manager
  • Production horticulture enterprise business manager

Carbon farming

  • Carbon farming consultants and advisors
  • Carbon farming projects carried out on Aboriginal land, and/or run by Aboriginal organisations utilising a savanna burning method
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of a soil-based, carbon farming project
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of an agricultural carbon farming method
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of a vegetation carbon farming method

Agribusiness

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

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

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

This unit is proposed for deletion as it could be replaced with BSBMGT621 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system, to reduce duplication of units across training packages.

This unit currently appears in AHC60216 – Advanced Diploma of Horticulture as an elective unit. It also appears in AHC60316 – Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management which is currently under review and will be superseded by AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management.

AHCBUS604 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

AHCSSXXX12 Farm Business Finances Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX13 Farm Business Staff Skill Set View skill set

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

AHCSS00030XX Farm Business Management Skill Set View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB301 Keep production records for a primary production business View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvement View unit
AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data View unit
AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production business View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategies View unit
AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirements View unit
AHCAGB503 Plan and monitor production processes View unit
AHCAGB504 Plan production for the whole business View unit
AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan View unit
AHCAGB506 Manage application of agents to crops or pastures View unit
AHCAGB507 Select and use agricultural technology View unit
AHCAGB508 Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systems View unit
AHCAGB509 Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systems View unit
AHCAGB510 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production system View unit
AHCAGB511 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable production View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB601 Develop export markets for produce View unit
AHCAGB602 Manage estate planning View unit
AHCAGB603 Manage the production system View unit
AHCAGB604 Analyse business performance View unit
AHCAGB605 Manage financial resources View unit
AHCAGB606 Manage price risk through trading strategy View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCBUS401 Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements View unit
AHCBUS402 Cost a project View unit
AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework View unit
AHCBUS405 Participate in an e-business supply chain View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCBUS501 Manage enterprise staff requirements View unit
AHCBUS502 Market product and services View unit
AHCBUS503 Negotiate and monitor contracts View unit
AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders View unit
AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business plan View unit
AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performance View unit
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports View unit
AHCBUS509 Develop and implement business structures and relationships View unit
AHCBUS510 Manage finance, insurance and legal requirements View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCBUS601 Manage capital works View unit
AHCBUS602 Review land management plans and strategies View unit
AHCBUS603 Develop and review a strategic plan View unit
AHCBUS605 Manage human resources View unit
AHCBUS606 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program View unit
AHCBUS607 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program View unit
AHCBUS608 Manage agribusiness risk View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wages View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

AHCWHS501XX Manage work health and safety processes View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Carbon Farming (CFP)

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCCFP3X1 Identify the effects of climate change View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCCFP4X1 Increase soil organic carbon View unit
AHCCFP4X2 Identify opportunities and risks in carbon farming projects View unit
AHCCFP4X2 Increase carbon using vegetation and/or agricultural approaches View unit
AHCCFP4X4 Plan a land-based carbon farming project View unit
AHCCFP4X11 Prepare to comply with measuring and modelling requirements of carbon farming methods View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCCFP5X2 Advise on carbon farming project planning and implementation View unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCSSXXX01 Carbon Farming Services Advisor Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX02 Introduction to Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX03 Introduction to Carbon Farming Savanna Burning following Aboriginal Protocols Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX04 Carbon Farming Aerial Savanna Burning Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX05 Carbon Farming Aerial Savanna Burning following Aboriginal Protocols Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX06 Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Operations Leader Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX07 Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Operations Leader following Aboriginal Protocols Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX08 Carbon Farming Vegetation Method Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX09 Carbon Farming Soil-based Method Skill Set View skill set
AHCSSXXX10 Carbon Farming Agricultural Method Skill Set View skill set

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

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.

 

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced