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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 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 However, the previously endorsed carbon farming units and skills sets have been superseded, with no replacements.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.
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.
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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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.
Review and development of agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency.
September – November 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units
November – December 2018
Drafts available for broader consultation
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
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement
|Cathy Beven||Industry Skills Standards Specialist email@example.com|
|Andrew Horgan||National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kate Vanson||National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact email@example.com|
|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.
Qualifications that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):
Skill sets that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):
- AHCSS00015 Carbon Farming Initiative Advisor Skill Set
- AHCSS00016 Carbon Farming Initiative Business Skill Set
- AHCSS00022 Carbon Farming Initiative Emissions Avoidance from Soil and Crops Project Implementer Skill Set
- AHCSS00017 Carbon Farming Initiative Livestock Project Implementer Skill Set
- AHCSS00020 Carbon Farming Initiative Savannah Burning, Feral Animal, Rangelands Project Implementer Skill Set
- AHCSS00019 Carbon Farming Initiative Soil or Biochar Project Implementer Skill Set
- AHCSS00021 Carbon Farming Initiative Vegetation Project Implementer Skill Set
- AHCSS00018 Carbon Farming Initiative Waste and Manure Management Project Implementer Skill Set
Units of competency that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):
- AHCAGB301 Keep production records for a primary production business
- AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvement
- AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data
- AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production business
- AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategies
- AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirements
- AHCAGB503 Plan and monitor production processes
- AHCAGB504 Plan production for the whole business
- AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan
- AHCAGB506 Manage application technology
- AHCAGB507 Select and use agricultural technology
- AHCAGB508 Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systems
- AHCAGB509 Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systems
- AHCAGB510 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production system
- AHCAGB511 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable production reflecting sustainable production principles
- AHCAGB601 Develop export markets for produce
- AHCAGB602 Manage estate planning
- AHCAGB603 Manage the production system
- AHCAGB604 Analyse business performance
- AHCAGB605 Manage business capital
- AHCAGB606 Manage price risk through trading strategy
- AHCBUS401 Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements
- AHCBUS402 Cost a project
- AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework
- AHCBUS405 Participate in an e-business supply chain
- AHCBUS501 Manage staff
- AHCBUS502 Market product and services
- AHCBUS503 Negotiate and monitor contracts
- AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
- AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business plan
- AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performance
- AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
- AHCBUS509 Develop and implement business structures and relationships
- AHCBUS510 Manage finance, insurance and legal requirements
- AHCBUS601 Manage capital works
- AHCBUS602 Review land management plans and strategies
- AHCBUS603 Develop and review a strategic plan
- AHCBUS604 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system
- AHCBUS605 Manage human resources
- AHCBUS606 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
- AHCBUS607 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
- AHCBUS608 Manage risk
Units that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):
- AHCCFI503A Advise on Carbon Farming Initiative project planning and implementation
- AHCCFI505A Aggregate Carbon Farming Initiative projects
- AHCCFI502A Assess the feasibility of a Carbon Farming Initiative project
- AHCCFI504A Monitor and report on a Carbon Farming Initiative project
- AHCCFI506A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative livestock project
- AHCCFI511A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative project to avoid emissions from soil or crops
- AHCCFI508A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative project to sequester carbon in soil or biochar
- AHCCFI509A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative savannah burning, feral animal or rangelands project
- AHCCFI510A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative vegetation project
- AHCCFI507A Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative waste or manure management project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.