Viticulture Project

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Case for change

“Working knowledge of vineyard operations, leadership, farm management, irrigation and quality assurance systems”  was identified as a priority skill area in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 109).

Industry expectations of employees holding an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 qualification are for skills in leadership and management related to their knowledge of vineyard operations. The Diploma of Viticulture and related units of competency from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package will be reviewed so they more closely align with current industry expectations and requirements.

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 109)

Project Plan

Project Scope

The Diploma of Viticulture and related units of competency will be reviewed to meet industry expectations for skills in leadership and management in vineyard operations. The outcome will be an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 qualification for employees.

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

Viticulture is the cultivation of grapevines and in Australia this includes grapes for wine, raisin and table. It is the largest fruit industry in Australia and grapes are grown  all over the country. The viticulture industry is well developed, innovative and using the latest production practices.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Production Horticulture Farm Manager
  • Production Nursery Manager
  • Viticulture Manager
  • Grape Grower
  • Vineyard Manager

 

Key deliverables

Review of the Diploma of Viticulture and 11 units of competency within the qualification.

 

Timeline

July- August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018 – February 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2019
Drafts available for broader consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – May 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – May 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
William Henderson Industry Skills Standards Specialist william@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew Horgan National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact andrew@skillsimpact.com.au
Peter Miller Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

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 William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

The Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.

 

Qualification and units

One qualification (AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture) and 11 units of competency will be reviewed as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualification and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the qualification and units 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 William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of Competency

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

 

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 in February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts which is expected in March – April 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualification and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualification 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, William Henderson on 03 9321 3526 or william@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Development

Work commenced in September 2018 to review and redevelop the Diploma of Viticulture qualification and 11 related units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. This work has been assisted by input from a broad range of stakeholders and representatives of the viticulture industry who have been brought together as a Subject Matter Expert Working Group.

The revised draft qualification and units of competency will be available for download and comment from this webpage in November.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place at the locations and dates listed below, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking on the corresponding link.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Thank you to those stakeholders that have been involved and provided feedback and advice so far. The revised draft qualification 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

Mon 19 Nov 18, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Barossa Valleyregister here

Tue 20 Nov 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide register here

Wed 21 Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm – Margaret Riverregister here

Wed 28 Nov 18, 9.30am to 11.30am – Hunter Valleyregister here 

Thu 6 Dec 2018, 9.30am to 11.30am – Yarra Valleyregister here 

Consultation Webinar

Mon 10 Dec 18, 10am to 12pm – 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

The revised Diploma of Viticulture and 10 related units of competency are now available for your review and feedback, including one new unit. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualification and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. They have been revised to meet industry expectations for skills in leadership and management in vineyard operations, including more specific language about work activities and functions. Feedback is also sought on the proposal to delete one unit, due to very low enrolments over the past 4 years. It is in relation to implementing an emergency disease or plant pest control program.

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

The documents will be available on this webpage for feedback until 16 December 2018.

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

Summary of consultation to date

The qualification and units have been drafted in consultation with a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes a broad range of stakeholders and representatives of the viticulture industry.

How to provide feedback

The 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 William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Consultation workshop or webinar

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Mon 19 Nov 18, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Barossa Valley – register here

Tue 20 Nov 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide – register here

Wed 21 Nov 18, 1.00pm to 3.00pm – Margaret River – register here

Wed 28 Nov 18, 9.30am to 11.30am – Hunter Valley – register here

Thu 6 Dec 2018, 9.30am to 11.30am – Yarra Valley – register here

 

Consultation Webinars

Mon 10 Dec 18, 10.00am to 12.00pm – Webinar – register here

 

Qualification

This qualification has been reviewed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts to more closely reflect the needs of industry.

AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture View qualification and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

 

Units of competency

 AHCBAC505 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops View unit and provide feedback
AHCBER501 Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites View unit and provide feedback
AHCORG501 Develop an organic management plan View unit and provide feedback
AHCORG5XX Prepare the enterprise for organic or biodynamic certification View unit and provide feedback
AHCPHT504 Develop a grape production plan View unit and provide feedback
AHCPHT505 Evaluate wine View unit and provide feedback
AHCPHT506 Manage a wine making process View unit and provide feedback
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects View unit and provide feedback
AHCWAT502 Manage water systems View unit and provide feedback
AHCWRK501 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

The ability to evaluate grapes for wine production was identified as a skills and knowledge gap. Consequently, a new unit has been developed and will be included in the revised Diploma of Viticulture.

AHCPHT5XX Evaluate grapes for wine production View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

This unit is being considered for deletion due to low participation and enrolments over the past four years.

AHCBER502 Manage the implementation of an emergency disease or plant pest control program View unit 

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to William Henderson william@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.

 

Validation

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Finalisation

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