Committee Membership

The Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:

  • Aquaculture
  • Wild Catch
  • Seafood
  • Fishing

All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. For further information about this IRC please contact us.

The IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the aquaculture and wild catch industry. Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
National Aquaculture CouncilBrian JeffriessThe national peak body representing the interests of the Australian aquaculture industry.
Southern Rock Lobster LimitedTom CosentinoThe national peak body for the Australian Southern Rock Lobster Fishery, representing the states of South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria’.
Tasmanian Seafood Industry CouncilJames GardeThe peak body representing the interests of wild capture fishers, marine farmers and seafood processors in Tasmania.
South Australian Oyster Growers AssociationAndy MyersThe South Australian Oyster Growers Association supports and represents SA oyster growers at a regional, State and national level. 
Australian Workers Union (AWU)Kade WakefieldEmployee representative body for employees working in the aquaculture and wild catch industry.
Department of Primary Industries -Fisheries NSWAndrew DriscollThe Department of Primary Industries (DPI) works to increase the value of primary industries and drive economic growth across NSW. DPI manages a broad range of initiatives from resource to industry, including natural resource management, research and development, pest and disease management, food safety, industry engagement, and market access and competition.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Andrew TaborExpertise in Aquaculture
Franca RomeoExpertise in Wild Catch Fishing
Helen JenkinsExpertise in Aquaculture (crustaceans)
Johnathon Davey (Chair)Expertise in Wild Catch Fishing
Lisa TerryExpertise in Seafood Processing and Wholesaling
Mark CodyExpertise in Aquaculture
Steven Gill (Deputy Chair)Expertise in Aquaculture

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.