Skills Forecast

This year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) identifies specific changes to the industry environment over the past year. It highlights the impact of COVID-19, industry response and developments, including challenges around trade tensions. It also includes information about employers’ use of the national SFI Seafood Industry Training Package and qualifications, barriers to training, hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates.

Substantial work was undertaken in 2018-19 to update skills standards and qualifications for the aquaculture and wild catch industry. This included work to incorporate the essential skills for biosecurity, regulation and compliance, and more recently (2019-20) addressing the skills gaps in underwater technologies and working with crocodiles. Research to date has shown no skills gaps in the skills standards and therefore no projects have been identified for 2021-22.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on this draft document. Feedback was collected from 24 March until 16 April 2021, through our online feedback hub and email.

This Annual Update to the Skills Forecast will be submitted from the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at the end of April, for their consideration.

View draft Annual Update
(including any comments that were made on it from people using the feedback hub)

Click here to download the draft document in Microsoft Word format.

What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts describe industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and identify skills gaps and emerging skills needs. They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They are created once every three years, but are updated annually. The Annual Updates identify any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.

Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update is submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages.

The AISC draws on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects. View current projects, that have been approved out of previous Skills Forecasts.

Current Skills Forecast

2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast
(click here to see the draft document that was available for feedback from 15 March – 18 April 2019, including any comments made)

Skills Forecasts Archive

2020 Annual Update to 2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast

2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast

2017 – 2020 Skills Forecast

2016 – 2019 Four Year Work Plan

Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were previously called Four Year Work Plans.

Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts