Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project
Case for change
This project will review qualifications, skill set and units of competency from the SFI11 Seafood Industry Training Package to reflect changing industry skills requirements. This project will focus on skills for managing biosecurity risk in both prevention and management of outbreaks of exotic pathogens or the emergence of endemic pathogens.
Aquaculture is of growing importance to the industry, with both the AQUAPLAN 2014-2019 and the National Aquaculture Strategy 2017 identifying specific objectives dedicated to ensuring there is appropriate training to the sector.
Biosecurity has been identified by the Federal Government in the AQUAPLAN 2017-2019 and National Aquaculture Strategy 2017 as a critical factor to manage in protecting the aquaculture and wild catch sectors.
This project is carried out at the same time as the Seafood Post Harvest Project.
The Industry Skills Committee (AISC) approved Cases for Change and issued an Activity Order for this project. The Cases for Change can be downloaded via the links below. Skills Impact and the Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.
This project will review 12 qualifications, 13 skill sets and approximately 104 units of competency within the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package, so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in technology, legislative and regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability and management. To address the increasing and imperative importance of biosecurity within the industry, the project will also include a review of qualifications and units of competency directly related to biosecurity, in areas such as infection control, imports, exports, diseases and management. This will ensure an appropriate response to support expanding sectors of the industry as identified in the 2017-2020 Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC Skills Forecast.
Scroll down to view the qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various job roles and skilled activities they cover.
As part of the review process, documents will be updated to meet 2012 Standards for Training Packages and to address the Council of Australian Governments’ reforms. Qualifications and units with low enrolments now need to be checked if they are meeting industry needs. These items will initially appear under the heading of low use units/qualifications that may be subject to deletion. If there is a need for these units, please provide comment explaining why and also any views you may have as to why there are so few enrolments (see below). Where gaps are identified, additional units may be developed.
This project is being carried out at the same time as the Seafood Post Harvest Project.
Register your interest in the project
By registering your interest, you will be informed at each project stage and receive details of workshops and consultations.
- Aquaculture Specialist/Manager
- Fish Farmer
- Hatchery Manager (Fish)
- Mussel or Oyster Farmer
- Commercial Diver
- Deck Hand
- Senior Deck Hand
- Boat Captain
- General Hand or Field Hand
- Leading Hand
- Functional analysis of occupations relevant to aquaculture, fishing operations, diving, biosecurity and environmental management.
- Review and improvement of 12 qualifications, 104 units of competency and 13 skill sets
- Where gaps are identified up to 10 new units and 5 new skills sets may be developed
- Review and possible deletion of identified qualifications, units of competency and skill sets
Please register you interest to be informed at each project stage and receive details of workshops and consultations.
January – February 2018
March – April 2018
Workforce Functional Analysis Meetings (to identify job roles and functions within the Seafood Industry)
May – June 2018
Subject Matter Expert Consultations
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units
July – August 2018
National public consultation of draft qualifications, skill sets and units
(Including workshops around Australia)
National public validation of final draft qualifications, skill sets and units
Finalisation of Training Package components
Stakeholder Consultation Process
On behalf of the IRC we have identified a list of key stakeholder organisations in 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.
|Michelle Ingley-Smith||Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Danni McDonald||Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact email@example.com|
|Rebecca Ford||Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lina Robinson||Skills Development Specialist|
Documents We Are Seeking Feedback On
Below is a list of the current and existing qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed as part of this project. Use the links below to view the components on Training.gov.au.
In preparation for the review of the Aquaculture, Fishing Operations and Biosecurity 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. In particular, we are seeking feedback about the units that are subject to deletion. If there is a need for these units, please provide comment explaining why and also any views you may have as to why there are so few enrolments.
Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications, skill sets and units.
The following units have been proposed for deletion as they have had no, or very low enrolments, over the past 3 years.
If there is a need for these units, please provide comment explaining why and also any views you may have as to why there are so few enrolments.
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 email@example.com