Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project

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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.


Project Plan

Project Scope

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.


Relevant Occupations
  • Aquaculture Specialist/Manager
  • Fish Farmer
  • Hatchery Manager (Fish)
  • Mussel or Oyster Farmer
  • Commercial Diver
  • Deck Hand
  • Senior Deck Hand
  • Fisher
  • Boat Captain
  • General Hand or Field Hand
  • Leading Hand


Key deliverables
  • 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
Initial scoping

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)

October 2018
National public validation of final draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components
AISC submission


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.


Project Team
Michelle Ingley-Smith Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact
Danni McDonald Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact
Rebecca Ford Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
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

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.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Danni McDonald


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.

SFIAQUA212C Work with crocodiles

SFIAQUA401C Develop and implement a stock health program

SFIAQUA402C Coordinate construction or installation of stock culture, holding and farm structures

SFIAQUA404C Operate hatchery

SFIAQUA406C Seed and harvest round pearls

SFIAQUA409B Implement, monitor and review stock production

SFIAQUA410B Implement a program to operate, maintain or upgrade a system comprising high technology water treatment components

SFIAQUA411A Manage water quality and environmental monitoring in enclosed systems

SFIAQUA510B Select, plan or design a system or facility utilising high technology water treatment components

SFIDIST501C Export product

SFIDIST502C Import product

SFIDIVE314A Perform compression chamber diving operations

SFIEMS401B Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system

SFIFCHA301C Develop information and advice on fishing charter trips

SFIFCHA302C Operate an inshore day charter

SFIFCHA501C Plan and manage extended fishing charter trips

SFIFISH205C Maintain, prepare, deploy and retrieve drop lines and long lines to land catch

SFIFISH208C Maintain, prepare, deploy and retrieve purse seines to land catch

SFIFISH211A Provide support for diving operations

SFIFISH214B Contribute to at-sea processing of seafood

SFIFISH309B Construct nets and customise design

SFIFISH402C Manage and control fishing operations

SFILEAD401B Develop and promote knowledge of the industry sector

SFILEAD402B Negotiate effectively for the sector

SFILEAD403B Demonstrate commitment and professionalism

SFILEAD407A Provide expert information to a resource management group

SFILEAD408A Analyse information to develop strategic seafood management options

SFILEAD409A Negotiate collective outcomes within the resource management group process

SFILEAD501C Develop and promote industry knowledge

SFILEAD502C Shape strategic thinking

SFILEAD503C Cultivate productive working relationships

SFILEAD504C Plan and achieve change and results

SFILEAD505C Communicate with influence

SFILEAD506C Demonstrate personal drive and integrity

SFILEAD507C Provide corporate leadership

SFIOBSV301B Monitor and record fishing operations

SFIOBSV303B Collect routine fishery management data

SFIOBSV304B Analyse and report onboard observations

SFIOHS501C Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

SFIPROC201C Head and peel crustaceans

SFIPROC202C Process squid cuttlefish and octopus

SFIPROC304B Boil and pack crustaceans

SFIPROC305B Slaughter and process crocodiles

SFIPROC402C Maintain hygiene standards while servicing a food handling area

SFIPROC403C Follow basic food safety practices

SFIPROC406C Develop food safety programs

SFIPROC501C Manage seafood processing production units

SFIPROC502C Produce technical reports on seafood processing systems

SFIPROC503C Analyse seafood packaging requirements

SFIPROC601C Establish costs and or conditions for sale of seafood product

SFIPROC602C Plan and manage seafood and related product concept development

SFIPROC603C Develop and manage seafood and related product production trials

SFIPROC604C Plan and develop formulations and or specifications for new seafood product

SFIPROC606C Develop and implement energy control systems in seafood processing environments

SFIPROC607C Prepare work instructions for new seafood processing tasks

SFIPROC608C Provide practical and or commercial advice to seafood users

SFIPROC609C Monitor the seafood business environment to determine threats and opportunities

SFIPROC610C Establish and manage effective external relationships

SFISHIP202C Contribute to safe navigation

SFISHIP205C Maintain marine plant

SFISHIP208C Operate low powered diesel engines

SFIAQUA102B Carry out basic aquaculture activities

SFIAQUA201C Collect broodstock and seedstock

SFIAQUA209C Manipulate stock culture environment

SFIAQUA211C Undertake routine maintenance of water supply and disposal systems and structures

SFIAQUA213C Monitor stock and environmental conditions

SFIAQUA214B Produce algal or live-feed cultures

SFIAQUA215B Carry out on-farm post-harvest operations

SFIAQUA217B Maintain stock culture, holding and other farm structures

SFIAQUA219B Operate and maintain high technology water treatment components

SFIAQUA220A Use waders

SFIAQUA221A Control predators and pests

SFIAQUA222A Control diseases

SFIAQUA301C Oversee and undertake effluent and waste treatment and disposal

SFIAQUA302C Construct or install stock culture, holding and farm structures

SFIAQUA303C Coordinate stock handling activities

SFIAQUA308C Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring

SFIAQUA309C Oversee harvest and post-harvest activities

SFIAQUA311B Oversee production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures

SFIAQUA313B Oversee operations of high technology water treatment components

SFIAQUA314A Support hatchery operations

SFIAQUA315A Oversee emergency procedures for on-land operations

SFIAQUA316A Oversee the control of predators and pests

SFIAQUA317A Oversee the control of diseases

SFIAQUA318A Coordinate feed activities

SFIAQUA407C Coordinate sustainable aquacultural practices

SFIAQUA408C Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities

SFIAQUA413A Develop emergency procedures for an aquaculture enterprise

SFIAQUA501C Develop a stock nutrition program

SFIAQUA502C Develop and implement an aquaculture breeding strategy

SFIAQUA503C Establish an aquacultural enterprise

SFIAQUA504C Plan environmentally sustainable aquacultural practices

SFIAQUA505C Plan stock health management

SFIAQUA507C Plan and design water supply and disposal systems

SFIAQUA508C Plan and design stock culture or holding systems and structures

SFIAQUA509B Develop stock production plan


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


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