The following projects have now been finalised. The revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency, that were developed as part of these projects, are published on and available for delivery by registered training organisations (RTOs).

The Government allocates projects to Industry Reference Committees, based on advice in the annual IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact manages the projects.

Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), as outlined in the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the relevant IRC take the project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC

Ag Biosecurity & Emergency Response Project

Skills standards for preventing and managing biosecurity issues and outbreaks have been identified and benchmarked to job roles and activities, to support industry address the biosecurity issues within Australia today, and prevent those issues of tomorrow.
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Ag Machinery – Safety & Technology Project

This project reviewed units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relating to the use of new technology and safety measures across a range of mobile farm machinery operations.
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Agronomy Project

A Diploma of Applied Agronomy has been developed to address the technical expertise required to apply agronomy practices. A skill set in digital agronomy and two units of competency in agricultural data and nutrition have also been developed, and six existing units were revised.
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Apiculture (Bees) Project

This project reviewed units of competency and the qualification in bee keeping so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs, particularly in relation to biosecurity, pollination and business management.
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Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project

New skill sets and units were developed to support a range of Carbon Farming methods including vegetation, agricultural, soil-based and savanna burning. Agribusiness qualifications, skills sets and units have been developed and revised to encompass the skills required to run a commercial farming enterprise.
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Horticulture & Nursery Project

The skills required to grow plants for human use are evolving as industry adopts new technologies, processes and operations. Qualifications and skills standards have been updated to incorporate the digital and technical skills required across the supply chain, including in the sectors of production horticulture, nursery production and retail nursery.
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Horticulture Technology Project

Highly precise fields like irrigation and protected horticulture, or protected cropping, are on the forefront of adopting new technology. Irrigation qualifications have been reviewed to address irrigation skills relevant across the industry, supporting the quality and sustainability of our crops. The expanding field of protected horticulture has been supported by the development of new qualifications and new and revised units.
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Medicinal Crops Project

Unique skills are required to operate within the strict regulatory framework and security requirements of the medicinal crops sector. Qualifications and skills standards have been developed to reflect the roles of individuals who work in licensed medicinal cannabis facilities as cultivation technicians, assistants and in supervisory roles.
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Rural Merchandising & Sales Project

Rural merchandising workers provide vital support to Australian farmers and horticulturalists, facilitating the sale of products and services to keep agricultural and horticultural businesses efficient and economically viable. The national qualification and skills standards for rural merchandising were reviewed so they are up to date with evolving products and markets.
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Pest Management Project

This project involved a review of the Certificate III in Pest Management and its related skill sets and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with the appropriate current knowledge and skills needed to support various methods, regulations and standards for trapping and eradicating pests.
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Viticulture Project

The Diploma of Viticulture has been revised to meet the needs of all commercial grape producers in Australia, ensuring representation of skills relating to grapes grown for eating as well as for wine. The review has also focused on how to support the planning and implementation of biosecurity measures through skills in leadership and management.
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Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC

Ag Chemical Handling Project

This project reviewed units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling, to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, so that all job functions are accurately described.
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Arboriculture Project

Qualifications and skills standards were reviewed to offer improved accessibility and entry requirements and more accurately reflect job roles, to support future learners in a career caring for and managing trees.
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Conservation & Land Management Project

Conservation and Ecosystem Management is a large and complex sector responsible for caring for Australia’s unique flora and fauna. This project reviewed and updated units related to this work, across the sub-sectors of lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks and pest management.
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Green Walls & Rooftop Gardens Project

Green infrastructure offers many benefits for city residents, helping to cool our cities, manage storm water and improve air quality. The unique skills required to design, construct and maintain green infrastructure have been captured in three units of competency and three skill sets.
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Sports Turf Management Project

Sports turf management qualifications have been strengthened to reflect skills needed at all levels – including volunteers, apprentices, tradespeople, managers and consultants. Sports Turf Management is a highly specialised sector, responsible for the upkeep of many types of grassed sports grounds, each requiring unique skills and knowledge.
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Animal Care and Management IRC

Animal Incident Management Project

Experts in animal incident management have contributed to a review of the Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation. As a result, a number of new units and skill sets were developed to support the skills needed to participate safely in the rescue of animals.
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Animal Technology Project

Qualifications relating to the care and welfare of laboratory animals have been reviewed to reflect changes in technology and to support the ethical treatment of animals according to relevant guidelines.
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Equine Safety in Training Project

This project reviewed and updated the qualifications, skill sets and units to incorporate safe work practices for improved safety, quality and consistency in the delivery of equine training.
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Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project

This project covered two distinct areas of animal care that both play a vital role in supporting the health, welfare and sustainability of some of our most vulnerable animals and wildlife. The skills standards for working with exhibited animals and for managing marine wildlife incidents were reviewed and updated to match industry needs.
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Farriery Project

This project reviewed and updated the Farriery qualification and units of competency to accurately reflect job functions, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. It also developed a new qualification for Barefoot Trimmers.
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Horse Education Project

Stakeholders with expertise in communicating with and training horses have contributed to this project to review units in horse education. The review has addressed various skills for educating horses, from basic handling skills, to interpreting equine behaviour, transporting horses and educating horses to be ridden and driven. One unit relating to the microchipping of cats and dogs has been reviewed alongside this project.
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Pet Care & Animal Training Project

The project involved the review of four separate, but related, industry sectors covered by the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package, including General Animal Studies, Companion Animals, Pet Grooming, and Animal Control and Regulation.
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Veterinary Nursing Project

Veterinary nursing units of competency and qualifications were reviewed and updated to reflect the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry.
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Work Safely Around Animals (Infection Control)

This project reviewed specific animal care units of competency so infection control outcomes reflect the needs of workers in the industry.
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Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC

Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project

Working concurrently with the Seafood Post Harvest Project, this project reviewed qualifications, skill sets and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. A focus of this project was incorporating skills to address changes in technology, legislative and regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability and management.
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Fisheries Compliance Project

Fisheries compliance qualifications and units of competency were reviewed to address the growing compliance requirements in the seafood industry. Advancements in technology and environmental sustainability and management were also considered.
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Fishtech & Aquabotics Project

This project reviewed relevant units of competency so that they relate to new emerging technologies in fishtech and aquabotics, particularly real-time distant operations. Units and skill sets were also developed to capture current skills needs.
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Seafood Post Harvest Project

Working concurrently with the Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project, this project reviewed qualifications, skill sets and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. A focus of this project was to address changes in distribution, processing, storage, fishing and environmental management.
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Work with Crocodiles Project

This project addressed the need for accessible skills standards for working with crocodiles across all settings, to promote safe and sustainable practices. A qualification, eight skill sets and 11 units were developed as a result.
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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC

Advanced Wine Operations Skills Project

Units of competency were developed to include the coordination and leadership skills that are required of people working in cellar operations and bottling and packaging. The units are included in a revised Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations and two new skill sets.
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Artisanal Food & Beverage Processing Project

This project captured skills standards for the hands-on tasks required in producing artisan food and beverages such as cheese, olives, fermented foods and beverages. Industry drove the development of two new qualifications, Certificate IV in Artisan Fermented Products and Diploma of Artisan Cheesemaking, along with nine new skill sets and 27 units.
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Food & Beverage Manufacturing – Cross Sector Project

This project reviewed 38 cross-sector units of competency that apply across multiple qualifications in the FBP Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package, to reflect current knowledge, skill requirements and industry practice.
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Food Science and Technology Project

This project reviewed food technology qualifications and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs and aligned with current and rigorous regulations on food and beverage product safety.
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Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing

Many life-saving and enhancing medical treatments are made using pharmaceutical bioprocessing techniques. The skills for manufacturers producing and distributing products made using these techniques have been outlined in nine units of competency.
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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Standards Project

Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry qualifications and units of competency were reviewed to reflect current skills standards and practices and to align them to the skills required to apply Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles and procedures.
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Retail Baking Review Project

This project reviewed and updated the qualifications, skill sets and units to incorporate current occupational skill standards and needs of industry.
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Rice Processing Project

This project updated and revised the Certificate III in Rice Processing and 13 rice processing units to meet industry’s skill needs and requirements. They were transferred from the ZRG05 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited Enterprise Training Package to the FDF Food Processing Training Package.
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Wine Operations Project

This project reviewed wine industry qualifications and units of competency to reflect changing industry skills requirements, especially in the area of technology.
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Forest Management and Harvesting IRC

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project

Two new units were developed for the use of on-board optimisation systems and computers in mechanical harvesting. Ten existing units were also updated to reflect technological change and to incorporate best practice principles in forest harvest operations.
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New Timber Harvesting Technologies Project

As new technologies provide ways to make forestry work more productive, sustainable and safe, updated skills are needed for a range of job roles and tasks. These updated technical and digital skills have been captured in the review and development of units of competency for the harvesting sector.
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Meat IRC

Animal Welfare (Meat) Project

This project reviewed and updated the Certificate II in meat processing, developed one new skill set for an animal welfare officer and developed four new units of competency for meat processing. Ten poultry units of competency were also reviewed and updated and migrated from the FDF10 Food Processing Training Package to the AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package.
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Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Meat Processing Project

This project focused on a review of the Diploma of Meat Processing, the Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing) and the Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing, to capture the updated skills required for roles in managing and supervising within the meat processing industry.

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Game Harvesting Auditing Project

A skill set and unit of competency have been developed to describe the skills required to audit and inspect depots that transport game meat from the harvester to the processor, to support compliance with biosecurity and food safety regulations.
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Halal Meat Processing Project

The specialist skills required for halal meat processing have been escribed in a national skill set and two units of competency, to support industry as it moves towards a single consistent certification system.
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Meat Processing Project

Industry has developed processes to protect the quality of meat products, from contaminants, pests and food fraud. The skills and knowledge to support some of these systems and processes were reviewed as part of this project and embedded in units of competency and skill sets, across eight different industry areas.
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Poultry Processing Project

To keep up with the growing demand for poultry meat in Australia, automation has been increasing throughout the entire processing line. Ten skill sets and four units of competency were developed to escribe the skills required for working with automated processes and equipment.
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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing IRC

COVID-19 Critical Response Project

A skill set to support the pharmaceutical industry in their urgent response to the COVID-19 health crisis was developed,. It describes the foundation skills and knowledge required by workers entering the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, especially those employed to work with bioprocessed products, such as vaccines and antibody testing devices.
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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC

Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Safety Compliance Project

This project reviewed pulp and paper units of competency with regard to workplace health and safety requirements, including major hazard facilities. There are many and varied health and safety risks and hazards pertaining to pulp and paper manufacturing sites, including hazardous chemical use, extreme heat and steam, and use of large machinery.
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Racing and Breeding IRC

Greyhound Health Assistance Services Project

The skills and knowledge requirements for Greyhound Health Assistants, administering complementary non-invasive therapies to greyhounds, have been documented within a specialisation within the Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry as well as a specific Greyhound Health Assistant Skill Set.
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Greyhounds Project (animal welfare and racing integrity)

This project reviewed and updated the qualifications, skill sets and units to incorporate current racing integrity and animal welfare practices.
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Horse Breeding Skills Project

The horse breeding sector is intrinsically linked to the racing sector. As such, this project has focused on revising breeding qualifications to ensure they are suitable for all kinds of breeding, including thoroughbred and standardbred horses.
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Racing Project

This project reviewed and updated racing industry qualifications, skill sets and units to incorporate safety requirements as well as the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry. This project is an extension of the Equine Safety in Training Project.
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Retraining Horses & Greyhounds to New Environments Project

This project has developed and revised qualifications and skills standards to support the work of retraining horses and greyhounds moving into domestic, equestrian, recreational or farm environments.
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Timber Building Solutions IRC

Prefabricated Building Systems Project

This project reviewed and updated units of competency for timber truss and frame design and manufacture to reflect emerging industry skill requirements, including prefabrication of panelised building systems, so that all job functions are accurately described.
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Timber Merchandising Project

The expert skills and knowledge required for work in timber merchandising have been incorporated in updated qualifications and skills standards, supporting this essential step in the supply chain.
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Timber Truss & Frame Estimating & Design Project

The technical skills required for both the design and manufacture of timber trusses and frames have been incorporated in national qualifications and skills standards.
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Timber and Wood Processing IRC

Advances in Woodmachining & Sawdoctoring Project

Technological advancements and market demands have had a significant impact on how wood machinists and saw technicians perform their job. Qualifications, skills sets and units were developed and updated to reflect current practices, equipment and terminology.
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Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project

This project reviewed and updated units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production, to incorporate the skills and knowledge that is required to operate machinery, so all job functions are accurately described.
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Sawmill Timber & Process Optimisation Project

Units have been developed and revised to support production efficiencies in sawmill, including the use of optimisation software to process information from a range of scanning technologies.
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Cross Sector Projects

Many of the skills most valued by industry apply in multiple sectors of Australia’s economy. In 2017, the AISC identified seven cross-sector skills areas where opportunities exist to create flexible and transferable units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that will benefit industry, learners and the broader VET sector.

Skills Impact collaborated with the AISC, the Australian Department of Education and Training, Industry Reference Committees, Skills Service Organisations and other stakeholders to lead two of these projects.

Environmental Sustainability Skills Case for Change

This project identified skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to environmentally sustainable products, manufacturing, whole of life cycle management and sustainable energy production. A Case for Change was generated, including recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
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Automation Skills Case for Change

This project identified skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to automated processes. A Case for Change was generated, including recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
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Other Cross Sector Projects

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) identified six other across-industry projects, which were managed by other government-appointed Skills Service Organisations. These projects examined the workforce skilling implications of: