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 training.gov.au 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.
For further details about the development of a specific project, please click on the links below.
Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC
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.
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.
Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC
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.
Animal Care and Management IRC
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.
Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC
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.
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.
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.
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forest Management and Harvesting IRC
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.
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.
Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC
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.
This project reviewed and updated the qualifications, skill sets and units to incorporate current racing integrity and animal welfare practices.
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. It was established after key issues were identified with the application of increased safety measures with horses in the context of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industry.
Timber Building Solutions IRC
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.
Timber and Wood Processing IRC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Big data skills – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information
- Coding skills – visit IBSA Manufacturing for more information
- Consumer engagement through social and online media – visit Skills IQ for more information
- Cyber security – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information
- Supply chain skills – visit Australian Industry Standards for more information
- Team work and communication – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information