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.

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Across IRCs

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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Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC

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 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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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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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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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 throroughbred 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 specialisations and skill sets to address the specific needs of horses and greyhounds when 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 and Wood Processing IRC

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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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: