Seafood Post Harvest Project

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Case for change

This project will review qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the SFI11 Seafood Industry Training Package to reflect changing industry skills requirements. A focus of the project will be to determine trends and address training development needs within the aquaculture and wild catch post harvest sector, so that qualifications are relevant to the industry.

This project is carried out at the same time as the Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project.

The Industry Skills Committee (AISC) approved a Case for Change and issued an Activity Order for this project. The Case for Change can be downloaded via the link 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 8 qualifications, 1 skill set and approximately 49 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 distribution, processing, storage, fishing and environmental management.

Scroll down to view the qualifications, skill set and units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various job roles and skilled activities they cover.

Changes in technology, legislative and regulatory and market demands have seen a number of changes in how seafood is processed and sold. Organisations with dual operations (processors and retails/wholesalers) have been leading the discussions to rationalise qualifications, ensuring flexibility.

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 Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity 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
  • Seafood/fish processor
  • Factory Hand
  • Process worker
  • Seafood/fish packer
  • Seafood/fish seller
  • Seafood/fish transporter
  • Store person/assistant/manager
  • Team leader
  • Compliance manager
  • Marketing manager
  • New technology/automation specialist.


Key deliverables
  • Functional analysis of occupations relevant to aquaculture, fishing operations, diving, biosecurity and environmental management.
  • Review and improvement of 8 qualifications, 49 units of competency and skill set
  • Where gaps are identified up to new units, qualifications and/or 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 set and units

July – August 2018
National public consultation of draft qualifications, skill set and units
(Including workshops around Australia)

October 2018
National public validation of draft qualifications, skill set 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 stakeholders 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 set 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


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

Documents We Are Seeking Feedback On

Below is a list of the current and existing qualifications, skill set 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 Seafood Post Harvest components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications, skill set 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 set 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


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