Industry Reference Committee
The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry, covering a breadth of experience from across relevant sectors.
The IRC acts as a conduit for industry to provide feedback to government about industry trends and skills needs, and has responsibility for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the industry it services.
Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
9 June 2021
16 November 2021
23 March 2021* Download Communique
1 December 2020* Download Communique
25 August 2020* Download Communique
2 March 2020 Download Communique
30 October 2019 Download Communique
15 July 2019 Download Communique
14 March 2019 Download Communique
14 June 2018 Download Communique
28 May 2018* Download Communique
26 April 2018 Download Communique
8 March 2018 Download Communique
15 January 2018 Download Communique
8 December 2017 Download Communique
10 November 2017 Download Communique
14 September 2017 Download Communique
5 April 2017 Download Communique
10 March 2017 Download Communique
16 February 2017 – Induction and initial meeting – no communique
25 July 2016
4 April 2016
*Meeting held via video conference or teleconference.
|Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)||Dr Geoffrey Annison||The AFGC is the peak representative body for food and beverage manufacturers and non-food grocery manufacturers of over the counter pharmaceuticals, personal care and home care products in Australia.|
|Australian Beverages Council||Cathy Cook||The Australian Beverages Council Ltd (ABCL) is the peak body representing the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Their Membership is comprised of small, medium-sized and large companies. Collectively these companies produce over 95% of the industry’s volume.|
|Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)||Vasuki Paul||The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, they are the national employers’ organisation. With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, they have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of their members.|
|Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Ltd (AIFST)||Fiona Fleming (Chair)||Formed in 1967, AIFST strives to advance Australia’s food industry as a sustainable, world-leading industry. Representing thousands of food industry professionals working in all facets of the industry, it is the only national voice and network of its kind.|
|Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)||Ian Curry (Deputy Chair)||Employee representative body for employees working in the food manufacturing industry.|
|Australian Sugar Milling Council||Scott Young||The Australian Sugar Milling Council is a voluntary organisation, established in 1987 to represent Australian raw sugar mill owners. The Milling Council works with its members, other industry organisations and government to develop and promote policies that enhance the commercial development of the sugar industry in Australia.|
|Bega Cheese Limited||Liz Newlan||Bega Cheese is a significant and innovative player in the Australian and international dairy industry, employing more than 1,700 people across multiple sites in Bega, New South Wales, Coburg, Derrimut, Strathmerton and Tatura in Victoria.|
|Carlton and United Breweries||Graham Ellis||Carlton United Breweries is the largest Brewer in Australia. It has three large manufacturing sites and employ around 1,800 employees across a number of sectors.|
|Independent Brewers Association||Richard Adamson||The Independent Brewers Association works with a variety of government agencies and industry stakeholders, representing their members and striving to build a strong, sustainable future for industry.|
|South Australian Wine Industry Association||Henrik Wallgren||Established in 1840, the South Australian Wine Industry Association is the peak body representing the viticultural and winemaking interests of the state.|
|The Australian Technical Millers Association (ATMA)||Dean Swindells||ATMA is the peak industry body for the cereal milling and processing industries, with an emphasis on networking, training and education opportunities.|
Individual Industry Experts
|Brett Noy||Expertise in food processing and manufacturing.|
Brett is the Managing Director of Uncle Bob’s Bakery, President of the Baking Industry Association of Queensland and the National Baking Industry Association and a member of Baking Association Australia.
|Duncan Rowland||Expertise in livestock and pet feed manufacturing.|
Duncan is the CEO of the Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia and the Feed Ingredients and Additives Association of Australia, representing 135 manufacturing sites producing 95% of the pet food and stock feed manufactured in Australia.
|Position vacant||Expertise in food processing and manufacturing.|
Operating Framework for IRCs
IRCs provide the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provide a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC is to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.
IRCs perform the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:
- Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
- Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
- Oversight the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
- Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
- Report to the AISC on progress of its work
- Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.
Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.