Industry Overview

Commercially made bread, fruit, snacks, beer, wine, and medicine are just some of the products created and manufactured by the more than 200,000 workers employed in Australia’s food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. With Australians eating, drinking or using these products every day, consumer needs, preferences and demand play a big role in driving industry trends. In recent years, innovations in traceability, automation and contaminant control have affected the skills requirements of job roles throughout the supply chain. Consumers rely on employees in this sector to have the skills and knowledge to implement quality control measures, ensuring products are of high standard and safe to consume.

From December 2017 there has been a separate Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) operating as needed as an extension of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC.

The food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry covers the following sectors:

  • Large-scale baking
  • Retail baking
  • Beverage production
  • Confectionery manufacture
  • Egg & dairy processing
  • Grain processing
  • Fruit & vegetable processing
  • Pet food manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Wine processing

Want to know more about the work to improve skills standards for this industry?

Industry trends, challenges and opportunities are gathered through consultation with industry and research. They are documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considers to determine future training package (skill standards) projects. Each project is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and managed by Skills Impact. Click on the menu to the left for more information about the IRC, current projects, Skills Forecasts, as well as current units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.