Skills Reports

The skills of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries are crucial for producing high quality products that are safe to consume. These industries are constantly adapting their processes and developing a greater diversity of products to meet consumer preferences and needs. Innovation to address environmental concerns is also at the forefront of processing considerations. While there are major growth opportunities within the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, there are also considerable challenges from multiple sources, including natural disasters, global markets, changing consumer tastes, technological development and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Skills Impact has prepared a draft Industry Skills Report at the request of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC). It provides coverage of additional industry-specific skills and priorities to those covered in the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industries Skills Report.

This document is designed to assist with identifying industry-specific issues and priorities that will need to be considered along with any work undertaken as part of collaboration across industries and in the streamlining and reform of the Australian VET system. We are seeking your feedback on the report and are particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:

  1. Can you provide details of information sources that provide further insight on the issues reported?
  2. Are there any improvements to data or information (relating to skills, training, industry or employment) within the document? If so, please identify these and advise us of sources of information.
  3. Is the structure of the document suitable and valuable for industry participants?

The report will be available on this website for review and feedback from 4 July until 5 August 2022. We appreciate the time you take to provide us with feedback.

Your feedback will be considered to finalise the document, which will be used to provide insights for future projects to support the VET sector.

How to provide feedback

You can submit your feedback online using our feedback hub or by email.

 Feedback hub

You can submit your response and comments directly on the draft report, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff can identify users. The feedback hub is also moderated to avoid misuse. For further details, see our Moderation Policy.
Please follow these steps:

  • Click on the link to provide feedback on the Industry Skills Report.
  • You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account). Follow the prompts.
  • Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  •  Download user instructions 

Please contact us if you require assistance.

 Feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the document with your track changes as feedback, or you can provide general comments about it in an email. There is a link below the report where you can download the Microsoft Word version. Please email your feedback to Niall Smith, [email protected]

Skills Forecasts

In previous years, skills reporting has taken the form of a Skills Forecast or Annual Update, which have been submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They were created once every three years, but are updated annually. The Annual Updates identify any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.

Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update was submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC would then advise Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approve nationally recognised training packages.

The AISC would draw on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects.

Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Skills Forecasts Archive

2021 Annual update to 2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast

2020 Annual Update to 2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast

2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast

2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast

2017 – 2020 Skills Forecast

2016 – 2019 Four Year Work Plan

Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were previously called Four Year Work Plans.

Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts