Industry Reference Committee

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the forest management and harvesting 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.


Next Meeting Date

To be confirmed

Past Meetings

30 October 2019

13 March 2019

28 March 2018*

28 November 2017

5 April 2017

14 February 2017 – Induction and initial meeting


Note: the Forest and Wood Products Industry Reference Committee was previously responsible for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the forest management and harvesting sectors.


Committee Membership

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Arboriculture AustraliaCraig HallamPeak national organisation promoting and representing tree workers, arborists, professional tree management and urban forestry throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Australian Forest Contractors AssociationStacey Gardiner (Chair)National body representing harvesting and haulage contracting businesses and is a collaboration of members aimed at improving the professional standards and welfare of contractors throughout Australia.
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) Manufacturing DivisionDenise Campbell-BurnsEmployee representative body for employees working in forest and furnishing products industry.
Forest Industry CouncilDallas GoldspinkThis council provides members with a forum to improve industry safety standards and give the industry a much higher public profile. It represents growers, processors and contracting businesses for both softwood plantations and native forests in the South West Slopes of southern NSW.
Forest Products Commission WASuzanne McCavanaghPromotes the sustainable management and development of Western Australia’s forest and wood products industry using native forest, plantation and sandalwood products on land owned or leased by the State.
Forestry Corporation of NSWVacantThe largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW. It manages recreation, environmental sustainability and renewable timber production in more than two million hectares of NSW State forests.
Sustainable Timber TasmaniaDavid WhiteTasmanian Government Business Enterprise responsible under State legislation for sustainably managing approximately 800,000 hectares of public production forest (Permanent Timber Production Zone land), undertaking forest operations for the production and sale of forest products from these forests.
Industry Skills Advisory Council NTYvonne WebbRepresents a network of forestry industries across the Northern Territory. It works with industry, business, government and training providers on training for workers and the development of workforce skills.
PF OlsenMartin CrevatinProvides independent forestry services to the industry including plantation forest establishment, silviculture, harvesting and management.
Vic ForestsBill Paul (Deputy Chair)Knowledge of sustainable harvest, regrowing and commercial sale of timber from Victoria’s public forests under strict environmental regulations in line with Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification scheme, and forest regeneration to reinstate original species.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Tammy AuldExpertise in one or more of the following sub sectors of Forest Owners, Growers and Managers in specific forestry regions including businesses engaged in:

  • commercial softwood plantation estates
  • commercial hardwood plantations
  • native forests and
  • farm forests.

Tammy is currently employed by Timberlands Pacific.

VacantExpertise in one or more of the following sub sectors of Harvesting and Haulage:

  • harvesting contractors
  • harvesting operators
  • haulage contractors
  • haulage operators.

Tim is currently employed by the Victorian Association of Forest Industries.


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.