Committee Membership

The Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:

  • Production Nursery
  • Retail Nursery
  • Turf
  • Landscaping
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Arboriculture
  • Vertebrate and invertebrate pest management
  • Weed management
  • Nature reserves and conservation parks
  • Permaculture

All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. For further information about this IRC please contact us.

The IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the amenity horticulture, landscaping, conservation and land management industry. Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association Simone Staples The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) was formed in 1981 to further the profession of golf course management in Australia and the Pacific Rim.
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Christopher O’Connor Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited (NGIA) is the peak industry body representing commercial growers, retailers and suppliers in Australia. NGIA is charged with providing leadership, support and additional resources to drive key industry initiatives, which meet the goals of the industry strategic plan.
Landscape Industries Association of WA Inc Esther Ngang Landscape Industries Association of WA (LIAWA) is a non-profit organisation pushing professionalism, ethics and branding of its members in the landscaping industry.
National Farmers Federation Reginald Kidd The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and better-informed awareness of farming’s modern role, contribution and value to the entire community.
Australian Association of Bush Regenerators Inc Jen Ford The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators promotes the study and practice of ecological restoration, and fosters and encourages effective management of natural areas by qualified people, based on sound ecological principles.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Craig Hallam Expertise in amenity horticulture landscaping parks and gardens

Craig is currently the Managing Director and Chair of Arboriculture Australia Ltd.

Gregor van Emmerik Expertise in amenity horticulture landscaping parks and gardens

Gregor is currently the Owner of Agile Arbor Pty Ltd and Chair of the Tree Contractors Association of Australia.

Paul Janssens Expertise in amenity horticulture landscaping parks and gardens

Paul is currently the Assistant Director of Landscape Services for the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Jim Johnson Expertise in amenity horticulture landscaping parks and gardens

Jim is currently the Nursery Manager at Oasis Horticulture Pty Ltd.

Geoff Harvey Expertise in irrigation for amenity horticulture

Geoff is currently the National Training, Certification & Marketing Manager at Irrigation Australia.

Jyri Kaapro Expertise in pest management and weeds

Jyri is currently the Research Manager at Bayer Environmental Science.

Des Boorman Expertise in production nursery and weed management

Des is currently the Business and Technical Support Officer for the Nursery and Garden Industry NSW & ACT.

Virginia Solomon Expertise in conservation and land management – permaculture

Virginia is currently the Chair of Permaculture Australia.

Susan Brunskill Expertise in permaculture and landcare and management

Susan is currently a Teacher of permaculture, natural area restoration and management, organic farming at TAFE NSW, Riverina Institute.

Julie Heran Expertise in indigenous conservation and land management

Julie is currently the T5 Chief District Ranger Top End Region Parks for Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.


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.