New skills needs and job roles are emerging in the amenity horticulture, landscaping and conservation and land management sector, as a result of shifting cultural attitudes, government policies, and natural environments. It is important that skills standards and qualifications for this industry are updated to reflect these changes, so that they can continue to care for our open spaces, national and state parks, public gardens, sporting grounds, and other green spaces in our homes and communities.
Thank you to those who provided feedback on projects that have been proposed for 2021 – 2022 and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). Feedback was collected from 29 March – 20 April 2021, via our online feedback hub and email.
This year’s Annual Update includes information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates. It highlights the impact of COVID-19, and the challenges and opportunities it has presented for Australian agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management industries.
The proposed projects are summarised in the grey box below.
This Annual Update to the Skills Forecast will be submitted from the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at the end of April, for their consideration. The information will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.
View draft Annual Update
(including any comments that were made on it from people using the feedback hub)
Click here to download the draft document in Microsoft Word format
What is a Skills Forecast?
Skills Forecasts describe industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and identify skills gaps and emerging skills needs. They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They are 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 is submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages.
The AISC draws on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects. View current projects, that have been approved out of previous Skills Forecasts.
Current Skills Forecast
Skills Forecasts Archive
Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were previously called Four Year Work Plans.
Proposed Schedule of Work
Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors
This project continues the full review of the AHC Training Package outlined in the Skills Forecast and Program of Works 2019 – 2022. Full details relating to rationale and background were addressed in the submission in 2019 and approved by the AISC. This submission will focus on matters relevant to the Unit Sectors to be addressed in Year 3.
The Unit sectors to be covered by the project during 2021 – 2022 are:
- Cluster 1: Community and common work-related units
- Cluster 2: Composting and Organic Production
- Cluster 3: Permaculture
- Cluster 4: Livestock
- Cluster 5: Indigenous
Project 2: Water Trading
Access to water resources it vital to Australian farmers and it is equally vital that farming communities understand the water market. Water literacy in education, including VET, is one recommendation of the Keelty Report into management of Murray-Darling Basin water resources. The proposal for this project is to develop up to five units and one skill set to capture the skills needed for the acquisition, management and trading of water within the agricultural, pastoral and production horticultural sectors.
Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors
- Cluster: Wool
Other Projects to be identified to address industry priorities.