IRC Skills Forecast

Each year in April, Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are responsible for submitting an IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC).

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft Skills Forecast and the priority skills that have been identified for 2019 – 2022. Several projects have been proposed to address these priority skills, as summarised in the grey box below.

Feedback was collected on the draft Skills Forecast from 18 March – 15 April 2019, via the online feedback hub, email and phone.

The Skills Forecast has been submitted to the AISC. The information will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.

Click here to download the final document

If you would like to view the draft version that was available for feedback, including any comments made  click here


What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts identify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated training needs for industry and determine whether training packages should be changed (i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). The documents propose a plan for reviewing and developing the relevant units, skill sets and qualifications, which is then submitted by the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration and approval. 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.

IRC Skills Forecasts Archive

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.

Proposed Schedule of Work 2019 – 2022


Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors

  • Cluster 1: Conservation & Land Management
  • Cluster 2: Nursery Production
  • Cluster 3: Production Horticulture
  • Cluster 4: Biosecurity and Emergency
  • Cluster 5: Merchandising & Sales

Project 2: Green Walls and Rooftop Gardens

Develop qualifications and skills standards to facilitate the green walls and rooftop gardens sector emerging in high-density, urban environments.

Project 3: Agronomy

There is currently no national vocational qualification for Agronomy. This project will look at the skills and knowledge farmers and horticulturalists require to make informed decisions regarding plant production systems.


Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors

  • Cluster 1: Landscaping
  • Cluster 2: Indigenous Land Management
  • Cluster 3: Broad Acre and Seed
  • Cluster 4: Dairy and Milk Harvesting

Project 2: Therapeutic Horticulture

Develop qualifications and skills standards to support the emerging industry of therapeutic horticulture.

Project 3: Pregnancy Testing and Artificial Insemination

Review existing units of competency for artificial insemination and pregnancy testing. Assess the necessity of developing units to cover new methods of pregnancy testing, including ultrasound and blood testing.


Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors

  • Cluster 1: Community and Common
  • Cluster 2: Composting and Organic
  • Cluster 3: Permaculture

Other Projects to be identified to address industry priorities.


Project 1: Review of Unit Sectors

  • Cluster 1: Livestock
  • Cluster 2: Wool

Other Projects to be identified to address industry priorities.


Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts