Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project

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Case for change

This project is formed as part of two skills priorities that were identified in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 61-62). In addressing these skill needs, this project will identify and fill gaps in current skill sets and units of competency from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package to address skills needs in carbon farming and agribusiness.

Carbon Farming
Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Support from the National Farmers’ Federation for farmers to access the Emissions Reduction Fund, and a growing interest from farmers to diversify farming activities and income, have increased awareness of carbon farming. However, the previously endorsed carbon farming units and skills sets have been superseded, with no replacements. Currently, there is no nationally-endorsed training available for farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers to fill this growing skills gap.

Agribusiness
Australia is experiencing increasing market demands for innovation in product development, to ensure the viability of enterprises and to take advantage of opportunities in the new free trade agreement with Asia Pacific partners. To respond to the dynamic and changing operating environment, with increased competition and opportunities to reach global markets, skills are required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Skills Impact and the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 61-62)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and develop agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Carbon farming practices are becoming increasingly important, but there are few nationally endorsed units, skill sets or qualifications to support training in this area. There is also a growing interest from farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers in diversifying activities and income through carbon farming practices.

There is also increasing demand for innovation in agricultural product development, and the skills required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Scroll down to view the qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed in this project. They will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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Relevant Occupations

Rural and regional agribusiness managers (including lending managers, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers and real estate agents), agriculture enterprise business managers, production horticulture enterprise business managers, agribusiness administrators.

 

Key Deliverables

Review and development of agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September – November 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November – December 2018
Drafts available for broader consultation

February 2019
Validation of final drafts

March – April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Cathy BevenIndustry Skills Standards Specialist catherine@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew HorganNational Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact andrew@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate VansonNational Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Jenni OldfieldIndustry Skills Standards Contractor

 

Qualifications, skill sets and units

Below is a list of current qualifications, skill sets and units proposed for revision and development as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications, skill sets and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. Use the links below to view the current components on training.gov.au.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications, skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of competency that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to catherine@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected to be November – December 2018, and again for validation of final drafts in February 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Cathy on 03 9321 3526 or catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

The Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Development

Initial development work on this project has begun. Subject Matter Experts (SME) are being consulted to draft the revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency. Meetings with these experts have taken place to address feedback that was received  in the early ‘Project Plan‘ stage of this project.

SME meetings were held during September, with people who work directly in the Carbon farming and Agribusiness Industry. These meetings helped to identify the various job roles and tasks that exist within the industry. The information gathered will help determine where qualifications, skill sets and units of competency may be developed or revised, to assist with addressing training gaps within these sectors.

Please feel welcome to continue to provide feedback about the current and existing qualifications, skill set and units that will be revised in this project. To view the qualifications, skill set and units that will be reviewed in this project, select the ‘Project Plan’ menu option above.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Thank you to those stakeholders that have been involved and provided feedback and advice so far. The revised draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from November 2018 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Thu 15 Nov 18, 9am to 12pm – Brisbane register here

Mon 19 Nov 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Hobart register here

Tue 20 Nov 18, 9am to 12pm – Sydneyregister here

Fri 30 Nov 18, 10am to 12.30pm – Melbourne register here

Wed 5 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide register here 

Thu 6 Dec 18, 9am to 12pm – Perthregister here 

Tue 11 Dec 18, 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Darwinregister here 

Thu 13 Dec 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Cairnsregister here 

Consultation Webinar

Fri 30 Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm – Webinarregister here

 

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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

 

Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for agribusiness and carbon farming. The drafts were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review and feedback from 21 November – 21 December 2018.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

Agribusiness – Three revised qualifications, one new skill set and 44 revised units have been drafted to clarify job tasks, assessment requirements (including the volume and frequency of performance for assessment) and to remove duplication.

Carbon Farming – A suite of eight units and five skill sets have been developed to address skills and knowledge related to carbon farming.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in February 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The documents were drafted in consultation with subject matter experts who work directly in the carbon farming and agribusiness industry. Meetings were held in September and the information gathered helped to identify training gaps in these sectors, and guided the review and development of the qualifications, skill sets and units of competency.

 

Agribusiness

AHC41019 Certificate IV in AgribusinessView qualification
AHC51419 Diploma of Agribusiness ManagementView qualification
AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness ManagementView qualification

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCSS00030XX Farm Business Management Skill SetView skill set

 

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCAGB301 Keep production records for a primary production businessView unit
AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvementView unit
AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production dataView unit
AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production businessView unit
AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategiesView unit
AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirementsView unit
AHCAGB503 Plan and monitor production processesView unit
 AHCAGB504 Plan production for the whole businessView unit
AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm planView unit
AHCAGB506 Manage application of agents to crops or pasturesView unit
AHCAGB507 Select and use agricultural technologyView unit
AHCAGB508 Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systemsView unit
AHCAGB509 Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systemsView unit
AHCAGB510 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production systemView unit
AHCAGB511 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable productionView unit
AHCAGB601 Develop export markets for produceView unit
AHCAGB602 Manage estate planningView unit
AHCAGB603 Manage the production systemView unit
AHCAGB604 Analyse business performanceView unit
AHCAGB605 Manage financial resourcesView unit
AHCAGB606 Manage price risk through trading strategyView unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCBUS401XX Administer finance, insurance and legal requirementsView unit
AHCBUS402XX Cost a projectView unit
AHCBUS404XX Operate within a budget frameworkView unit
AHCBUS405XX Participate in an e-business supply chainView unit
AHCBUS501XX Manage enterprise staff requirementsView unit
AHCBUS502XX Market product and servicesView unit
AHCBUS503XX Negotiate and monitor contractsView unit
AHCBUS504XX Prepare estimates, quotes and tendersView unit
AHCBUS506XX Develop and review a business planView unit
AHCBUS507XX Monitor and review business performanceView unit
AHCBUS508XX Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reportsView unit
AHCBUS509XX Develop and implement business structures and relationshipsView unit
AHCBUS510XX Manage finance, insurance and legal requirementsView unit
AHCBUS601XX Manage capital worksView unit
AHCBUS602XX Review land management plans and strategiesView unit
AHCBUS603XX Develop and review a strategic planView unit
AHCBUS604XX Design and manage the enterprise quality management systemView unit
AHCBUS605XX Manage human resourcesView unit
AHCBUS606XX Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView unit
AHCBUS607XX Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView unit
AHCBUS608XX Manage agribusiness riskView unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wagesView unit

 

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCWHS501XX Manage work health and safety processesView unit

 

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Carbon Farming (CFP)

AHCCFP3X1 Identify benefits of carbon farmingView unit
AHCCFP3X2 Carry out controlled, low temperature burningView unit
AHCCFP4X1 Increase carbon in soilView unit
AHCCFP4X2 Identify opportunities and risks in carbon farming projectsView unit
AHCCFP4X3 Plan an ERF land-based carbon farming projectView unit
AHCCFP4X4 Plan a non-ERF land-based carbon farming projectView unit
AHCCFP5X1 Comply with measuring and modelling requirements of a soil-based carbon farming methodView unit
AHCCFP5X2 Advise on carbon farming project planning and implementationView unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

AHCSSXXXX1 Carbon Farming Advisor Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXXX2 Carbon Farming Savannah Burning Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXXX3 Carbon Farming Soil Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXXX4 Land-based ERF Carbon Farming Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXXX5 Land-based non-ERF Carbon Farming Skill SetView skill set

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency. The final drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 8 – 22 February 2019.

The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities. They will then be forwarded to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC for consideration and sign off, before being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. 

The qualifications and units relate to people in various roles including:

Agribusiness

  • Those responsible for the administration and day to day business operations of an agricultural or horticultural production enterprise
  • Farm manager/administrator
  • Production unit manager/administrator
  • Station/property manager/Agribusiness manager/administrator
  • Horticulture production manager
  • Rural and regional agribusiness manager or advisor (including lending managers, insurance brokers machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers)
  • Agribusiness advisor or consultant
  • Agriculture enterprise business manager
  • Production horticulture enterprise business manager

Carbon farming

  • Carbon farming consultants and advisors
  • Carbon farming projects carried out on Aboriginal land, and/or run by Aboriginal organisations utilising a savanna burning method
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of a soil-based, carbon farming project
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of an agricultural carbon farming method
  • Land holders or land managers, who are considering the establishment of a vegetation carbon farming method

Summary of consultation

Prior to the Validation period, the draft qualifications, skill sets and units were made available from 21 November – 21 December 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage menu above. Feedback on the draft documents was collected via an online feedback hub, emails and nationwide face-to-face consultation workshops with industry stakeholders.

A description of how feedback from the ‘Drafts Available’ stage has been considered and applied in these final drafts can be downloaded below. Please click the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button.

Agribusiness

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AHC41019 Certificate IV in AgribusinessView qualification
AHC51419 Diploma of Agribusiness ManagementView qualification
AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness ManagementView qualification

This unit is proposed for deletion as it could be replaced with BSBMGT621 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system, to reduce duplication of units across training packages.

This unit currently appears in AHC60216 – Advanced Diploma of Horticulture as an elective unit. It also appears in AHC60316 – Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management which is currently under review and will be superseded by AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management.

AHCBUS604 Design and manage the enterprise quality management systemView unit

AHCSSXXX12 Farm Business Finances Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX13 Farm Business Staff Skill SetView skill set

AHCSS00030XX Farm Business Management Skill SetView skill set

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB301 Keep production records for a primary production businessView unit

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AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvementView unit
AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production dataView unit
AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production businessView unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategiesView unit
AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirementsView unit
AHCAGB503 Plan and monitor production processesView unit
AHCAGB504 Plan production for the whole businessView unit
AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm planView unit
AHCAGB506 Manage application of agents to crops or pasturesView unit
AHCAGB507 Select and use agricultural technologyView unit
AHCAGB508 Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systemsView unit
AHCAGB509 Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systemsView unit
AHCAGB510 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production systemView unit
AHCAGB511 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable productionView unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCAGB601 Develop export markets for produceView unit
AHCAGB602 Manage estate planningView unit
AHCAGB603 Manage the production systemView unit
AHCAGB604 Analyse business performanceView unit
AHCAGB605 Manage financial resourcesView unit
AHCAGB606 Manage price risk through trading strategyView unit

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AHCBUS401 Administer finance, insurance and legal requirementsView unit
AHCBUS402 Cost a projectView unit
AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget frameworkView unit
AHCBUS405 Participate in an e-business supply chainView unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCBUS501 Manage enterprise staff requirementsView unit
AHCBUS502 Market product and servicesView unit
AHCBUS503 Negotiate and monitor contractsView unit
AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tendersView unit
AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business planView unit
AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performanceView unit
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reportsView unit
AHCBUS509 Develop and implement business structures and relationshipsView unit
AHCBUS510 Manage finance, insurance and legal requirementsView unit

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AHCBUS601 Manage capital worksView unit
AHCBUS602 Review land management plans and strategiesView unit
AHCBUS603 Develop and review a strategic planView unit
AHCBUS605 Manage human resourcesView unit
AHCBUS606 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView unit
AHCBUS607 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView unit
AHCBUS608 Manage agribusiness riskView unit

AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wagesView unit

AHCWHS501XX Manage work health and safety processesView unit

 

Carbon Farming (CFP)

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AHCCFP3X1 Identify the effects of climate changeView unit

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AHCCFP4X1 Increase soil organic carbonView unit
AHCCFP4X2 Identify opportunities and risks in carbon farming projectsView unit
AHCCFP4X2 Increase carbon using vegetation and/or agricultural approachesView unit
AHCCFP4X4 Plan a land-based carbon farming projectView unit
AHCCFP4X11 Prepare to comply with measuring and modelling requirements of carbon farming methodsView unit

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AHCCFP5X2 Advise on carbon farming project planning and implementationView unit

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AHCSSXXX01 Carbon Farming Services Advisor Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX02 Introduction to Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX03 Introduction to Carbon Farming Savanna Burning following Aboriginal Protocols Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX04 Carbon Farming Aerial Savanna Burning Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX05 Carbon Farming Aerial Savanna Burning following Aboriginal Protocols Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX06 Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Operations Leader Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX07 Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Operations Leader following Aboriginal Protocols Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX08 Carbon Farming Vegetation Method Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX09 Carbon Farming Soil-based Method Skill SetView skill set
AHCSSXXX10 Carbon Farming Agricultural Method Skill SetView skill set

 

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Finalisation

Skills to support the areas of carbon farming and agribusiness are needed to keep the industry at the forefront of innovation. These sectors help the agriculture and horticulture industry adapt to shifting climate conditions, technological advances and a changing operating environments.

Carbon farming is one way industry is can adapt to a changing environment. It can be performed through sequestration (or storing) of carbon in soil and vegetation, or through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, soil or vegetation (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development). It can also involve strategic burning methods traditionally used by Indigenous populations. While there is increased uptake and interest in carbon farming practices, due to government incentives like the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) and growing public awareness, there is currently no national accredited training available in this area.

Industry have played a key role in developing new skills sets and units in carbon farming, to recognise and support the skills of farmers, managers and conservation and land management personnel working in this space.

I would like to recommend and endorse the Agribusiness and Carbon Farming Project as a long overdue and worthwhile incentive for the sequestration of carbon from regenerative agriculture. With so much of the country suffering from extended drought, it is imperative to build resilience into agriculture for the fluctuating future.” Richard Makim, Holistic Grazier and Carbon Farmer.

Agribusiness encompasses the business skills required to run a commercial farming enterprise. This can include finances, human resources, marketing, etc. It relates to farm managers as well as those selling or marketing agricultural products like machinery, grain, stock or chemicals. Increased competition and opportunities to reach global markets mean there is pressure for agricultural businesses to explore new technologies and approaches, and skills in agribusiness are needed to achieve this. Previously, qualifications in agribusiness were focused on adapting skills in business to an agricultural context. However, feedback from industry indicated a desire for workers with agricultural experience who also possess skills in strategy and leadership.

Thanks to the input of industry experts, revised qualifications will soon be available for roles in agribusiness, supporting the future of Australia’s agricultural industry as a whole.

“As an instructor that delivers the Agribusiness Diploma and Farm Business Management Skill Set, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the ‘Agribusiness and Carbon farming project… Overall the outcomes achieved will better reflect the learning needs of agribusiness and carbon farming.” Rod Morris, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

Key Outcomes

Carbon Farming

  • Seven new units of competency to support key skills in four primary carbon farming methods: savanna burning, vegetation, agriculture and soil
  • Eight new skill sets, including one for those who provide advice on carbon farming projects and others to address specific carbon farming methods, including savanna burning, vegetation, soil-based and agricultural
  • Carbon farming units included as electives in all three revised agribusiness qualifications.

Argibusiness

  • Three qualifications in agribusiness revised to include more core units, where previously they contained one or none, supporting all graduates to develop a base of agribusiness skills required by industry. This includes units in planning and monitoring production processes, reviewing business performance, developing a business plan and managing risk.
  • Two new skill sets concentrating on farm business workforce and farm business finance
  • 43 revised units of competency across the agribusiness, business, shearing and work health and safety sectors
  • One revised skill set for farm business management
  • Proposed deletion of one unit of competency for AHCBUS604 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system which duplicates the outcomes of – BSBMGT621 Design and manage the enterprise quality management system
Summary of consultation

Consultation has taken place with stakeholders across Australia, including registered training organisations, Government bodies, and industry representatives. The broader industry was consulted on the draft documents at two different stages – the ‘Drafts Available’ and ‘Validation’ stages. The ‘Finalisation’ stage includes the development and publishing of a validation summary for each project.

A summary of feedback and how it has been considered and applied at each stage can be downloaded below.

The final draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications, along with a Companion Volume Implementation Guide, have now been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) as part of a Case for Endorsement for the AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 4.0.

The Case for Endorsement provides the AISC with a rationale for approving the final draft units, skill sets and qualifications. It provides information about what changes have been made to the training package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units, skill sets and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are. Once endorsed, the AISC will issue a communique. The units, skill sets and qualifications will then be published on training.gov.au and available for use by registered training organisations (RTOs).Note that this Case for Endorsement also includes units, skill sets and qualifications that have been developed as part of the Horticulture Technology Project, the Sports Turf Management Project and the Viticulture Project.

The Companion Volume Implementation Guide contains key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill sets and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

Please find below copies of the final draft documents that were submitted to the AISC.

Click here to download the Case for Endorsement

Agribusiness

Download all Qualifications as a zipped folder

AHC41019 Certificate IV in Agribusiness
AHC51419 Diploma of Agribusiness Management
AHC60319 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

AHCBUS604 Design and manage the enterprise quality management systemView unit

Download all Skill Sets as a zipped folder

New

AHCSS00088 Farm Business Workforce Skill Set
AHCSS00087 Farm Business Finances Skill Set

Revised

AHCSS00030 Farm Business Management Skill Set

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Level 3 & 4

AHCAGB302 Keep production records for a primary production business
AHCAGB404 Plan and implement infrastructure improvements
AHCAGB405 Analyse and interpret production data
AHCAGB406 Keep financial records for primary production business

 

Level 5

AHCAGB512 Plan and manage infrastructure
AHCAGB513 Develop a farm plan
AHCAGB514 Manage application of agents to crops or pastures
AHCAGB515 Develop sustainable agricultural practices that utilise renewable energy and recycling systems
AHCAGB516 Select and implement a GIS for sustainable agricultural systems
AHCAGB517 Develop and manage a plan for sustainable production
AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies
AHCAGB519 Plan and monitor production processes
AHCAGB520 Plan production for the whole business
AHCAGB521 Select and use agricultural technology
AHCAGB522 Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production system

 

Level 6 

AHCAGB607 Manage succession planning
AHCAGB608 Manage financial resources
AHCAGB609 Develop export markets for produce
AHCAGB610 Manage the production system
AHCAGB611 Analyse business performance
AHCAGB612 Manage price risk through trading strategy

 

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Level 4

AHCBUS406 Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements
AHCBUS407 Cost a project
AHCBUS408 Operate within a budget framework
AHCBUS409 Participate in an e-business supply chain

 

Level 5 

AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements
AHCBUS512 Develop and implement family business structures and relationships
AHCBUS513 Market products and services
AHCBUS514 Negotiate and monitor contracts
AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
AHCBUS516 Develop and review a business plan
AHCBUS517 Monitor and review business performance
AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
AHCBUS519 Manage finance, insurance and legal requirements

 

Level 6

AHCBUS609 Develop and review an enterprise strategic plan
AHCBUS610 Manage agribusiness risk
AHCBUS611 Manage capital works
AHCBUS612 Review land management plans and strategies
AHCBUS613 Manage human resources
AHCBUS614 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
AHCBUS615 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program

 

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AHCSHG407 Prepare shearing team wages

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AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes

 

Carbon Farming (CFP)

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Level 3

AHCCFP301 Identify the effects of climate change as a factor in land management

 

Level 4 

AHCCFP401 Increase soil organic carbon using land management practices
AHCCFP402 Prepare to comply with measuring and modelling requirements of carbon farming methods
AHCCFP403 Identify opportunities and risks in carbon farming projects
AHCCFP404 Plan a land-based carbon farming project
AHCCFP405 Increase carbon using vegetation and_or agricultural approaches

 

Level 5

AHCCFP501 Advise on carbon farming project planning and implementation

Download Skill Sets as a zipped folder

AHCSS00079 Carbon Farming Services Advisor Skill Set
AHCSS00080 Introduction to Carbon Farming Skill Set
AHCSS00081 Introduction to Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Skill Set
AHCSS00082 Carbon Farming Aerial Savanna Burning Skill Set
AHCSS00083 Carbon Farming Savanna Burning Operations Leader Skill Set
AHCSS00084 Carbon Farming Vegetation Method Skill Set
AHCSS00085 Carbon Farming Soil-based Method Skill Set
AHCSS00086 Carbon Farming Agricultural Method Skill Set

 

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