Conservation and Land Management Project

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Case for change

Conservation and land management, and its related fields of lands, parks and wildlife, natural area restoration, conservation earthworks, and pest management, make up a key skill area within the AHC Training Package. This is one of the largest, most complex and diverse training packages in the Australian System, so it’s vital these skills are regularly reviewed and updated.

Rapid technological advancements, changing markets and shifting climactic conditions are affecting the sector as a whole. Nationally approved training is vital in supporting industry as it responds to these trends, addressing skills needs and creating new job outcomes.

With these factors in mind, industry has recommend implementing a strategic approach to reviewing the AHC Training Package. This involves identifying and reviewing units by their sector classification rather than by their listing in qualifications. This approach should significantly increase the speed of review of all qualifications, units of competency and skill sets within the AHC Training Package, while minimising the burden of voluntary support on industry.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project out of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Industry Sector IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2019-2022 (see pages 32-43).

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 32-43)

 

Project Plan

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector comprised of a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management. The work of conservation and land management is relevant to all Australians, but is also globally significant, as many of our plants and animals can’t be found anywhere else in the world (Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife).

Conservation and land management takes place in a range of geographically diverse locations, comprising national parks, nature reserves, council reserves, Indigenous protected areas, Commonwealth lands, private land and botanical gardens. Some of these sites are extremely remote and home to unique ecosystems. It’s important that those employed in the sector are equipped with skills and knowledge that are applicable to Australia’s varied geographical conditions. It’s also imperative they’re equipped with first-hand experience of ecology, flora and fauna to inform practices that may take place in a range of environments, some of them isolated.

In order to ensure qualifications are relevant to the specific and varied demands of this sector, this review will be informed by consultation with geographically and culturally diverse stakeholders. The project will also focus on how to better support skills in field work, particularly in the areas of flora, fauna and ecology.

Project Scope

The purpose of this project is to review units relating to conservation and land management, including the sub-sectors of lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks and pest management. Relevant units in fire, fauna and explosives will also be reviewed and up to ten new skill sets developed.

 

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Relevant Occupations

This project supports roles in a range of occupations related to conservation and land management. These include:

  • Community Coordinator (Conservation)
  • Conservation Earthmoving Operator
  • Environmental Officer
  • Indigenous Land Manager
  • Indigenous Lands Worker
  • Landcare Assistant or Supervisor
  • Lands, Parks and Wildlife Officer or Supervisor
  • Landcare Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • National Parks Ranger
  • Pest Management Assistant
  • Pest Control Supervisor
  • Revegetation Worker
  • Soil Conservation Specialist
  • Senior Conservation Worker
  • Pest and Weed Manager

Timeline

June – July 2019
Initial scoping

July – September 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November – December 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

January 2019
Validation of final drafts

March – April 2020
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – June 2020
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2020
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Project Team
Catherine BevenIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact catherine@skillsimpact.com.au
William HendersonIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact william@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate VansonIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron BarrowIndustry Skills Standards Contractor

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 William@skillsimpact.com.au

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

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 in November 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in January 2020. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill set and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. As such the qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So, if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love 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, William Henderson on 03 9321 3526 or William@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.

Development

All Australians benefit from the rehabilitation and conservation of our unique natural resources by those in the Conservation and Land Management industry. Consultation is underway to ensure the geographically and culturally diverse context of this work is reflected in national skills standards.

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector comprised of a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management. For this reason, the skills and knowledge required to work within conservation and land management is broad. The work activities are being reviewed to identify the shared skills standards. This information will help to update the national qualifications and units of competency that support job roles. They are being revised to support flexible career paths and provide an integrated approach to skills needs across the industry’s multiple but overlapping sub-sectors.

With ecosystems being so fragile and complicated, and the challenges they face diverse, today’s conservation and land management workers need to hone an impressive set of skills and build the knowledge to successfully face these challenges.

Subject Matter Experts are being consulted to review the structure of the qualifications. A site visit to the City Council of Glenorchy in Hobart has also taken place, to see firsthand the work of conservation and land management workers in the field, to inform the writing of the qualifications and units of competency. This complements earlier work during the scoping stage when Skills Impact visited several other organisations.

In total, 9 qualifications and 70 units are under review. Feedback so far suggests some qualifications may need to be merged into one qualification with a wider scope. Skills sets and specialisations within the qualifications may be developed to support the specific job roles. This will allow students to access units required for their purposes, tailored to suit different environments and tasks. It would also allow registered training organisations to put the qualification on scope and specialise it to tailor the needs of their local students.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

The draft qualifications and units will be made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder consultation and feedback in November (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). We welcome your feedback and advice on the draft skills standards in this time. Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-face consultation workshops

Thursday 7 November, 9.30am – 12pm Hobartregister here

Friday 8 November, 9.30am – 12pm Launceston – register here

Tuesday 12 November, 9.30am – 12pm Adelaide – register here

Wednesday 13 November, 9.30am – 12pm Perth – register here

Thursday 14 November, 9.30am – 12pm Broomeregister here

Tuesday 19 November, 9.30am – 12pm Sydney – register here

Wednesday 20 November, 9.30am – 12pm Brisbane – register here

Thursday 21 November, 9.30am – 12pm Melbourne – register here

Tuesday 26 November, 9.30am – 12pm Darwin – register here

Consultation webinar

Thursday 28 November, 9am to 11am AEST – webinarregister here

Friday 29 November, 1pm to 3pm AEST – webinarregister here

 

Register your interest in the project

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

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector that conserves Australia’s unique natural resources for the benefit of everyone. This work is geographically and culturally diverse, comprising a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management.

As part of this project, industry has identified the common skills needed across the subsectors. This has been captured in the revision of 70 units of competency and nine qualifications, and the development of seven new units of competency.

Draft units of competency are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

Changes to the documents include the amalgamation of the Certificate IIIs in Conservation Earthworks; Natural Area Restoration; Land, Parks and Wildlife; and Conservation and Land Management into a single new Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, with streams of study for each subsector. There is also space for further streams if recommended, and a generalist qualification can still be attained.

All units have been updated to enhance their ecological aspects and to take into account changing environments, giving them flexibility for use in the future.

We would like your feedback on whether the draft units and qualifications reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. We are eager to make sure that terminology encompasses all different unit sectors, while not excluding a specific environment type.

The drafts will be available on this webpage for feedback until 9 December 2019.

How to provide feedback

The view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online via our feedback hub, or by taking part in a webinar or by email.

Feedback hub 

You can post comments directly on the draft units qualifications, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff and training package contractors working directly on the project can identify users. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is also moderated to avoid misuse. For further details, see our Moderation Policy. 

Please follow these steps:

  1. Select the qualification or unit you would like to review. 
  2. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account). Follow the prompts. 
  3. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document. 
  4.  Download user instructions 

Please contact us if you require assistance. 

 

Feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualification and units. Please email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

Face-to-face consultation workshops

Thursday 7 November, 9.30am – 12pm Hobartregister here

Friday 8 November, 9.30am – 12pm Launceston – register here

Tuesday 12 November, 9.30am – 12pm Adelaide – register here

Wednesday 13 November, 9.30am – 12pm Perth – register here

Thursday 14 November, 9.30am – 12pm Broomeregister here

Tuesday 19 November, 9.30am – 12pm Sydney – register here

Wednesday 20 November, 9.30am – 12pm Brisbane – register here

Thursday 21 November, 9.30am – 12pm Melbourne – register here

Tuesday 26 November, 9.30am – 12pm Darwin – register here

Consultation webinar

Thursday 28 November, 9am to 11am AEST – webinarregister here

Friday 29 November, 1pm to 3pm AEST – webinarregister here

Qualifications

Feedback is particularly sought on the proposed amalgamation of the Certificate III level qualifications into one qualification. Advice is sought on which units from each of the sectors would be appropriate to bring into the proposed amalgamated qualification as electives.

Qualification code and nameProposed changes or rationale Link
AHC10116 Certificate I in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification and provide feedback
AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification and provide feedback
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementThis qualification is the result of a proposed amalgamation of four Certificate III level qualifications. It includes streams of study to cover skills in conservation and land management; lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; and conservation earthworks. View the qualifications proposed to be amalgamated below:

View draft qualification and provide feedback
AHC40916 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification and provide feedback
AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

This qualification is proposed for deletion due to low enrolment numbers.

AHC41716 Certificate IV in Pest ManagementView draft qualification on training.gov.au

Email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of Competency

These units have been developed to address skills gaps across a range of subsectors. Substantial feedback is encouraged to ensure they meet industry needs.

AHCFAU3XX Identify fauna in the fieldView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW2XX Operate a handheld GPS deviceView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW3XX Coordinate and report on data collectionView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW3XX Monitor biodiversityView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW3XX Operate unmanned aerial system for conservation workView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR2XX Capture digital media for fieldworkView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW2XX Recognise Landforms and SoilView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCLPW301 Supervise park visitor activitiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW303 Construct access tracksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW304 Carry out inspection of designated areaView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW305 Perform diving for scientific purposesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW306 Undertake sampling and testing of waterView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW401 Process applications for changes in land useView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW402 Implement land and sea management practicesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW403 Inspect and monitor cultural placesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW404 Produce maps for land management purposesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW405 Supervise the monitoring of biodiversityView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated areaView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW503 Assess applications for legislative complianceView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW505 Implement natural and cultural resource management plansView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW601 Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management planView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCNAR101 Support natural area conservationView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR102 Support native seed collectionView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration worksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR202 Maintain wildlife habitat refugesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areasView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR302 Collect and preserve biological samplesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation worksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR304 Undertake direct seedingView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR305 Collect native seedView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR306 Conduct photography for fieldworkView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret mapsView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR401 Supervise natural area restoration worksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation worksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR501 Manage natural areas on a rural propertyView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR502 Conduct biological surveysView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR503 Design a natural area restoration projectView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR504 Manage natural area restoration programsView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR505 Plan river restoration worksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNAR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategiesView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCNRM301 Establish an Australian native stingless bee colonyView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM401 Plan and implement a biosecurity programView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM501 Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategyView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM502 Develop a water quality monitoring programView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM503 Support the implementation of waterways strategiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM504 Interpret and report on catchment hydrologyView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM505 Provide technical advice on sustainable catchment managementView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM506 Plan and monitor works projects in catchments and waterwaysView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM507 Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systemsView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM508 Investigate suspected breaches of natural resource management legislationView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM601 Review land management plans and strategiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM602 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCNRM603 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCSAW201 Conduct erosion and sediment control activitiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW302 Implement erosion and sediment control measuresView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW401 Set out conservation earthworksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW403 Supervise implementation of conservation earthworks plansView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW501 Design control measures and structuresView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW502 Plan erosion and sediment control measuresView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCSAW503 Plan conservation earthworksView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCFIR201 Assist with prescribed burningView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCFIR501 Manage wildfire hazard reduction programsView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCFIR502 Plan prescribed burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource managementView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCFAU201 Recognise faunaView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergenciesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populationsView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosives is a previously deleted unit that may be brought back, as need for it has been identified. Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosivesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCEXP302 Identify and select explosive productsView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosivesView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCPMG410 Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation planView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG411 Ensure compliance with pest legislationView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG414 Apply predator trapping techniquesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG506 Manage the implementation of legislationView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG507 Develop a regional pest management planView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG508 Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management planView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG509 Investigate a pest control failureView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCPMG510 Develop a pest survey strategyView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Will Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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

Summary of consultation to date

The draft qualifications and units have been drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts. They have considered feedback that was received out of Workforce Functional Analysis workshops in August. People working directly in the conservation and land management sectors participated and provided information on the skills and knowledge required for job roles and tasks. Site visits were undertaken to observe these job roles in workplaces, to see firsthand the work of conservation and land management workers in the field. This has informed the writing of the qualifications and units of competency. Thank you to those who provided feedback during these activities.

 

Register your interest in the project

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.

 

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