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


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 Beven Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
William Henderson Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
Andrew Horgan Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact
Ron Barrow Industry 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

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

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.


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