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).

Skills Forecasts identify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated training needs for industry and determine whether there is a need to change training packages (i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). The documents propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing the relevant units, skill sets and qualifications, which is then submitted from 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 and project submissions made throughout the year to update their AISC National Schedule.

The AISC requires sufficient information to approve Training Package projects, with this information either being within the Skills Forecasts or in more detail via a stand-alone Case for Change. In 2018, consistent with efforts to streamline the process, the majority of projects were approved directly out of the IRC Skills Forecasts. View current projects, which have been approved out of the Skills Forecasts or a Case for Change.


IRC Skills Forecasts

Current 2018–2021 IRC Skills Forecasts can be downloaded from the list below:

Thank you to those who provided input and feedback to these documents. On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact will continue to receive feedback on these IRC Skill Forecasts. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or feedback you have, so this information can be considered in the 2019 drafts.


Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts

Information for the next version of IRC Skills Forecasts is gathered throughout the year, via input from IRC members, industry stakeholders and desktop research processes.

Skills Impact’s Industry Facilitation Managers work with IRC members and meet with industry associations, networks and stakeholders, follow leads and engage with a wide range of people to develop their understanding of skills requirements within industries.

Advice and information from industry about skills gaps and needs is supported by available research, including statistics and figures from a wide range of data sources, as well as analysis of workforce reports and research papers. The research process is integral to identify emerging trends, new technologies and skills gaps developing within industry.

Once the data is compiled and the report drafted, IRC Skills Forecasts are reviewed by IRCs and published on this webpage early in the year for broader stakeholder review and feedback.

Skills Impact then works with the IRC members to refine these reports to reflect feedback, prioritise the identified skills needs and highlight potential modifications to existing training packages, to ensure the vocational education and training sector addresses the needs of industry. The draft IRC Skills Forecasts are then submitted to the AISC in April, seeking approval to undertake changes to qualifications, skill sets and units of competency.

Previous IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work