Industry Reference Committee

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) was made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the agriculture and production horticulture industry, covering a breadth of experience from across relevant sectors.

The IRC acted as a conduit for industry to provide feedback to government about industry trends and skills needs, and has responsibility for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the industry it services.

Throughout the duration of its role as a Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact provided support services to a group of related IRCs so they could effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs were appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Nominees operated in the best interest of the industry sector.


Meeting Communiques

21 June 2022*

15 March 2022* Download Communique

14 December 2021* Download Communique

21 September 2021* Download Communique

15 June, 2021* Download Communique

16 March, 2021* Download Communique

15 December, 2020* Download Communique

20 October 2020* Download Communique

16 June 2020* Download Communique

24 March 2020* Download Communique

18 December 2019 Download Communique

22 October 2019  Download Communique

26 March 2019  Download Communique

17 June 2019  Download Communique

16 October 2018  Download Communique

11 December 2018 Download Communique

19 June 2018  Download Communique

10 April 2018  Download Communique

5 March 2018

12 December 2017  Download Communique

17 October 2017  Download Communique

13 April 2017* Download Communique

28 March 2017 Download Communique

15 February 2017  Download Communique

18 October 2016

7 July 2016*

28 June 2016*

14 June 2016

12 April 2016*

5 April 2016


*Meeting held via teleconference.


Committee Membership

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)Stacey McKennaThe Peak Council that represents retailers, processors, exporters and smallgoods manufacturers in the post-farm-gate meat industry. AMIC confers with members, governments and industry groups to influence policy and provide technical and other advice to the industry.
Australian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU)Graham SmithThe union that represents the interests of workers in the meat industry including butchers, slaughterers, boners, smallgoods makers, wrapper packers, workers in abattoirs, boning rooms, slaughter houses, retail shops, supermarkets, smallgoods factories, wholesalers, caterers, by-products and rendering plants, meat markets, pre-packing areas, runner processors and various others sectors of the meat and by-product industry, such as drivers and salespeople.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Amanda CarterExpertise in meat processing

Amanda is a Project Manager at the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC).

Glenn SouthwardExpertise in beef processing

Glenn is Group Human Resources Manager at HW Greenham and Sons.

Mark RickardExpertise in poultry

Mark is Teacher/Leading Vocational Teacher, Meat and Food Processing at South West Region, TAFE QLD.

Matthew JourneauExpertise in meat retailing

Matthew is currently the Queensland Branch Secretary of the AMIEU.

Michael Bayer (Chair)Expertise in general pork processing

Michael is currently the Quality Systems Manager at Big River Pork Pty Ltd.

Mick WilliamsExpertise in beef processing.

Mick is currently the Training Manager for the Midfield Group.

Morna YoungExpertise in sheep processing

Morna is General Manager, People & Culture at Thomas Food International.

Nick RoachExpertise in smallgoods

Nick is currently Operations Manager at Tibaldi Australasia Pty Ltd.

Rod SellersExpertise in meat retailing

Rod is the owner/operator of R&R Sellers Meats.

 Scott RobinsonExpertise in general meat processing

Scott is currently the Director-Project Manager at Response Learning.


 Download communique from IRC meeting held on 28 March 2017 and follow-up teleconference held on 13 April 2017.

Operating Framework for IRCs

IRCs provided the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provided a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC was to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.

IRCs performed the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:

  • Gathered general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
  • Oversaw the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
  • Oversaw the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
  • Provided sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
  • Reported to the AISC on progress of its work
  • Promoted the use of VET in the sectors they represent.

Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.