Industry Reference Committee

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

The IRC acts 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.

Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.


Upcoming Meeting Date

15 March 2021

Past Meetings

20 October 2020

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)John HughesThe 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
Cameron Dart (Chair)Expertise in general meat processing.

Cameron is currently the Managing Director of Meat Inspectors Pty Ltd.

Franz KnollExpertise in smallgoods manufacturing.

Franz is currently the Managing Director of Knoll Consultants & Investments Pty Ltd.

Geoff YarhamExpertise in beef processing.

Geoff is currently the Senior HR Projects Manager at Australian Country Choice.

Grant CourtneyExpertise in general meat processing.

Grant is currently the Secretary of the AMIEU.

Laurie TobinExpertise in pork processing.

Laurie is currently the  Manager Quality Assurance at Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Matthew JourneauExpertise in meat retailing.

Matthew is currently the Queensland Branch Secretary of the AMIEU.

Michael Bayer (Deputy Chair)Expertise in general meat 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.

 Scott RobinsonExpertise in general meat processing.

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

Stacey McKennaExpertise in sheep processing.

Stacey is currently the Manager – Industry Research, Standards & Capability at the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC).

Vacant positionExpertise in poultry processing


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

Operating Framework for IRCs

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

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

  • Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
  • Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
  • Oversight 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
  • Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
  • Report to the AISC on progress of its work
  • Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.

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