COVID-19, Bushfire, Drought and Floods

Our thoughts are with our stakeholders who are still being impacted by the bushfires, drought and floods in Australia and now COVID-19. Information about available assistance can be found at the FarmHub website. Skills Impact operations and activities continue during these challenging times, with necessary adjustments to our consultation activities. Stakeholder availability is limited and we are following all government mandates and recommendations in relation to COVID-19, with all staff working from home on an ongoing basis. Our interactions are now only by email, phone, video conferencing and the feedback hub. Please continue to feel free to contact us by these methods. Your feedback and input to improve national qualifications and skills standards is most welcome. Read more.

Forestry & Timber Industry Skills Forecast

We are seeking your feedback on projects that have been proposed for 2020 – 2021 and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). 2020 has brought about many challenges for industry. Bushfires have, and will continue to, impact the industry and its resources. Skills and training in this space has become even more important, so operators can continue to safely respond and assist in bushfire situations. The … Read More

Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Want to Hear from You

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing the way we live and work—and the agricultural industry is no exception. As Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries are essential to our country’s food and fibre security, keeping our industries strong and viable is a priority. The need for a strong partnership between industry and government is more important than ever before, and high-quality communication and collaboration is critical. It’s time to share knowledge and ideas.To enable this the Department of Agriculture, Water and … Read More

Updated Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management Skills Forecast

We are seeking your feedback on projects that have been proposed for 2020 – 2021 and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). This year’s Annual Update includes information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates. It also looks at alternative training being delivered, some of which draws on the training package, … Read More

Vocational Qualification Leads to Mid-life Career Change

At 55 years old and after 30 years in the printing industry, Phil started to seriously think about what to do next. Over the past few years, Phil had experienced retrenchments, stints of casual work and periods of unemployment. The printing industry had changed and shrunk its workforce and with another retrenchment looming, Phil knew that he needed to change directions and find something that was going to keep him in work for the next ten years. Phil said he … Read More

Agricultural & Horticultural Projects Moving to Finalisation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the below projects. Your feedback is being considered to update the draft skills standards, as the projects move to the finalisation stage. This involves review by the State/Territory Training Authorities, the IRC, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and State/Territory Ministers. Once endorsed, the new skills standards will be published on training.gov.au and available for RTOs to put on scope. For further information visit the individual project pages.

Updates to Racing & Breeding Industry Skills Forecast

We are seeking your feedback on projects that have been proposed for 2020 – 2021 and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). This year’s Annual Update includes information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates. It also looks at alternative training being delivered, some of which draws on the training package, … Read More

Project Proposed & Industry Changes Identified in the Annual Update to Skills Forecast

You still have the opportunity to feedback on a project that has been proposed for 2020 – 2021 as outlined below, along with specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). This year’s Annual Update includes information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates. It also looks at alternative training being delivered, … Read More

Still Time to Validate Final Draft Skills Standards for Work with Crocodiles

Working with crocodiles and their eggs in a way that it sustainable, safe and humane requires unique skills. Many of these skills are applicable across a range of environments and sectors, with specialist skills required depending on the context of the work, whether that be in the wild, on a farm, in a zoo, or in a wildlife park. There is still time to view the final draft documents and provide validation. Validation means checking the documents are accurate and reflect current … Read More

Opportunity to Validate Final Draft Skills Standards for Fishtech and Aquabotics

Aquabotics, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), underwater drones and biosensors, are changing the way work is done in the aquaculture and wild catch industry. With these new technologies, many tasks that were previously performed manually can now be done remotely from a control room. Final draft skills standards for operating and understanding these new technologies are now available for comment and validation. They have been revised to address the different ways technology is impacting different job roles and the skills workers need to … Read More

Final Draft Skill Standards Available for Validation

The final draft skills standards for the below projects are now available for validation and comment. We are seeking your comments on whether the drafts accurately describe current industry work practices, terminology, and job roles. For more information and to validate the drafts, visit the individual project pages below. Coming soon: final draft skills standards for Fishtech and Aquabotics

Additional units available for feedback

Additional units of competency are available for your review and feedback as part of the below projects. While the units were initially included within the scope of these projects, they were not relevant to the qualifications under review, relating to job tasks in the broader timber manufactured products and sawmilling and processing industry sectors. Feedback on these units is encouraged from the broader industry to ensure that the units reflect the relevant skills and knowledge.

Annual Update for Skills Forecasts

Most of the Annual Updates to Skills Forecasts, including proposed project work for 2020 – 2021, are now available for feedback on the Skills Impact website, with the remaining on the way soon. We encourage your feedback on the proposed projects and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified. Open for Feedback Animal Care and Management (open until 20 April 2020) Aquaculture and Wild Catch (open until 24 April 2020) Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical (open until 14 April 2020) Pulp … Read More

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