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.

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

We’re Seeking Your Views on VET System Improvement

Skills Impact is investigating opportunities to improve the VET sector and we’re asking for your feedback. With a wide number of reviews underway from all areas of government, now is the time to have your views heard. The necessary COVID-19 shutdown will impact the economy and provide opportunities for the VET sector to demonstrate its value if it is able to respond effectively. The system will need to change to support the predicted increase in training. In our work with IRCs, industry … Read More

Updates to Pulp & Paper Manufacturing 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). There have been major impacts on the pulp and paper manufacturing industry this year, from drought, bushfires and the COVID-19. There has been record demand for products such as toilet paper, tissues, medical, sanitary and packaging products as well as a recovered materials export ban. … Read More

Still Time to Have Your Say on Pet Care & Animal Training Skills Standards

You still have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft skills standards for pet grooming, animal health care, animal training, assistance animals, companion and therapy animals, and regulation. We understand that many of you are busy responding to developments related to COVID-19 and for this reason the date for feedback has been extended to 16 April 2020. We encourage you to provide feedback through our online feedback hub, phone or email if you are available to do so. To have your … Read More

Opportunity to Validate Skills Standards for Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife

The sectors of exhibited animal care and marine response are responsible for caring for some of the world’s most rare and vulnerable animals. The skills for performing this work have been described in draft units, skill sets, and qualifications as part of this project. The final draft units, skill sets, and qualifications are now available for validation. We are seeking your opinion on whether the final drafts accurately reflect current industry practices, terminology and job roles. To have your say, visit the project page.

Update on New Timber Harvesting Technologies Project

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the final draft units. Your comments are being considered to update the units, which will shortly move into the finalisation stage. New technologies are providing ways to make work more productive, sustainable and safe in the forestry industry. This is also changing job roles, with workers requiring further technical and digital skills. These changing skills needs have been captured in the review and development of units of competency across a range of areas in the forestry … Read More

Additional Timber Units Available for Feedback

Additional units of competency are available for feedback as part of the projects described below. These units relate to job tasks in the broader timber manufactured products and sawmilling and processing industry sectors. If you work in these sectors, your feedback is encouraged, to ensure that the units reflect the relevant skills and knowledge required. Timber Truss & Frame Estimating & Design Project Qualifications, Skill Sets & Units Moving to Finalisation Thank you to those who provided feedback on the final draft qualifications, skill … Read More

Extended Transition Period For Revised Qualifications

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has extended transition periods for 18 seafood and aquaculture industry qualifications due to expire between 17 March and 15 July. The qualifications were updated and revised as part of project work in 2019. All registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering the qualifications to current learners now have until 31 December 2020 transition to the updated qualification. Read more

Final Draft Skills Standards on the Way for Fishtech and Aquabotics

New technology is changing the way jobs are performed in the aquaculture and wild catch industry. Aquabotics, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), underwater drones and biosensors, can now be used to perform many tasks that were previously performed manually. Final draft skills standards for operating and understanding this new technology will be available for comment and validation soon. They are being revised to consider all feedback that has been received so far. For more information visit the project page.  

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