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.

AHC Training Package on

Release 1.0 of the AHC Agriculture Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package is now available on AHC was endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), with the exception of Performance Horse skills standards and qualifications, which will be reviewed by the Rural and Related Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The IRC will consider what changes are needed, following the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) inquiry and recommendations into equine training. Click here to view AHC on

Update on AHC Training Package

Release 1.0 of the AHC Agriculture Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package will be available on by the end of June. In order to release the training package, adjustments need to be made to qualifications containing performance horse units and all imported units. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) endorsed the training package in March this year, with the exception of Performance Horse skills standards and qualifications. Many qualifications that were uploaded included imported units from versions of … Read More

Training Packages Update

Skills Impact is responsible for the training packages listed below and we are managing a process by which these training packages will be released in the new standards format. Listed below are details of the stage each training package is at, as determined by the endorsement processes of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). FWP Forest and Wood Products and PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing training packages are now available for implementation on The remainder are undergoing a … Read More

IRC Review

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has recently outlined key guiding principles to assist in the review of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). Following the principles set out by the AISC, three of the industries that Skills Impact are responsible for supporting are currently participating in the pilot review. These are: Forest and Wood Products Rural and Related Industries Food, Beverage and Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing. The principles outline the processes and the outcomes sought by the review process, including the composition … Read More

25th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’

No Frills is taking place this year on 4-6 July at CQUniversity, Rockhampton North campus. The engaging program features over 40 presentation and poster sessions, highlighting three research themes: Equity, Engagement and Evolution.Michael Hartman, CEO of Skills Impact, Michael Hartman will be presenting at the conference on Building Innovation Skills. No Frills is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. … Read More

National VET Conference – Velg Training

The 2016 National VET Conference will be delivered over two days on the 15-16 September at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Celebrating VET’ and will focus on multiple streams including: Policy & Reform; RTO Management & Compliance; Training & Assessing; VET Shapers; and eLearning. A wide variety of speakers will present at the event, including Michael Hartman, CEO of Skills Impact. Delegates will also have opportunities to meet with product and service providers and … Read More

Training Packages Update

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) have recently endorsed a number of training packages at meetings held in February and March 2016. FWP Forest and Wood Products Release 2.0 was endorsed in February PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing was endorsed in March AHC Agriculture Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management was endorsed in March, with the exception of some performance horse skills standards and qualifications, which will be further examined in the context of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Strategic Review of Equine Training. View the … Read More

Doing Timber Business in Queensland

This inaugural State industry conference, taking place 8-9 June, is an opportunity to hear from Government and Industry leaders about the programs, innovations and resources planned to make doing timber business in Queensland attractive and easier than ever. Michael Hartman, CEO of Skills Impact, will be presenting at the event, alongside a line-up of international and Australian speakers. The program, industry tour and social events will encourage delegates to Connect | Innovate | Grow with something to engage everybody. For more information visit the … Read More

Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference & Expo

Skills Impact is proud to support this event which offers the opportunity for Australasian suppliers, researchers, experts and manufacturers to reach and network with key industry stakeholders. Appita welcomes submissions for presentations at the conference. Submissions can cover a broad range of topics relating to pulp, paper, board and wood as well as bioenergy, biofuels and bio-products. For further information regarding the 2016 Call for Papers, important dates and Submission Guidelines please click here. Date: 12-14 October 2016 Location: Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton Street, … Read More

People.Horses.Culture Conference

workplace safety – horse welfare – cultural dimensions Horse SA has partnered with valued sponsors to enable a wide range of services to be provided, including the People.Horses.Culture Conference on 13 May. This event is for managers, supervisors, event committee members and coaches in workplaces, venues, activities or organisations where people interact with horses. Full registration $190 / Horse SA members $155 For more information visit the People Horses Culture website Date: Friday 13 May 2016 Time: 8.45 am – 4.30 pm … Read More

Draft IRC Operating Framework

The Draft Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) was recently released at a meeting of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) and Chairs of the IRCs. Click here to download the Draft IRC Operating Framework. Several documents were presented on the Government’s changes in the way in which training packages (units of competency and qualifications) are developed and the process by which industry can be involved. Under the new system, which is in the process of being established, IRCs are … Read More

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