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.

Have Your Say on Draft Food & Beverage Processing Skills Standards

You still have the opportunity to play a role in updating skills standards in food and beverage processing. Significant innovations and consumer trends have impacted how work is done in this industry over the past ten years. Processes are increasingly automated and traceability and contaminant control are better than ever. These changes have been captured in updated qualifications, skill sets and units, which you are invited to provide feedback on. Consultation workshops to discuss the drafts have been taking place across the country. … Read More

Next Steps for Agronomy, Horticulture, Nursery, & Rural Merchandising Skill Standards

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the below projects. Your feedback is now being considered to update the drafts, which will shortly move into 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 and available for RTOs to put on scope. For further information visit the individual project pages.

Looking for help implementing updated units, skill sets & qualifications?

Companion Volumes include information to help industry and trainers adapt to any new changes in a training package, as well as additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and workplace health and safety on their training. Companion volumes are available for download on our resources page. Companion Volumes include information to help industry and trainers adapt to any new changes in a training package, as well as additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and … Read More

Feedback on the Skills to Conduct Site Inspections for Ecological Restoration

The large and complex conservation and land management sector is essential for conserving Australia’s unique natural resources. Thank you to those who provided feedback on the initial draft documents, which were reviewed and developed to capture skills needed across the numerous environmental and cultural contexts of this work. As part of this process, it was identified that a unit is needed to support skills in conducting a site inspection for ecological restoration. This unit is now available for review and comment. … Read More

Bushfire, Drought, and Flood Support

Our thoughts continue to be with our stakeholders around the country who are impacted by bushfire, drought, and floods. We understand that the impact of these events will continue to be felt in rural, regional or remote Australia for the coming months and years. To the extent that we can, we offer our support. Information about available assistance can be found at the FarmHub website or The Australian Government information hub. Our team are talking with industry representatives to understand the impact and availability of industry engagement, so … Read More

VET Reform Update

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison reminded Australia of his commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET) Reform at the National Press Club on the 29 January 2019, saying “skills reform will be a priority for COAG discussions in March and beyond”. He highlighted the Government’s $50 million commitment to TAFE Revitalisation, the reform of Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and how the Government will make it easier for many VET students to access courses by increasing the size of loans available. … Read More

Annual Update for Skills Forecasts on the Way

Annual Updates to Skills Forecasts, including proposed project work for 2020 – 2021 will soon be available for feedback on the Skills Impact website. Skills Forecasts suggest improvements to national skills standards and qualifications. They also outline opportunities and challenges for industry engagement with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The information is gathered through the conversations, interactions, and feedback with so many of you, and supported with desktop research. The time and resources you share are greatly appreciated. … Read More

New Sawmill Qualifications & Skills Standards Available for Use

Thanks to the input of numerous industry representatives who volunteered their time and expertise, the timber industry now has access to qualifications and skills standards that reflect technological advancements and recent changes to process optimisation within sawmills. The skills standards were developed to support the skills and knowledge requirements of wood machinists, saw technicians, optimisation managers and optimisation technicians. Technological advancements and market demands have had a significant impact on how wood machinists and saw technicians perform their job. Qualifications, skills sets and … Read More

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