Pharmaceutical Manufacturing COVID-19 Critical Skills Project

Skills Impact and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee have engaged with key industry stakeholders to draft a pharmaceutical manufacturing skill set. It has been developed in response to the Critical Skills For Recovery initiative, driven by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and the AISC Emergency Response Sub-Committee. The skill set describes the foundation skills and knowledge required by workers entering the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, especially those employed to work with bioprocessed products, such as vaccines and antibody … Read More

New Projects in Flour Milling and High Volume Production Baking

Two new projects have now commenced in flour milling and high volume production baking. Both of these industry sectors have been adapting operations in recent years to meet continued high demand and expanding consumer preferences for healthier options. Organic, gluten-free and wholemeal products are no longer a niche market. The qualifications and skills standards for flour milling and plant baking will be revised and updated to reflect current skills needs. Your input will determine the revised skills standards. It is important … Read More

Play a Key Role in New Projects in Your Sector

Are you interested in helping to define the skills standards that will support future learners in your industry? Over the coming months, work will begin on a new round of projects to update skills standards across the Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management industry. If you have experience in any of the below areas, you have the opportunity to volunteer as a subject matter expert (SME): Animal reproduction Broad acre cropping and seed production Dairy and milk harvesting Landscaping, including parks and … Read More

Thank You for Validating Green Walls and Rooftop Gardens Units and Skill Sets

Thank you to those who helped validate the draft units and skill sets developed for constructing, designing and maintaining roof gardens, vertical gardens and green facades. Your feedback will now be used to consider final updates to the drafts, before they progress to the ‘finalisation’ stage of the project. After they have undergone a final checking process, the documents will be submitted for endorsement by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and State/Territory Ministers. Once endorsed, the updated skills standards will be published on … Read More

Arboriculture Skills Standards Published

Thanks to the hard work and passion of all the stakeholders who contributed to this project, updated skills standards in arboriculture are now published on The skills standards for this specialist profession now offer improved accessibility and entry requirements and more accurately reflect job roles. The revised and developed qualifications and skills standards will support future learners in a career caring for and managing trees. For more information and to view the documents visit the project page.  

Opportunity to Validate Nursery Units

You’re invited to review and validate 12 revised nursery units, which have been reviewed as part of the Horticulture and Nursery Project. These units have undergone several rounds of feedback, with the IRC, subject matter experts, and with the broader industry to make sure they reflect current industry skill needs. Most recently, they have been updated to improve the consistency of terminology used. The skills required to grow plants for human use are evolving, as industry adopts new technologies, processes … Read More

Frequently Asked Question: What is involved with being a Subject Matter Expert?

As part of our work to review and improve the national qualifications and skills standards, we get asked a lot of questions. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of frequently asked questions, to help you better understand the work we do and the system it’s a part of. We’ll be featuring some of these in the newsletter. You are welcome to get in touch if you have suggestions for other questions you’d like to see in the … Read More

COVID-19 Critical Skills Project In Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing Approved

COVID-19 has disrupted work for most Australians, with some sectors experiencing new or increased critical skills shortages and skills needs. The industries we work with are critical in producing essential products and services, many of which are under increased demand and which will support the economy to recover. In response to a recent request by the AISC Emergency Response Sub-Committee, Skills Impact has met with relevant Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), who worked hard to identify areas within the training packages where … Read More

Skills Standards Endorsed by the AISC

As we look towards begining new projects for a range of industries, many of the skills standards reviewed and developed over the past twelve months are getting closer to being available. The final draft skills standards for the below projects have been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Council. They will now be considered by State and Territory Ministers and following their endorsement, they will become available For more information, visit the individual project pages.    

New Projects Approved for 2020-21

We are excited to start working with IRCs and stakeholders on a range of new projects that have been approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC). These projects were proposed in this year’s Annual Updates to the IRC Skills Forecasts, which identified specific changes to industry environments and outlined the skills standards and qualifications in need of review. The need for these projects was identified by the Industry Reference Committees, through their networks and information collected by our daily interactions with industry … Read More

Arboriculture Skills Standards Endorsed

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project, Australia’s arboriculture industry will soon have access to updated skills standards, including five revised qualifications, three new skill sets, 37 revised units and two new units. They have been updated so that they are more accessible and more accurately reflect specific job roles. The skills standards have now been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and State and Territory Ministers. They will be made available for use on by the end of August … Read More

Still Time to Validate Green Walls and Rooftop Gardens Units and Skill Sets

You still have a few days to validate draft units and skill sets developed for constructing, designing and maintaining roof gardens, vertical gardens and green facades. They have been updated to reflect the additional industry feedback that was collected as a result of issues raised by the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping and Conservation and Land Management IRC. Industry feedback is sought to check the drafts are logical, factual and accurate. To validate the documents visit the project page.

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