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.

Capturing Skills Needs for Work with Crocodiles

Work with crocodiles and their eggs takes place across a range of environments and sectors. This work requires specialist skills in order to be performed in a sustainable, safe and humane manner. Industry experts have been consulted in the development of units and skill sets that capture the skills required to work with crocodiles, whether that be in the wild, on a farm, in a zoo, or in a wildlife park. Experts consulted so far include Indigenous Australians, park rangers, research scientists, animal … Read More

Get Involved with Defining Skills Standards in Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing

Pharmaceutical bioprocessing is an expanding field which uses living organisms to produce medical treatments. Unique skills are required to manufacture and distribute these delicate products. However, these skills are not currently captured in  nationally endorsed skills standards. If you’d like to be involved in defining the skills standards for this sector, please register your interest by visiting the project page.  

Advanced Wine Operations Skills Standards on the Way

“We are pleased to see the availability of the five new Coordinate Wine Operations units, as the industry relies heavily on casual workers during peak production times and these workers require training and coordination to perform to the levels required by industry. We also support the development of two new units related to high speed automated packaging processes as companies are increasing the levels of automation for their bottling and packaging lines. These new units reflect real work functions in the … Read More

Artisanal Food & Beverage Skills Standards Available for Use

Industry welcomes the development of the new Certificate IV in Artisan Fermented Products and  Diploma of Artisan Cheesemaking, along with associated skill sets and units. The two new qualifications were developed over a 12-month period and designed to support the unique skills needed for the hands-on approach of artisanal fermented food and beverage production. The final draft documents have now been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and State and Territory Ministers, and are available for use by industry … Read More

Capturing Food & Beverage Processing Skills Needs

Skills developments in the food and beverage industry over the past decade have been captured in draft skills standards and qualifications. They have been reviewed with industry experts and drafts are now available for you to feedback on. With consumers wanting to know more about the origins, ingredients and packaging of food products, the food and beverage processing industry has developed innovations for improving tracability, controlling potential contaminants and further automating its processes. Units of competency across 12 sub-sectors have … Read More

Medicinal Crops Skills Standards Available for Validation

The expanding medicinal cannabis sector in Australia requires workers with the skills and knowledge to operate within the sector’s regulatory framework and security requirements. It also requires skills in propagation, care, maintenance, harvest and pre-processing of the plants on a licensed medicinal cannabis production site. Your views have been collected on three new qualifications, 13 units of competency and four skill sets, which have been developed to capture these much needed skills. This feedback has been incorporated into the final draft documents which are … Read More

Feedback on Draft Skills Standards in Forestry and Timber

Draft units and qualifications have been developed in consultation with industry to capture skills required for timber building supply and new timber harvesting technologies. Have your say on whether the skills standards meet industry needs by following the links below.

Consultation Workshops for Crocodiles, and Fishtech and Aquabotics

You can now register for consultation workshops and webinars for the Work with Crocodiles Project and Fishtech and Aquabotics Project. This is your chance to learn more about the process to improve national skills standards and discuss potential updates with the project team and other members of your industry. Face-to-face consultation workshops Venues to be confirmed Cairns QLD – Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10am – 12 noon (AEST) – Register here Jabiru NT – Tue 25 Feb 2020, 10am – 12 noon (ACST) – Register here Katherine NT – Thu 27 Feb 2020, … Read More

Arboriculture Skills Standards Update

The arboriculture units of competency, skill sets and qualifications are going through the AISC endorsement process. The rules around the use of Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) in training packages is being considered. There is also concern as to whether there is a demonstrated need for the proposed higher level qualifications.  

Next Steps for Agronomy Skills Standards

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the development of national skills standards in agronomy. Your input has resulted in the creation of two new units, one skill set and a new national Diploma of Applied Agronomy, as well as the review of six existing units. They have been developed to support the hands-on skills needed by industry to put agronomy science into action, supporting farmers to get the best long term results from the land.  

Your Feedback in Action

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the below projects. Your comments are being used to inform updates to the draft documents. Once these changes have been made, we will be seeking further advice about whether the final versions match skills needs and job roles for your sector. These final drafts will be made available in February 2020. For further details on the projects and their timelines, visit the individual project pages.

Additional New Units for Conservation and Land Management

Feedback on draft units and qualifications in conservation and land management has indicated the need for additional new units to be developed in the sub-sectors of marine, fire, natural area restoration and ecology. These additional new units are now available for your review and comment.  

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Skills Impact acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been living in and caring for Australia for tens of thousands of years, and this is respected in line with Skills Impact values. We recognise the challenges involved for people who are not related to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to understand the importance of their connection to Country. Skills Impact seeks and relies on guidance from Indigenous people in our work.