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Skills Priorities and Projects for Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industries

We’re seeking your feedback on the priority skills that have been identified for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries between 2019 and 2022.

They are documented in a draft IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) document.

Several projects have been proposed to address these priority skills, as summarised in the grey box below.

Feedback is being collected up until 15 April 2019.

The Skills Forecast will be submitted by the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in April. The information will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.


Proposed Schedule of Work 2019 – 2022

Project 1: Review of Food Processing Qualifications, in light of many key changes in the skills and tasks performed by the food processing workforce since 2011.

Project 2: Research Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Qualification Usage, to identify issues, propose solutions and drive enrolments in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, given the critical need for industry to meet regulatory requirements, including auditable evidence of ongoing competency.

Additional Project: Bioprocessing in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Previously approved out of 2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast).


Project 1: Research and identify duplication, and opportunities for incorporation of cross-sector and innovation units across qualifications and training packages.

Project 2: Review Flour Milling and Plant Baking Qualifications, which have not been reviewed since 2011.


Project 1: Development and/or deletion of training package components as required, based on the research project undertaken in 2020-2021.

Project 2: Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing – development of qualifications, units and skill sets to meet skills gaps and needs identified in the CSIRO Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Roadmap.


Projects to be identified based on feedback from previously completed projects.