Skills Impact, as an expert skills and industry service organisation, performs the role of one of six Skills Service Organisations (SSOs), contracted by the Commonwealth. As part of this role, we support 12 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), covering more than 120 sectors, and maintain more than 3000 units of competency and 400 qualifications.

In this role we are accountable for providing technical, operational and secretariat services to support IRCs to plan industry engagement and to guide training package development and review activities.

IRCs guide and direct our work with industry to ensure training packages (i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications) reflect their existing and emerging workforce development needs.

All IRCs and their members are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Each IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their industry sector.

We provide support services to the following IRCs:

We provide the following services to these IRCs:

  • Secretariat services and assist IRCs with industry engagement, to gather information about skills needs.
  • Develop Skills Forecasts and Annual Updates, as well as proposals for training package projects to review units, skill sets and qualifications.
  • Undertake approved training package Projects with oversight by the IRCs, including drafting units, skill sets and qualifications, in preparation for endorsement by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

We support IRCs to improve and develop the following training packages:


Note: Industry Reference Committees, with support from SSOs, now have responsibility for training package development, including units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. Training packages were previously maintained by Industry Skills Councils (ISCs), under the previous system for training package development.