Committee Membership

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is a new time-limited IRC which has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:

  • Medicine manufacturing (Biologics)
  • Medicine manufacturing (Molecule)
  • Complementary medicine manufacturing
    • Vitamin and mineral supplements manufacturing
    • Nutrition supplements manufacturing
    • Skin care, sunscreen and topical pharmaceutical manufacturing
    • Natural products
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing/ regulation

For the time that it exists (a minimum of 12 months), it will work closely with the existing Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC, which will continue to have responsibility for supporting the development of all food and beverage related units, skill sets and qualifications.

All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. For further information about this IRC please contact us.

The IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
AusBiotech Nominee to be announced shortly Australia’s life sciences organisation, working on behalf of members for 30 years to provide representation and services to promote the global growth of the Australian life sciences industry.
Australian Industry Group Carolyn Macgill The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, they are the national employers’ organisation. With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, they have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of their members.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Anne Donnellan Employee representative body for employees working in the food manufacturing industry.
CSL Behring James Thomas Australia’s chosen national plasma fractionator and, under contract to Australia’s National Blood Authority, manufactures a complete range of life saving plasma-derived therapies for the treatment of the Australian community.
Vaxxus Charles Ross A venture-capital-funded technology start-up company developing technology that originated from the Australian Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland. Vaxxas is developing nanopatch-enabled vaccines and applying its technology to improve the performance of vaccines, with initial applications targeting infectious disease and oncology.
MTPConnect Dan Grant A not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate the rate of growth of the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals sector to achieve greater commercialisation and establish Australia as an Asia-Pacific hub for MTP companies.
SeerPharma Louise White A team of consultants that provide advice, training, software and contract labour resources to pharmaceutical, medical device and life science companies in the Asia-Pacific region on matters of Quality Assurance and GMP compliance.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Paul MacLeman Expertise in pharmaceutical manufacturing

Paul is currently the Chairman of AdAlta Ltd. and Myostin Pty Ltd., and a board member at Sypharma Pty Ltd., Livac Pty Ltd., CCR Pty Ltd. And Groupe Protec SA.

Position to be announced shortly Expertise in complementary medicine manufacturing


Operating Framework for IRCs

IRCs provide the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provide a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC is to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.

IRCs perform the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:

  • Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
  • Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
  • Oversight the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
  • Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
  • Report to the AISC on progress of its work
  • Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.

Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.