Industry Reference Committee

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) was made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the agriculture and production horticulture industry, covering a breadth of experience from across relevant sectors.

The IRC acted as a conduit for industry to provide feedback to government about industry trends and skills needs, and has responsibility for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the industry it services.

Throughout the duration of its role as a Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact provided support services to a group of related IRCs so they could effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs were appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Nominees operated in the best interest of the industry sector.


Meeting Communiques

14 September 2022

18 October 2021 Download Communique

12 March 2021 Download Communique

10 June 2020 Download Communique

13 November 2019 Download Communique

24 June 2019  Download Communique

22 February 2019  Download Communique

20 July 2018  Download Communique

7 March 2018  Download Communique

8 February 2018  Download Communique

8 December 2017 – Induction and initial meeting Download Communique


Committee Membership

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Australian Industry GroupCarolyn MacgillThe 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 UnionAnne DonnellanEmployee representative body for employees working in the food manufacturing industry.
CSL BehringJames ThomasAustralia’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.
VaxxusCharles RossA 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.
MTPConnectDan GrantA 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.
SeerPharmaLouise WhiteA 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 MacLemanExpertise 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.

VacantExpertise in complementary medicine manufacturing


Operating Framework for IRCs

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

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

  • Gathered general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
  • Oversaw the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
  • Oversaw 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
  • Provided sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
  • Reported to the AISC on progress of its work
  • Promoted the use of VET in the sectors they represent.

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