The following projects are underway to improve current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency. The Government allocates projects to Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), based on advice in the annual IRC Skills Forecasts. On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact manages the projects.

Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), as outlined in the National Schedule. The project then goes through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Cross Sector

Environmental Sustainability Skills Project

Australia’s transition toward a more environmentally sustainable society is being driven by political, economic, social and environmental imperatives. The transition brings challenges for the vocational education and training system to ensure the workforce is equipped with the skills required for new, and more sustainable, ways of working
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Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC

Agronomy Project

A Diploma of Agronomy is being developed to address the skills and knowledge requirements for job roles relating to applied agronomy.
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Ag Biosecurity & Emergency Response Project

Skills standards for preventing and managing biosecurity issues and outbreaks are being identified and benchmarked to job roles and activities, to support industry address the biosecurity issues within Australia today, and prevent those issues of tomorrow.
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Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project

Agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency are being reviewed and developed so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.
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Horticulture & Nursery Project

Units of competency relating to sectors engaged at all stages of the horticultural value chain will be reviewed as part of this project. This includes units relating to production nursery, retail nursery, plant culture and management, production horticulture, soils and media, and water.
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Completed Projects

Once a project has been finalised, the revised qualifications, skill sets and units are published on and available for delivery by registered training organisations.

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Horticulture Technology Project

Qualifications and units of competency are being reviewed and developed to address the skills and knowledge requirements for protected horticulture activities and irrigation technologies.
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Medicinal Crops Project

National units of competency will be developed that include the skills and knowledge required to grow medicinal cannabis and poppies in Australia.
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Rural Merchandising & Sales Project

Nationally-endorsed units of competency that align with the industry sectors associated with Rural Merchandising will be reviewed as part of this project. This includes the Certificate III in Rural Merchandising and 12 units of competency covering sales and merchandising in rural products and industries.
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Viticulture Project

The Diploma of Viticulture and related units of competency will be reviewed to meet industry expectations for skills in leadership and management in vineyard operations.
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Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC

Arboriculture Project

Existing arboriculture qualifications and units of competency are being reviewed and updated to reflect current industry practice, remove significant and unnecessary barriers to training and assessment, and satisfy the Standards for Training Packages 2012.
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Conservation & Land Management Project

The purpose of this project is to review units relating to conservation and land management, including the sub-sectors of lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks and pest management. Relevant units in fire, fauna and explosives will also be reviewed and up to ten new skill sets developed.
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Green Walls & Rooftop Gardens Project

Units of competency will be reviewed and revised if necessary to address the additional skills and knowledge required for the design, construction, installation and maintenance of green walls and rooftop gardens in Australia.
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Sports Turf Management Project

Existing sports turf management qualifications and units of competency are being reviewed as part of new project that aims to bring them up to date with current industry practices, technologies, equipment and advances in turf agronomy.
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Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC

Fishtech & Aquabotics Project

This project will review relevant units of competency to ensure they relate to new emerging technologies in fishtech and aquabotics, particularly real-time distant operations. There is scope to develop new units and skill sets, and to import units and skills sets from the MAR Maritime Training Package where appropriate.

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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC


Advanced Wine Operations Skills

New units of competency will be developed to address skills gaps in wine operations, including areas related to cellar operations and packaging. These will be included as electives in the Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations.

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Artisanal Food & Beverage Project

This project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency to address food safety and manufacturing processes in the growing artisanal cheesemaking, brewing and distilling, and, food and beverage fermentation markets.
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Food & Beverage Processing Project

A lot has changed in the food and beverage processing world in the past decade, from regulatory changes to trends in what consumers want to eat and drink. Some of the most used food and beverage qualifications are being reviewed to address these changes and give industry the tools it needs to keep up with consumer trends.
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Forest and Wood Products IRC

Timber Truss & Frame Estimating & Design Project

This project will review qualifications and units of competency relating to timber truss and frame design and manufacture to ensure current job roles are accurately reflected. It will also develop at least two skill sets to support career pathways.

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Forest Management and Harvesting IRC

New Timber Harvesting Technologies

This project will review and develop units of competency to address technological developments in the forest management and harvesting sectors, including areas such as environmental practices, geospatial data management, and forestry operations.

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Meat IRC

Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Meat Processing Project

This project will undertake a comprehensive review and update of Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications in meat processing, and a review of 28 units of competency. There is scope to import or develop units where necessary to ensure the qualifications are accessible and meet industry need.
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Game Harvesting Auditing Project

This project will review current skill sets and units of competency to address skills in game harvesting auditing and wild game field depots. If necessary, a new Skill Set for Game Harvesting Auditing will be developed to ensure appropriate food safety and biosecurity standards are met within this highly specialised industry.
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Halal Meat Processing

The project will address the need for a unified training approach to halal meat processing, considering units of competency included in the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Slaughtering) and (Quality Assurance) and Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) and developing new units of competency and skill sets as necessary.
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Poultry Processing Project

This project will address current gaps in poultry processing training to keep up with high consumer demand and increased automation in the industry. New skill sets and units will be developed, and current poultry units reviewed.
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Timber Building Solutions IRC

Advances in Woodmachining & Sawdoctoring Project

This project will assess the current skills requirements for wood machinists and sawdoctors as a result of technological developments and a business imperative to operate in a competitive environment. This project will result in revised woodmachining and sawdoctoring qualifications.
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Sawmill Timber & Process Optimisation Project

New and improved units of competency are being identified to address skills requirements for optimisation of timber and material flow within sawmills.
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Timber Merchandising Project

The project will review and update qualifications and units of competency relating to skills in timber merchandising, ensuring broad retail skills and the specialist knowledge required to sell and distribute timber are addressed.
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