The following projects are underway to improve current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The Government allocates projects to Industry Reference Committees, based on advice in the annual IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. 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. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the relevant IRC take the project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.
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Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC
This project will review units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relating to the use of new technology and safety measures across a range of mobile farm machinery operations.
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.
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.
Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC
Units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling are being reviewed to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.
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.
Animal Care and Management IRC
This project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency to provide workers with high level skills to respond to incidents involving animals and large groups of animals, including skills in animal first aid.
This project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency to address skill needs for educating horses. Skills around horse branding and identification, and horse transport are also being reviewed and documented.
The project will research and develop up to six new units of competency to address infection control within various industries.
Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC
Working concurrently with the Seafood Post Harvest Project, 12 qualifications, 13 skill sets and approximately 104 units of competency are being reviewed so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in technology, legislative and regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability and management.
Working concurrently with the Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project, 8 qualifications, 1 skill set and approximately 49 units of competency are being reviewed so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in distribution, processing, storage, fishing and environmental management.
Seafood compliance qualifications and units of competency are being reviewed to address the growing compliance requirements in the seafood industry. Advancements in technology and environmental sustainability and management will also be considered.
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC
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.
Working concurrently with the Food Science and Technology and the Wine Operations projects, 38 ‘cross-sector’ units of competency are being reviewed to ensure current knowledge and skill requirements are clearly identified and accurately reflect current industry practice.
Four qualifications and approximately 81 units of competency are being reviewed to ensure all job functions are accurately described in the training package components, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.
Timber Building Solutions IRC
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.
Units of competency for timber truss and frame design and manufacture are being reviewed and updated to reflect emerging industry skill requirements, including prefabrication of panelised building systems, so that all job functions are accurately described.
Timber and Wood Processing IRC
Units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production are being reviewed and updated, to incorporate the skills and knowledge that is required to operate machinery, so all job functions are accurately described.
Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC
Units of competency are being reviewed with regard to occupational health and safety, so they reflect current industry skills standards and practices and all job functions are accurately described.
Racing and Breeding IRC
This project will explore and identify the skills and knowledge requirements for providers administering complementary therapy practices to greyhounds/canines, such as massage and first-aid.
This project will look at the knowledge and skills that are essential to breed racehorses in line with specific Australian breeding requirements, taking into consideration foaling down, nutrition, development of the foal, knowledge of pedigrees, business management and relevant rules and regulations.
This project will look at the skills required to assess, re-train and re-home horses and greyhounds after their racing careers have finished, and to incorporate these skills into qualifications, skill sets and units for the racing industry.
Skills Impact supports 12 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to carry out projects to improve current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
Outlined below, is the process that all projects follow from when a Case for Change is approved by the AISC, to when the project is finalised and endorsed by the AISC for publication on training.gov.au.
*Stages of the project that have been completed and/or are underway will be highlighted in green. Consultation takes place at every stage of the projects.
1. Case for Change (reason and aim of the project)
- Explanation of why the project was established
- Summary of skills gap or emerging skills need that the project needs to address
2. Project Plan (project scope, timeline and details)
- Project scope
- Key deliverables
- Relevant occupations
- Project team
- Technical/Subject Matter Experts
- List of units, skill sets and qualifications that will be reviewed
3. Development (development of draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications)
- Research, workforce functional analysis
- Consultation with Subject Matter Experts, enterprises and the IRC
- Preparation of draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications (for consultation stage 4)
4. Drafts available (broad stakeholder consultation, to gather feedback on the draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications)
- Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications available for download and comment
- Face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars where required
- Involvement of the Subject Matter Experts and IRC in feedback analysis process
- Revisions made to drafts based on feedback received
5. Validation (checking the validity or accuracy of final draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications)
- Final draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications available for download and comment
- Confirmation from industry representative organisations whether final drafts meet industry needs
- Revisions made if necessary to the final drafts
6. Finalisation (project completion: finalised draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications submitted for endorsement)
- Units, skill sets and/or qualifications checked for editorial, equity and quality assurance
- Case for Endorsement prepared and reviewed by the IRC and State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs)
- Case for Endorsement submitted to the AISC
- ASIC decision process
- Once approved by the AISC, the units, skill sets and/or qualifications are published on training.gov.au