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 IRC Skills Forecasts or a Case For Change.

On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact manages the projects, taking them 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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Animal Reproduction Project

Qualifications and units of competency relating to reproduction of agricultural animals will be reviewed to incorporate the current skills and knowledge required for this work, including skills for working with new technologies.
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Crops, Pastures & Seeds Project

Farmers and seed producers are drawing on the latest technology and science in response to increasing global demand for food and fibre, and challenges brought about by changing environmental conditions. This project will review existing units of competency and qualifications related to broadacre cropping, pastures and seed to define current work techniques and practices.
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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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Dairy & Milk Harvesting Project

This project will review existing units of competency for dairy and milk harvesting so that they reflect the skills and knowledge required to operate the vast array of technologies across dairy harvesting operations of various sizes and contexts.
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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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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

Rural merchandising workers provide vital support to farmers and horticulturalists, facilitating the sale of products and services to keep agricultural and horticultural businesses efficient and economically viable. The national qualification and units of competency are being reviewed as part of this project.
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Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC

Conservation & Land Management Project

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector responsible for caring for Australia’s unique flora and fauna. This project is reviewing units related to this work, including the sub-sectors of lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks and pest management.
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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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Landscaping Project

This project will review and update current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency in landscaping construction and design, so that they reflect current industry trends, support safe work practices, and promote clear career pathways.
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Parks & Gardens Project

This project will review and update qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for managing and maintaining parks and gardens, so that they reflect current terminology, equipment and practices.
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Skills for Land Rehabilitation (Mined Land) Project

This project will address the need for national skills standards for the rehabilitation of land that has been used for mining. It may result in a specialisation stream within a current conservation and land management qualification and the development of skill sets.
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Animal Care and Management IRC

Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project

This project covers two distinct areas of animal care that both play a vital role in supporting the health, welfare and sustainability of some of our most vulnerable animals and wildlife. The skills standards for working with exhibited animals and for managing marine wildlife incidents are being reviewed as part of this project.
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Horse Care Project

This project will review the skills standards for a range of job roles responsible for providing care for horses. They will be updated to reflect current safety standards for specific job tasks and to better support career pathways.
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Pet Care & Animal Training Project

The project involves the review of four separate, but related, industry sectors covered by the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package, including General Animal Studies, Companion Animals, Pet Grooming, and Animal Control and Regulation.
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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC


Flour Milling Project

The Certificate IV in Flour Milling and six grain-specific units of competency are being reviewed as part of this project, in order to support the highly technical and sought-after skills involved in flour milling.
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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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High Volume Production Baking Project

This project will review the Certificate III in Plant Baking and three plant baking-specific units of competency, to determine how to best capture the skills standards for this sector. Seven plant baking-specific units of competency previously listed in the Food and Beverage Processing project will also be reviewed.
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Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing

This project will identify the skills standards for pharmaceutical bioprocessing manufacturing work and reflect these in vocational skills standards, supporting training opportunities in this field.
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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

Entry Level Forestry Skills Project

Qualifications, units of competency and skill sets for entry level forestry roles will be reviewed and redesigned as part of this project, with scope to develop units and skill sets to reflect current skills needs.
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High-Level Forestry Skills Project

Consultation will take place throughout this project to review and redesign skills standards and qualifications for high level job roles in forestry, including the specialist skills to supervise, plan and manage production forests and commercial plantations sustainably.
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New Timber Harvesting Technologies Project

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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Remote Forestry Operations Project

As part of this project, one skill set and two new units will be developed to address the need for specialised safety skills for remote operations, including mental health awareness and first aid.
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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 Project

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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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC

Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Review Project

This project will undertake a full review of all pulp and paper manufacturing qualifications and skills standards so they reflect current job roles, new technologies and processes and the current regulatory environment. This project will also look at identifying some solutions to improve the usability of the training package and accessibility of training.
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Timber Building Solutions IRC

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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