Below are some resources, publications and links that you may find helpful.

Quick links to each resource category:


Training & Assessment

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

A range of resources and tools have been developed to support training delivery of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operator Induction Skill Set. The skill set describes the foundation skills and knowledge required by workers entering the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, especially those employed to work with bioprocessed products, such as vaccines and antibody testing devices. The training and assessment resources were funded by the Commonwealth Government and are available for free access and download.

Trainer Guide: Contains training materials to address all four units of competency in the skill set

Download Trainer Guide

Assessment Tasks and Tools: Contains suggested assessment tasks

Download Tasks and Tools

Download Tasks and Tools (editable version) 

Marking Guide: A guide to marking the suggested assessment tasks

Download Marking Guide

Mapping Matrix: Maps the assessment tasks with the requirements of the skill set and units of competency

Download Mapping Matrix

Enterprise Information Guide: For enterprises thinking about employing a trainee or embarking on a skills development program for staff to meet the requirements of the skill set

Download Enterprise Information Guide


Year in Review

Previous Year in Reviews

Skills Forecasts

Every year, we support Industry Reference Committees (IRC) to produce updated IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work (Skills Forecasts), which propose projects to review and develop relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The Skills Forecasts identify skills gaps, emerging markets and changing work methods. The proposed schedules of work detail a four-year work plan of projects. The Australian Industry Skills Committee considers the information in these reports and approves various projects for development. Read more.

Current 2019–2022 IRC Skills Forecasts

Industry Skills Reports

In 2022, instead of an update to the Skills Forecast, Skills Impact has produced an Industries Skills Report covering common themes across the supply chains of the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre industries. Along with this report we have produced nine individual Industry Skills Reports identifying issues and priorities specific to each of the industries and ideas for the potential Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industry Cluster to consider. Read more about the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industries Skills Report and the individual Industry Skills Reports

Companion Volumes

Companion Volumes assist industry and registered training providers (RTOs) to deliver the units, qualifications and skill sets within a training package. Companion Volumes consist of Implementation Guides and User Guides. They include information to help trainers adapt to any new changes in a training package, as well as additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and workplace health and safety on their training.

AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package

Implementation Guide

Download Part 1: Overview and Implementation

Download Part 2: Component Details

User Guides

Download Arboriculture

Download Permaculture

ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package

Implementation Guide

Download Part 1: Overview and Implementation

Download Part 2: Component Details

User Guides

Download Assistance Dogs 

Download Animal Incident Management

Download Veterinary Nursing

Download Equine Dentistry

Download Animal Incident Management

Download Farriery and Equine Hoof Care

Download Safety in Equine Training
Note that this User Guide is being updated as part of the Horse Care Project and will include the following resources:

  • Manual for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training. This manual was developed by TAFE NSW to accompany the Australian Horse Industry Council Code of Practice for the Horse Industry, to promote safety and consistency of delivery of educational programs that require interactions with horses. This resource provides a range of advice to address the risks associated with handling, driving and riding horses to ensure that best practice is used by those delivering programs. It includes standards operating procedures covering horse riding, safety with horses and use of horses in training.
  • Standard Operating Procedures and Templates. These have been shared with permission from TAFE NSW and The Australian Horse Industry Council. The range of sample tools and checklists are available for RTOs to customise to suit their particular requirements and contexts.


AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package

Implementation Guide

Download Part 1: Overview and Implementation

Download Part 2: Component Details

FBP Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package

Implementation Guide

Download Part 1: Overview and Implementation

Download Part 2: Component Details

User Guide

Download Artisanal Food and Beverages

FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package

Download Implementation Guide

PPM Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package

Download Implementation Guide

RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package

Download Implementation Guide

SFI Seafood Industry Training Package

Download Implementation Guide

Other Resources

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The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) provides advice to governments on VET policy and gives industry a strong voice in the VET system. They also quality assure and approve training packages for implementation. The AISC’s National Industry Insights Report is a comprehensive source of information on the latest economic and employment trends, priority skills and education and training patterns in industry sectors. It combines knowledge from the 64 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), to to help ensure vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and skills are evidence based and meeting the needs of industry.

View the National Industry Insights Report

Visit the AISC website



The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.

Visit the ASQA website


The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable education; find and keep employment; and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

Visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website



My Skills website is the national directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses. It is an Australian Government initiative to enable consumers to search for, and compare, VET courses and training providers.

Visit the My Skills website


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Visit for information about training packages, qualifications, units of competency, skill sets and registered training providers (RTOs).



VETNet has been developed by Department of Education and Training to be a national repository of documents relating to Vocational Education and Training, including companion volumes.

Visit VETNet


The Your Career website has been developed by the Australian Government to help people take the next step in their career, including a School Leavers Information Kit and School Leavers Information Service. Your Career is being delivered by the National Careers Institute and is powered by world-leading labour market intelligence from the National Skills Commission.

Visit Your Career


The National Farmers’ Federation website includes news and information about the issues they are championing for farmers in Australia. ‘Farm Facts’, their annual compendium of useful and authoritative facts and figures about Australian agriculture can also be downloaded from the website.

Visit National Farmers’ Federation website

View Farm Facts


The ForestWorks website includes information to support the development of the forest, wood, paper and timber products industries, such as resources to assist training delivery and Workplace Learning Tools for foundation skills.

View training resources

View Workplace Learning Tools



MINTRAC website includes products and information to support the skills development of the red meat, pork and game meat industries.

Visit the MINTRAC website

View MINTRAC’s products

Videos About Careers & Training

Hay Inc is a volunteer committee which consists of enthusiastic Hay District community members who are focused on providing a unique and sustainable on farm set of skills in a hands on practical method of training.

This video by the National Youth Employment Body (Brotherhood of St Laurence) and Transition to Work looks at some of the career and training opportunities and challenges for young people in the agriculture and horticulture sector.