Industry Reference Committee

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry, covering a breadth of experience from across relevant sectors.

The IRC acts 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.

Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.


Next Meeting Date

Proposed for February 2020


Past Meetings

17 September 2019  Download Communique

29 March 2019

26 March 2018

12 December 2017

29 March 2017*

19 March 2017

11 November 2016

9 November 2016

16 June 2016

13 April 2016*

16 March 2016


*Meeting held via teleconference


Committee Membership

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Asaleo CarePosition vacantThe leading personal care and hygiene Company that manufactures, markets, distributes and sells essential everyday consumer products across the Feminine Care, Incontinence Care, Baby Care, Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene product categories.
Australasian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association (Appita)Adele Elice-InvasoA not for profit organisation established to advance the technological capability and expertise of the Australasian pulp and paper industry by providing a professional association dedicated to the industry.
Australian PaperKaye TyterAustralia’s leading manufacturer of printing and writing products and Australia’s only manufacturer of recycled content bag papers. They are also a major supplier of Kraft liner board used in the production of corrugating boxes.
Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)Kevin PeacheyThe peak national industry body representing the resources, processing, and pulp and paper industries covering the forest products value chain.
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU)Denise Campbell Burns (Chair)Employee representative body for employees working in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry.
HuhtamakiPosition vacantGlobal specialists in packaging for food and drink.
Norske SkogNathan BrightA world leading producer of newsprint and magazine paper.
Orora GroupJames SwanA global supplier of packaging products and services to the grocery, fast moving consumer goods and industrial markets, focused on fibre and beverage packaging within Australia and New Zealand.
VISYTerry McDonald (Deputy Chair)One of the world’s leading packaging, paper and recycling companies.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Position vacantExpertise in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing
Position vacantExpertise in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

Operating Framework for IRCs

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

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

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

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