Skills Forecast

The racing and breeding industry’s strict biosecurity protocols meant the workforce was fortunate to experience fewer COVID-19-related disruptions than many other Australian industries in 2020. The pandemic did, nonetheless, highlight the critical importance of training and development for industry participants. Industry professionals are expected to achieve the highest possible standards of safety and animal welfare across all areas of their work, while also supporting the success of each animal in sport or breeding. Formally recognised, quality-assured and independently assessed training is necessary to support the skills development and recognition of this highly regulated industry, but the industry is facing difficulties attracting RTOs to deliver training.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the projects proposed for 2021 – 2022 and specific changes to the industry environment that have been identified in this year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast). Feedback was collected from 19 May – 2 June 2021.

Your feedback was considered to finalise the document that was submitted from the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The information in the Annual Update will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.

The proposed projects are summarised in the grey box below. This year’s Annual Update includes information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and challenges to accessing training.

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If you would like to view the draft version that was available for feedback, including any comments made Click here

Proposed Schedule of Work


Racing and Breeding Training Delivery Support

This project proposes the development of national training resources to overcome barriers associated with registered training organisation (RTO) viability and training delivery in regional, rural and remote Australia. These resources will support the delivery of select qualifications and will consist of an enterprise information guide, trainer guide, assessment tasks and tools, marking guide and a mapping matrix. Formally recognised, quality-assured and independently assessed training is necessary for an industry that is highly regulated and which requires a workforce that is skilled in the unique safety, human welfare and animal welfare requirements of the job roles. One of the major problems facing the racing and breeding industry is the lack of RTO delivery. The materials will be designed to reduce the initial costs of development for RTOs and to assist employers in understanding the benefits and the business case for engagement with the VET system.

What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts describe industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and identify skills gaps and emerging skills needs. They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They are created once every three years, but are updated annually. The Annual Updates identify any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.

Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update is submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages.

The AISC draws on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects. View current projects, that have been approved out of previous Skills Forecasts.

Current Skills Forecast

2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast
(click here to see the draft document that was available for feedback from 15 March – 18 April 2019, including any comments made)

Skills Forecasts Archive

2020 Annual Update to 2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast

2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast

2017 – 2020 Skills Forecast

2016 – 2019 Four Year Work Plan

Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were previously called Four Year Work Plans.

Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts