Industry Reference Committee

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the timber building solutions 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

To be confirmed


Past Meetings

13 November 2019

7 March 2019

27 March 2018*

27 November 2017

5 April 2017

14 February 2017 – Induction and initial meeting


Note: the Forest and Wood Products Industry Reference Committee was previously responsible for overseeing the development of units of competency, skill sets and qualifications for the timber building solutions sectors.


Committee Membership

Organisation Represented
Organisation Overview
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) Manufacturing DivisionDenise Campbell-BurnsEmployee representative body for employees working in forest and furnishing products industry.
Engineered Wood Products Association of AustraliaPosition vacantRepresents the veneer, plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and wood panel manufacturers in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and suppliers of related goods and services to the industry.
Frame and Truss Manufacturers AssociationKersten GentleRepresents fabricators of and suppliers to the pre-fabricated timber Truss and Wall frame industry.
Timber and Building Materials AssociationAlicia Oelkers (Chair)Represents timber and building material merchants, suppliers, manufacturers, frame and truss fabricators, wholesalers and timber importers.
Timber Merchants AssociationPosition vacantRepresents timber merchants with a focus on timber products promotion, sustainable building practice, pricing; and government representation with respect to Chain of custody and Certification for timber, life cycle assessment and Green Star building regulations.
Individual Industry Experts
Required Expertise
Position vacantExpertise in one or more of the following sub sectors of Timber Processing, including business engaged in:

  • CLT and LVL manufacture
  • Wholesaling, importing and exporting


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.