The Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:

  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Beverage Manufacturing
  • Livestock and Pet Feed Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Product Manufacturing

All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. AIFST is a representative on the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC on behalf of the Food Science and Technology Community.

AIFST and Skills Impact are currently calling on food science and technology experts to assist in the review to ensure it aligns with industry needs - see further information on this below.


Food Science and Technology & Food Processing Qualifications Currently Under Review

On behalf of the Food Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC, Skills Impact is currently reviewing 4 qualifications and approximately 81 units of competency within the following qualifications currently offered:

A focus of this project will be to align units and qualifications with current regulations on food and beverage product safety and with the current and foreseeable future needs of the industry.


Review Timeline

  • September 2017: Initial scoping
  • October 2017: Review process commencement
  • November – December 2017: Industry consultation of draft materials
  • February 2018: Industry validation of final drafts
  • February – March 2018: Finalisation of Training Package components
  • March 2018: Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components
  • April 2018: IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Visit the project webpage to view further information, the project scope, timeline and deliverables.


How to get involved

Skills Impact are seeking input from as many stakeholders as possible to help review the draft qualifications and units. They would like to hear from those working in the food processing and food science and technology industry to let them know if the identified job roles and skills have been addressed in the qualifications and units. Skills Impact would also like to hear from trainers and assessors of the qualifications and units to get their feedback about the proposed changes and how the proposed changes would be implemented in a training environment.

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Subscribe: Register your interest in future project updates to be kept informed.
  • Online: Review the information about this project on the FST Project page on the Skills impact website and click on the link to the feedback form.
  • Email: Send comments and thoughts about these qualifications to [email protected]
  • Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops: Workshops to seek feedback on the draft qualifications and units are planned for November, with webinars planned for those unable to attend in person. Workshops will be held across Australia, giving stakeholders an opportunity to have their say. If required, one or more webinars will be also be held. Please use the links below to register for a workshop near you or a webinar.

13 Nov 17, 13:00 – 16:00 – Northern Melbourne, VIC – register here

14 Nov 17, 09:00 – 12:00 – Eastern Melbourne, VIC – register here

15 Nov 17, 09:00 – 12:00 – Sydney, NSW – register here

16 Nov 17, 09:30 – 12:30 – Brisbane, QLD – register here

20 Nov 17, 13:00 – 16:00 – Darwin, NT – register here

24 Nov 17, 11:00 – 14:00 – Hobart, TAS – register here

28 Nov 17, 09:00 – 12:00 – Adelaide, SA – register here

29 Nov 17, 10:00 – 13:00 – Perth, WA – register here

  • Consultation Webinars

30 Nov 17, 09:00 – 12:00 AEDT – Webinar – register here

30 Nov 17, 13:00 – 16:00 AEDT – Webinar – register here

People can provide feedback via the Skills Impact website whether they attend a workshop or not.

After revision, the units, skill sets and qualifications will be presented on the Skills Impact website again before the final version is submitted to state, territory and federal authorities for their consideration.