Public Safety Industry Reference Committee

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IRC membership details are updated each quarter.

The Public Safety IRC is responsible for the national training package qualifications relevant to police, defence, firefighting, fire investigation, emergency services (including operations, response and leadership), disaster recovery, biosecurity, aquatic search and rescue and community safety.

These qualifications are components of the PoliceDefence and Public Safety training packages.

The IRC will consult widely during any future training package development process providing opportunity for any interested parties to make a contribution.

Technical Advisory Committees may also be established to inform future work, utilising a broad range of stakeholders with technical and specific industry knowledge.

The Public Safety IRC is supported by the Skills Service Organisation, Australian Industry Standards Limited (AIS). For more information visit AIS.

Further information about the role of IRCs and how they operate can be found in the IRC Operating Framework.

The AISC has approved the following members for the Public Safety IRC:

Category Organisation Representative Member Type  Jurisdiction
Employee representative United Firefighters Union (UFU) Ed Starinskas Member VIC
Expertise Emergency Management Carola Washbourne Member VIC
Expertise Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Jack Dawes Member ACT
Expertise Volunteer Firefighting Ian Gabites Member TAS
Peak/Advisory/Association Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) Jacqueline Durand  Member VIC
Employee representative Defence Force Welfare Association David Everitt  Member VIC
Government Department of Defence  Lynda Douglas Deputy Chair ACT
Employee representative Police Federation of Australia Mark Burgess Chair  ACT
Employee representative Community and Public Sector Union Shay Deguara Member SA
Peak/Advisory/Association Australian Council of State & Territory Emergency Services (ACSES) Paul Wallworth Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Sandra Lunardi Member VIC
Expertise Aquatic and Marine Search and Rescue Stephen Leahy Member NSW