The Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC is responsible for national training package qualifications relevant to the production of food and fibre including livestock farming, mixed farming, broadacre cropping, production horticulture, and irrigation, pest management and agricultural support services relating to these industries.
These qualifications are components of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.
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 Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC is supported by the Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact. For more information visit Skills Impact.
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 Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC:
|Organisation Type or Category||Organisation or Area of Expertise||Representative||Coverage|
|Agricultural Organisations||Western Australian Farmers Federation||Vacant||National|
|Horticulture Innovation Australia||Ms Jane Wightman||National|
|National Farmers' Federation||Mr Reginald Kidd||National|
|NT Farmers Association||Mr Greg Owens||NT|
|Expert Positions||Expertise in livestock, broadacre farming and agricultural support services||Vacant|
|Expertise in production horticulture and agricultural chemicals||Ms Dianne Fullelove||National|
|Expertise in livestock and production horticulture||Ms Jacqueline Heap||NSW|
|Expertise in agricultural business practice||Mr Gordon Verrall||WA|
|Expertise in livestock and agricultural support services||Mr Rick Whistler (Deputy Chair)||QLD and Northern Australia|
|Expertise in livestock and broadacre farming||Ms Judi Forsyth||WA|
|Expertise in broadacre – cotton and grain||Ms Rebecca Fing||National|
|Expertise in livestock -poultry production||Ms Meg Parkinson||National|
|Expertise in livestock - dairy production||Mr Ron Paynter||National|
|Expertise in organic farming||Mr Rob Fenton||National|
|Expertise in agricultural irrigation||Mr Geoff Harvey (Chair)||National|
|Employee Representative||Australian Workers Union||Mr Shane Roulstone||National|