Call for nominations: Drilling Industry Reference Committee (closed)

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Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) understand the skills needs of their sector, industry or occupation. They advise the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and ensure training products meet the needs of employers, employees, training providers, and people seeking training qualifications.

The AISC is calling for nominations from industry stakeholders for the following IRC:

Drilling IRC - one individual expert position.

This IRC is responsible for the RII Resources and Infrastructure Training Package. The qualifications and units of competency available under this training package can be viewed on The expert position on the Drilling IRC is open to a specialist in drilling to provide their expert opinion on the review or development of drilling related training products. Drilling qualifications are utilised for job roles in underground and open cut mining, oil and gas operations, amongst other roles, with the latter sharing qualifications with open cut metalliferous mining and quarrying. Nominees will have knowledge, skill, education, experience or training in vocational education and training.

This position is open to individual experts – experts may be employees of organisations including employers, regulators, state or territory industry training bodies, peak bodies or unions. However, the individual should not use this position to represent organisational views or interests.

IRCs are supported by a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to develop and review training products. The Drilling IRC is supported by PwC's Skills for Australia.

The AISC seeks to ensure that the membership of the Drilling IRC provides industry coverage and expertise to support training product development for their industry. The AISC is looking for individuals with extensive experience in and knowledge of their industry sector, with the capacity to proactively apply these attributes to the work of the IRC.

The AISC website has more information on IRCs and SSOs. The IRC Operating Framework outlines best practice governance principles and processes to assist in the day-to-day operation of IRCs.

Assessment Criteria

When considering nominations, the AISC is interested in the nominee’s:

  • comprehensive knowledge of their industry and relevant industry experience (where relevant)
  • level of influence across the sector and strategic approach to broad industry-wide issues
  • capacity to consider current and future directions for their industry and to relate those factors to skills and workforce development
  • capability to provide input directly to training package development, to seek input from established industry networks, and to represent a variety interests and skills needs across the industry
  • ability to undertake duties in good faith, acting in the public interest and best interests of the industry sector.  

As there may be numerous individuals with an interest in an IRC vacancy, the AISC needs to ensure the most suitable nominee is selected. In determining the final membership of IRCs, the AISC will consider both the individual characteristics of nominees (as set out in their nomination) as well as the composition of the IRC as a whole. This aims to support a balance of geographic coverage, age and gender that is appropriate to the relevant industry or sector, as well as to provide an effective mix of leadership and operational expertise.

While it may not be possible to include every nominee on the IRC, SSOs and IRCs consult widely during the training package development process, and are supported by Technical Advisory Committee members who are consulted on technical and related industry information.

The process for appointing an IRC expert position is outlined below.

Step by step guide of the public nomination process to fill a vacant IRC position

How to nominate

To nominate for one of the positions above you will need to:

  • Complete the Nomination and Privacy Consent form.
    • You will be sent a validation code to your nominated email address which must be entered at the access page to start filling out the form.
    • The form will prompt you to address selection criteria, provide a current résumé and provide the names of two referees to help the AISC understand what you will bring to the IRC. You will also be prompted to complete the privacy consent declaration within the  form.

Please contact for assistance accessing and completing the form.

Nominations close 5pm AEDT, Monday 15 November 2021.

All nominees will be notified if they have been successful or not. If you are successful and appointed to an IRC position, your name, employer/organisation, position, and state or territory you reside in will be made publicly available on the AISC website.

For more information please contact the SSO PWC Skills for Australia who supports this IRC on 1800 714 819 or via email at