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									Forest, wood, paper and timber products industry
The ForestWorks Learning and Skills Development Industry Skills Council (ForestWorks) is
responsible for the development and review of training packages and advice to Skills Australia in this

According to ForestW orks the forest, wood, paper and timber products industry comprises four key

    •   resources (forest growing and management; harvesting and haulage)
    •   processing (sawmilling and processing)
    •   manufacturing (wood panel and board production; timber product manufacturing; pulp and
        paper manufacturing)
    •   market and services (timber merchandising).

National context

The training packages for this industry are:

    •   FPI05: Forest and Forest Products Training Package
    •   FPP01: Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package

There are currently over 1200 apprentices and trainees in-training nationally under the two training
packages, through the publicly-funded training system. Almost half of these apprentices and trainees
are in the 25-44 years age bracket, predominantly at certificate III level, with over 90 percent being
male. There has been a gradual decline in the number of apprentices and trainees over the past

Priority occupations and qualifications identified under the Australian Government’s Productivity
Places Program (PPP) are presented in Table 1.

Table 1: PPP priority occupations and qualifications for forest, wood, paper and timber
        products industry

Occupation                                             Qualification
Forester 234113                                        Cert II Forest Growing and Management
                                                       Cert III Forest Growing and Management
                                                       Cert IV Forest Operations
                                                       Dip Forest and Forest Products
Wood Machinist (A-Grade) 394213                        Cert III Wood Machining
Sales Representative (Building and Plumbing            Cert II Timber Merchandising
Supplies) 611311                                       Cert III Timber Manufacturing

The occupation Wood Machinist (A-Grade) is identified on the Australian Apprenticeships National
Skills Needs List as a trade in demand.

The occupation Forester is included on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and
Citizenship Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

Local context

According to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry the ACT has 105 businesses with
1,563 employees involved in forest growing and wood product industry sector. This data was
collected by ForestWorks through a national survey during 2002-2006. ForestW orks has indicated
that since then there has been a reduction in the number of enterprises and employees in the ACT.

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The local industry is involved in:

    •   forest growing and management – planning trees, nursery production, silviculture, forest
        management, commercial plantation management
    •   sawmilling and processing – processing raw timber into building timber, detecting recycled
        timber, dressing timber, operating machinery used in processing and plant infrastructure
    •   timber products and manufacturing
    •   wood panel and board production and manufacture – manufacturing flush panel doors and
        fire doors
    •   timber merchandising – pressing veneer, sales and distribution, wholesale joinery supplier,
        timber supplies, and building supplies
    •   industry support services – forestry consulting.

The occupation Forester is included on the current ACT State Migration Plan Occupation List,
indicating that this occupation is in demand in Canberra.

There are no ACT-based RTOs registered to deliver qualifications form FPI05: Forest and Forest
Products Training Package. There is one NSW-based RTO approved to deliver the Certificate II in
Timber Manufactured Products, Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products, and Certificate IV in
Timber Processing under the Australian Apprenticeships through User Choice program in the ACT.
There have been no ACT commencements apprenticeships or traineeships in these qualifications
between 2008 and 2010.

According to the National Training Information Service (NTIS) there are no RTOs with scope to deliver
full qualifications from the FPP01: Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package. There is one
NSW-based RTO scoped to deliver a limited number of competencies from this training package in
the ACT relating to first aid and responding to an emergency situation.

One forest, wood, paper and timber products industry qualification was identified as a skills shortage
area under the Skilling Australia’s Workforce (SAW) Agreement 2005-08. During this period the ACT
agreed to achieve a specific commencement target for this qualification. Table 2 sets out the ACT
target over the four years and the actual commencements achieved.

Table 2: ACT target and commencements in identified skills shortage area in forest, wood,
        paper and timber products qualifications under the SAW Agreement 2005-08.

 Qualification                                                              Target         Actual
 Cert III Timber Manufactured Products                                  45                     18
Source: NCVER Students and Courses Database: Students 2002-2009 (revised 03/11/10).


Based on lack of past demand for Australian Apprenticeships under the ACT User Choice program
and availability of relevant training courses in the ACT, evidence suggests that there is no need to
add qualifications relevant to the forest, wood, paper and timber products industry to the
ACT Industry Training Needs List 2011-12. Should the training needs of local industry change (for
example, due to the expansion of the National Arboretum), the ACT Department of Education and
Training is open to receiving advice.

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