The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee, supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is preparing a Case for Change to review qualifications and units of competency in the MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package. 

Public consultation on the draft Case for Change is now closed. Thank you to all industry expert stakeholders who provided feedback to help shape the document.

It is now being prepared by IBSA for approval by the PMRVL IRC and is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in November 2021.

Why we are reviewing it

The rationale for updating the training products is to investigate an improved structure and content for Laboratory Operations qualifications and units of competency. Furthermore, due to emerging industry needs, the project will consider the incorporation of new units of competency in surgical cut-up and molecular testing. 

What we are reviewing  

The draft Case for Change proposes to:  

  • review/redevelop five qualifications:  
    • Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement  
    • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills  
    • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques  
    • Diploma of Laboratory Technology 
    • Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations 
  • review/redevelop 27 units of competency 
  • develop three new units of competency (Simple transfers in surgical cut-up, Simple surgical cut-up and Molecular testing)  
  • develop new skillsets. 

We are seeking feedback on the draft Case for Change including any additional MSL training package components that should be reviewed as part of this work. 

Consultation or Have your say

If you would like to provide written feedback, please email this to [email protected] by 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 15 September 2021. 

If you would like to participate in our consultation webinars, please register for our Zoom webinars. 


  • Thursday 2 September 1 – 2pm (AEST) 
  • Wednesday 8 September 12:30 – 1:30pm (AEST). 

Feedback received will be used to inform further development of the Case for Change, which is scheduled to be submitted for consideration at the November 2021 AISC meeting. 

Governance and methodology

Case for Change development work is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The process provides a robust, evidence-based approach to support the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s (AISC) decision–making process.  

Stay in touch

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For more information contact:
Mark Shaddock | Industry Engagement Partner
P: 0499 599 298 | E: [email protected]