The Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is undertook the Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project. It focused on transitioning the units of competency in the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package to the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package and was conducted in two parts: Release 2.0 (currently Release 2.1) and Release 3.0.

Release 2.1 is now complete and available on the National VET register.

Milestones: Release 3.0

Current Status 

The Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project is awaiting ministerial endorsement

This project was approved by the AISC at their October meeting and is now awaiting ministerial endorsement. Once endorsed, the training package components will be available on the National VET Register.

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Consultation for Draft 1 training package components for the Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project, Release 3.0, ended on Monday 5 August 2019.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken, which involved draft components being made available via the website, along with face-to-face workshops and national webinars to gather feedback.

All feedback was considered by the project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and materials updated as required.

The Manufacturing and Engineering IRC sought feedback from industry and other stakeholders about changes to training products to form the basis of Release 3.0 of MEM. Consultations were conducted with over 170 stakeholders who attended face-to-face meetings, webinars and industry meetings across the country over 8 weeks. The majority of participants were associated with Registered Training Organisations. Many of the participants also provided additional feedback about Release 2.0 of MEM, which was endorsed by the AISC in April 2019.

The feedback showed that RTOs were particularly concerned about how some of the changes to MEM releases 2.0 and 3.0 would be treated insofar as the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) compliance requirements were concerned. Primarily, the concerns centred around changes to prerequisites and the addition of workplace practice requirements to some units the IRC considered to be central to the trade qualifications.

The feedback has been considered at a meeting of the IRC, which was concerned about the potential for the changes to be misinterpreted.

To that end, the IRC will prioritise the dissemination of detailed advice to industry, training providers, state and territory training authorities (STAs), and ASQA and other regulatory bodies. The advice will outline the rationale for the changes, how the IRC anticipates the changes should be implemented, and some strategies designed to reduce the regulatory burden associated with the changes.

In the first instance the advisory material will concentrate on:

  • information associated with the introduction of workplace practice requirements
  • information about the changes to prerequisite units.

We anticipate these materials will be available by the end of October 2019.

The MEM IRC also considered feedback that appears to indicate that, in the case of products associated with the technical qualifications and units, some of the changes are worthy of reconsideration, which the IRC has committed to.

It is expected that the next round of MEM Release 3.0 drafts will be available for consultation late in September for submission to the AISC in November 2019.

The IRC welcomes and appreciates the effort that many stakeholders have applied to their engagement in this process and is keen to continue to work with them to ensure that the MEM training package continues to serve the industry well into the future.

Round 1 is now open and seeking your feedback. First draft training package components for the MEM Release 3.0 transition project are currently available for review until Monday 5 August 2019.

Summary to date
The qualifications and associated units have been reviewed and redeveloped with modified core unit requirements to meet the Standards for Training Packages 2012. Based on industry advice new units have been created, some units are proposed to be merged to better reflect workplace practice, and some units are proposed for deletion. The affected training package components lie in the following main segments:

  • Boating Services
  • Engineering Technical
  • Locksmithing
  • Jewellery Manufacture
  • Pre-Employment
  • Trades
  • Cotton Ginning and Textile Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Technology.

The outcome of this work is that:

  1. core unit content has been strengthened to reflect industry requirements
  2. assessment requirements have been strengthened to meet industry needs
  3. units are easier to read and understand
  4. repetition and duplication have been reduced across the training package.

Providing feedback
We will be conducting forums and webinars to outline the key changes for the MEM Training Package.

Feedback should be emailed to [email protected] by Monday 5 August 2019. When providing your feedback, please add the name of the discussion paper in the subject line of the email. Please provide feedback regarding further suggested changes and your agreement with what has been proposed. It is just as important for us to receive feedback telling us you agree with the proposed changes as it is to receive feedback with suggested changes.


MEM Release 2.0

Release 2.0 is approved by Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and has received ministerial endorsement, pending a modification that addresses the need for apprenticeship pathways.  It involved transitioning 18 qualifications and 449 units of competency from the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package and has been available on the National Register of VET, since June 2019.

Thanks to all members of the TAC and Manufacturing and Engineering IRC who have given so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thanks must also go to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project.

The MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package qualifications and associated units of competency are being reviewed and revised to focus on:

  • reflecting new/amended terminology as required by the Standards for Training Packages
  • developing assessment requirements
  • developing the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

IBSA Training Package Methodology is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The process provides a robustevidence-based approach to support the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s (AISC) decisionmaking process.