IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to announce that the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (MEM IRC) has finalised MEM Release 2.1. It has received ministerial endorsement and is now live on training.gov.au.  

This release represents the finalisation of Release 2.1 of MEM and includes updates and improvements to the critical trades within manufacturing engineering.

The transition period for implementation began in June 2019 and will conclude in December 2022.

To assist with the transition, the below guides have been developed to provide advice to Industry and training organisations regarding implementation of the new package:

Stakeholder activities

Following the completion of our recent stakeholder implementation webinar series, The Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference, supported by IBSA Manufacturing, will also hold a series of events across Australia to promote the new Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package (MEM Release 2.1).

Events will take place in all capital cities and nominated regional hubs with the aim of supporting employers, students, workers and training providers to effectively implement the new Training Package.

Depending on travel restrictions, the events will be conducted virtually if face-to-face events are not possible.

The purpose of these events is to ensure:

  • that all key stakeholder groups are adequately informed about the implementation plan and timelines; and
  • that all key stakeholder groups are provided with the opportunity for Q&A sessions to provide feedback regarding the proposed changes for MEM Release 3.0 Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project, and MEM Release 4.0 Welding, Technician and Trainer/Supervisor/Coordinator Skills Project.

They will also provide industry with opportunity to further understand and align the changes towards their delivery and how the features of this release feed into industries vision for development of the manufacturing workforce.

Event Locations

  • NSW    Sydney / Newcastle
  • NT        Darwin
  • QLD      Brisbane / Townsville
  • SA        Adelaide
  • TAS      Davenport
  • VIC       Melbourne / Geelong
  • WA       Perth / Karratha

Stakeholder Notification

*These events are planned to proceed once COVID restrictions have eased.

To get involved:

Email: [email protected]
Call: 03 9815 7099.


Click here to download MEM Release 2.1 Frequently Asked Questions

The MEM Training Package has evolved with the development of a modern manufacturing industry. It reflects how skills are used in the workplace, and the direct relationship between skills and industry occupations.

Release 2 of the MEM training package covers 18 qualifications that set the standard for key engineering trade occupations such as:

  • Boilermaker
  • Welder
  • Fitter
  • Machinist
  • Fixed and mobile plant mechanic (diesel fitter)
  • Toolmaker
  • Casting and moulding trades
  • Marine craft construction trades.

In December 2020, Skills Ministers endorsed the MEM release 2 Training Package and in making that decision allowed for an exemption to Section 3.6.1 of Training Package Products Policy. That exemption allows the mandating of apprenticeship pathways for certain qualifications within the Training Package.

The exemption is applicable to 13 Certificate III Manufacturing and Engineering qualifications contained in Release 2.0 of the Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package:

  • MEM30219 – Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • MEM30319 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • MEM30619 – Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture
  • MEM30719 – Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
  • MEM30819 – Certificate III in Locksmithing
  • MEM30919 – Certificate III in Boating Services
  • MEM31019 – Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair
  • MEM31119 – Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade
  • MEM31219 – Certificate III in Engineering – Industrial Electrician
  • MEM31319 – Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air conditioning
  • MEM31419 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fixed and Mobile Plant Mechanic
  • MEM31519 – Certificate III in Engineering – Toolmaking Trade
  • MEM31719 – Certificate III in Engineering – Casting and Moulding Trade.

The requirement that qualifications be undertaken through a workplace-based pathway is stipulated at the qualification level, not the unit or skill set level, including skill sets required to complete an approved trade skills recognition process.

The requirement to undertake these qualifications via workplace-based pathways does not apply where a person has already undertaken a related trade Certificate III via an apprenticeship or via recognition of prior learning, or to other students and skilled migrants who have successfully undergone an approved trade skills recognition assessment.

The Skills Ministers’ decision also included a recommendation to extend the transition for the MEM 05 qualifications through to December 2022, this recommendation was implemented by ASQA on March 3, 2021.

After the Ministers decision and with the guidance of the MEM IRC, IBSA Manufacturing implemented the required changes to the Training Package along with the following actions:

  • The Essential Features Guide and Companion Volume and Implementation Guide were updated and made available on the National Register
  • A communication and information strategy has been developed to support all users implementing the Training Package. This strategy will be rolled out from June to August 2021.

Release 2.1 of the MEM training package was uploaded to the National Register on March 31, 2021.