Published on Oct 28, 2019

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Over the past 18 months The Industry Skills Council and Skills Impact have conducted a review into the Viticulture Diploma Training Package, which was recently endorsed by the Federal Government. A summary is found below with a request for feedback on the make up of the new course.

At the start of this project industry identified that the current Diploma of Viticulture did not reflect the full breadth of the sector, focusing too heavily on wine. The qualification also needed to reflect skills in leadership and management that are required of staff in a management role within the viticulture industry.


Biosecurity has become an increasing concern for Australian viticulture, with an outbreak of the devastating phylloxera aphid in Victoria earlier this year. Individuals with the ability to plan and manage biosecurity measures are integral to the longevity of grape growing in Australia – (particularly as many operators rely on seasonal workers during harvest).


“Australia’s geographic isolation has meant that we have relatively few of the pests that affect viticulture industries overseas. Continued freedom from exotic pests is a vital part of the future profitability and sustainability of Australia’s viticulture industry.” (Plant Health Australia)


Specific knowledge of viticulture, including biosecurity, organic and biodynamic practices, soil and water systems is needed to effectively work in the sector. However, this knowledge cannot be effectively implemented without individuals who have the skills to manage and lead a team.


Thanks to the input of a wide range of industry experts, the viticulture industry now has access to an updated Diploma of Viticulture and associated units of competency. The revised diploma includes core units focusing on biosecurity, along with managing staff, soil and water systems. Changes to the qualification and units also reflect the various contexts within the sector – as this qualification needs to be appropriate for grape growing practices, (Viticulture).


I am requesting your feedback on the Elective units you feel are most relevant to your worksite in the newly endorsed AHC51519 Diploma of Viticulture (Grape Production) course.


The new package has been significantly strengthened to include ten (10) units of competency, six (6) core units and four electives, following significant industry feedback. In our role of supporting our larger industry. It is critical that we continue to deliver the best training to suit your needs. To that end, I have commenced planning for the implementation in 2020.


I have included a summary of the new AHC51519 Diploma of Viticulture Curriculum for your benefit. The Core units are mandatory for all students undertaking the qualification. However, I request your feedback on the Elective units we are going to offer our students at Kurri Kurri Campus. I therefore would like you to indicate the four (4) elective units in the table below you feel most relevant to your business and return your feedback to me by the close of business on Friday December 6th, 2019 by return email at: For further information please feel free to contact me on office (02) 4936 0215.



Albert Sherry
Acting Head Teacher

Viticulture and Wine
Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation

TAFE NSW North Region, Kurri Kurri Campus