Waste Sector Training Package Transition Projects


A case for change has been prepared for the review of 4 waste management qualifications and 55 units of competency.

Four waste management qualifications could not be transitioned to the (2012) Standards for Training Packages.  The case is made to undertake a full review of the qualifications and the units of competency that make up the qualifications:

  • CPP20411 Certificate II in Waste Management
  • CPP30711 Certificate III in Waste Management
  • CPP40911 Certificate IV in Waste Management
  • CPP50811 Diploma of Waste Management

For further information please click here 


Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAinnovationandtechnology




Property Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) (includes Waste Industry)

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee is calling for nominations from industry stakeholders for membership of the Property Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The Committee is responsible for the Property Services Training Packages. To view the qualifications and units of competency available please see the CPP and CPPO7 training packages

The Reference Committee includes the WASTE industry.

Nominations close COB Wednesday 1 February 2017 and instructions on how to nominate are set out in the following link

Click here to nominate


Waste Industry Participation in National ‘Industry Reference Committees’

AISCBuckle up for a tsunami of acronyms!!  But before we begin, please note that Government is asking for feedback about STRUCTURE only… they are not asking for nominations from individuals/organisations/businesses.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) continues to establish the new Industry Reference Committees “IRCs” for individual sectors.  The IRCs generally follow the same structure as the existing Training Packages.

In this case, you may know that Waste Qualifications are contained in the CPP Property Services Training Package which is allocated to Artibus Innovation – the new Skills Service Organisation (SSO).  So, the AISC seeks to confirm the structure of the Property Services IRC.

The proposed IRC will comprise the following sectors:

  • waste collection, treatment and disposal services
  • property operations and real estate services
  • architectural, engineering and technical services
  • security public order and safety
  • swimming pool and spa servicing
  • facility management
  • surveying and spatial information services
  • building cleaning and pest control
  • fire protection
  • strata management and
  • access consulting

Our Training Council has an interest in all sectors in bold.  The table below shows the proposed membership structure (total 13 members).  Please remember that any technical work required (e.g. the review of a waste qualification) will have to be supported by a Technical Reference Group of some kind… so don’t be worried that the table below depicts the extent of industry engagement!  On that note, it is important for our Training Council to support your industry too… so we would look to engage and provide facilitation of WA feedback to a specific project.


What do you think?  Do you have any feedback?  In some industry sectors, this Training Council (the UEEA) has nominated for a position directly.  In such a case, we have then looked to an industry stakeholder to represent us.   This gives the WA waste industry an advantage through some coordination on our organisation

Please provide any feedback to us by 5 December 2016

Click Here for the AISC notification

Waste Management Units in Draft

artibusArtibus Innovation (the new Skills Service Organisation that now has responsibility for the waste qualifications) has advised that it has now transitioned all units of competency into the correct format.

Some may remember that feedback was requested back in November 2015.  This was provided to the owner of the training package at that time, but at this stage I am not exactly sure whether those changes have been implemented.  So, I’ve forwarded that original feedback to Artibus and will double check myself when I get a moment.

In the meantime, it’s important that I distribute this information to you all.

So, please follow this link to download the new units of competency.

If you know a little about the old and new templates for the competencies, you will see some changes in how information is presented.  Importantly, the assessment conditions are worth a special focus, just to make sure there’s not something introduced that surprises us!

Please note that the deadline for feedback is 6 December 2016.  It would be appreciated if feedback is directed to this office (kevin.peachey[@]ueea.org.au)  rather than going directly to Artibus.  This will ensure we are all in the loop and can chase up any feedback provided.

I shall update with another email when I get more information.


Auditor General talks Waste!

Click here for access to the reportwaste-audit-report

Hold on, I mean there’s an audit report from the Auditor General’s Office on the WA State Waste Strategy.  Released 23 October 2016, the report details our performance as a state, which looks like we have a long way to go to meet our 2020 targets, but we’re heading in the right direction.

The report is a little depressing really!  2.4 tonnes of waste per person in 2014/15… with only 39% of waste diverted from traditional disposal like landfill.

The reading doesn’t get much easier with problems noted in respect to agency roles, poor planning, financial/project management, little infrastructure planning, lack of effective auditing and regulatory compliance and poor/unreliable data collection.

So, where to from here?  One of the recommendations looks at better regulatory compliance.   I wonder if there’s an opportunity for skills development in compliance and audit reporting?  Perhaps regulators might require licensed waste managers to hold a competency, skill set or qualification in waste management?   Should there be voluntary certification if regulatory compliance is determined to be too heavy?

Or perhaps we would be better training the people that generate the waste to recognise and own the problem.  That might require more skilled community liaison workers or marketing professionals?

Any thoughts from you are welcome…

Industry Consultant Position Available: Electrical and Utilities


For those that have worked with Trevor over the past few years with EUPA and the UEEA, I know you will be sad to see him go.  He has worked tirelessly in the electrotechnology space and will be missed.  Trevor is completing his final few weeks and will shortly leave us, which opens an exciting opportunity for someone else.

Please feel free to consider the vacancy and/or pass on to others that you know could contribute to our industry sectors.

Please click here to view the advertisement (seek)

Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarship Program

facebook-image-elecIncrease your career options through a one-off training scholarship of up to $3000.

Click to download flyer

Expanding career options for women scholarships are available to help women get a job in a wide variety of non-traditional industry areas and trades, including construction, IT, automotive, maritime and agriculture.

There are more than 180 qualifications to choose from.  The qualifications cover all industries applicable to the UEEA…

Utilities – You may be interested in:

  • Certificate III to Advanced Diplomas in Civil Construction (RII)
  • Certificate II to Certificate IV in Telecommunications (ICT)
  • Certificate II and III in Electricity Supply (vegetation control and overhead distribution)
  • The Certificate III in Waste Management
  • Certificate II, III (and IV) in Water Industry Operations/Treatment

Engineering – What about:

  • Certificate IV’s in avionics
  • Cert II to Ad Dips, including trade fabrication and mechanical trades
  • Certificate III and IV in Competitive Systems and Practices

Electrical – Check out Certificate II to Ad Dips, including trade electrician and fitter qualifications

Automotive – You’re not forgotten!  There are Certificate III qualifications including trade qualifications across the spectrum as well as a Certificate IV.

There are also existing worker traineeships eligible for funding under FutureSkills WA that are also included in this program.

Scholarships can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and even childcare fees.

Don’t miss out – applications close on 31 October 2016.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship visit dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Waste to Energy Plant nearing commencement

pheonixI’ve reported on the Waste to Energy plant to be constructed in Kwinana before.  Engineering and construction is reported to have been contracted to BGC Contracting.

Pheonix Energy Australia is the project owner and promises 800 jobs over 3 years during the construction phase.

The plant will have a capacity of 32MW per annum and create a sustainable workforce of about 60 workers once it is operational.  The plant will operate with an initial 20 year agreement with Rivers Regional Council and the City of Kwinana.

Amazing Fact!  

I was surprised to see that the author claims that 14% of  a household’s weekly power needs can be generated by just one wheelie bin collected during your average kerb-side collection!

Source:  Australian Mining Review


Energy from waste opportutinites

energy from wasteEUPA’s first industry story for the year is headed by the waste industry!  Is this a sign of the rapid change and future workload for EUPA!??  I think so…

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has released its report The Australian bioenergy and energy from waste market report (Nov 2015) which highlights the opportunities presented by the waste and bio-energy sectors.  Australia seems to be lagging behind other OECD nations but that only means we have more potential to capitalise on the gap.

I learned that nearly 60 per cent of installed bioenergy electricity generation capacity in Australia uses bagasse (the fibrous residue of processed sugarcane) as a feedstock.  Also, the majority of the 114 bio-energy and 812 waste to energy plants in Australia have less than 10MW power generation capacity.

But could waste from energy really take off?  Well, we could look at the rise of solar power as an indicator that rapid expansion could be just around the corner..

adtopting new energy

It also supports a slightly different waste hierarchy (We all know about the 3 r’s) as defined by the MRA Consuluting Group –

The ‘urban’ waste hierarchy –

  • Prevent to avoid generating waste
  • Reduce to conserve resources
  • Recover and reuse materials
  • Recycle and reprocess
  • Energy from waste to recover energy
  • Disposal of residual waste into landfil