The Arboriculture Industry sectors
The Arboriculture Industry is one of the fastest growing industries and one of the most rapidly diversifying industry sectors in Australia. The professional industry practitioners have a built-in culture of training and is one of the most self-aware training intensive industries that reflects the position of being the second highest risk industry in Australia, and an industry that ominously contains a major job role of Arborist that has emerged with the single highest mortality job role statistics per labour hour.
In the mainstream sector of Arboriculture, the industry OHS requirements have driven an explosion of safety documentations systems, and the focus on safe work practices within the work sites is absolute, however the lack of national consistency of current training opportunities has hindered the objectives for quality training outcomes.
In the vegetation management sector, the regulatory requirements step up to another level as industry practitioners operate within the strict environment of the electricity distribution networks and a wholly separate layer of risk management applies to the entire sequence of work operations.
The diversity of companies range from local individual Arborists dedicated to the provision of quality services, to corporate companies with intensive state wide service operations operating in the urban and regional areas on every state and territory that operate with triple accreditation systems of AS/NZS 4801:2001 OHS systems, AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems, and AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management.
Recognition Australia has worked closely with the peak industry association to develop new suites of industry specific qualifications that will drive the future training programs of the mainstream and specialist industry sectors. Recognition Australia is a proud member and sponsor of the national education committee of the peak industry association and will continue to work with the industry organisations until all the required qualifications and training are embedded into the national Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Ongoing work with key decision makers incorporates both sector-specific job role analyses and an industry-wide occupational analysis that recognises the dynamic evolution of the industry, and involves the identification and determination of new and emerging job roles and job functionalities.