Common Industry Competencies FAQ’s




The Common Industry Competencies Standard defines consistent requirements for training courses, competency and currency. It removes confusion that has the potential to hurt people, while providing cost efficiency by removing duplication in training requirements that currently exists.


Operators and Contractors within the industry have established requirements for safety training and competence. There are inconsistencies in these requirements across the industry. This causes confusion that has the potential to hurt people. In addition, demonstrating the competence of Contractor workers to meet the requirements of different Operator clients across various sites creates administrative burden and cost for Contractors and Operators alike. Recognising come of the competencies that are shared across our industry will deliver huge value in removing confusion and providing cost efficiency by removing duplication in training requirements. It will also improve worker mobility and allow operators and contractor to better target their training spend. This will improve efficiency, allow faster mobilisation of workers to site and increase confidence around the competency of our contractor workforce.


Industry leaders require that requirements defined in the Common Industry Competence Standard will apply to all facilities in the Queensland Natural Gas E&P Industry from 1 July 2017.


Implementing this Standard will be driven by incorporating its requirements into Safety Management Systems that apply to Facilities in the Queensland Natural Gas E&P Industry. To guide this implementation ‘Facilities’ include: geological survey, well sites, gathering networks, processing plant, water treatment plants, pipelines.


No. Only a limited number of training courses are currently covered by the Common Industry Competencies Standard. Over time, more training courses and competencies will be added to the Standard by the Safer Together Competence and Behaviour Working Group. These will be communicated to the Industry as they are agreed and approved, and referenced at:


Yes. Provided that the VOC process satisfies the following three elements:

  • • VOC Tool must be mapped to the Required AQF Qualification / Unit of Competency (where applicable);
  • • VOC Mapping tool is validated by an RTO (with the relevant qualification on scope); and
  • • The RTO must issue a Statement of Attainment (or completion) for the relevant Units of Competency completed by personnel processed through the VOC tool.

Note: over time, as the list of training courses and competency requirements is expanded, refresher requirements (including any applicable VOC processes) will be defined for each of these future training courses and competency requirements as they are developed.


Where a role description identifies a Competency Requirement that is defined in the Common Industry Competency Standard, the Common Industry Competency Requirements defined in the Standard will apply.


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