Across the agricultural value chain, safety is a key concern to protect workers’ wellbeing. It is important that everyone has access to a safe work environment and the skills to keep themselves and others safe. These skills become even more important in environments where machinery is used, animals are involved, or work takes place in isolated or remote locations.  

The Agriculture Workforce Working Group (AWWG) convened by Commonwealth Agricultural Minister Senator the Hon Murray Watt held its first meeting in March 2023. During this meeting it was proposed that investigations take place into what a safety induction program could look like for agriculture and related industries.   

As a result, this project is taking place to explore potential models and develop a safety induction program to be piloted in the meat processing industry. The program would be designed to provide foundational capabilities in safety for workers entering the industry, supporting national consistency in safety skills across the industry. 

If you would like to be involved in this project, please get in touch with the project manager, Georgia Smith [email protected] or subscribe to our newsletter above.   

Timeline and approach 

Stage 1

30 November 2023 to 30 June 2024 

This stage will involve collation of existing resources and initial research and consultation. This includes looking at examples of how other industries manage safety induction and how simulated learning can support safety skills. It also involves establishing a steering committee to guide the project. The steering committee will be made up of industry experts, training providers and unions.  

Stage 2

1 July to 31 December 2024 

During this stage work will begin on designing a draft training product. Stakeholders will be consulted on the concepts.  

Stage 3

1 January to 30 June 2025 

The training program will be built and tested with stakeholders. A final report will be produced to outline the findings of the pilot, including recommendations and next steps for how this induction training program could be rolled out for other industries. The Steering Committee will sign off on the final model. 

Project team

Georgia Smith

Project Manager
[email protected]

Cathy Beven, Industry Skills Standards Specialist/Developer

Cathy Beven

Project Support
[email protected]

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