The meat industry contributes $3.5bn to the Australian economy annually, exporting approximately 66% of all of its products. In order to access both domestic and export markets, industry must meet the requirements of certain National Standards, which promote high quality and consistent outcomes across the industry. Employers need a skilled workforce who are capable of understanding and implementing these standards so that the meat processing plants can pass  external audits and reviews. 

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The Australian Standard A4696 Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption describes the standard of hygiene that all meat processing plants must meet and be audited against. It was updated in 2023 with changes to inspection procedures and dispositions. Processors in certain markets also have to meet the requirements of other Standards such as the the AMIC Industry Animal Welfare Standard for Livestock Processing Establishments Preparing Meat for Human Consumption, which was implemented in 2022. The level III and IV qualifications for meat safety which support the skills of workers ensuring compliance to relevant standards were reviewed in 2022 to bring them in line with current industry practices and quality assurance (QA) requirements. 

As a result, the training and assessment materials used to deliver the Certificates III and IV in Meat Safety Inspection require updating to reflect changes to the qualifications and relevant National Standards. Consultation will take place throughout this project to update the training support materials available through MINTRAC, so they reflect the latest advances in technology and QA practices as described in the national standards and qualifications.

In the past, industry investment has meant registered training organisations (RTOs) have been able to purchase the training support materials for a nominal handling fee. This has ensured that customers, regulators and international reviewers have been able to have a degree of confidence in the training being delivered by RTOs Australia wide. Following this project, the support training materials will be made available to RTOs for free in a digital format to support high quality and nationally consistent delivery of these vital qualifications.

Project Team

Kate Webster

Clive Richardson

Project Scope and Purpose

This project will update the existing training and assessment materials used to deliver the level III and IV qualifications relating to safety and quality assurance, taking the following into consideration:

  • legislation requirements (changes) – Australian and International standards that have become compulsory for industry
  • new Industry Standards such as the AMIC animal welfare standard
  • new technology and how it is used in the workforce and how it can be incorporated in training
  • changes in quality assurance practices
  • recent changes to the Certificate III and IV in Meat Safety Inspection.

MINTRAC has already developed professional development materials for RTOs and existing meat inspection staff that will enable them to understand the changes made to the Australian Standard and the science underpinning these changes. These resources are available through the MINTRAC website.

Timeline

Stage 1

November 2023 – April 2024
The scope of work will be developed along with a detailed project plan. A Subject Matter Expert Working Group (SMEWG) will be established. The SMEWG will review the existing materials to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement and ensure that any training package changes are reflected in the materials. SMEWG meetings will be conducted as required.

Stage 2

May 2024
First draft materials available on the website for broad stakeholder feedback.

Stage 3

July 2024
The revised training and assessment materials will be freely available on both MINTRAC and Skills Insight’s websites.

Opportunities for stakeholder input

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During the development stage, key stakeholders, including subject matter experts, are engaged and consulted to gather further information and begin investigating potential solutions.

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At the broad consultation stage, we present and discuss potential solutions, collecting feedback from a wide range of stakeholder across the country. It follows consultation with various stakeholders that has already taken place throughout the project.

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As part of consensus gathering, we check our work with stakeholders to confirm that solutions are in line with expectations.

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At the finalisation stage, final checks are conducted and outcomes are published.