Meat Processing Project

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Case for change

Listed below are the skills priorities that have been identified for the meat processing industry in 2018. These skills needs were identified in the 2018-2021 Meat IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work and three separate Cases for Change. Qualifications, skills sets and units of competency from the AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package will be reviewed as part of this project work to address these skill needs.

 

Development of new units in TACCP and VACCP

This Case for Change provides evidence of industry and regulatory support for the development of one new unit to support quality assurance workers in the analysis of Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP) and Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Points (VACCP) – a requirement for British Retail Consortium (BRC) and other proprietary quality assurance systems. The BRC Global Standards are used extensively by Australia’s international meat customers, and Australian meat processors are regularly audited against these standards.

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Development of a food-safe pest control management program

This Case for Change provides evidence of industry and regulatory support for the development of new units and a skill set in pest control management for quality assurance workers in a meat processing premises.

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Remove complexity and add value to material handling through traceability of products

This Case for Change provides evidence of industry support for the identification and/or development of three new units and two skill sets to address skills requirements in meat storage and handling.

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Animal Health Data Collection

The monitoring and control of a range of diseases have commercial drivers for processors, including improving carcase yield and profitability. For producers, control of diseases and conditions enables the value of individual animals to increase. There is a need to develop a new unit of competency for the collection, monitoring and evaluation of animal health data.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 79)

 

Operation and management of biogas facilities in a processing plant

As the capture of biogas becomes more common, company safety and regulatory responsibilities are increasing. There is a need for companies to manage their biogas risks.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 77)

 

Improving meat quality (by identifying secondary sexual characteristics in beef)

There are small differences in meat palatability between animal sexes. As a result, some customers now require evidence that meat processing personnel have the skills to recognise and assess the secondary sexual characteristics of male cattle.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 83)

 

Conduct a workplace incident investigation

There is a range of existing units of competency related to conducting investigations. However, these are not reflective of where the activity might be conducted in a meat processing enterprise. Investigation processes apply to workplace incidents or injury, but also in incidents of animal welfare, environmental incidents or port-of-entry rejection and enterprises need to be able to establish a cause and put in place preventative and corrective actions.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 74)

 

Preparation of market reports for sheep and beef

To support greater transparency across the supply chain, market reports at the point of purchase in saleyards need to adopt a nationally standardised language for the description of livestock put up for sale. It is proposed that two units of competency are developed for the preparation of market reports – one for sheep, and one for cattle.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 81)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and develop units of competency and skill sets within the AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package to address skills gaps across eight different areas, listed below:

Food-safe pest control management

There is a need to develop new units and a skill set in pest control management for quality assurance workers in a meat processing premises.

Material handling through traceability of products

Units and skill sets will be reviewed and developed to address skills requirements in meat storage and handling.

Animal Health Data Collection

A unit will be developed for the collection, monitoring and evaluation of animal health data, to support the current national initiatives to establish nationally consistent identification, monitoring and evaluation of data relating to diseases and conditions.

Operation and management of biogas facilities in a processing plant

As the capture of biogas becomes more common, company safety and regulatory responsibilities are increasing. Two new units will be developed to address the skills required to manage the safe operation of biogas facilities in a processing plant.

Improving meat quality (by identifying secondary sexual characteristics in beef)

There are small differences in meat palatability between animal sexes. As a result, a new unit of competency will be developed to support the skills and knowledge requirements for identifying secondary sexual characteristics in beef.

Conduct a workplace incident investigation

There is a range of existing units of competency related to conducting investigations. However, these are not reflective of where the activity might be conducted in a meat processing enterprise. A new unit for the planning, implementation and reporting of an investigation into a workplace incident in the meat processing industry is proposed for development.

Preparation of market reports for sheep and beef

To support greater transparency across the supply chain, market reports at the point of purchase in saleyards need to adopt a nationally standardised language for the description of livestock put up for sale. It is proposed that two units of competency are developed for the preparation of market reports – one for sheep, and one for cattle.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Pest control operators and supervisors
  • Quality assurance officers and managers
  • Abattoir or food processing labourer
  • Personnel responsible for preparing market reports
  • Production workers and supervisors
  • WHS officers
  • Plant engineers
  • Environmental officers
  • Load-out operators and supervisors
  • Stock purchasers
  • Stock and station agents
  • Agricultural journalists

 

Key Deliverables

Review and development of meat processing skill sets and related units of competency.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018
Development of draft units and skill sets

October 2018
Drafts available for broad consultation

November 2018
Validation of final drafts

December 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

December 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

December 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Jenny Kroonstuiver CEO, MINTRAC jkroonstuiver@mintrac.com.au
Sharon Fitzgerald Project Officer, MINTRAC sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au
Rachel Murrell Project Officer, MINTRAC rmurrell@mintrac.com.au

 

Skill sets and units

Below is a list of skill sets and units proposed for development as part of this project.

Skill sets that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • Pest Control Monitoring Skill Set
  • Meat Processing Warehouse Operator Skill Set
  • Meat Processing Warehouse Supervisor Skill Set

Units that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • Develop and implement a pest control program in a meat processing establishment
  • Undertake pest control in a food processing premises
  • Develop and implement a TACCP and VACCP plan in a food processing premises
  • Handle meat product in cold stores
  • Follow electronic labelling and traceability systems in a meat processing establishment
  • Follow hygiene, sanitation and quality assurance requirements when handling meat products in cold stores
  • Plan, prepare and report a workplace incident investigation
  • Operate biogas collection facilities
  • Manage biogas collection facilities
  • Collect, monitor and evaluate animal health data
  • Prepare a market report – sheep
  • Prepare a market report – beef
  • Identify secondary sexual characteristics – beef

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and can volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to jkroonstuiver@mintrac.com.au

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. MINTRAC will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft units are available for feedback via this webpage. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in October 2018. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time and will help us in drafting the new units.

It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The units need to reflect real work experience and requirements. So if you work in the sector, MINTRAC would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Jenny Kroonstuiver on jkroonstuiver@mintrac.com.au

 

The Meat Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

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