The Meat Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:
- Meat processing (abattoirs)
- Poultry processing
- Small-goods manufacturing
- Wild game harvesting
- Meat wholesaling and retailing
All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. For further information about this IRC please contact us.
The IRC is made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in the meat processing industry. Nominees operate in the best interest of the industry sector.
|Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)||John Hughes||The Peak Council that represents retailers, processors, exporters and smallgoods manufacturers in the post-farm-gate meat industry. AMIC confers with members, governments and industry groups to influence policy and provide technical and other advice to the industry.|
|Australian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU)||Graham Smith||The union that represents the interests of workers in the meat industry including butchers, slaughterers, boners, smallgoods makers, wrapper packers, workers in abattoirs, boning rooms, slaughter houses, retail shops, supermarkets, smallgoods factories, wholesalers, caterers, by-products and rendering plants, meat markets, pre-packing areas, runner processors and various others sectors of the meat and by-product industry, such as drivers and salespeople.|
Individual Industry Experts
|Cameron Dart (Chair)||Expertise in general meat processing.|
Cameron is currently the Managing Director of Meat Inspectors Pty Ltd.
|Franz Knoll||Expertise in smallgoods manufacturing.|
Franz is currently the Managing Director of Knoll Consultants & Investments Pty Ltd.
|Geoff Yarham||Expertise in beef processing.|
Geoff is currently the Senior HR Projects Manager at Australian Country Choice.
|Grant Courtney||Expertise in general meat processing.|
Grant is currently the Secretary of the AMIEU.
|Laurie Tobin||Expertise in pork processing.|
Laurie is currently the Manager Quality Assurance at Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd.
|Matthew Journeau||Expertise in meat retailing.|
Matthew is currently the Queensland Branch Secretary of the AMIEU.
|Michael Bayer (Deputy Chair)||Expertise in general meat processing.|
Michael is currently the Quality Systems Manager at Big River Pork Pty Ltd.
|Mick Williams||Expertise in beef processing.|
Mick is currently the Training Manager for the Midfield Group.
|Scott Robinson||Expertise in general meat processing.|
Scott is currently the Director-Project Manager at Response Learning.
|Stacey McKenna||Expertise in sheep processing.|
Stacey is currently the Manager – Industry Research, Standards & Capability at the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC).
|Vacant position||Expertise in poultry processing|
Operating Framework for IRCs
IRCs provide the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provide a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC is to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.
IRCs perform the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:
- Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
- Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
- Oversight the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
- Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
- Report to the AISC on progress of its work
- Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.
Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.