A skilled and trained workforce are behind the strong reputation of Australian meat products, which are known globally and locally for being top quality, wholesome and safe. This reputation is sustained by workforce capabilities development to ensure food safety, quality control, animal welfare, and legislative compliance. The importance of the meat industry to Australia’s food security has been highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has required adaptable skills to respond to concurrent challenges, such as biosecurity threats, disrupted supply chains, labour shortages and shifting trade conditions.
Skills Impact prepared the Australian Meat Processing Industry Skills Report at the request of the Meat Industry Reference Committee. It provides information on industry-specific skills and priorities additional to those covered in the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industries Skills Report. The report may also assist in identifying industry issues requiring consideration alongside work to streamline and reform the Australian VET system, including through cross-industry collaboration.
The report underwent public consultation on the Skills Impact website from 18 July to 31 July 2022, and we appreciate all the feedback received. Your input has been used to make final edits to the document, which is available to download below.
In previous years, skills reporting has taken the form of a Skills Forecast or Annual Update, which have been submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They were created once every three years and updated annually. The Annual Updates identified any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.
Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update was submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC would then advise Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approve nationally recognised training packages.
The AISC would draw on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects.
Meat Skills Forecasts Archive
Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were originally called Four Year Work Plans.