Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Meat Processing Project

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Case for change

Given the unique and challenging environment of meat processing, it is essential that those in management positions are equipped with industry specific expertise. The Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications currently contain some imported units that support general management and leadership skills where appropriate. However, some of these units have now been updated and are no longer meet the needs of the meat processing industry. These two qualifications require review to identify where other imported units may be suitable or where new units could be developed.

Increased automation and use of big data are having a significant impact on the meat processing industry across all job roles, including at a management level. Skills are required in managing teams as they deal with technological advancements, including managing facilities and products, as well as legal and financial concerns. Expertise is also needed at a leadership level to identify opportunities and challenges, including managing change, developing strategy and establishing new markets.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project via a Case for Change submitted by Skills Impact in 2019 on behalf of the Meat IRC.

Skills Impact and the Meat Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 31-35)

Project Plan

Australia is a major figure in the global meat market, as well as being one of the largest per capita consumers of beef and sheep meat in the world. It’s no surprise then that red meat processing plays a significant role in the Australian economy, employing 438,100 people in 2016-17 (Red Meat Advisory Council). This is a unique and challenging environment with comprehensive regulation governing food safety, quality assurance, traceability, biosecurity, environmental impacts and work health and safety. To maintain a competitive edge and keep up with consumer demand, it’s imperative to support skills at a management level to develop business strategy, and identify opportunities and new products. The diploma and advanced diploma level qualifications support the development of skills in management and leadership and are vital to the future of the industry.

Increased use of automation and big data offer space for innovation in processing methods. At the same time, scientific developments such as cultured and artificial meat present opportunities for new products. The industry requires skills in strategy, product development and marketing in order to take full advantage of these and other opportunities as they arise. Leadership skills are needed to manage the many challenges of the industry, including improvement of animal welfare practices across the supply chain and adherence to the various compliance requirements of international markets.

Consultation with the meat processing industry will continue throughout the life of this project to review the diploma and advanced diploma qualifications and units. A focus of this review will be ensuring the qualifications are broad enough to be used throughout different industry sub-sectors. This is a significant opportunity for the meat processing industry to update skills standards in roles that will steer the industry into the future.

Project Scope

This project will undertake a comprehensive review and update of:

  • AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing
  • AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)
  • AMP60115 Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing

Twenty-eight current units of competency will be reviewed for suitability, and up to ten additional units will be either imported or where necessary developed to meet industry skill requirements.

 

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Relevant Occupations
  • Meat processing manager
  • Meat retailing manager
  • Meat processing manager – smallgoods
  • Meat processing manager – poultry processing
  • Maintenance manager
  • Feedlot manager

  

Project Team
Jenny KroonstuiverChief Executive Officer, MINTRAC jkroonstuiver@mintrac.com.au
Sharon FitzgeraldSenior Project Officer, MINTRAC sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au
Tania MinehanProject Officer, MINTRAC tminehan@mintrac.com.au
Paige MazoudierCadet Project Officer, MINTRAC pmazoudier@mintrac.com.au

Timeline

August – September 2019
Initial scoping

September – October 2019
Development of draft skill sets and units

October – November 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

December 2019 – February 2020
Validation of final drafts

February – May 2020
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2020
Submission for endorsement


Subject Matter Experts

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

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

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback on first drafts will occur in October and November 2019, and for the validation of final drafts between December 2019 and February 2020. The qualifications and units need to reflect real work experience in order to ensure training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. As such, your feedback is welcome at any time, to assist in the development of appropriate draft documents.

If you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input. Register your interest to receive project updates and information about consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Sharon Fitzgerald on 0408 612 883 or sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project based on their industry role, size or specialty. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations to seek their involvement and views on all draft skill sets and units. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list, they have simply been identified as the most likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project

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.

Development

The Australian Meat industry is a unique and challenging environment with comprehensive regulation governing food safety, quality assurance, traceability, biosecurity, environmental impacts and work health and safety. To maintain a competitive edge and keep up with consumer demand, it’s imperative to support skills at a management level to develop business strategy and identify opportunities and new products. The skills standards captured in the diploma and advanced diploma level qualifications support the development of skills in management and leadership and are vital to the future of the industry. This project will undertake a comprehensive review and update of:

  • AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing
  • AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)
  • AMP60115 Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing.

Twenty-eight current units of competency are being reviewed for suitability, and up to ten additional units will be imported or where necessary developed to meet industry skill requirements.

The project has been discussed at a number of meat industry network meetings and promoted through email and MINTRAC’s newsletter. As a result, a number of industry stakeholders have contacted the project team to register their interest in the project as either a member of the Technical Advisory Committee or as part of the broader general consultation process. Key industry stakeholders were also identified and invited directly to take part in the project.

A short questionnaire was provided to the members of the Technical Advisory Committee to gain their initial responses on the proposed deletion of the AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing), and the suitability of the units currently in the AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing and AMP60115 Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing.

Development outcomes and next steps

Development outcomes so far have included:

  • No objections raised to the proposal to delete the AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)
  • Proposed incorporation of the units from AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing) into AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing
  • Proposed replacement of the deleted imported unit MSL916005 Manage complex projects with BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
  • Consideration given to importing two TLI units related to supply chains into the AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing
  • Drafts developed for three new units proposed to be included in AMP50215 Diploma of Meat Processing, including a unit for managing a feedlot facility, a unit for managing supply chains and enterprise animal welfare performance, and a unit to cover poultry management which is still under development

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence in mid-October, when draft units and qualifications will be made available for comment on this webpage. Your input is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Meat Processing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Drafts Available

Australian meat is highly sought after in both local and global markets. The industry employed 438,100 people in 2016-17 (Red Meat Advisory Council). Management and leadership skills help the Australian meat industry to develop business strategy and identify opportunities and new products, so that businesses can maintain a competitive edge and keep up with consumer demand.

The skills standards captured in the diploma and advanced diploma level qualifications support the development of skills in management and leadership and are vital to the future of the industry.

Draft qualifications and units of competency for the Diploma of Meat Processing and Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation. 

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualifications and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

The qualifications and units have been reviewed and updated to incorporate skills to address industry sectors that were not considered when the qualifications were first developed, including feedlots, poultry processing, and maintenance management. Two new units have been developed to cover skills in managing a feedlot facility and managing animal welfare performance in enterprises and across the supply chain.

The Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing) is proposed for deletion as it has had very few graduates since it was introduced in 2000. As part of this proposed removal the units that were included in this qualification have now been included as electives in the Diploma of Meat Processing.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many draft documents as you would like. Please share these with others who may be interested in providing feedback. They will be available on this webpage for review and comment until 18 November 2019.

You have the opportunity to play a key role in defining the skills standards of managers and leaders in the meat processing industry, supporting future learners and industry as a whole.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which are expected to be available for industry validation sometime between December 2019 and February 2020. To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online via our feedback hub or by email.

How to provide feedback

The view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online via our feedback hub, or by taking part in a webinar or by email.

Feedback hub 

You can post comments directly on the draft qualifications and units, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff and training package contractors working directly on the project can identify users. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is also moderated to avoid misuse. For further details, see our Moderation Policy. 

Please follow these steps:

  1. Select the qualification or unit you would like to review. 
  2. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account). Follow the prompts. 
  3. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document. 
  4.  Download user instructions 

Please contact us if you require assistance. 

Feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualification and units. Please email your feedback to sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

In person

Project Team Members will be presenting on the project at AMPC Meat Industry Network Meetings on 16 October (Perth, WA) and 13 November (Tamworth, NSW). For further details please contact MINTRAC by emailing Sharon Fitzgerald sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

Teleconferences and/or webinars may be scheduled to discuss feedback received if there are conflicting opinions or matters that require a more detailed analysis.

Two new draft units have been developed for inclusion in both qualifications. It is also proposed that elective units from AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing), which is proposed for deletion, are included in the diploma and advanced diploma. One unit included in both qualifications has been superseded and needs to be updated to the current version. Two supply chain units from the Transport and Logistics Training Package are being considered to be imported.

AMP50215 Diploma of Meat ProcessingView draft qualification and provide feedback
AMP60115 Advanced Diploma of Meat ProcessingView draft qualification and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Qualification proposed to be deleted as it has had very few graduates since it was introduced in 2000. Feedback is sought to ch that doing so will not negatively impact the industry in any way.

AMP50115 Diploma of Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)View existing qualification on training.gov.au

You can email your feedback to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

These new units have been developed to address gaps in the current qualifications.

AMPMGT511 Manage feedlot facilityView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT512 Manage supply chain and enterprise animal welfare performanceView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

These units have been updated into current unit of competency formats and updated to reflect current industry practices and sectors of the meat industry that were not considered when the units were developed, including feedlots, poultry processing and maintenance management.

AMPMGT501 Design and manage the food safety systemView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT502 Manage new product or process developmentView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT503 Develop and assess a meat retailing business opportunityView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT504 Develop, manage and maintain quality systemsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT505 Manage maintenance systemsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT506 Manage utilities and energyView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT507 Manage and improve meat industry enterprise operationsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT508 Manage environmental impacts of meat industry operationsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT509 Manage, maintain and continuously improve workplace health and safety plans and systemsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT510 Manage transportation of meat, meat products and meat by-productsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT601 Benchmark to manage and improve enterprise performanceView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT602 Monitor and manage organisational legal responsibilitiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT603 Manage meat processing systems to maintain and improve product qualityView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT604 Manage effective operation of meat enterprise cold chain and refrigeration systemsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT605 Assess and purchase livestockView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT606 Analyse and develop enterprise systems for new opportunitiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPMGT607 Establish new marketsView draft unit and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

These units have been checked to see if they are suitable for use by the meat industry. Substantial changes to these units are not within the scope of this project.

AHCBUS603 Develop and review a strategic plan (proposed to replace SIRXMGT005A Set strategic plans)View existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirementsView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBDIV601 Develop and implement diversity policyView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plansView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBFIM601 Manage financesView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBINN601 Lead and manage organisational changeView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisationView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBMGT617 Develop and implement a business planView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBMKG502 Establish and adjust the marketing mixView existing unit on training.gov.au
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work (recommended to replace the superseded MSL916005 Manage complex projects, as the new MSL916010 Manage complex projects is specific to laboratories and not suitable for use in the meat industry)View existing unit on training.gov.au
SIRXMGT005 Lead the development of business opportunitiesView existing unit on training.gov.au

You can email your feedback regarding inclusion of these units to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

These units are proposed to import into the qualifications. Changes to these units are not within the scope of this project.

TLIX9983X Manage fundamental aspects of supply chainsView existing unit on training.gov.au
TLIX9986X Establish blockchain in a supply chainThis unit is currently part of a project being undertaken by Australian Industry Standards, and is currently pending endorsement and publication on training.gov.au. Feedback is sought regarding the inclusion of the unit within the diploma and advanced diploma only.

View draft unit

You can email your feedback regarding inclusion of these units to Sharon sfitzgerald@mintrac.com.au.

Summary of consultation to date

The draft qualifications and units have been drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts. They have considered feedback that was received from the responses to a questionnaire sent to the Technical Advisory Committee about the key requirements of the job roles covered by the qualifications and the suitability of the current units available in the qualifications. People working directly in the meat industry participated and provided information on the skills and knowledge required for job roles and tasks. Thank you to those who provided feedback during these activities.

 

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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Meat Processing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Validation

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Finalisation

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