Halal Meat Processing Project

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Case for change

The Australian halal export meat trade is in a strong position, currently valued at $1.6 billion per year and growing. This has a positive impact on the meat processing sector as whole.

To work in halal meat processing, individuals currently undertake a meat processing qualification as well as attaining certification from one of a number of individual organisations. However, this provides a challenge in maintaining a consistent standard of what it means for meat to be halal. There is currently a push towards a single Australian certification system, presenting a need for a unified approach to training. As such, industry is supportive of addressing the skills required for halal meat processing through nationally endorsed training.

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 36-39)

 

Project Plan

Australia has been processing meat for halal markets for many years and demand is increasing, with Australian halal export trade currently valued at $1.6 billion annually (Parliament of Australia). This strong position in the halal market increases farm gate returns, opening up opportunities in international markets.

“Halal certification is required for exports to Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Brunei, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. These are significant markets for the meat industry and third party certification is instrumental in providing exporters access to these markets.” (Parliament of Australia)

Despite Australia’s strong position, variation in halal market requirements is a major challenge. Halal certification provides consumers peace of mind that they know where meat is coming from, how it has been handled and whether it matches their religious beliefs. It’s vital that halal procedures are consistent in order for meat to pass halal market audits and become available on the market. Traditionally, employees working in halal processing have needed to obtain certification from one of a number of Islamic organisations in addition to holding an existing meat processing qualification. However, there is a push from industry to move towards a single Australian halal certification system to support consistency in halal meat products.

Consultation with the meat processing industry will continue throughout the life of this project to review and develop skills standards in halal meat processing, across all relevant parts of the supply chain. This will allow the industry to support skills in line with Australian certification standards and to demonstrate halal compliance to international markets.

Project Scope

The project will address the need for a unified training approach to halal meat processing, considering units of competency included in the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Slaughtering) and (Quality Assurance) and Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) and developing new units of competency and skill sets as necessary. Transferability to other livestock and food sectors will be considered during the review and development.

 

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Relevant Occupations
  • Meat processing worker

 

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


  • a unit to cover slaughtering in accordance with Halal requirements (to be delivered by Authorised Islamic Organisations)
  • a unit to address the specific requirements of conducting a Halal audit
  • a unit for Quality Assurance managers to identify and address different Halal market requirements, including certification
  • a unit for involved non-Muslims covering the need to understand Halal requirements, and the Halal production process.

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

Despite Australia’s strong position, variation in halal market requirements is a major challenge. Halal certification provides consumers peace of mind that they know where meat is coming from, how it has been handled and whether it matches their religious beliefs. It’s vital that halal procedures are consistent in order for meat to meet halal market requirements.

The project will address the need for a unified training approach to halal meat processing, considering units of competency included in the Certificate III in Meat Processing and Certificate IV in Meat Processing and developing new units of competency and skill sets as necessary.

Initial drafting of the units and skill set has been guided by the Department of Agriculture Halal Consultative Committee – Halal Training Sub-committee. The Committee will approve the draft materials before they are released for public consultation.

The project has been discussed at a number of meat industry network meetings and promoted through email broadcasts and MINTRAC’s newsletter. As a result a number of industry stakeholders have contacted the project team to register their interest in being part of the broader general consultation process as the project progresses.

Development outcomes and next steps

Development outcomes so far have included:

  • Initial drafting of two units of competency for performing animal slaughter in accordance with halal requirements and overseeing a meat processing establishment’s halal certification requirements
  • Initial drafting of a Meat Processing Halal Slaughter Skill Set

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence in mid-October, when draft units and skill set 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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Drafts Available

Traditionally, employees working in halal processing have needed to obtain certification from one of a number of organisations in addition to holding an existing meat processing qualification. However, the Australian meat processing industry is supporting a move towards a single Australian halal certification system. This would support consistency in halal meat products, providing consumers peace of mind that they know where meat is coming from, how it has been handled and whether it matches their religious beliefs. It would also promote the ongoing success of Australian halal meat products in international markets.

A draft skill set and units of competency for halal meat processing requirements 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 skill set and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

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 job roles in halal meat processing, 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 skill set 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 skill set 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 skill set 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 skill set 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.

This new skill set has been developed to cover the skills and knowledge required to undertake Halal slaughter in an approved export meat processing establishment. The skills covered include sticking and bleeding, assessing effective stunning and bleeding, performing animal slaughter according to Halal requirements, following safe work policies and procedures and maintaining sharp knives.

AMPSS00065 Meat Processing Halal Slaughter Skill SetView draft skill set 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.

Two new units have been drafted, one at operator level and the second aimed at supervisors. The first unit covers the skills and knowledge required to slaughter animals in accordance with halal requirements, and the second unit covers skills and knowledge required to oversee the procedures and personnel required to gain and/or maintain halal approvals.

AMPX3105 Perform animal slaughter in accordance with Halal certification requirementsView draft unit and provide feedback
AMPX431 Meat processing establishment’s Halal complianceView draft unit and provide feedback

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

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

Summary of consultation to date

The draft skill set and units have been drafted in consultation with the Department of Agriculture Halal Consultative Committee – Halal Training Sub-committee. This committee has provided information about the key requirements of the job roles covered by the skill set and units. 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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