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Australian Meat Processing

Overview

The Australian meat processing industry is made up of meat processors, smallgoods makers, retailers and exporters who together supply meat to both domestic and international markets. 

In general, this sector is characterised by a large number of small and medium-size producers producing for local or niche markets and a smaller number of large producers that often are multinational companies which operate globally.

What does this industry cover?

  • Meat processing (abattoirs)
  • Poultry processing
  • Small-goods manufacturing
  • Wild game harvesting
  • Meat wholesaling & retailing

Industry Information

This industry includes 1,215 processing businesses and about 6,000 wholesalers and retailers.  The sector employs approximately 350,000 people who are involved either directly or indirectly in the supply chain.

A growing demand and export trade for red meat in the global markets provides the industry with the potential for growth and new business opportunities.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements are average in the meat retailing and processing sectors.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 4610

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Packers
Meat Processers
Stock Handlers & Process Workers
Quality Assurance Officers
Butchers
Retail Sales and Packaging Staff

This industry is positioned within the following group

Industry

Food & Wine Processing

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The  Australian Meat Processing Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.

Industry

  • National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council Limited (MINTRAC)
  • Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC​)
  • Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)