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The majority of the Australian Meat Processing workforce resides in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the most job opportunities in these states.
Occupations in demand are meat, poultry and seafood process workers, other factory process workers, meat boners and slicers, and slaughterers.
There is an increasing demand for skills such as continual learning, information literacy, autonomy and self-management. Technology is playing a larger role in this industry, and research and development are ongoing. There is an emphasis on biosecurity, food safety and traceability, which place greater demands on business leaders. Skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, customer service, marketing, and finance are therefore needed.
Changes in customer expectations is causing a shift towards traceability, health, welfare and ethical treatment of animals, and decreased use of hormones and antibiotics. These shifts are expected to change how businesses in this industry work, while increasing roles to support these changes.
New e-commerce platforms allows consumers to buy meat directly from farmers. Consumers can customise their buying power based on ethical farming, sustainable farming, quality and flavour, and farm location.