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Overview  –  Meat Processing

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

In general, this sector is characterized by a large number of small and medium-size producers for local and niche markets and a smaller number of large producers.

What does this industry cover?

  • Meat processing (abattoirs)
  • Poultry processing
  • Smallgoods manufacturing
  • Wild game harvesting
  • Meat wholesaling and retailing

Industry Information

Meat processing offers a wide range of job opportunities for people in places like abattoirs, poultry processing, smallgoods, food services and wholesale and retail outlets, as well as more technical areas such as meat safety/inspection, quality assurance, logistics management, effluent treatment and environmental control.

The Australian meat processing industry generates billions of dollars a year to the economy and employs approximately 350,000 people who are involved either directly or indirectly in the supply chain.  The growing demand and export trade for red meat in the global markets provides the industry with the potential for growth and new business opportunities.

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Career Pathways

The Australian Meat Processing Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma

The industry provides many career opportunities and a majority of the workforce holds a qualification or currently in training.  Look at the Qualification Charts to see what is of interest or go to https://training.gov.au/Search for further information