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March 2019

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Welcome to the MINTRAC National Meat Industry Training Conference.

Fifteen years ago, when we gathered for our first ‘Hooked on Training’ conference, our keynote speakers addressed the Federal vision for skill development and the newly formed AgriFood Industry Skills  Council. There were workshops on Meat Hygiene Assessment, Human Resources and the review of the Training Package, and for the first time we heard from our scholarship students. 
What a long way we have come in fifteen years. 

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Welcome Lynne Crawford - Project Officer

MINTRAC welcomed Lynne to the team at Caringbah on the 4th March 2019
Lynne was brought up on a mixed arable and livestock farm in Scotland. She graduated from university with honours in Animal Science.  
Before making the move to Australia, she worked professionally within the industry for five years as an Agricultural officer for the Scottish Government.
Lynne will be working predominantly on the Domestic Slaughter Plant. 
If you need to contact Lynne please call her on 0409 092 566 or email

Farewell Rachel

It’s with great sadness that we will soon bid farewell a valuable member of the MINTRAC team. One of our Project Officers, Rachel Murrell, is moving from Sydney to Melbourne to pursue other opportunities and will be leaving us at the end of April, making this her last MINTRAC conference.

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Meat Industry Professional Development workshops - Planning and conducting a workplace assessment

  • Have you ever had to carry out a skills assessment of an employee as part of the recruitment or promotion process? 
  • Have you had to assess whether an employee is following enterprise quality standards? 
  • Have you had to assess whether a change to a work instruction or SOP has been fully understood and actioned? 
  • Did you use an assessment process that was fair and reasonable? 
  • Did you document the process and outcomes so that they could be clearly understood by an auditor or regulator?  
This half-day workshop will help you to address all of these questions and to have confidence in the process you develop. 

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2019 Meat Industry Training Awards

It was quality over quantity for this year’s MINTRAC Meat Industry Training Awards – all the nominations were very worthy and representative of the hard work that is done by people involved in training in the meat industry.

This year’s nominations included the development of a suite of education resources for schools which aimed to expand awareness about the red meat processing industry in Australia and the career opportunities it offers, a trainer who has worked in the industry for seventeen years and is passionate about continuous learning, and three outstanding young people, two butchery apprentices and a meat processing worker.

The winners of the Meat Industry Training Awards will be announced during the awards dinner at the MINTRAC Training Conference. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.

Updated Training and Assessment materials – January 2019

New T&A materials have been developed,Adjustments have been made and the Unit by Unit listing has been updated.

Please see here for all the updates

Exam Generator

This new tool is now available to RTOs for the training and assessment of meat inspection students. 

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Request for Permit (RFP) training available online

Do you need to raise and validate requests for export permits and Meat Transfer Certificates as part of your role? 

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The Next Generation of Meat Inspection trainers

A few weeks ago, a group of meat inspection trainers gathered in Wagga Wagga NSW for a week-long intensive training program.

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AMPC Upskilling Scholarships recipients 2019

Congratulations to the latest recipients of an AMPC Upskilling Scholarship.
We have six recipients who will be starting their studies in 2019, five from  Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-Operative (WAMMCO) in WA and one form Northern Cooperative Meat Company (NCMC) in Casino.

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Voice recognition technology for recording animal health data

MINTRAC in conjunction with AMPC and Animal Health Australia have developed a system for meat inspectors to record and capture animal health data on high speed sheep and lamb chains. The system involves the inspector wearing just a head set consisting of bluetooth headphones and a microphone.

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Mark you calendars! You do not want to miss this one!!

Recognising training excellence in the meat industry

The Australian Training Awards recognise individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. Over the years the meat industry has had many industry students, trainers and organisations receive awards at both a state and national level.

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Out and About with MINTRAC

See what the team has been up to this month.
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