0334 Australian Meat Industry Council

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Meat Industry Council
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.



1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?


What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

In all States of Australia there is a shortage of qualified Butcher and Smallgoods Makers, which is confirmed in the latest reports relating to the ANZSCO 3512 data produced by the Australian Department of Employment.

Relevant data is also contained in the publication titled 'IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017 - 2020'. This report provides an overview of workforce development and skills needed for the Australian meat processing industry sector. This report was produced as a result of funding from the Federal Department of Education and Training.

The report confirms that the meat processing industry covers six sectors - abattoirs, poultry processing, smallgoods manufacturing, feedlots, wild game harvesting and meat wholesalers and retailers. T

The meat industry includes 1,215 processing businesses and around 6,000 wholesale and retail businesses. Employment in the meat industry is approximately 350,000, either directly or indirectly in the supply chain.

This report projects that there will be an increase in the need for Butchers and Smallgoods Makers in the meat industry. It states that, 'The meat processing sector has a steady reliance on migration, including 457 and 416 visas, as an important source of skilled (and unskilled) workers for the industry, particularly in regional areas with seasonal labour requirements'.

The meat industry has continuous problems with recruiting and retaining Australian skilled and unskilled workers. As a result the meat industry's reliance on migrant workers is necessary for the viability of the industry. In order to do that the industry has to be able to offer these workers a pathway to permanent residency, which is not available under the STSOL.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?


3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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