MINTRAC is internationally recognised for its expertise in developing training and professional development solutions to Australian meat industry business development requirements. MINTRAC is an independent national company at the forefront of innovation in skills and training, with strong links to Industry and Registered Training Organisations. Managed by a meat industry Board of Directors, the organisation has well-established industry relationships and is valued by the industry for its expertise in education and training.
Since its establishment in 1992, MINTRAC has sought to provide highly valued products and services to the Australian Meat Industry in the areas of education and training. MINTRAC prides itself on being innovative and adaptable, anticipating and responding to emerging industry needs and global challenges.
Based in Sydney, MINTRAC has a full-time staff of seven. The combined technical, educational and research capability of the MINTRAC staff draws on many years of experience and high level educational qualifications.
Through its well-established industry networks, communication systems and strong relationships with industry organisations and training providers, MINTRAC has the capability to communicate directly and rapidly with key stakeholders to gather and disseminate information. This capacity, plus a well-earned confidence from the industry enables MINTRAC to represent the industry to government in matters relating to education and training. MINTRAC thus provides a strong voice on behalf of industry in matters relating to funding for training, education policy and the development of industry training priorities.
MINTRAC also has the capacity to rapidly develop and disseminate training responses to industry strategic directions and priorities. Its national focus means that such dissemination is well coordinated, comprehensive and nationally consistent. This includes capability in developing accredited training, training and assessment support materials and professional development programs.
MINTRAC's specific areas of capability include:
MINTRAC is governed by a Board of Directors representing the Meat Industry. The Board includes representatives of:
MINTRAC is staffed from its office in Drummoyne, an inner western suburb of Sydney. In addition, a Project Officer operates out of Canberra.
All work is carried out in association with representatives of the industry. There are both formal and informal opportunities for industry input. Formal opportunities for participation are provided through membership of reference groups for each training project and the industry network meetings. On an informal level MINTRAC Project Officers are on the road visiting meat plants and industry representatives are encouraged to contact MINTRAC staff at any time on training matters.
Organisational charts follow that depict MINTRAC's structure.
|AMIC||AMIEU||Meat Processing Plants||AMPC|
|(Australian Meat Industry Council)||(Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union)||(Australian Meat Processor Corporation)|
|AMPC||Employer Association Members||Union Members||General Members|
|Chief Executive Officer|
|Office Manager||Senior Project Officer||Project Officer|
|Irene Parker||Clive Richardson (Canberra based)||Rachel Murrell|
|Project Officer||Project Officer||Training and Products Administrator|
|Sharon Fitzgerald||Fiona Gojan||Tania Minehan|
Please contact the appropriate staff member for information on any of the following projects:
MINTRAC Strategic direction
MINTRAC will lead the meat industry in matters relating to education, training and R&D extension through a close relationship with industry peak organisations, meat and training regulatory bodies.
MINTRAC will provide highly-valued products and services to the Australian Meat Industry in the areas of education and training, and in the extension of industry research and development.
We are innovative and adaptable, anticipating and responding to emerging industry needs and global challenges.
MINTRAC is committed to:
MINTRAC will continue to represent the meat industry on matters related to education and training.
MINTRAC will strengthen relationships with meat industry stakeholders as the preferred provider of education, training and extension services for the purpose of leveraging the strengths of those organisations.
MINTRAC will expand its customer base.
MINTRAC will find new ways to leverage the existing cost base:
MINTRAC will actively search for innovative ways to leverage existing cost base. It does not mean that MINTRAC has been sluggish in cost-cutting attempts; simply that it may be possible to find new synergies once the company is focused on generating the most value from the current cost base. It may also consider the type of skills provided within the current employee base and may require upskilling or recruiting other skills to support value creation.
For a copy of the full strategy plan including an introduction from the Chairman of the MINTRAC board please click here.
John commenced his career in the meat industry as a 13 year old labourer at Smorgans, (Dinmore) Queensland, beginning in the boning room, then progressing to a slicer/ boner and then to the slaughter floor. John then became a Foreman, Plant Manager and then Senior Manager. In 1984 John was appointed the General Manager of Abattoirs, Industrial Relations and Personnel at Australian Meat Holdings. From 1986 John spent time as the Vice President of ConAgra Meat Division and in 2001 was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Meat. Consolidated Meat soon amalgamated with Teys (Bros) Holdings where John was the General Manager - Operation Improvement for over eight years. John currently consults for the industry and has an advisory role at Teys Bros Holdings. John's involvement with MINTRAC began in 1998 as a Director and he has been Chairman of the MINTRAC Board since 2002, and is also a Director of AgriFood Skills Australia.
Grant is a meat worker with more than 30 years’ experience under his belt, Grant Courtney currently represents thousands of meat workers in his role as the Secretary of the Newcastle and Northern NSW Branch of the AMIEU. Grant is a seasoned organiser and veteran leader, who brings together a consummate and practical knowledge of the meat industry with a tireless drive to improve the lives of meat workers. Grant’s industry experience has been in high demand at a number of meat industry training groups. In addition to his work at MINTRAC and the Australian Meat industry Reference Committee , he has served as director on the boards of Agrifood Skills Australia Governance Committee, Meat Industry Training Australia, Agrifoods Skills Australia, and the Tasmanian Food Industry Training Board. From his beginnings as a butcher’s apprentice in Tasmania all the way through to the four years he served as Federal President of the AMIEU, Grant has proven himself to be someone who refuses to settle for anything less than best practice training outcomes for Australian meatworkers.
Geoff's career in the meat industry has spanned over 42 years commencing at the Dinmore site, near Ipswich, Queensland. Geoff has been involved in many roles over the years and was responsible for introducing large scale databases that allow for efficient operation across many areas of the business. The various roles have seen Geoff work throughout the States of QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and Tasmania. Geoff has been responsible for setting up and ongoing management for many years of the Registered Training organisation (RTO) status of JBS Australia which is the largest training organisation in Australia.
This work has entailed direct involvement with MINTRAC including the introduction of the restructured 1998 Meat Package and ongoing reviews.
Geoff holds a Diploma in OHS, Diploma in Training and Assessment, is a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia, A registered RABQSA OHS auditor and a qualified Justice of the Peace.
Currently he is Chair of the Meat Industry Advisory Group (MIAG) in Queensland, Chair of the AMIC National WHS Committee and a member director of the AMIST super fund.
Laurie works for Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd within the Innovation, Planning & Quality Group. Laurie's role is to manage the Quality Programs at Rivalea covering the Pork Processing Plants, Pig Farming, Feedmill and Distribution Centres. Laurie began in the meat industry in 1973 and his early career included slaughtering, boning and smallgoods manufacturing roles. In 1981 Laurie began the start of 18 years in meat inspection before commencing work as the QA Manager at ICMs Beef Export Plant. A year later he joined the quality team at Rivalea. In 1998, Wodonga TAFE employed Laurie part time as a technical writer for the early MINTRAC Training Programs. After completing Certificate IV, Training & Assessment he took on the role of Training Coordinator at Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd then moved to the Pig Farming Sector to manage the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program (APIQ). In his current position, Laurie is actively involved within the Australian Pork Industy, sitting on several committees receiving input and advising on training needs in the areas of production, safety and environment as well as the integration into the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) program.
Matt's career in the meat industry has spanned 27 years. He commenced his working life work as an apprentice at the age of 15 in a Butcher's shop. After successfully completing his trade qualification as Butcher, Matt was employed in several areas of the meat industry, including meat retail for large supermarket chains, private Butcher's shops and meat processing in abattoirs. Matt is currently the lead organizer with the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union. He has worked for the AMIEU for over 10 years. During that time he has had extensive experience in assisting apprentices and trainees in relation to training matters, both in the meat retail and meat processing sectors, across all areas of federal and State regulation of training. Matt is a member of the Queensland Government Meat Industry Advisory Group and liaises with industry bodies and employers on developing Occupational Health and Safety initiatives for the industry. He is also an accredited Authorise Representative of an Employment Organisation for workplace health and safety purposes in Queensland and is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) in Queensland.