Careers and traineeships

Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career that can lead to further advancement?

Do you still want to enjoy your current lifestyle?

Do you want to develop lifelong friendships while earning money?

A career in the MEAT INDUSTRY is waiting for you!

There are a number of different career paths you can take in the meat industry, from labourers to graduate positions.

Check out the different sectors below for more information.

Why choose a career in the meat industry?

It is a career and a lifestyle all in one.

  • Training is conducted predominantly on-the-job; earn money while you train!
  • There are employment opportunities across Australia and internationally.
  • Enhance your skills - become a supervisor or manager.
  • You will develop skills that are applicable across all sectors of the food industry.
  • There is opportunity to specialise.
  • Generous industry support for further education and training.
  • The meat industry offers a dynamic, challenging working environment.

What level of education is needed for a career in the meat industry?

  • Careers are available from Certificate I to postgraduate degrees.
  • Nearly every new employee can undertake an apprenticeship of traineeship.
  • Most employees receive the opportunity to undertake additional training beyond their first qualification.
  • Many companies provide additional training at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.

Meat Matters

  • The Australian Meat Industry is one of Australia's largest export earners, earning an approximate $8 billion per year.
  • Australia is one of the world's largest exporters of red meat and livestock, exporting primarily to the United States and Japan.
  • It employs around 60,000 people from apprentices through to management.
  • It has one of the best training systems in the world with over 90% of the workforce holding a qualification or currently in training.

Industry contacts

MINTRAC, 1800 817 462 or email

Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), 02 9086 2200 or email

Meat & Livestock Australia, 02 9463 9333 or email

Visit our Virtual Farm

This section is for anyone who is looking for general information about traineeships in the Australian Meat Industry. This includes:

  • current trainees
  • employees looking to become a trainee
  • employers
  • Trainers

This section also provides strategies for employers and Trainers to better support their trainees, and also strategies for trainees to ensure they are supported during their training. These strategies are aimed at increasing completion and retention rates of trainees.

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