Meat Processing

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Why Study Meat Processing at GOTAFE

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of red meat and livestock with exports representing 60% of the Australian meat industry’s trade. In Victoria the meat industry contributes approximately 21% of Australia's meat industry turnover ($2200 million) and is Victoria's second largest food sector.

Victoria's meat industry employs over 10,000 people, approximately 22% of the national meat industry workforce. As one of Australia’s primary industries, meat processing, including meat retail, provides many career opportunities such as working in ‘boutique meat' outlets and those specialising in particular meat species (ie game or poultry) and outlets specialising in adding value to traditional meat products.

Wholesale Meat Processing - Training solution packages

GOTAFE's Meat Processing unit focuses on your needs. Our industry experienced staff can provide training solutions for your business. We can offer a tailored package that fits into your business needs and provide a project manager to oversee training in the workplace. We find the right staff to deliver the training and support you during audits. Our packages are not limited to meat processing - we can also source accredited training in rural operations, forklift, logistics, OHS, leadership skills and office administration for example.

Retail Meat Processing - Training on the job

GOTAFE’s Meat Processing unit provides on-the-job training and assessment of meat processing apprentices and staff including retail butchers apprentices. Advantages to both the employer and the apprentice include:

  • Flexible delivery to match less busy days
  • Apprentices trained in the use of plant and equipment installed on site, rather than generic instruction
  • One-on-one training and instruction
  • Employer can oversee progress and ask questions of trainer

Meat Processing Career Opportunities

Study within the Meat Processing area can lead to job titles such as:

  • retail butcher
  • meat process worker
  • meat safety officer
  • food quality officer
  • supervisor or team leader


Prospective students should discuss enrolment with the Course Coordinator. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233) for more information.