March 2020

From the CEO's Desk..

If the world didn’t fully appreciate the severity and wide reaching impacts of  COVID-19, I’m sure events that have taken place globally in the last week have hit home as to the scale of this crisis. Read more here.

Update SA EAD training
for Domestic Abattoirs and Knackeries.

South Australia domestic premises received an EAD pack in the mail last week offering several options of training sessions regarding emergency animal diseases and having an EAD response plan in place.
Unfortunately, under the circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, training originally scheduled for April has been postponed. 
Please continue to return your note of interest, if you have not already done so. MINTRAC will monitor the situation and carry out the training when appropriate. In the meantime, please feel free to complete the free e-learning module available on our website.

Training Package developments update

As you will be aware from previous newsletters MINTRAC has been funded to undertake the following four AMP Training Package development projects: 
  1. Review of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications 
  2. New units and skill sets for halal meat processing 
  3. New unit and skill set for wild game harvesting auditing
  4. Addressing gaps in poultry processing training 
Read the full details here.

PMID alternative techniques
to Schedules 2 and 3 of AS4696:2007 webinar 

MINTRAC will hold a webinar twice in April to provide information about the recent changes to post-mortem inspection and disposition techniques as set out in AMRG Guideline 2020:1 – Alternative techniques guideline to Schedules 2 and 3 of AS 4696:2007. Read more and register here.
Confused about the difference between African swine fever (ASF) and swine influenza (swine flu)? Whilst both are diseases of pigs,they are caused by different viruses and affect pigs in different ways.
Further details in the fact sheet attached here.

Feedlot training project 

MINTRAC is working on a project funded by Meat and Livestock Australia which involves undertaking a review of all currently available education and training materials, training providers and courses, relevant to the Australian feedlot industry. Read more here.

IRC Industry Skills Forecast Annual Update

Each year, Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) have been responsible for submitting an IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC). These are submitted annually at the end of April. Read more here.
Are you a small business employing a trainee or apprentice? 
You may be eligible for a wage subsidy
The Government is supporting small businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. 
Employers can register for the subsidy from 2 April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.
The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 employees who retain an apprentice or trainee.
For more information visit:
ATO Tax Time 2020 - Meat Workers Tax Tips
provided by Australian Tax Office 
  • Remember, you’re accountable for the claims you make in your tax return, even if you use a registered tax agent to prepare and lodge it on your behalf. Make sure you have records to prove your claims. 
  • The best time to lodge your tax return is mid-August, when all financial information the ATO receives from employers, banks, government agencies and more, will be pre-filled.
  • For more information, or to download the guides available for specific occupations, visit
  • See the Meat workers tax time poster here.
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