April 2020

From the CEO's Desk.

What an amazing time to be alive. Whilst there is no doubt that this COVID-19 pandemic is a serious risk to health and the economy, there are numerous positives coming to the surface as a result of global lockdowns. Continue reading here.

MINTRAC is still here for you.

Irene and Wendy are still taking your calls and the whole team is still on line.
We will and are taking your inquires and responding as quickly and as efficiently as we can.

So please continue to call  02 98196699 or email 

QCMPA Young Guns 2020

MINTRAC Project officer Lynne Crawford travelled to Gympie, Queensland for the annual QCMPA Young Gun event held 27-29 February 2020.
See the photos and read all the details here.

Workplace assessor webinar and more …

MINTRAC has turned one of our popular workshops into a one-hour webinar and is pleased to be able to offer this at a discounted rate. 
“Planning and conducting a workplace assessment”
is a program for meat industry personnel who are responsible for assessing the skills and knowledge of an employee in the workplace. 

Topics will include:
  • An overview of workplace assessment including principles of assessment and rules of evidence 
  • How to plan the assessment
  • Developing assessment instruments
  • Conducting and documenting the assessment
See the full details including if this course is for you and how to register here.

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

MINTRAC recently held a very successful webinar on 8 April which provided 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.

This webinar will be repeated on 29 April, 11am-12pm NSW time.  

The review has come up with a range of recommendations to alter a number of post-mortem inspection techniques and dispositions.
These have been agreed to by the State Regulatory Authorities and are documented in guidelines.

The Australian Standard 4696:2007 provides for guidelines to be read in conjunction with the standard and for equivalence to processes/procedures prescribed in the standard to be demonstrated. These guidelines are relevant only for domestic abattoirs at this stage.  

Registration is essential, please register via this link

Training Package developments update - April 2020

The following four AMP Training Package development projects are nearing completion and these developments have been through a number of stages since July 2019.
  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 including what happens next.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic
TAFE Queensland and TAFE NSW
are offering a range of courses. 

TAFE QLD are asking you Why isolate, when you can isolearn? 
They are offering a range of education and training to support individuals, and small, medium and large businesses. Read more here.

TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.
See all the details here.
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