Who are the major industry organisations?

There are many industry organisations and government regulatory authorities that play an important role in the meat processing industry. These include:

  • AMIEU (Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union) is the major union representing workers in the meat processing industry
  • AMIC (Australian Meat Processing Council) is the Peak Council that represents retailers, processors, exporters and smallgoods manufacturers in the post-farm-gate meat industry.
  • AUS-MEAT (Authority for Uniform Standards-Meat and Livestock) is responsible for standard language and description of meat
  • Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulatory food inspection standards at export registered meat businesses
  • State meat authorities are responsible for ensuring hygiene and quality standards for the production of meat for the domestic market are met.
  • APL (Australian Pork Limited) is responsible for representing pork processors, the promotion of pork products and funding the research and development initiatives in the pig industry.
  • AMPC (Australian Meat Processor Corporation) is a national Research and Development Centre, representing all processors active in the red meat processing industry. Specifically, AMPC aims to promote, protect and further the rights and mutual interests of its Members.
  • The Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc. (ACMF) is the peak coordinating body for participants in the chicken meat industry in Australia. ACMF represents all elements of the industry, including chicken growers and processors, at the national level.
  • MINTRAC (National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council) is a company, owned by the Meat Industry, which represents the industry on training matters. MINTRAC’s role is to improve the skills of workers in the industry through the provision of recognised and accredited training from entry level through to senior management.