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Queensland Beef Processing Strategy

Protecting and growing manufacturing jobs into the future is a priority for the Queensland Government, and supporting growth of the beef processing industry is part of our plan for a flourishing Queensland manufacturing sector.

Queensland Beef Processing Strategy 2019-22

The Queensland Beef Processing Strategy 2019-22 (PDF icon 2.7 MB) will support one of the state’s largest manufacturing industries.

The strategy has been developed following extensive consultation with major beef processors and representative bodies about the challenges facing the industry and the opportunities to work in partnership with industry to respond to these challenges.

It sets out a range of actions to support and develop the beef processing sector, focusing on the following four priority areas, with several key initiatives underway.

Priority 1: Enhancing industry engagement and representation

Regular working group meetings between government departments and industry are being held to monitor the actions and initiatives under the strategy and respond to strategic issues.

Beef processors are also represented at the Ministerial Manufacturing Council and the Ministerial Beef Roundtable meetings.

The Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has a network of 11 regional offices working with business and industry to provide strategic support and regional development services throughout Queensland.

Priority 2: Ensuring efficient movement of livestock and freight (road and rail)

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is in the process of developing the Freight for the Meatworks Sector - Future Directions to provide policy direction to support the freight transport needs of the beef processing industry.

Consultation with key beef processing industry stakeholders is currently taking place to inform regional transport plans, livestock transport services contracts, the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program and rail infrastructure upgrades.

This will ensure movement of livestock and freight for the beef processing industry is considered in future transport policy, planning and investment.

Priority 3: Building and retaining a skilled workforce

In collaboration with industry the Queensland Government has developed a new Queensland Beef website to showcase the breadth and diversity of career opportunities available, with details of employment programs, current jobs available, training opportunities and school resources to help students and workers take the next step with employment in one of Queensland’s strongest industries.

Through representation on the Meat Processing Skills and Training Industry Reference Group, industry is engaged to inform and align Queensland Government training and skills priorities and initiatives in relation to vocational education and training (VET) and VET pathways.

Funding contributions towards the cost of training and assessment services are available for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees under the User Choice program. The following link provides a list of current qualifications and subsidies available under the User Choice Program, including details of apprenticeships and traineeships for the meat processing industry: Qualifications List.

In addition the Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. This program also supports school students to access training and Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing free training in high priority qualifications.

Professional development and skill pathways for management has been identified by the beef processing industry as important for career progression and improving business operations. The Queensland Government has established a consolidated online information resource on management, mentoring and leadership courses.

Find out more about the types of roles available within the Beef Processing industry.

Priority 4: Investing in supply chain and processing efficiency

The Queensland Government is working closely with the beef processing industry to provide information on new manufacturing technology and process improvements and to monitor the innovation needs of the industry.

There are six regional manufacturing hubs in Queensland administered by the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water that provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing. The hubs can assist beef processors with improving business and processing efficiencies, demonstrate state-of-the-art technology and assist with workforce development and training needs.

Expert information on world leading manufacturing technology and advanced robotics solutions is also available at the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub located in Brisbane. The ARM Hub can provide your business with access to information, facilities, experience, networks and design-led manufacturing. The ARM Hub team works with business and industry, drawing together scientists, technical specialists, designers and engineers to develop commercial robotic solutions and address some of the industry’s key challenges.

The Queensland Manufacturing Institute (QMI) provides programs and services that are designed to develop and grow Queensland’s manufacturing industry. QMI works directly with business and industry to increase the adoption of leading-edge design, innovation, technologies, processes and practices in line with Industry 4.0.

About Queensland’s Beef Processing Industry

Queensland is a significant global beef processor, servicing domestic and global markets with high-quality beef products. In a typical year, almost 50 per cent of all Australian beef and veal products are processed in Queensland.

The beef processing industry directly and indirectly supports regional businesses right through the beef supply chain. It is a major regional employer providing skilled employment opportunities including processing, food technology, trades, administration, professional and marketing roles.

Queensland’s beef industry operates in a highly competitive environment. It is essential processing costs are minimised for the industry to maintain global market share. Extreme climatic conditions and weather events are among some of the challenges facing the industry.

More information

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Last updated: 14 Sep 2022