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Abattoir Labourer Courses

An Abattoir Labourer undertakes various duties during the preparation of meat at an abattoir. You might prepare livestock for slaughter or cut meat from carcasses. Abattoir Labourers may be involved with cleaning and sanitation tasks or you may package and label meat cuts. You might get meat ready for transport or load it for delivery.

Abattoir Labourers should be flexible and able to handle a range of tasks during their day. It’s important that you can follow directions and work well in a team environment. Abattoir Labourers must be able to make safety a priority and should always work to correct procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an Abattoir Labourer earn?

In Australia, a full time Abattoir Labourer generally earns $1,050 per week ($54,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Abattoir Labourer?

This industry has seen strong employment growth in recent years. There are currently 13,000 people employed as abattoir workers in Australia compared to 9,900 five years ago. Abattoir Labourers may find work in regions of Australia where abattoir facilities are located.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become an Abattoir Labourer?

If you’re interested in a career as an Abattoir Labourer, consider enrolling in a Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher). This course covers a range of topics including using knives and cutting tools and trimming and cutting different types of meat and poultry. You’ll also learn about personal safety and cleaning and sanitation.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within meat processing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.