Kangaroo wildgame industry training initiative


This project addresses some of the rudimentary training needs that have been identified through extensive consultation with industry representatives and Government agencies following the reduced export market access for human consumption kangaroo meat in 2009. It is anticipated that industry and training providers will follow up with further training initiatives to ensure that the needs identified in this background statement are fully addressed. There are certain minimum operational standards required by all markets, including domestic human consumption food, export human consumption food and the pet food industry. Future training for the wild game industry must meet the changing market requirements. Export markets have identified short term industry training needs, with the training subcommittee acknowledging the need for longer term training development to provide the industry with greater career pathways. Export markets have indicated the need for kangaroo to be harvested and processed to a national red meat standard fit for human consumption and for industry training to reflect this. It must also be recognised that all harvesting must take place in accordance with the commonwealth requirements for the wild harvest of native species. This project addresses both the immediate training needed to reestablish export markets and the long term training structure required to mintain those markets. It meets the immediate need by developing and providing immediate gap training for Wild Game Harvesters. It meets the long term needs by establishing a training system within the national training framework thouugh working with appropriate national bodies to provide national competency standards.



Research Organisation

Safe Food Production Queensland

Objective Summary

The funding would be used to extend the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s current kangaroo harvester training program. The additional funds will be used to accelerate training delivery, update and enhance training materials, develop a competencybased qualification and onthejob assessment framework to facilitate ongoing training, and retrain and assess skills and knowledge of harvesters This training will ensure that kangaroo harvesters have the skills to meet international requirements and changing market conditions. All kangaroo harvesters receive training before they are first licensed—this program builds on that training to upgrade their skills on an ongoing basis. A key part of the training will be the inclusion of a practical skills assessment where harvesters will need to demonstrate their competency through one of a number of assessment methods, such as an onthejob demonstration. The project objectives include: 1. To provide extension training for wild game field harvesters and field depot operators on hygienic dressing and storage and handling of carcasses that links into a competency based framework for demonstration of skills and knowledge; 2. To develop and implement an onthejob assessment framework for assessment and verification of wild game field harvester skills and knowledge; and 3. To identify national wild game field harvester and field depot operator competencies / identified Industry Skill Sets to be used as the basis for future training programs and industry development.

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Monday, March 15, 2010

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

KAN-Enhance industry success through targeted industry-specific RD&E


Related publications


Kangaroo Industry Wild Game Training Initiative