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Meat industry labour agreement

​​​​​This page provides information regarding the Meat Industry Labour Agreement (MILA) which allows employers in the industry to sponsor overseas workers in the occupation of 'skilled meat worker' for periods of up to four years and/or permanent residence.

The terms and conditions of the MILA have already been established and are non-negotiable.

The key settings are summarised in the table below. Industry employers who wish to request a MILA must demonstrate that they can meet these requirements. A copy of the template agreement is also available – see Labour agreements.

For information on how to request a MILA – see Information about requesting a labour agreement (116 KB PDF).

Key settings

Visa subclasses

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) - after a three year transition period.

​Occupations​Employers can only nominate the occupation of 'skilled meat worker'.

Note: There is currently no ANZSCO code for the occupation of 'skilled meat worker'. For administration purposes only, employers should use code 070499 when nominating this position.

​Occupation tasks​The tasks of a skilled meat worker, which include the duties of ANZSCO occupations Slaughterer and Meat Boner and Slicer, are:
  • stuns and kills livestock, and prepares carcasses for further processing by removing internal organs and hides
  • operating switching controls to direct and drop carcasses and meat cuts from supply rails to boning tables
  • cutting meat to separate meat, fat and tissue from around bones
  • washing, scraping and trimming foreign material and blood from meat
  • cutting sides and quarters of meat into standard meat cuts, such as rumps, flanks and shoulders, and removing internal fat, blood clots, bruises and other matter to prepare them for packing and marketing
  • operating restrainer and stunning equipment
  • severing jugular veins of stunned animals to drain blood and facilitate dressing
  • trimming and removing head meat and severing animal heads
  • slitting open, eviscerating and trimming animal carcasses
  • slaughter livestock according to procedures required by religious customs.
English language

Overseas workers nominated under this agreement, who are unable to meet standard skilled visa program requirements, can be considered to have sufficient English to perform the nominated occupation if:

  • they demonstrate an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test score of at least 5.0 with no minimum test score or
  • are a current subclass 457 visa holder who was not required to provide evidence of English language proficiency at the time of grant of their subclass 457 visa and provides evidence as prescribed in the Migration Regulations for meeting functional English.
Skills, qualifications and experience

Overseas workers must:

  • have been assessed and verified by a National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council (MINTRAC) registered assessor, or an assessor approved by the Commonwealth, with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment experienced in meat processing, to be skilled meat workers with a minimum skill level commensurate with the MINTRAC referenced AQF Certificate III in meat processing


  • demonstrate a minimum of three years skilled work experience obtained at a meat processing establishment acceptable to the Parties or
  • have been working in Australia on a subclass 457 or TSS visa at an Australian meat processing establishment acceptable to the parties for at least nine months prior to being nominated.

Salary requirements in place for the TSS and ENS visa programs must be met. In addition, the sponsor must:

  • employ overseas workers in full-time positions only and
  • ensure that if the overseas worker is paid via an annualised salary that they receive a Top-Up, if over an annual period, an Australian worker receives a higher amount for performing equivalent work.