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Pork industry labour agreement

​​​This page provides information regarding the Pork Industry Labour Agreement (PILA) which allows employers in the industry to sponsor overseas workers in the occupation of 'senior stockperson (piggery)' for periods of up to four years and/or permanent residence.

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

The key settings are summarised in the table below. Industry employers who wish to request a PILA 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 PILA – see Information about requesting a labour agreement (116KB PDF).

Key settings

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

​Employers can only nominate the occupation of 'senior stockperson (piggery)'.

Note: There is currently no ANZSCO code for the occupation of 'senior stockperson (piggery)'. For administration purposes only, employers should use code 070499 when nominating this position.

​Occupation tasks​Senior stockperson (piggery) tasks:
  • supervise the site and facilities in terms of the required human resources, physical resources, safety requirements, consumables, documentation and measurement devices
  • provide overall maintenance and compliance of the Company Quality Assurance program for the site ensuring that all relevant documentation is kept current
  • supervise data collection and recording so information is accurate to aid stock and inventory control
  • undertake specific tasks assigned by management to ensure that environmental, quality and safety goals are met
  • implement preventable maintenance programs to reduce planned and unplanned down time
  • supervise trial sheds, collect and record data in accordance with trial protocols
  • selection of breeding stock and/or pigs for sale
  • supervision and participation of daily inspection of livestock, such that the animals are appropriately fed, watered, environmental parameters are fulfilled. The senior stockperson (piggery) in this case would work with and supervise a less experienced stockperson
  • supervision and participation of daily inspection of livestock, ensuring compromised animals are individually assessed, identified, treated and record in accordance with the Company Herd Health Plan and the industry's Model Code of Practice
  • euthanise sick or injured stock in a humane manner and in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for Animal Welfare – Pigs 3rd edition
  • conduct post mortem examinations of deceased stock and report findings
  • collect boar semen at an artificial insemination laboratory
  • undertake processing duties within the artificial insemination laboratory
  • supervision and participation in the mating of animals via individually supervised mating or through Artificial Insemination
  • supervision of the birthing process, including the ability to physically conduct unsupervised internal assessments of females during parturition to minimise this incidence of still births
  • participate in company/industry training sessions and workshops as required
  • perform any other duty as required by the Unit Manager.
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Overseas skilled workers nominated for:

Skills, qualifications and experience

Overseas workers must have at least:

  • an AQF Certificate III in Agriculture (Pig Production), or equivalent qualifications as assessed by a registered training organisation; and demonstrate at least three years of recent and relevant work experience in a medium to large size commercial piggery or
  • five years' recent and relevant work experience.
Salary Salary requirements in place for the TSS and ENS visa programs must be met.