Unit Group

8312 Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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8312 Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers

Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers trim and cut meat from bones, sides and carcasses, and slaughter livestock in abattoirs.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • 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
  • may slaughter livestock according to procedures required by religious customs


  • 831211 Meat Boner and Slicer
  • 831212 Slaughterer

831211 Meat Boner and Slicer

Trims and cuts meat from bones, sides and carcasses.

Skill Level: 4


  • Meat Trimmer

831212 Slaughterer

Slaughters livestock and prepares carcasses for further processing by removing internal organs and hides for consumption.

Skill Level: 4


  • Stunner and Shackler (Abattoir)
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