Unit Group

8313 Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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8313 Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers

Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers slaughter and eviscerate poultry, and process, grade and package meat, poultry, fish and shellfish.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • processing offal and tripe
  • moving carcasses to chillers and freezers
  • loading meat products into trucks
  • packing boned and sliced meat into cartons
  • stunning and shackling poultry for killing and processing
  • severing jugular veins of poultry, and removing viscera and residual material from poultry carcasses
  • separating organs and glands, such as sweetbreads, livers, hearts and spleens, from poultry carcasses
  • inspecting and grading poultry, fish and shellfish for size and quality
  • packing fish and counting packs before freezing, and packing frozen fish blocks into cartons
  • operating machines which slice, peel, skin and crumb fish
  • cleaning and sanitising equipment and work areas


  • 831311 Meat Process Worker
  • 831312 Poultry Process Worker
  • 831313 Seafood Process Worker

831311 Meat Process Worker

Processes carcasses of slaughtered livestock and prepares meat and meat products.

Skill Level: 5


  • Offal Separator

831312 Poultry Process Worker

Stuns and kills, dresses, trims, cuts into portions, bones, fillets, weighs, grades and packages poultry.

Skill Level: 5


  • Poultry Boner
  • Poultry Slaughterer

831313 Seafood Process Worker

Scales, cleans, fillets, cuts, shells, grades and packages fish and shellfish.

Skill Level: 5


  • Abalone Sheller
  • Mussel Opener (NZ)
  • Oyster Opener
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