About us

Overview

MINTRAC is internationally recognised for its expertise in developing training and professional development solutions to Australian meat industry business development requirements. MINTRAC is an independent national company at the forefront of innovation in skills and training, with strong links to Industry and Registered Training Organisations. Managed by a meat industry Board of Directors, the organisation has well-established industry relationships and is valued by the industry for its expertise in education and training.

Since its establishment in 1992, MINTRAC has sought to provide highly valued products and services to the Australian Meat Industry in the areas of education and training. MINTRAC prides itself on being innovative and adaptable, anticipating and responding to emerging industry needs and global challenges.

Organisational capability

Based in Sydney, MINTRAC has a full-time staff of seven. The combined technical, educational and research capability of the MINTRAC staff draws on many years of experience and high level educational qualifications.

Through its well-established industry networks, communication systems and strong relationships with industry organisations and training providers, MINTRAC has the capability to communicate directly and rapidly with key stakeholders to gather and disseminate information. This capacity, plus a well-earned confidence from the industry enables MINTRAC to represent the industry to government in matters relating to education and training. MINTRAC thus provides a strong voice on behalf of industry in matters relating to funding for training, education policy and the development of industry training priorities.

MINTRAC also has the capacity to rapidly develop and disseminate training responses to industry strategic directions and priorities. Its national focus means that such dissemination is well coordinated, comprehensive and nationally consistent. This includes capability in developing accredited training, training and assessment support materials and professional development programs.

Specific areas of expertise

MINTRAC's specific areas of capability include:

  • development of nationally accredited training, in particular the Australian Meat Industry Training Package
  • development of high-quality national standardised training and assessment resources
  • development of e-learning solutions to industry training and education requirements
  • dissemination of research outcomes through accredited training
  • organisation and management of professional development workshops and programs
  • management of effective and comprehensive industry networks including regular meetings, site visits, forums and conferences
  • efficient, cost effective and high quality project management
  • capacity to provide rapid responses or appropriate referrals to queries from industry personnel and training organisations
  • support for high quality and nationally consistent training and assessment through the industry Registered Training Organisations
  • capacity to undertake industry research projects related to vocational education and training
  • capacity to work with industry organisations to develop appropriate and accepted training solutions to critical issues
  • development of careers promotion resources and services, including industry scholarship programs
  • capacity to represent the industry to government in areas affecting training funding and educational policy
  • management of high quality and well respected leadership development programs.

Why MINTRAC?

  • Industry owned
  • Record of success
  • Experienced
  • Internationally respected
  • Industry focussed
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Innovative
  • Responsive

MINTRAC is governed by a Board of Directors representing the Meat Industry. The Board includes representatives of:

  • the peak employer body, Australian Meat Industry Council.
  • the meat industry union, the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union.
  • meat processing plants
  • the Australian Meat Processor Corporation.

MINTRAC is staffed from its office in Drummoyne, an inner western suburb of Sydney. In addition, a Project Officer operates out of Canberra.

All work is carried out in association with representatives of the industry. There are both formal and informal opportunities for industry input. Formal opportunities for participation are provided through membership of reference groups for each training project and the industry network meetings. On an informal level MINTRAC Project Officers are on the road visiting meat plants and industry representatives are encouraged to contact MINTRAC staff at any time on training matters.

Organisational charts follow that depict MINTRAC's structure.

MINTRAC Board

AMIC AMIEU Meat Processing Plants AMPC
(Australian Meat Industry Council) (Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union) (Australian Meat Processor Corporation)

Board of Directors

AMPC Employer Association Members Union Members General Members
  • John Hughes - Consultant, Chairman
  • Geoff Yarham - Australian Country Choice
  • Laurie Tobin - Rivalea Australian
  • Matt Journeaux - AMIEU
  • Grant Courtney - AMIEU
  • Graham Smith - AMIEU Federal Secretary
  • Kerry Johnson - Teys Australia

MINTRAC Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Kroonstuiver

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Office Manager Senior Project Officer Project Officer
Irene Parker Clive Richardson (Canberra based) Rachel Murrell
Project Officer Project Officer Training and Products Administrator
Sharon Fitzgerald Fiona Gojan Tania Minehan

Please contact the appropriate staff member for information on any of the following projects:

Jenny Kroonstuiver

Jenny Kroonstuiver - Executive Officer

  • Australian Meat Industry Training Package inquiries
  • Training and Assessment support materials
  • Training Manager Network
  • OWA Registration
  • Migrants and refugees project
  • Diploma program
  • Meat Retailing

Clive Richardson

Clive Richardson - Senior Project Officer

  • MI & QA Manager Network
  • Technical advice
  • Meat safety Inspection
  • Animal welfare
  • Sheep health monitoring
  • Producer Feedback
  • Feedlots Training
  • Engineering Network

Irene Parker

Irene Parker - Office Manager

  • MINTRAC conferences
  • Financial enquiries
  • Meeting and upcoming course enquiries
  • Overseas worker assessor administration enquiries

Rachel Murrell

Rachel Murrell - Project Officer

  • Professional Development program
  • Ammonia refrigeration courses
  • Environment Network
  • Scholarships
  • Careers Advice
  • Advanced Diploma Program

Fiona Gojan

Fiona Gojan - Project Officer

  • Disease and Contamination information library
  • Sheep Health Data administrator
  • NLIS

Sharon Fitzgerald

Sharon Fitzgerald - Project Officer

  • Professional development
  • Training Package inquiries
  • VET in Schools

Tania Minehan

Tania Minehan - Training and Product Administrator

  • Professional Development program
  • Networks registration and bookings
  • MINTRAC Products
  • General inquires

MINTRAC Strategic direction

MINTRAC's vision

MINTRAC will lead the meat industry in matters relating to education, training and R&D extension through a close relationship with industry peak organisations, meat and training regulatory bodies.

MINTRAC mission

MINTRAC will provide highly-valued products and services to the Australian Meat Industry in the areas of education and training, and in the extension of industry research and development.

We are innovative and adaptable, anticipating and responding to emerging industry needs and global challenges.

MINTRAC core values

MINTRAC is committed to:

  1. innovation and excellence
  2. provide efficient and accurate customer service
  3. inspire, educate and support our customers.

MINTRAC strategy towards 2020

MINTRAC will continue to represent the meat industry on matters related to education and training.

  • MINTRAC will provide advice to State and Federal governments in relation to industry training priorities and requirements for the purposes of ensuring equitable access to public funding for training.
  • MINTRAC will maintain the Australian Meat Industry Training Package to ensure it continues to meet emerging industry requirements in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • MINTRAC will provide timely, accurate and efficient training and education advice and support services to its customers.

MINTRAC will strengthen relationships with meat industry stakeholders as the preferred provider of education, training and extension services for the purpose of leveraging the strengths of those organisations.

  • Not all activities will be directly profitable but the combination of initiatives will benefit the red meat industry in the long run.
  • Initiatives include giving input to the prioritisation of areas where new training and research is necessary, exploring how to make research findings more accessible and implementable to businesses, and exploring with industry organisations other types and modes of training that can be of benefit to the industry and others.
  • The focus will be on new and innovative extension and training services and products that will be to the benefit to the meat industry.

MINTRAC will expand its customer base.

  • It will deliver existing services to new customers in non-competitive industries and elsewhere in the meat industry supply chain. Further, as new industries, customers and markets are acquired ideas can be shared and innovation sped up to the benefit of all.
  • Potential new customers within the meat industry supply chain include AHA, MLA, Skills Impact and Industry Peak Councils.
  • Other industries that can be investigated include: Dairy, Horticulture, Grains Industry, Poultry, Seafood, other RDC's and Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).

MINTRAC will find new ways to leverage the existing cost base:

MINTRAC will actively search for innovative ways to leverage existing cost base. It does not mean that MINTRAC has been sluggish in cost-cutting attempts; simply that it may be possible to find new synergies once the company is focused on generating the most value from the current cost base. It may also consider the type of skills provided within the current employee base and may require upskilling or recruiting other skills to support value creation.

For a copy of the full strategy plan including an introduction from the Chairman of the MINTRAC board please click here.

John Hughes

John Hughes - Consultant - Chairman

John commenced his career in the meat industry as a 13 year old labourer at Smorgans, (Dinmore) Queensland, beginning in the boning room, then progressing to a slicer/ boner and then to the slaughter floor. John then became a Foreman, Plant Manager and then Senior Manager. In 1984 John was appointed the General Manager of Abattoirs, Industrial Relations and Personnel at Australian Meat Holdings. From 1986 John spent time as the Vice President of ConAgra Meat Division and in 2001 was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Meat. Consolidated Meat soon amalgamated with Teys (Bros) Holdings where John was the General Manager - Operation Improvement for over eight years. John currently consults for the industry and has an advisory role at Teys Bros Holdings. John's involvement with MINTRAC began in 1998 as a Director and he has been Chairman of the MINTRAC Board since 2002, and is also a Director of AgriFood Skills Australia.


Grant Courtney

Grant Courtney - Federal President, State Secretary Tasmanian Branch AMIEU

Grant is a meat worker with more than 30 years’ experience under his belt, Grant Courtney currently represents thousands of meat workers in his role as the Secretary of the Newcastle and Northern NSW Branch of the AMIEU. Grant is a seasoned organiser and veteran leader, who brings together a consummate and practical knowledge of the meat industry with a tireless drive to improve the lives of meat workers. Grant’s industry experience has been in high demand at a number of meat industry training groups. In addition to his work at MINTRAC and the Australian Meat industry Reference Committee , he has served as director on the boards of Agrifood Skills Australia Governance Committee, Meat Industry Training Australia, Agrifoods Skills Australia, and the Tasmanian Food Industry Training Board. From his beginnings as a butcher’s apprentice in Tasmania all the way through to the four years he served as Federal President of the AMIEU, Grant has proven himself to be someone who refuses to settle for anything less than best practice training outcomes for Australian meatworkers.


Geoff Yarham

Geoff Yarham - HR Projects Officer Australian Country Choice (ACC) Brisbane

Geoff's career in the meat industry has spanned over 42 years commencing at the Dinmore site, near Ipswich, Queensland. Geoff has been involved in many roles over the years and was responsible for introducing large scale databases that allow for efficient operation across many areas of the business. The various roles have seen Geoff work throughout the States of QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and Tasmania. Geoff has been responsible for setting up and ongoing management for many years of the Registered Training organisation (RTO) status of JBS Australia which is the largest training organisation in Australia.

This work has entailed direct involvement with MINTRAC including the introduction of the restructured 1998 Meat Package and ongoing reviews.

Geoff holds a Diploma in OHS, Diploma in Training and Assessment, is a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia, A registered RABQSA OHS auditor and a qualified Justice of the Peace.

Currently he is Chair of the Meat Industry Advisory Group (MIAG) in Queensland, Chair of the AMIC National WHS Committee and a member director of the AMIST super fund.


Laurie Tobin

Laurie Tobin - Manager, Quality Control Assurance, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd

Laurie works for Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd within the Innovation, Planning & Quality Group. Laurie's role is to manage the Quality Programs at Rivalea covering the Pork Processing Plants, Pig Farming, Feedmill and Distribution Centres. Laurie began in the meat industry in 1973 and his early career included slaughtering, boning and smallgoods manufacturing roles. In 1981 Laurie began the start of 18 years in meat inspection before commencing work as the QA Manager at ICMs Beef Export Plant. A year later he joined the quality team at Rivalea. In 1998, Wodonga TAFE employed Laurie part time as a technical writer for the early MINTRAC Training Programs. After completing Certificate IV, Training & Assessment he took on the role of Training Coordinator at Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd then moved to the Pig Farming Sector to manage the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program (APIQ). In his current position, Laurie is actively involved within the Australian Pork Industy, sitting on several committees receiving input and advising on training needs in the areas of production, safety and environment as well as the integration into the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) program.


Matt Journeaux

Matt Journeaux - Queensland Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union

Matt's career in the meat industry has spanned 27 years. He commenced his working life work as an apprentice at the age of 15 in a Butcher's shop. After successfully completing his trade qualification as Butcher, Matt was employed in several areas of the meat industry, including meat retail for large supermarket chains, private Butcher's shops and meat processing in abattoirs. Matt is currently the lead organizer with the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union. He has worked for the AMIEU for over 10 years. During that time he has had extensive experience in assisting apprentices and trainees in relation to training matters, both in the meat retail and meat processing sectors, across all areas of federal and State regulation of training. Matt is a member of the Queensland Government Meat Industry Advisory Group and liaises with industry bodies and employers on developing Occupational Health and Safety initiatives for the industry. He is also an accredited Authorise Representative of an Employment Organisation for workplace health and safety purposes in Queensland and is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) in Queensland.