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Stockperson competency is critical to the welfare of all farmed animals. The Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – Pigs states that “pigs must be cared for by personnel who are skilled in pig husbandry and are competent to maintain the health and welfare of the animals in accordance with the Standards listed in this Code, or are under direct supervision of such personnel”. The Model Code also suggests that the supervisors on piggeries should hold a Certificate III in Agriculture – Pig Production, or equivalent.

The competency requirements outlined the Model Code have been regulated in each State, and vary slightly from State to State. We provide links in the table below to each State regulation.

State / Territory Principal Act State Pig Welfare Regulations Administering Department
NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 The Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Commercial Pig Production is enforceable under the Act. NSW Department of Primary Industries
VIC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986,Livestock Management Act 2010 The Victorian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Pigs, based on the Model Code has been regulated under the Livestock Management Act. Victorian Department of Environment Primary Industries
ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992 No pigs farmed in the ACT Environment ACT
QLD Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 Model Code has been regulated under the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012. Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
SA Animal Welfare Act 1985 Model Code has been regulated and is embedded in the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012. Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA
TAS The Animal Welfare Act 1993 Model Code has been regulated under the Animal Welfare (Pigs) Regulations 2013. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment TAS
WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 Model Code standards have been regulated under the Animal Welfare (Pig Industry) Regulations 2010 WA Department of Agriculture and Food
NT Animal Welfare Act March 2000 No domestic pigs farmed in NT NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

 

In consultation with stakeholders and government regulators, APL has determined that a stockperson can be considered “suitably qualified” in accordance with regulations if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

A. Is a veterinarian

B. Holds a Certificate 3 in Agriculture (Pork Production) or equivalent

C. Has completed the stockperson skill set or has been assessed by an RTO to have completed units of competence (either through training or recognition of prior learning) in at least the following areas:

  • Move and handle pigs;
  • Care for the health and welfare of pigs;
  • Comply with industry animal welfare requirements; and
  • Administer medication to livestock.

APL also recommends that stockpeople undertake the Euthanasia module, but this is not compulsory.

D. Has 12 months experience caring for pigs in a commercial establishment and must have had on the job training and experience in at least the following areas:

  • Moving and handling pigs;
  • Inspecting and assessing the health and well being of pigs;
  • Carrying out vaccinations, health treatments and elective husbandry procedures;
  • Humane destruction of pigs suffering an incurable disease, untreatable injury or painful deformity; and
  • Maintaining records of inspections and assessments of pigs.

This can be proven through either recognition of prior learning or through appropriate farm records, such as Quality Assurance records, which show that the stockperson has carried out these tasks.

For more details on stockperson competency, please contact Donna Schmid, Research Business Manager, on 02 6270 8819 or donna.schmid@australianpork.com.au or Jessica Edington, Senior Policy Analyst on 02 6270 8832 or jessica.edington@australianpork.com.au.