*During first year of employment only
  • Education: MHI FDQ qualification or Veterinary degree
  • Experience: 5 years MHI/VMHI experience in the UK
  • English: B4 IELTS certificate
  • Driving license: B category mandatory.
  • As an Australian Government Authorised Officer (AAO), you’ll work in a slaughterhouse or meat processing plant and ensure that all meat is being produced safely and in accordance with relevant laws.
  • You’ll perform independent post mortem meat inspection activities and undertake other tasks associated with the role in order to meet standards set by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture & Water Resources.
  • You’ll check that live animals are all healthy and inspect carcasses to make sure that no nasty diseases are present.
  • You’ll also guarantee that the highest animal welfare standards are maintained and that they are cared for properly and transported safely.
  • Any actions that you recommend must be implemented immediately.
  • This is a very important role, as you’ll be responsible for the safety of the public who purchase meat products.

Your tasks will likely vary from day to day but will include the following:

  • Inspecting live animals and verifying that they have proper identification and are free of any diseases
  • Carrying out post-mortem inspection for detection of abnormalities of all carcasses and carcass parts presented
  • Ensuring high levels of hygiene and safety in slaughterhouses, processing plants and cold stores
  • Checking animal welfare conditions
  • Ensuring all processes are humane
  • Making recommendations for improvement
  • Recording and collecting data and writing reports
  • Supervising the disposal of unfit meat
  • Liaising with a variety of different people
  • You’ll be expected to be able to deal with all sorts of different people, from animal breeders, staff in slaughterhouses and factories, other inspectors, butchers, and retailers; this means someone who is a confident communicator, able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Establishment staff and sort out issues as they arise.
  • Communicate decisions regarding post mortem inspections in consultation with the Team Leader/AAO Manager.
  • You’ll need to be able to write up detailed reports and understand legislative issues so that you can make effective decisions when required.
  • Difficult situations will arise occasionally as part of the job and you’ll need to be the sort of person with the necessary diplomatic and communication skills to sort these out.
  • And you’ll need to have a comprehensive knowledge of the meat processing sector.
  • You can expect to work between 37 and 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday but this can vary, and overtime might be required to meet a deadline; also, you may have to work outside normal working hours if you’re visiting a slaughterhouse or processor.
  • You’ll have to be physically fit to be able to move and lift heavy meat carcasses; and sometimes the working conditions might be hot or cold, and you’ll be expected to wear protective clothing such as boots, hats, and overalls.
  • This is not a job for anyone who doesn’t like strong smells and a noisy environment!