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Recently the Queensland Government endorsed changes to stockperson competency requirements in the Animal Care and Protection Regulation of 2012 for Queensland pig producers. They changed the criteria and definition around being deemed “Suitably Qualified” to carry out a husbandry procedure on a pig.  

 The previous regulations minimum competency requirement was “B (i) a Certificate III in Agriculture (Pig Production) or and equivalent qualification;(ii) a statement of attainment for achieving the units of competency required for the Rural Production Training Package for pig production or an equivalent statement of attainment”

The revised regulations minimum competency requirements now include option “(c) the person has received, for a period of at least 12 months, practical training and experience in husbandry procedures at a pig establishment that, during the period, complied with an industry recognised quality assurance program or had in place an industry recognised herd health program for pigs at the establishment”

The changed legislation is a breakthrough for Queensland Producers struggling to recruit or train their staff to meet the requirements.

If you’d like to read the full Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 click here, If you’d like to read schedule two only for the full gamut of definitions around “Suitably Qualified” then click here and scroll down to Part 3.

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