Australian company plans to hire Indian workers for its abattoir

PTI Melbourne | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on July 09, 2012

Australian Agricultural Company (AAco), the country’s largest beef producer, is eyeing the Indian labour market to fill up 260 positions at its AUD 80-million abattoir located in Darwin.

According to business daily Australian Financial Review report, AAco Chief Executive, Mr David Farley, said the company had been working on a plan for 18 months, which includes importing workers on 457 and 417 visas from India.

“If we go into this project with the fear of unions and industrial problems then I shouldn’t be starting this project,” Mr Farley told the daily recently.

“We want to run a safe, fair and equitable plant that offers long-term employment opportunities for people and, therefore, we need a productive workforce and if we go into this project with that philosophy we will be there for a long time.

“The company has confirmed it acquired a 600-hectare property for AUD 13.27 million and would release a market tender to build the facility within 60 days.

Mr Farley said India would be the main country where it would seek skilled meat-manufacturing labour.

“India will be key, but of course we have a relationship with IFFCO which kills about 3.5 million buffalo a year — so we have a bit of access to the skills there,” he said.

IFFCO is a major Malaysian shareholder in AAco.

Mr Farley said he wanted to have a “good domestic content” but “we will also be looking to bring in people from offshore“.

He said the company was putting together several applications to the government for the visas.

A spokesman for the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Mr Chris Bowen, said the applications would be assessed in the usual manner.

“Each application will be assessed on its merits by a case-by-case basis against the 457 criteria,” he said.

Published on July 09, 2012
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