Unit of competency details

MTMP3104B - Use standard product descriptions - kangaroos (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 22/Jul/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AMPA3096 - Use standard product descriptions - kangaroosThis unit is equivalent to MTMP3104B Use standard product descriptions - kangaroos. 03/Aug/2016
Supersedes MTMP3104A - Use standard product descriptions kangaroos 21/Jul/2011

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110105 Butchery 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110105 Butchery 07/Aug/2012 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to utilise a standardised product description language.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit is designed to give workers in boning rooms an understanding of how a standardised product description system is used in a specific workplace. It can be used to improve the skills and knowledge of product description for packers, slicers and boners.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 


Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify anatomical features of a kangaroo carcase

1.1. Directions on a carcase using the anatomical direction format are described.

1.2. Bones relevant to meat specifications  in a kangaroo skeleton are located and identified.

1.3. Relevant glands and cartilage on a kangaroo carcase are located and identified.

1.4. Muscles  relevant to kangaroo specifications are located and identified.

2. Identify and name meat products  using the standard product description

2.1. Nature and format of product specifications are explained.

2.2. Meat products are correctly identified, named and spelt using the standardised cut description.

2.3. Major muscles that make up each meat cut are identified.

2.4. Correct cutting lines for each product are identified using the anatomical terms to describe cutting lines.

2.5. Necessary changes to any given meat product for it to comply with the company product description are identified.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Ability to:

  • undertake measurements and checking  against specification requirements
  • identify non-conforming product in accordance with specifications
  • apply relevant communication  and problem -solving skills 
  • work effectively as an individual and as part of a team
  • apply relevant Occupational Health and Safety (OH &S ), regulatory  and workplace requirements 
  • take action to improve own work performance as a result of self-evaluation, feedback from others, or in response to changed work practices or technology

Required knowledge 

Knowledge of:

  • product specification requirements
  • corrective action procedures for non-conforming product
  • relevant OH&S, regulatory and workplace requirements
  • language specifications for kangaroo products
  • product specification points
  • skeletal and anatomical structures and features of kangaroo product to be specified

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

The meat industry has specific and clear requirements for evidence. A minimum of three forms of evidence is required to demonstrate competency in the meat industry. This is specifically designed to provide evidence that covers the demonstration in the workplace of all aspects of competency over time.

These requirements are in addition to the requirements for valid, current, authentic and sufficient evidence.

Three forms of evidence means three different kinds of evidence - not three pieces of the same kind. In practice it will mean that most of the unit is covered twice. This increases the legitimacy of the evidence.

All assessment must be conducted against Australian meat industry standards and regulations.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Competency must be demonstrated applying the language to actual carcases and meat cuts.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

Competency must be assessed in an operating meat processing plant.

Method of assessment 

Recommended methods of assessment include:

  • completion of standard AUS-MEAT assessment
  • workplace demonstration
  • quiz of underpinning knowledge
  • workplace referee or third-party report of performance over time.

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander, gender, or language backgrounds other than English. Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role.

Guidance information for assessment 

A current list of resources for this Unit of Competency is available from MINTRAC www .mintrac .com .au  or telephone 1800 817 462.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Specifications  may include:

  • approval system
  • communication
  • measurement
  • technical accuracy.

Muscles  may include cuts from:

  • forequarter (major)
  • hindquarter (major).

Products  may include:

  • muscle content
  • points of specification
  • product compliance
  • product name.

Measurements and checking  may include:

  • data collection
  • frequency
  • interpreting data
  • monitoring sheets
  • non-conforming product
  • sample size
  • taking measurements.

Communication  skills may include:

  • applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements
  • interpreting the needs of internal or external customers
  • listening and understanding
  • reading and interpreting workplace documentation
  • speaking clearly and directly
  • sharing information
  • writing to audience needs.

Problem -solving skills  may involve:

  • developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems
  • identifying opportunities and solutions that might not be obvious to others
  • solving problems individually or in teams
  • using numeracy skills.

OH &S  requirements may include:

  • enterprise OH&S policies, procedures and programs
  • OH&S legal requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:
  • coats and aprons
  • ear plugs or muffs
  • eye and facial protection
  • head-wear
  • lifting assistance
  • mesh aprons
  • protective boot covers
  • protective hand and arm covering
  • protective head and hair covering
  • uniforms
  • waterproof clothing
  • work, safety or waterproof footwear
  • requirements set out in standards and codes of practice.

Regulatory  requirements may include:

  • Export Control Act
  • hygiene and sanitation requirements
  • relevant Australian Standards
  • relevant regulations
  • requirements set out in AS 4696:2007 Australian Standard for Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption
  • federal, state and territory regulations regarding meat processing.

Workplace requirements  may include:

  • enterprise-specific requirements
  • OH&S requirements
  • Quality Assurance (QA) requirements
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • the ability to perform the task to production requirements
  • work instructions.

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