How to become a Smallgoods Maker

Smallgoods makers select and prepare meat, and manage the processes in the production of smallgoods.

Personal requirements of a Smallgoods Maker

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • physically fit and in good health
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good hygiene.

Duties & Tasks of a Smallgoods Maker

Smallgoods makers: • order supplies from wholesalers, as well as weigh and check stock on receipt • store meat in refrigerators or freezers • prepare meat by removing bones and trimming fat • make seasonings, flavouring agents and pickling solutions, and pickle meat according to recipes • assemble and operate mincers, grinders, mixers, and patty-forming or sausage-forming machines • shape meat or meat emulsion to make sausages and smallgoods • add seasonings to ground meat • operate filling machines, cooking kettles and vats, and smoking chambers • cure and cook meat products • use correct detergents and sanitisers to prevent food poisoning and contamination of premises and equipment • help clients in menu planning and working out food portions and production costs • pack and store products for display and sale • collect payment for sales.

Working conditions for a Smallgoods Maker

Smallgoods makers work with a variety of knives, hand tools, power equipment (including mincers, mixers and bandsaws) and computer-operated machinery.par Smallgoods makers work in shops and boning/slicing rooms. They usually have early morning starts and their work involves a lot of contact with people including customers and workmates. Smallgoods makers are exposed to animal blood in some parts of the process.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.8%

NSW NSW 29.2%

NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 18.5%

SA SA 11.1%

TAS TAS 2.5%

VIC VIC 24.9%

WA WA 10.4%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 91.6%

Female 8.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 8.1%

Not completed Year 12: 27.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 7.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 57%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 10%

20-24 - 4.5%

25-34 - 20.9%

35-44 - 20.6%

45-54 - 22.8%

55-59 - 8.6%

60-64 - 9.2%

65 and Over - 3.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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