JBS Australia is Australia’s largest food processing company, operating numerous processing facilities across the country. The company’s Longford plant is located in the northern midlands of Tasmania and is a 5-day beef processing operation employing over 300 people. Like others in the industry, JBS Longford had been experiencing high employee turnover for a number of years. The industry relies heavily on physical and repetitive labour which is known to contribute to turnover and understaffing, while decreased migration during the pandemic accelerated major skills shortages.
JBS Longford were one of 25 participating plants in the AMPC Research-based Employee Retention Framework for the Meat Processing Industry project.