​Media Release

MATEship to build on 40 year agricultural partnership

13 March 2018

  • Minister Littleproud visited the Vissan Abattoir in Ho Chi Minh City and launched the Managing Abattoir, Training and Exchange of Skills (MATES) program
  • The MATES program is part of the Aus4Skills program, a five-year $146 million investment focused on upskilling Vietnam's workforce
  • Minister Littleproud toured FutureMilk, an Australian owned dairy operation 

Australia's culture of mateship is helping to improve the integrity and capability of Vietnamese abattoirs in another building block to our 40 year partnership in agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, launched the Managing Abattoirs, Training and Exchange of Skills (MATES) in-country training program during a day of talks and tours of cattle and beef trade.

"We are working with our mates to ensure international animal welfare and food safety standards are met," Minister Littleproud said.

"We also want to assure Australian cattle farmers that animals are treated humanely.

"The MATES program, funded by Australia, will improve key integrity aspects of the live export supply chain in Vietnam and to modernise the supply chain from production to distribution.

"It will also assist industry to meet consumer expectations when it comes to food quality and safety.

"Australia is helping Vietnam to rise to the challenge - delivering training courses, improving abattoir and feedlot infrastructure and providing technical support on animal welfare.

"Vietnam is a significant live cattle export market for Australia, worth $243 million in 2016/17.

"This is another example of Australia and Vietnam's win-win collaborative relationship, improving food production integrity practices in Vietnam and export opportunities for Australia."

Minister Littleproud also visited FutureMilk, a 100 per cent Australian owned dairy company.

"Vising FutureMilk left me with a feeling of pride in how an Australian company can export expertise and entrepreneurship and provide a significant boost to jobs and industry in Vietnam.

"FutureMilk has over 1000 dairy cows and employs over 70 staff, many local women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to earn a wage."​

Fast Facts:

  • Australia and Vietnam bilateral agriculture trade was worth $2.8 billion in 2016/17.
  • Australian exports to Vietnam were worth $2.12 billion in 2016/17, including the $243 million live cattle trade.
  • Vietnam is Australia's second largest live cattle market after Indonesia.​