Pork CRC and SA Government supports autism and agriculture project and backs people power and animal welfare
Pork CRC and the South Australian government have contributed $150,000 towards a world first initiative by CRC Autism and SunPork Farms to employ autistic adults in animal care positions in the Australian pork industry.
Pilot projects in SA and Queensland will employ a minimum of four autistic adults in animal care positions within SunPork Farms operations in each state.
Collectively, the pilot represents a financial commitment by SunPork Farms, Autism CRC and Specialisterne exceeding $800,000.
Program goals include:
- Identifying and employing the diverse skills and talents of adults with autism in animal care
- Developing innovative solutions that continue to provide optimal welfare for livestock
- Building capacity within the agricultural sector to employ adults with autism
An evaluation of the Autism and Agriculture pilot program by Curtin University, on behalf of Autism CRC, will recommend to the agriculture industry to extend the employment model and animal welfare strategy across Australia and the world.
The projects offers life-changing opportunities for people with autism and for further improvement in the welfare of our livestock.
Pork CRC is proud to be involved with such a game changing project and encourages everyone to make the opportunity known to those who might be eligible for the projects.
Details on the project/positions and how to apply can be obtained by following the links,
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