12 DECEMBER 2023: Our quality assurance team recently hosted a visit by 25 Indonesian students undertaking a short course into standards and halal certification.
The course, run by the The University of Queensland in collaboration with the Australia Awards, examines the intricacies of halal certification, its ethical standards, technological considerations and the latest supply chain innovations.
Funded by DFAT, the course equipped the participants – representing government bodies and academia – with hands-on experience in the Australian halal sector. The group was led by UQ’s Director of Higher Degree Research, Associate Professor Ammar Abdul Aziz.
He said: “We were keen on exploring field trip opportunities to leading establishments like ACC that exemplify best practices in halal processing. The visit provided our attendees with a rich, immersive learning experience.
“Given ACC’s well-established reputation for upholding stringent halal processing standards, this visit enhanced our participants’ knowledge and lay the groundwork for potential future collaborations.”
Participant Ms Ni Putu Desinthya Ayu Azhari, Division Head of Halal Assurance System Development at the National Committee for Islamic Economy and Finance (KNEKS), said: “Through my participation in this course, I aspire to acquire a profound understanding of theories and practical case studies related to standard setting and global halal certification.
“This unique opportunity will empower me to craft impactful policy recommendations.”
Collaboration holds particular relevance in light of the @Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which is expected to stimulate trade and investment between the two nations. Notably, the IA-CEPA incorporates provisions related to standards and technical regulations, streamlining the trade of agricultural products.
Pictured below, Naajihah Mahmood, our quality control co-ordinator, and the visiting group.