For over 200 years we have supported the human consumption meat processing industry by further processing the animal co-products into edible meat fractions, feed ingredients for livestock, companion animals and fish as well as manufacturing pharmaceutical ingredients, edible tallow as well as tallow for soap, cosmetics and biofuels.

These valuable commodities are highly sought after both domestically and internationally.


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Honorary Life Members


Andrew Bennett OAM

Andy came to the rendering industry after having been involved for many years in the beef and sheepmeat processing industry. He quickly became involved in assisting on committees beginning in 1993 and has been a member of the symposium organising committee since the very first event in 1991. He chaired that committee from 1995 until 2007. His significant network of international contacts has been of great benefit to the Australian industry in sourcing expert speakers to present at our symposia.

He served as president of the Association from 1997 to 2001, then from August 2010 to July 2014 and again since November 2016 until the present and was instrumental in the forming of the World Renderers organisation in 1999 and served as President of WRO from 2003  to 2005.

Bill Spooncer

Bill Spooncer AM

Bill has been described as the clear, outspoken technical expert of the rendering industry providing reliable technical advice to the industry, individuals and companies.

He was instrumental in developing the industries code of practice which has provided both protection and a competitive advantage for our rendered products.

He has run industry workshops for over twenty years, provided auditing services and technical advice to the association and members.

The author of many articles he is both articulate and credible.

Graeme Banks OAM

Graeme Banks OAM

Graeme is known as the quiet achiever. He served as secretary, later Executive Officer, of the Association for 37 years.

During that time he was instrumental in forging strong relationships between industry, other industrial organisations and government agencies, which ensured that the rendering industry was able to negotiate solutions to issues quickly and generally with beneficial outcomes.

He has been a mentor to the officers of the association over the years and his wise counsel ensured the Association was able to meet the needs of members.

Reg Evans

Reg Evans (Dec)

Reg started his career in accounting before moving on to trading tallow, fats and oils.

He became National President of the ARA on 23 August 1991 and held that office through to 19 August 1994.

The Association sadly advises the passing of Reg on 6 March 2018

Brian Bartlett

Brian Bartlett AM (Dec)

Brian was the first President of the ARA serving the association in that role  from 1976 to 1992. In the early days of the Association he successfully led representations to government to abolish restrictions on the export of meat meal. Brian also led negotiations with shipping
companies to introduce competitive and uniform shipping rates.

Brian’s later initiatives as President of the Association were to establish the ARA’s biennial Symposia and the ARA’s accreditation workshops. He also prepared the first edition of the ARA Code of Practice for Hygienic Rendering.

In 2004 Brian was inducted as a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his work on the development of grain export markets, services to the Australian Renderers Association and support of nutritional research.


The Association sadly advises the passing of Brian on 14 March 2016

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