Government to review the Australian Standards for Livestock Export

Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Australian Government is set to review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock and the role and function of the Livestock Export Standards Advisory Group.

In a separate process, the government will also review the livestock inspection processes for sheep prior to export at the port of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Deputy Secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Phillip Glyde, said the reviews are in line with the government’s response to the recommendations made in the Independent Review into Australia’s Livestock Export Trade by Bill Farmer, AO in October 2011.

“The Australian Government is committed to the live export industry and the trade has improved substantially since the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System was introduced a year ago,” Mr Glyde said.

“The reforms introduced by the Government were about giving this industry a strong, secure, long-term future, and supporting thousands of regional jobs.”

Government and industry continue to work together to implement reforms in line with the Farmer review, including the reviews announced today.

“The Australian Government will consult broadly and work closely with industry, state and territory governments, the veterinary profession and animal welfare groups during these reviews,” Mr Glyde said.

The reviews will seek submissions from the public and will take account of the submissions on the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock made to the Independent Review into Australia’s Livestock Export Trade.

“The government has established the Livestock Export Reform Program Implementation Board, which is responsible for delivering the recommendations of the Farmer report and will oversee both of these review processes,” Mr Glyde said.

The review terms of reference are available upon request:

  • Terms of Reference for a Review of Inspection regimes prior to export of livestock from Fremantle port
  • Terms of Reference for a Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock and the Livestock Export Standards Advisory Group

Information on updates on the progress of the reviews and further information on live exports is currently in progress and will be published once approved.

Contact Information

Submissions should be provided by 7 September 2012 and can be forwarded either by email or by post to the DAFF Secretariat for ASEL, LESAG and Fremantle reviews:

Email

Email Animal Welfare

Postal address

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Secretariat - ASEL, LESAG and Fremantle Inspection Reviews
c/- Animal Welfare Branch
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601