Equine Influenza Inquiry Report and Response

On 25 September 2007, the Hon Mr Ian Callinan AC was appointed Commissioner by the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under section 66AY of the Quarantine Act 1908 to conduct an independent inquiry into the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia. The report was delivered to the Hon. Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by the due date (25 April 2008).

Equine Influenza Inquiry Report and Response

Copies of the Commissioner's report can be downloaded from the National Library of Australia  PDF [1.3 MB].

On 12 June 2008 Minister Burke released the report, along with the Australian government's response.

Media release

Commercial Horse Assistance Payment

The Commercial Horse Assistance Payment (CHAPs), a component of the Equine Influenza Assistance Package, assisted the commercial horse industry during the quarantine restrictions in place due to the outbreak of equine influenza.

A report of the independent, third party, financial and performance audit of CHAPs can be found below.

Note
1 This report was not prepared by the department and may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you require an accessible version of the publication, please contact its author.

Independent audit reports on each of the delivery organisations were used to inform the above CHAPs report. Some of the individual audit reports were finalised before the formal conclusion of CHAPs had occurred. Therefore, each audit report should be read in conjunction with the CHAPs report and the listed caveats, where applicable.

Each delivery organisation’s independent audit report can be found below.

Important: at the time that the Racing NSW independent audit report was completed, arrangements for unspent fees were still being finalised between DAFF and Racing NSW.

The report should be read in conjunction with the following caveats:

  • Page 1, Section 1.3—Conclusion, second paragraph:
    Racing NSW received ministerial agreement to make payments outside of the funding deed in respect of the liquid assets test - see CHAPS review 2007–2008 – Acumen Alliance (Oakton) report , page 9, for further information.
  • Page 3, Section 3—Compliance with funding deed, point 8:
    The retained fees report was submitted to DAFF. Unspent funds were returned to DAFF.
  • Page 9, Section 4.2—Issues, Estimations were based on rates in guidelines:
    All payments from DAFF were either passed on to recipients by Racing NSW or returned to DAFF.
  • Page 11, Section 4.4—Issue, Discrepancies handled in house:
    • Racing NSW notified DAFF of the fraudulent claim at the completion of the steward’s inquiry.
  • Page 18, Section 4.8—Issue, Passing retained fees back to trainers:
    CHAPs 1 and CHAPs 2 retained fees were either passed on to recipients by Racing NSW or returned to DAFF. There were no retained fees under CHAPs 3. All unspent funds were returned to DAFF.

  • Equestrian Federation of Australia—New South Wales PDF [274 KB]
  • Equestrian Federation of Australia—New South Wales null Word [894 KB]

Important: the Equestrian Federation of Australia— New South Wales report should be read in conjunction with the following caveats: