Another probe into live export standards
THE Federal Government is conducting a second review into live export standards, four years after recommendations from the first review failed to be implemented.
The Government will again review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, after its 2013 report suggested 13 issues that it was unable to resolve.
An Agriculture Department spokesman said “to avoid another impasse this ASEL review will involve a committee of experts who can work closely with stakeholders”.
“The initial consultation will circulate a modernised draft of ASEL prepared by the department and aim to implement the agreed items in the 2013 review report that result in no change in regulatory weight.”
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive Simon Westaway has welcomed the inclusion of a technical advisory committee in the latest review. He expected the process to provide “outcome-based standards backed by scientific evidence”.
The committee will comprise an independent chairman, two animal health and welfare experts, a person with an expert knowledge of the livestock export industry, and a regulatory expert. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources deputy secretary Malcolm Thompson said commitee appointments should be made in September.
No changes are expected to be made before July next year, while the entire review could take upwards of three years.