REVIEWING Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) is the task assigned to an elite federal committee.
The Technical Advisory Committee appointed to review the ASEL was announced by deputy secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Malcolm Thompson.
“We want to maintain Australia’s reputation as a world leader in animal welfare standards and as an ethical and reliable trading partner for quality protein,” Mr Thompson said.
“The ASEL standards have underpinned very strong animal welfare outcomes, with the mortality rate for Australian livestock exported by sea on a downward trend since 2006.
“This committee will work closely with a reference group of key stakeholders, including Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, the RSPCA, livestock producer bodies and the Australian Veterinary Association to ensure the standards consider livestock industry innovation and development, along with the latest animal health and welfare research.”
Mr Thompson said they had representatives on the committee from across different facets of the trade, with an independent chair, two animal welfare experts, a regulatory design specialist and a livestock industry expert.
“This will ensure we have skills and expertise on modern animal welfare and livestock management practices and research, along with a commitment to best practice regulation to deliver clearer and simpler standards,” he said.
Technical Advisory Committee members are:
- Dr Chris Back – chair
- Dr Teresa Collins – animal health and welfare expert
- Dr Hugh Millar – animal health and welfare expert
- Russell Phillips – regulation specialist
- Kevin Shiell – livestock export industry expert.
Committee members are appointed for two years and are to start their work immediately.
Public consultation is expected to begin early this year.