ROSS Carter has been confirmed as Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports for 12 months.

The announcement was made by agriculture minister Senator Bridget McKenzie who said the Inspector-General would promote improvements in the regulatory practice, performance and culture of the live export regulator.

“This is about building an effective regulatory culture that stands the test of time and assures the welfare of livestock across the export supply chain,” Senator McKenzie said.

“It is another step in assuring the community, trading partners and industry that the regulatory system is functioning as intended by government.

“An external, independent Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports was a recommendation of the 2018 Moss Review.”


Senator McKenzie said Australians and the industry must be confident in the independent live export regulator.

“Mr Carter has more than 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of policy and regulation,” she said.

“As Inspector-General he provides a further layer of assurance over Australia’s livestock export system.”

Agriculture minister Senator Bridget McKenzie. Credit: Office of Senator Bridget McKenzie

In March 2019 Mr Carter took on the role as Interim Inspector-General prior to the passage of legislation establishing the position.

The Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Act 2019 began on 3 October 2019.

Mr Carter is said to have “consulted widely” with stakeholders, developing a comprehensive review.

His first review, on monitoring and reporting during livestock export voyages, is expected in early 2020.