The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the introduction of legislation to formally establish the role of the Inspector General of Live Animal Exports.
The Bill, introduced in the Senate yesterday by Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, delivers on a key recommendation of the 2018 independent review of the live animal exports regulator (the Moss Review).
The Moss Review highlighted the need for a further layer of assurance over Australia’s live animal export management system and recommended an independent statutory office be established to provide oversight and evaluation.
“This is a positive move by the government, which will enhance transparency and build industry and community confidence in the regulation of live exports” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.
Mr Mahar said he had met with the Interim Inspector General of Live Animal Exports, Mr Ross Carter, who had demonstrated a willingness to work with industry.
“The agriculture industry stands ready to engage with the Inspector General as he commences his work program. It is critical that we are all working together to ensure a culture of continuous, evidence-based improvement” Mr Mahar said.