An independent Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to oversee regulation of the industry has today been realised with the Bill to establish the position as a statutory appointment passing the Australian Parliament.
Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the role cemented Australia’s position as the world leader in livestock exports and in improving animal welfare outcomes of the trade.
“Our livestock export industry contributes $1.7 billion to the national economy every year, and is a vital source of revenue and jobs to our rural and regional economies,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The creation of the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports in legislation means there’s an independent check on how the Department of Agriculture regulates the industry.
“The independent role will give the community strong assurance and greater transparency around how the trade is regulated and how well it is running.
“After passing the Senate last week, the Bill has now passed the House of Representatives today.
“Once the Bill is given Royal Assent I will appoint a suitably qualified person to get to work so that industry can continue on its trajectory of positive change while boosting regulator performance and transparency of decision making for the Australian community.”