THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture and Water Resources is establishing a technical advisory committee to conduct a review of Australia’s Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL), and is seeking suitable applications for membership.
Deputy Secretary Malcolm Thompson said ASEL was an important component of Australia’s world leading livestock export system, setting the standards of health and welfare that exporters must meet during the transport of Australian livestock overseas.
“The committee we’re establishing will look at the standards for the export of livestock to ensure they are fit for purpose and take into account the latest animal health and welfare scientific information and advice,” Mr Thompson said.
“This technical committee will be made up of an independent chair and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry. Members will be required to meet specific eligibility requirements and will be selected on the basis of their skills, experience and qualifications rather than their affiliation with an organisation.
“This is about getting the science right behind any proposed updates to the standards — there will be a number of opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to the standards throughout the review process.
“We anticipate appointing an independent chair and four committee members for a period of two years, to begin in late September.
“The review will be conducted as a series of modules with each module expected to take six to eight months to complete. This means we can prioritise some areas of work, encourage industry innovation and move more quickly to adapt technological improvements.
“It is anticipated that committee members will need to be available for 30 to 80 days over a year to undertake committee duties.”
Committee members will be paid at the rate published for ‘Offices not specified’ in the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal ‘Determination 2016/18—Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Part-Time Public Office.
Applications from suitably qualified people are now being sought. To find out more about the committee’s terms of reference and to apply visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/welfare/export-trade/review-asel