Work program

Work program

Three-year review plan 2019–22

On 14 November 2019 Mr Ross Carter was appointed as the inaugural Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports (IGLAE). The following three-year review plan is well underway and oversight by the IGLAE is designed to improve confidence for our farmers, industry, and the community in the regulation of livestock exports.

The IGLAE will review and audit the performance of functions and exercise of powers by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in regulating livestock exports under the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997 and the Export Control Act 1982.  This review program is independent to the internal audit and performance management programs of the department and will be publicly reported.

The position of IGLAE was established as part of the Government’s response to the independent ‘Review of the Regulatory Capability and Culture of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Regulation of Live Animal Exports September 2018’ undertaken by Mr Philip Moss AM (September 2018), specifically Recommendation 15. Accordingly, this work plan is informed by the findings of the Moss Review and the department’s response.  Consultation with Mr Moss, departmental staff, and a range of stakeholder organisations identified key topics for review and assisted with prioritising the initial reviews.  Ongoing consultation and future events may result in modification to the topics and scope of these initially proposed reviews, particularly in light of any legislative reform.

The indicative work plan was provided to the then Minister for Agriculture and the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture in June 2019.

Schedule of reviews

Monitoring and reporting during livestock export voyages

Review the efficacy of on-board monitoring and reporting of animal welfare, compliance and responsive actions during livestock export voyages.

This review will examine the suite of monitoring and reporting requirements on-board vessels including:

  • monitoring and reporting on animal welfare and responsive actions to any identified issues
  • monitoring and reporting of compliance
  • alignment of monitoring and reporting with identified risks
  • reporting requirements and standards
  • consistency, timeliness and transparency of monitoring and reporting outcomes
  • role of stockmen, AAVs and IOs in monitoring and reporting.

Livestock export licensing and permits

A review of the department’s processes and systems that support decisions regarding livestock export licences and permits.

This review will examine:

  • legislative requirements, objectives, principles and criteria that guide licence and permit decisions
  • approach to accessibility, transparency and consultation in the livestock export licensing and permit decision making process
  • systems, guidance and information that supports applicants and the community in understanding livestock export licenses and permits.

Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)

A review of the department’s processes and systems that support decision making regarding ESCAS including approvals, monitoring, reporting, compliance and responsive actions.

This review will examine:

  • effectiveness of the department’s monitoring, reporting, compliance and enforcement capability and framework as it pertains to ESCAS
  • future reform proposals for Livestock Global Assurance Program and regulatory controls.

Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

A review of the processes through which the department reviews, develops and determines the ASEL that underpins regulation of the Live Animal Export industry.

This review will examine:

  • objectives, principles and criteria the department uses to guide decisions on ASEL
  • nature and transparency of the deliberative processes that underpin stakeholder involvement in ASEL reviews
  • decision-making process for finalising ASEL reviews including transparency, accessibility, and the recording of reasons.

Response to external inquiries, reports, complaints, allegations and incidents

A review of department processes and systems that support responses to external inquiries, reports, complaints, allegations, and incidents.

This review will examine:

  • how the department receives, prioritises, investigates and responds to inquiries, reports, complaints, allegations and incidents
  • systems, processes and timeliness of responses and how issues are resolved.

Managing risk

A review of the department’s approach to managing the risks involved in achieving legislative objectives and non-compliance risks.

This review will examine:

  • how the department identifies regulatory risk and apportions its efforts and regulatory tools to controlling risks
  • current information technology systems and intelligence capabilities that are in place to support risk management
  • alignment of business processes, systems and reporting with the treatment and control of identified risks.

Approved Arrangements

An assessment of the effectiveness of the department’s system of Approved Arrangements under the Exports Control (Animals) Order 2004.

This review will consider:

  • the department’s processes for recognition of Approved Arrangements within Australia
  • effectiveness of Approved Arrangements in achieving animal welfare outcomes
  • effectiveness of the department’s regulatory oversight of Approved Arrangements.

Regulatory Culture, regulatory capability, skills, resources and technology

A review of the department’s establishment of an effective regulatory culture

This review will examine:

  • extent to which a common sense of purpose, identity and alignment has been established across the dispersed regulatory model of the department
  • how potential conflict between industry facilitation and regulatory functions are managed and resolved in both regulatory policy and operational contexts
  • dispersed-model functionality and coordination
  • a regulatory capability maturity assessment of the department.

Interaction and interface with state and territory animal welfare regulation

A review of the effectiveness of the department’s interaction and integration with state and territory roles and responsibilities related to live animal exports.

This review will examine:

  • approach to operational and policy coordination with state and territories and the efficacy of the arrangements in place to ensure and improve animal welfare outcomes.

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