The Primary Industries Standing Committee’s Animal Welfare Committee commissioned a review of the animal welfare standards and guidelines development process. The Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines provide nationally consistent rules for the care and management of livestock under state and territory law. The review was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia between April and June 2013.
The scope of the review included investigating, reporting and making recommendations on:
- the strengths and weaknesses of the existing animal welfare standards and guidelines development process
- alternative models for developing animal welfare standards and guidelines including the advantages and disadvantages and relative costs of each model
- the effectiveness of stakeholder consultation in the development of standards and guidelines under the current model and alternative stakeholder engagement options
- the design of animal welfare standards to ensure the language is regulation–ready and that there is consistency across all animal welfare standards.
An essential component of the review was a series of interviews that the PricewaterhouseCoopers team conducted with representatives from state and territory governments, industry bodies and animal welfare groups. To complement the interview series, an online survey was also conducted seeking views from any interested group, business or individual on the current process.
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