Consumer representative opportunity: Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Development of new Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Processing Establishments

CFA is seeking nomination from experienced consumer representatives to sit on the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Development of new Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Processing Establishments. These Standards and Guidelines will replace the current Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments which was published by CSIRO in 2002. The new Standards and Guidelines will cover all the main commercial livestock species that are handled in Australian meat processing facilities, including cattle (including bobby calves), sheep, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits, deer, buffalo, camels, alpaca, donkeys and poultry. The new Standards and Guidelines are expected to be finalised by mid-2023.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group will:

  • serve as a consultation group during the development process for the new Standards and Guidelines,
  • provide advice and, where appropriate, recommendations to the Animal Welfare Task Group (ATWG), and
  • facilitate the exchange of information on matters relating to the development of the new Standards and Guidelines to and from represented organisations and networks.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group will include representatives from the meat processing industry, meat retail, animal welfare, veterinary science and relevant regulators. The SAG will be chaired by an independent facilitator In addition, the AWTG consider that the SAG should also have a representative from a consumer group to represent the views of consumers, and has sought a nomination from the Consumers’ Federation of Australia. CFA considers the ideal candidate would:

  • have substantial experience in consumer advocacy, including through consultative committees and forums,
  • have an understanding about the regulation of food in Australia,
  • be willing to consult with other consumer advocates as relevant, and
  • be willing to abide by the expectations of SAG members, including respecting diverse views, providing constructive feedback, adequately preparing for meetings, and not sharing confidential information.

There is no remuneration for this position. Expressions of interest are sought (100-200 words would suffice) from interested applicants by COB Monday 8 November 2021. Please send expressions of interest, or obtain further information, by emailing info@consumersfederation.org.au.


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