National Farmers' Federation

Independent Observer Deployment Policy – consultation paper

The Department of Agriculture implemented the livestock exports independent observer (IO) program in April 2018, requiring an IO to conduct monitoring and reporting activities on live export voyages. The program was intended to provide additional assurance of the effectiveness of exporter arrangements in managing animal welfare and to increase transparency to industry, the public and government. While an IO model has merit to improve transparency of the industry and to build trust, the NFF has become aware of industry concerns about the current program’s efficiency, and its ability to deliver on its intention.

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