Review of AUS-MEAT’s capability to oversee the rollout of DEXA technology

Overview of the review

The Australian Government’s response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector was published in December 2018.

In line with the recommendations of the inquiry, the government has committed to the department undertaking a review to determine whether AUS-MEAT is the most appropriate body to oversee the installation, inspection, calibration, replacement and quality assurance auditing processes of new Objective Carcase Measurement (OCM) technology, specifically dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology.

Progress of the r​eview

The review will:

  • Identify the skills, capabilities and supporting resources required for overseeing meat processors’ rollout and on-plant operation of DEXA technology.
  • Examine AUS-MEAT’s capability and capacity to meet the requirements identified.

Public consultation closed Thursday 28 March 2019. The department is now reviewing consultation feedback and finalising the report.  

For further information in relation to the project please contact the Animal Products and Food Markets team via email: AnimalProd Food.

Summary of Senate Inquiry

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector was recommended in 2015 by Senator Bridget McKenzie after the purchase of major meat processor Australian Consolidated Food Holdings Pty Ltd by JBS; and the alleged boycott by red meat processors of the first sale at Barnawatha saleyards, Victoria, on 17 February 2015.

Recommendation 3 of the inquiry stated:

“The committee recommends that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources conduct a review into the operations and capability of AUS-MEAT to determine whether it is the most appropriate body to oversight the installation, inspection, calibration, replacement and quality assurance auditing processes of the new DEXA technology. The review should also identify what reforms and resources AUS-MEAT would require to fulfil this role.”