Program 1.9: Meat and livestock industry

​Program objective

  • foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable meat and livestock industries.

Program description

Australia is one of the largest exporters of beef, mutton and lamb in the world and has an innovative, internationally respected pork industry. We were responsible for policy and programs that address national and international issues affecting these industries, as well as engaging state and territory agencies and industry bodies on production, marketing and research and development matters. We also managed the quota arrangements for red meat exports to the European Union and the United States.

More information on red meat and livestock.

Key performance indicators

Table 10 Program 1.9—Meat and livestock industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator 2012–13 target Performance
2012–13 2011–12 2010–11
Effective policies, programs and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability Accurate and timely advice provided a Met
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on meat and livestock issues Five meetings a Met
Allocation of quota to meat and livestock industry in accordance with legislation 100% Met Met Met
All levy funds paid to Meat and Livestock Australia Limited (MLA), Australian Meat Processor Corporation Limited (AMPC) and the Australian Livestock Export Corporation Limited (LiveCorp) 100% Met Met Met
Timely and effective engagement with MLA, AMPC and LiveCorp to ensure compliance with statutory funding agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities Two meetings Met Met Met
Scientific and economic research
Underpinning research, advice, forecasts, projects, products and data services are delivered on time, within budget and are of high quality 85% a Met

a New performance indicator.


Building ties with Japan

We led the Australian delegation to the 35th Australia–Japan beef talks held in Japan in May 2013. Japan remains one of Australia’s top three beef export markets by value and volume. The talks provided an opportunity for the two governments to discuss the supply of beef products and trends in consumer preferences. Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) also participated in the discussions.

Improving meat quota management

We implemented improvements from the independent review of the Eur​opea​n Union’s high-quality beef quota scheme conducted in 2011.

We commenced an in-house review of the European Union’s sheepmeat and goatmeat quota scheme.

Supporting industry research and development

The department worked with MLA to finalise its 2012–16 statutory funding agreement. The new agreement incorporates recommendations following an independent performance review and enhances the MLA’s governance arrangements.

All the industry-owned companies in this program met the requirements of their statutory funding agreements in 2012–13.


European Union meat quota

We worked with the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) to resolve issues around the fair and equitable allocation of the European Union erga omnes, or global, sheepmeat and goatmeat quota to Australian exporters.

In 2012, the European Union made available a 200 tonne erga omnes quota for sheepmeat and goatmeat. While the European Union manages the erga omnes quota, we administer its 19 186 tonne country-specific sheepmeat and goatmeat quota scheme. Administration costs are recovered from the industry.

In July 2012, AMIC advised it had resolved that shipments against the erga omnes quota should be included in the performance for calculating exporter quota allocations under the country-specific quota. We found we could not comply with this directive and negotiated new arrangements with AMIC, to best meet industry requirements while ensuring the equitable allocation of quota. Future handling of the erga omnes quota will be considered in the review of the sheepmeat and goatmeat quota scheme.

Industry advocacy

We worked with the industry-owned companies and peak industry councils on the separation between policy development and advocacy, and what activities are appropriate for funding through the research and development and marketing levies. Much of this work revolved around the Cattle Council of Australia’s discussion with its members on the use of marketing levies for advocacy activities.

We advised MLA, the Cattle Council and other peak industry councils on the Australian Government requirements for a services agreement between the bodies.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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