Programme 1.9 Meat and livestock industry

​​Programme objective

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

Programme description

Australia is one of the largest exporters of beef, mutton and lamb in the world, and has pork and egg industries that are innovative and internationally respected. We were responsible for policy and programmes that address national and international issues affecting our meat and livestock 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 is available on the department's website.

Key performance indicators

Table 10 Programme 1.9—Meat and livestock industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator2013–14 targetPerformance
Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainabilityAccurate and timely advice providedMetMet-
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on meat and livestock issues5 meetingsMetMet-
Allocation of quota to meat and livestock industry in accordance with legislation100%MetMetMet
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%MetMetMet
Timely and effective engagement with MLA, AMPC and LiveCorp to ensure compliance with statutory funding agreements and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities2 meetingsMetMetMet
Integrated scientific and economic research–underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines and in line with international research standards85%MetMet-


Supporting Indigenous pastoralists

The Indigenous Pastoral Project was completed after two years. The department provided resources to help Indigenous pastoralists develop commercially viable and sustainable practices. We also provided $500 000 to create a comprehensive management manual in partnership with Indigenous pastoralists.

The manual supports a key priority of the Australian Government to support economic opportunities for Indigenous communities, particularly in rural and remote areas. Following the launch of the manual at Broome in February 2014, the department focused on helping Indigenous pastoralists implement the management practices in their operations. An additional $330 000 was dedicated to extension activities to take place during 2014.

More information about the project is available on the RIRDC website.


Funding quota administration

We provide a cost-recovered service that allows Australian exporters to access quotas at preferential tariff rates in the European Union and the United States. A fee is applied for the use of this service. However, under existing legislation users of quotas administered by other countries, such as the European Union High Quality Beef Grain Fed Quota, could not be charged.

The Export Legislation Amendment Act 2014 was passed to ensure the equitable distribution of cost among all quota users. The Act amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to enable the equitable distribution of costs for the department's beef, sheep meat and goat meat quota administrative services. Changes to fees will be considered as part of a new cost-recovery impact statement for quota services.

Cattle industry levies

Beef producers, particularly grass-fed cattle producers, have raised concerns they do not have sufficient influence on how cattle transaction levies are invested in research and development and marketing. It is vital the beef industry has the right systems and structures to capture opportunities in the coming decades in Asia and elsewhere.

In December 2013, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee commenced its inquiry 'Industry structures and systems governing the collection of levies on grass-fed cattle'.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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