The Australian red meat industry encompasses the production and processing of beef cattle, sheep, goats and buffalo, for export and domestic consumption. Beef cattle and sheep are the dominant industries.
The authority to deal with particular red meat industry issues is vested in a number of jurisdictions:
- The Australian Government is responsible for issues that have national or international implications.
- State and territory governments are responsible for day-to-day production, operational and infrastructural matters.
- Relevant representative or peak industry bodies are responsible for industry or agri-political issues.
- Industry service companies and Rural Research and Development Corporations have responsibility for marketing, promotion and research and development activities.
Further information on Australia’s red meat industry is available at:
- Red meat livestock industry structure
- Red meat export statistics
- Export quotas
- Meat & Livestock Australia’s red meat industry overview
For information about exporting meat and meat products, please see the meat and meat products export page.
For information on live animal export, please see the live animal export page.