Land Transport Consultative Process

The public consultation period for Land Transport Standards concluded in May 2008.

The decisions

  1. How best to develop the Land Transport Standards so they will minimise the risk to the welfare of the livestock being transported. The particular areas of focus are:
    • responsibilities and planning of livestock transport;
    • stock handling competency;
    • transport vehicles and facilities;
    • pretransport selection of livestock;
    • loading, transport and unloading of livestock; and
    • humane destruction.
  2. How to adequately demonstrate the need for the proposed Land Transport Standards and its associated costs and benefits – this is done by preparing a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) March 2008.

What was consulted on?

Work proceeded to determine the basic scale and scope of the Land Transport Standards and to identify the costs and benefits of the Land Transport Standards. The Department of Agriculture (formally DAFF) and AHA sought views from interested parties about how well:

Who is the consultation for?

The public consultation phase sought views from a range of people interested in the land transport of livestock, including those people directly or indirectly affected by the implementation of the Land Transport Standards and/or who had not yet had the opportunity to comment on the Land Transport Standards or the RIS.  The public consultation is complete, there were further meetings of the SRG and the AWWG, where submissions from this consultation process were considered.

How submissions were processed?

All submissions (in survey and written form) were considered public documents.

All comments (in survey form or full written submissions) were considered carefully by Animal Health Australia and the Standards Reference Group (SRG). Considering the consultation responses (surveys and written submissions), AHA and the SRG were particularly interested in how satisfied stakeholders and the public were that the Draft Land Transport Standards adequately specify requirements for the safe transport of livestock on land and that the RIS adequately identified the costs and benefits of the Land Transport Standards and demonstrated the need for the Standards.

Assessment of feedback from the consultation process gave consideration to:

  • the extent to which suggestions strengthen the intent and objectives of the Standards;
  • the volume and variety of responses making similar suggestions (ie, not just a form letter based on a campaign);
  • anticipated adverse impacts from submitted suggestions; and
  • the viability of implementing any suggested change.

The Land Transport Standards Reference Group (SRG) then recommended particular changes to the Land Transport Standards and/or the RIS to the Animal Welfare Working Group (AWWG).  In turn, the AWWG then passed on its recommendations to those Ministerial Committees responsible for approving animal welfare regulations.

Page reviewed: 30 January 2017