Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Media Release, 23 June 2023
The independent panel appointed to consult with stakeholders on the phase out of live sheep exports by sea will complete its public consultations this week.
The panel was appointed by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Murray Watt to provide advice on how and when the Australian Government can give effect to a phase out of live sheep exports by sea.
More than 80 separate face-to-face and virtual meetings have been held with industry and stakeholders since March. All feedback is being considered by the independent panel, which is now preparing a report for the Minister.
The panel has been requested to present its report and recommendations to the Minister by 30 September 2023.
The panel is considering:
- Potential mechanisms to phase out live sheep exports by sea.
- A suggested timeframe and options for implementation.
- Potential ways to support the transition, including but not limited to consideration of markets, processing facilities and other opportunities.
Since March, the panel has received more than 4,100 submissions including more than 800 written submissions and more than 3,300 survey responses. To supplement this input, the panel is also obtaining specialist economic advice.
The Australian Government has committed to not implementing the phase out during this term of parliament, providing time for farmers and industry participants to prepare for the transition away from the live sheep by sea trade.
The panel held meetings, both public and targeted, in Western Australia in March, April and June. The panel’s final round of Western Australia public meetings concluded this week after visiting Geraldton, Merredin, Kondinin, Lake Grace, Darkan and Perth.
Public virtual forums were hosted by the panel over two days in May.
Further details of the panel and its work is available on the department’s website.