Inspector-general to stay in export role

By Jamie Salter

Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has confirmed Ross Carter will continue as Live Animal Exports Inspector-General for the next 12 months.

“The inspector-general will promote continual improvements in the regulatory practice, performance and culture of the live export regulator,” Senator McKenzie said.

“This is about building an effective regulatory culture that stands the test of time and assures the welfare of livestock across the export supply chain.

“It is another step in assuring the community, trading partners and industry that the regulatory system is functioning as intended by government.”

An independent Live Animal Exports Inspector-General was a recommendation of the 2018 Moss Review.

In March this year, Mr Carter began the role of interim inspector-general before the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Act 2019 commenced on October 3.

“Mr Carter has more than 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of policy and regulation,” Senator McKenzie said.

“As inspector-general he provides a further layer of assurance over Australia’s livestock export system.”

The legislation establishes the inspector-general as an independent statutory officer and provides them with wide-ranging powers to conduct independent reviews of the regulator.

“Australians and the industry must be confident in the independent live export regulator,” Senator McKenzie said.

“The work of the inspector-general will go towards achieving this.”

Mr Carter's first review — monitoring and reporting on livestock export voyages — is expected to be completed by early 2020.

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