Public submissions for the Livestock Disease Control Regulations are now closed and are currently under consideration.

The proposed Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations) were made available for consultation and public submissions for 30 days until 12 May 2017. The consultation period is now closed and no further submissions will be accepted. All submissions received during the public consultation period have had personal or sensitive information removed and are available below and on the Agriculture Victoria website. A summary of consultation is also available.

We thank everyone who made a submission during the consultation process.

What happens now?

All submissions received during the consultation period have been considered. Based on these submissions, it was determined that no changes were required to the proposed Regulations prior to their making. The proposed Regulations will commence on 1 July 2017.


Background

The Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) operate under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (the Act) to provide requirements to protect Victorian livestock from disease and to maintain and enhance domestic and international market access. The legislation also aims to protect public health by preventing diseases that are transmissible to humans, providing compensation for certain livestock losses, and facilitating the operation of livestock traceability systems for the purposes of market access and disease and residue control.
The Regulations provide requirements, infringement offences and penalties relating to:

  • the testing, notification, and prevention of livestock diseases
  • the identification and movement of livestock
  • the import of livestock, livestock products
  • fodder and fittings into Victoria
  • the seizure and disposal of certain livestock, fodder, and fittings and
  • compensation claims.

Who is affected by the Regulations?

  • Primary producers: Primary producers (including hobby producers and people who own livestock as pets) breed and raise livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, alpacas, bees and aquaculture.
  • Stock and station agents: Stock and station agents act as brokers for primary producers and sell livestock via private sales, from farm to farm, private auctions, directly to abattoirs, or through saleyards.
  • Saleyards: Primary producers and stock agents use saleyards to buy and sell livestock. Livestock can be sold based on weight or numbers.
    Abattoirs/knackeries: Abattoirs and knackeries slaughter livestock and process animal carcasses into meat and meat related products.
  • Operators of agricultural shows: Operators of agricultural shows work throughout the state at various times throughout the year.

The Regulations will sunset (i.e. cease to operate) on 18 December 2017. As a consequence, the Regulations are being reviewed to justify that a regulatory approach is the best option to protect Victoria’s livestock industries and to maintain and enhance market access for livestock and livestock products. This process is being managed through a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).


What is the RIS?

The Victorian Government has prepared the RIS to:

  • establish the nature and extent of the problems that would exist in the absence of the Regulations
  • articulate the desired objectives of addressing the identified problems
  • identify a set of viable options to address the established problems
  • assess the costs and benefits of these options, and the expected effectiveness of each option in addressing the problems
  • identify and describe a preferred option to achieve the desired objectives; and
    develop an implementation and review strategy for the preferred option.

The RIS draws together key information from stakeholders and makes recommendations to improve our ability to protect Victoria’s livestock industries from the impact of animal disease.

Livestock Disease Control Regulatory Impact Statement 2017
care of Animal Biosecurity Team, Biosecurity Assurance, Agriculture Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
475 - 485 Mickleham Road
ATTWOOD, Victoria 3049.