Consideration of contemporary animal welfare science, costs to industry, practicalities, community standards, and international expectations are utilised to support an evidence-based approach.
The development of standards and guidelines follows a process that includes:
Drafting the standards and guidelines:
Varied groups will be formed to be responsible for drafting, guiding, and reviewing the standards and guidelines. The standards and guidelines are developed in consultation with the state and territory governments, livestock industry organisations, animal welfare groups, and the general public.
A public consultation stage provides an opportunity for all interested parties to have their say on the draft standards and guidelines before they are finalised. The public consultation process includes how the consultation was undertaken, who was consulted, and a summary of views.
Regulation Impact Statement:
A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) is prepared to identify the costs and benefits that the standards and guidelines would have for a range of stakeholders.
The standards and guidelines then progress for noting/endorsement by governments and then into the regulation stage before the final implementation stage by the Australian states and territories.