AAWCS was established in 2013 and is an initiative of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC). It is an independently-audited certification program used by livestock processors to demonstrate compliance with the industry best practice animal welfare standards from receival of livestock, to the point of humane processing.
Please also see the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments.
Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Processing Facilities and Establishments are under way, with drafting of new S&G in progress. An informal initial consultation phase with targeted stakeholders on the drafting is being planned, after which the drafting will be subject to public consultation impact assessment.