Media Release

Red tape reductions cut costs for livestock owners​

20 March 2015

Livestock producers, pet owners and animal feed manufacturers are all set to benefit from reforms announced today, that will see a $7.8 million annual reduction in red tape.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said reforms to animal feed regulations would remove barriers to access for new feed varieties and technologies for Australian producers.

“These reforms will exclude a range of low-risk animal feed products from some regulations—and in the process save $7.8 million a year in red tape for animal feed manufacturers—savings we can expect will be passed on to their customers,” Minister Joyce said.

“The benefits will be felt downstream with industry estimating increased production rates from new feeds could improve returns by up to $10/tonne of feed.

“Australia has been lagging behind international competitors in our access to new and innovative feed varieties—and not only does it put us on level footing, it could also improve long-term animal health and reduce workload for the regulator—the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Management Authority (APVMA).

“Up to half the animal feed products currently registered could benefit from this reform and as many as 100 new products can now be introduced in the next five years that would not otherwise enter the market—a great result for industry up and down the supply chain.”

Minister Joyce emphasised the government’s commitment to making it easier for Australia to do business, while maintaining our high human and animal health standards.

“These reforms have been closely considered over the course of 18 months’ consultation with feed manufacturers, users, animal health professionals, states and territories and the APVMA,” Minister Joyce said.

“In these discussions we’ve made sure that any reforms would not increase the risk to human or animal health and safety.

“At the same time we’ve listened to industry about where regulations are burdensome—and these reforms release a pressure valve of red tape that was preventing new and existing products to hit the market quicker, with fewer impediments.

“We said last year that we were committed to slashing red tape, and to reforming Australia’s agricultural and veterinary chemicals sector—and we’re delivering on those promises.”

The reforms exclude certain animal feed products from APVMA regulation if they meet certain conditions around ingredients, claims, manufacturing and labelling. More information on the reforms is available on the APVMA website.