​​​Media Release

Independent Inspector-General takes office to oversee live animal exports regulation

19 March 2019

  • Mr Ross Carter has started in his role as Interim Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports
  • The role provides additional confidence for farmers, industry and the community in the regulation of livestock exports
  • Mr Carter has 20 years' experience in regulatory practice and related public administration​

Mr Ross Carter has started in his role as the Interim Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports (IIGLAE), to provide independent oversight of the regulator.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud welcomed Mr Carter, saying he would bring impartiality and extensive experience to the role.

"Mr Carter is well-placed to oversee live animal export regulation, with some 20 years' experience in regulatory practice, public administration and related academic studies," Minister Littleproud said.

"I said I would reset the live export industry, and this is another important step in delivering on that promise.

"An Inspector General was a recommendation of the Moss Review, and now it's done.

"I'm glad we have someone stepping into this role with fresh eyes.

"Mr Carter will audit and review the systems and processes that underpin the department's regulation of livestock exports.

"This oversight will improve confidence for our farmers, industry and the community in the regulation of livestock exports.

"I welcome Mr Carter, and wish him the best of luck in his new role."

Fast Facts:

  • Establishing the IIGLAE is a key recommendation (#15) of the Moss Review.
  • Mr Carter has been engaged to fill the role of IIGLAE for 12 months pending completion of legislation to establish the statutory appointment.
  • A full merit-based selection process involving a selection committee and advertisement in the national press and online was used to fill the role.