​Media Release

Steve McCutcheon to lead expert review of ASEL

2 July 2018

  • Steve McCutcheon the new Chair of the independent Technical Advisory Committee reviewing the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.
  • Mr McCutcheon has 30 years' experience in agriculture and food policy.

Steve McCutcheon has been announced as the new Chair to lead the comprehensive review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said Mr McCutcheon brought more than 30 years' experience in agriculture and food policy to the role.

"The comprehensive review of the ASEL will ensure changes to the standards are informed by the best evidence," Minister Littleproud said.

"The review began in January. I decided not long after becoming Minister to bring the review's deadline forward from the end of 2019 to the end of this year.

"Mr McCutcheon is Chair of Plant Health Australia and was CEO of Food Standards Australia New Zealand from 2007 to 2017.

"Mr McCutcheon will lead the committee as it finalises the ASEL review, supported by the other members with expertise across animal health and welfare, regulation and the livestock industry."

Stage one of the ASEL review included public consultation to seek feedback on draft reformatted standards and to identify key issues for the review to address. The next stage will include the release of an issues paper and consultation to seek feedback from stakeholders. The ASEL Review is also required to make recommendations not inconsistent with the standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

This comprehensive review is in addition to the short, sharp review by Dr Michael McCarthy of the sheep trade during the northern summer. For more information on the ASEL review, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/welfare/export-trade/review-asel

Fast Facts:

The members of the Technical Advisory Committee are:

  • Dr Teresa Collins – animal health and welfare expert
  • Dr Hugh Millar – animal health and welfare expert
  • Mr Russell Phillips – regulation specialist
  • Mr Kevin Shiell – livestock export industry expert