- IMPROVING WELFARE
- ENSURING CONFORMANCE
- STRENGTHENING ESCAS
As a regulatory framework, ESCAS requirements are placed on Australian exporters. Exporters however are removed from the day-to-day management of animals in-market. Under LGAP not only are transport, feedlots and farms audited but so too are exporters and importers (which are currently not audited under ESCAS). This strengthens the oversight and management of welfare throughout the supply chain.
LGAP is not self-regulation. Rather, LGAP would become the improved mechanism through which exporters would demonstrate they are meeting animal welfare, traceability and control requirements under ESCAS (which would remain the ongoing regulatory framework for livestock export).
Application of the LGAP Standards
The requirements of LGAP are applicable throughout the entire supply chain from exporters through importers to transportation, feedlots, farms and abattoirs and all entities are audited accordingly. A risk rating is also applied to each entity with the frequency of audits being determined based on this risk.
The application of the LGAP Standards and requirements within each Standard would depend on the type of entity involved, as shown below. Facilities and Operators certified under the Program can only send and receive Australian livestock through other certified Facilities and Operators. This is the same principle under ESCAS and ensures exporters continue to meet their animal welfare obligations, but this is now applied through-chain, not just to exporters.
This structure allows LGAP to be applied throughout the full supply chain and ensures accountability and responsibility is placed upon all parties.