On 5 September 2011, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry announced a new system of export certification for Australian meatworks.
The changes give businesses greater flexibility in how staff are deployed when not undertaking export inspection work and focus regulatory resources on risk areas. Where international agreements allow, accredited non-Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) personnel will be able to carry out audit and inspection functions currently performed by AQIS staff. Proposed new IT systems are also expected to increase efficiency for AQIS through better management of records.
A Regulation Impact Statement was prepared by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and was assessed as adequate by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.