Summary
A second roundtable of signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), chaired by Mr Don Mackay, was held on 6 December 2019 in Brisbane. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to progress discussions post White Paper and:

  • Identify if there is a pathway forward based on the recommendations of the White Paper
  • Modify recommendations of the White Paper or determine the alternatives
  • Identify the beginnings of a pathway to progress for a renewed MOU

The Australian Livestock Export Council, Australian Lot Feeders Association, Australian Meat Industry Council, Australian Meat Processing Corporation, Cattle Council of Australia, Department of Agriculture, LiveCorp, Meat and Livestock Australia, Red Meat Advisory Council and Sheep Producers Australia were in attendance.

Discussion focussed on:

  • The core focus of any changes to organisations within the red meat industry and the MOU should focus on improving efficiency and economic outcomes for the levy payers who support the system.
  • The role of levy payers in determining funding and priorities for levies paid is crucial.
  • Consideration of the White Paper; and alternatives to the White Paper is complex and will take time.
  • Discussions will continue in 2020 and the Red Meat MOU signatories are committed to being transparent with stakeholders and will provide regular update

    Next Steps

  • An update will be provided to the Minister for Agriculture with a further Roundtable to be held in January 2020.
  • There could potentially be a concurrent body of work to complement the Levies Streamlining project that takes a broader scope to look at the future of levies for red meat, and optional levies. RMAC will engage with government on this.
  • There remains strong support for Newco 3. A scoping study undertaken by PWC will be concluded in early 2020 for further consideration.

ENDS 

Contact: Anna Campbell, anna@rmac.com.au, 0448 692 245