What is the purpose of the Green Paper?

  • A Green Paper is a document commonly used to generate discussion around a number of options. This means the Green Paper is an important part of the Red Meat MoU Review process for everyone to get involved and have their say
  • The Review Taskforce has conducted research and consulted with government and signatories to the MoU to prepare this Green Paper which:
    • Closely examines the opportunities and challenges for the Australian red meat industry over the next 20 years
    • Highlights urgent drivers for industry change including animal welfare, climate change and other environmental factors, an increasing regulatory burden, low levels of investment, changing consumption patterns, and technological disruption
    • Provides four options for the future delivery of the Red Meat MoU
  • The Review Taskforce is now seeking broad industry feedback on the Green Paper.  It will use this feedback to prepare a final report with recommendations for reform that aim to:
    • Create value for Australia’s 82,500 red meat and livestock businesses
    • Position the industry to be able to meet future challenges and seize opportunities as they arise
    • Drive better performance as industry representative bodies by RMAC and RMAC members.

Who is involved in the Green Paper?

  • The Green Paper is led by Jim Varghese AM as the Chair of a nine member Review Taskforce.
  • The Green Paper has been developed after comprehensive consultation with signatories and other stakeholders. This is based on the highest standards of industry policy development and consultation as defined by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

What is the Red Meat MoU review process?


  • Announced September 2018 by RMAC, with bi-partisan support from the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Shadow Minister for Agriculture
  • Independent nine-member Taskforce appointed
  • Consultations with MoU signatories


  • Green Paper released for national consultation between 14 February – 15 April 2019. This is your chance to have your say.


  • Independent Taskforce uses consultation feedback to refine its findings and develop a final report with recommendations for reform.
  • Signatories to the MoU will provide a public response to the recommendations.
  • Signatories will be responsible for implementing the response.

What is the Green Paper consultation process?

  • The purpose of the Green Paper is to promote a constructive positive discussion about what governance arrangements are needed to build a better red meat future for Australia.
  • We are communicating the Green Paper widely to ensure as many stakeholders as possible are aware of the Green Paper and have the chance to read it. This includes using email, media, social media, paid advertising and attending selected events, as well as encouraging RMAC members and other stakeholders to use their own communication platforms to spread the word about the Green Paper.

What does this mean for my business?

  • Until the Review process is complete and the independent Taskforce recommendations presented, we don’t know what the future structure of the industry will be and what that will mean for individual businesses.
  • What we do know is change is needed and wanted right across the industry, so we must all be prepared for change.

What happens to my feedback?

  • The Taskforce will review feedback halfway through the consultation process to assess any emerging themes, and again at the end of the consultation process to assist the Taskforce finalise recommendations for building a better red meat future.
  • Public submissions may be published in full on the RMAC website, including any personal information of authors and/or other third parties contained in the submission, unless you elect for your submission to remain confidential and/or anonymous when you fill in the Cover Sheet for Submissions at www.rmac.com.au/mou

What is the MoU?

  • The Red Meat MOU was signed in 1998 to coordinate roles and responsibilities between the Commonwealth Government and CCA, SPA, GICA, AMIC, ALEC, ALFA, MLA, AMPC and LiveCorp.
  • The MoU underpinned the restructuring of the former meat and livestock statutory organisations in 1998.
  • After more than 20 years, it is time to take a critical look at it to ensure it the MoU is fit for purpose to guide the red meat industry through future challenges.