The document that governs the red meat industry is being reviewed nearly twenty years after it was created.

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) today announced the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding (Red Meat MOU) will undergo a comprehensive review led by Mr Jim Varghese AM.

“The Red Meat MOU has been a foundation document for the red meat and livestock industry over the past twenty years and this Review is about evaluating, enhancing and elaborating on the successes we have had under the MOU,” said Chair of RMAC Mr Don Mackay.

The Review will be undertaken by a Taskforce Chaired by Mr Jim Varghese AM, a renowned policy thinker and reviewer who has held various private and public service roles including Director-General roles in Main Roads, the Department of Education, Employment and Training and the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in both Queensland and Victoria and the current Chair of the Australia-India Business Council.

“It is my expectation that this Review will strategically position the industry for future challenges and opportunities.  I look forward to working with all the key stakeholders to produce a revised MOU that will ensure the sustainability and prosperity of Australian red meat and livestock businesses.”

Mr Mackay said that expressions of interest for the remaining five Taskforce spots would be open from today until 3 October 2018 with Taskforce members being selected by RMAC as the project coordinator.

“We are looking for high quality candidates from a range of disciplines and backgrounds for our Taskforce. We want a breadth of experience across policy making, governance, advocacy and out of the box thinkers to make this Review as comprehensive and effective as possible,” said Mr Mackay.

Mr Mackay thanked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of Agriculture and Water for their support in moving forward with the review.

The review will assess the effectiveness of the current Red Meat MOU arrangements by consulting with signatories, key industry and community stakeholders and government and will report back to RMAC with recommendations by the end of March 2019.

The full Terms of Reference and further information about the Green Paper are available here.


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