2019 APIQ_® Major Review – Update & What’s next.

The initial stakeholder consultation component of the 2019 APIQ_® Major Review has now been completed by Prime Consulting International.

After the Major Review reference group meeting on the 22nd of January there were nine stakeholder meetings between 30 January and 19 February in VIC, NSW, WA, QLD and SA with a teleconference for Tasmanian stakeholders.

During the stakeholder communication meetings participants discussed four key discussion points which had been identified by the reference group. Further, there was a significant amount of time devoted to items from the floor.

The key discussion points were:

  • Biosecurity – Are the APIQ_® standards for biosecurity strong enough?
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – Should/could APIQ_® be utilised to improve Australia’s reputation around the responsible use of antibiotics?
  • Performance based auditing – Should APIQ_® consider a system that rewards high performing producers?
  • Engagement with smaller producers – How could APIQ_® attract smaller producers?

Prime Consulting will compile the feedback received through the stakeholder communications meetings, along with their own findings on other aspects of the major review.

The draft recommendations will be forwarded to APIQ Management in May 2020.

APIQ Management in conjunction with the APL Executive Team, the APIQ Panel and by the QA and Animal Welfare Committee will review the recommendations and decide whether they should be adopted by the APIQ_® Program, and/or if further stakeholder consultation is required.

APIQ Management would like to thank everyone who gave their time and effort to provide feedback to the 2019 APIQ_® Major Review. Your commitment to the program will help us to ensure that APIQ_® continues to deliver what our industry needs, when our industry needs it.