The Australian Government has welcomed the reappointment of Mr Ross Carter as Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports (IGLAE) for a four-year term commencing on 11 December 2020.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said Mr Carter has considerable experience in regulatory practice and appropriate qualifications in science and environmental management, which are well suited to the IGLAE position.
“I congratulate Ross on his reappointment to this key role. Ross brings independence and impartiality, combined with his extensive regulatory background and a strong ability to undertake stakeholder engagement.
“Since commencing as the IGLAE, Mr Carter has consulted with the minister and a wide range of stakeholders and developed a comprehensive three-year work program. He has completed one review looking at Monitoring and reporting during livestock export voyages and has a further three reviews currently underway.
“Mr Carter has been very clear in defining and communicating the independence of the IGLAE role and has worked constructively with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to develop and commence delivery of his work program.
“The reappointment of Mr Carter gives a clear signal to industry and the community of the importance the Government places on the position and the value that Mr Carter has brought to oversight of live animal export regulation.
“The primary role of the IGLAE is to undertake independent audit and review functions of the live animal exports trade and provide assurance, including greater transparency on the systems and processes that underpin the department’s regulation of livestock exports.
“The independent role provides confidence for farmers, industry and the community in the regulation of livestock exports.”