Regular Reporting on Performance Auditing of ESCAS

AUSTRALIA - The first independent performance audit report summaries for livestock exports to Indonesia have been released on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website. The independent audits are a key part of the new regulatory framework for livestock exports and provide an assessment of exporter supply chain assurance systems.
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As part of the regulatory requirements, exporters must provide DAFF with a performance audit report on the effectiveness of their supply chain assurance system, including the control, traceability and animal welfare aspects. The report must be provided by a fully independent and qualified systems auditor following the end of processing of the livestock consignment or within 190 days from the date of export in the case of Indonesia.

The first of the independent performance audit report summaries from 11 consignments exported to Indonesia have been released today. As further reports are routinely received and assessments completed, they will be published on a monthly basis on the DAFF website.

For the finalised performance audit reports, the independent auditors have visited and observed processes at each location within the supply chain that has handled or slaughtered animals.

In addition to the publication of these independent audit report summaries, DAFF is also publishing statistics and summary information of non compliances that have been reported in exporter supply chain assurance systems. Such reporting of non-compliance can occur through routine independent auditing processes, from self reports by exporters, or via third parties.

This information is additional to that which is provided in the audit reports and seeks to increase transparency and provide easy access to information on the overall performance of exporter supply chain assurance systems.

Over time, more audit results and information will become available that will provide a clearer picture of the effectiveness of the new system.

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