Enhancing poultry traceability in Western Australia

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Have your say on a proposal to enhance poultry traceability in WA

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is proposing to enhance traceability of poultry via the same registration system used for livestock.

Have your say on the proposal to require owners of poultry and poultry abattoirs in Western Australia to register with DPIRD and obtain property identification code(s) (PICs) for the properties on which they keep birds.

Background

Australia’s highly developed livestock traceability systems underpin our ability to respond effectively to disease outbreaks and food safety issues. These systems support our biosecurity status and ongoing access to markets.

In WA, consistent with other Australian jurisdictions, owners of livestock (including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer, buffalo and camels) are legally required to register with DPIRD and obtain a PIC for locations where their livestock are kept.

Proposal to enhance traceability

DPIRD proposes to amend legislation to similarly require owners of poultry and poultry abattoir operators to register with DPIRD and obtain a PIC.

The proposed requirement will strengthen traceability by:

  • identifying properties where birds are kept and
  • enabling a formal register to be kept of their locations.

Enhanced traceability will help to protect the poultry sector from food safety and biosecurity risks, maintain access to markets, and ensure DPIRD is able to rapidly communicate information to stakeholders.

Who is affected by the proposed changes?

The proposed changes are targeted to owners of significant numbers of poultry and poultry abattoirs.

Note that the proposed requirement will not affect backyard/hobby poultry owners.

Registration will only be mandatory if:

  • you own 50 or more poultry
  • you own 10 or more emus or ostriches
  • you sell bird meat or eggs (regardless of how many birds you own)
  • you own a poultry abattoir.

The term ‘poultry’ as used in this consultation refers to chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, partridges, emus and ostriches and domesticated pigeons (such as those kept for breeding, racing, exhibition or competition).

Have your say

DPIRD is requesting stakeholder feedback on the proposal.

Before you provide feedback, please read the consultation paper.

If you need more information before making a submission, you are encouraged to:

To make a submission:

Note: Submissions may be published online at the conclusion of the consultation and may also be cited in a publically available report. Submitters who do not want their name published, or would like their submission to remain confidential, should clearly state this in their submission.

Submissions close on 1 October 2020 at 5pm AWST.

Following the close of the consultation period, DPIRD will assess the feedback, amend the proposal where appropriate and communicate the outcome to stakeholders.

Have your say on a proposal to enhance poultry traceability in WA

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is proposing to enhance traceability of poultry via the same registration system used for livestock.

Have your say on the proposal to require owners of poultry and poultry abattoirs in Western Australia to register with DPIRD and obtain property identification code(s) (PICs) for the properties on which they keep birds.

Background

Australia’s highly developed livestock traceability systems underpin our ability to respond effectively to disease outbreaks and food safety issues. These systems support our biosecurity status and ongoing access to markets.

In WA, consistent with other Australian jurisdictions, owners of livestock (including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer, buffalo and camels) are legally required to register with DPIRD and obtain a PIC for locations where their livestock are kept.

Proposal to enhance traceability

DPIRD proposes to amend legislation to similarly require owners of poultry and poultry abattoir operators to register with DPIRD and obtain a PIC.

The proposed requirement will strengthen traceability by:

  • identifying properties where birds are kept and
  • enabling a formal register to be kept of their locations.

Enhanced traceability will help to protect the poultry sector from food safety and biosecurity risks, maintain access to markets, and ensure DPIRD is able to rapidly communicate information to stakeholders.

Who is affected by the proposed changes?

The proposed changes are targeted to owners of significant numbers of poultry and poultry abattoirs.

Note that the proposed requirement will not affect backyard/hobby poultry owners.

Registration will only be mandatory if:

  • you own 50 or more poultry
  • you own 10 or more emus or ostriches
  • you sell bird meat or eggs (regardless of how many birds you own)
  • you own a poultry abattoir.

The term ‘poultry’ as used in this consultation refers to chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, partridges, emus and ostriches and domesticated pigeons (such as those kept for breeding, racing, exhibition or competition).

Have your say

DPIRD is requesting stakeholder feedback on the proposal.

Before you provide feedback, please read the consultation paper.

If you need more information before making a submission, you are encouraged to:

To make a submission:

Note: Submissions may be published online at the conclusion of the consultation and may also be cited in a publically available report. Submitters who do not want their name published, or would like their submission to remain confidential, should clearly state this in their submission.

Submissions close on 1 October 2020 at 5pm AWST.

Following the close of the consultation period, DPIRD will assess the feedback, amend the proposal where appropriate and communicate the outcome to stakeholders.