SAFEMEAT is a partnership between the Australian red meat and livestock industry and state and federal governments.

SAFEMEAT consists of a number of members, committees and working groups who work together to ensure safe and hygienic product is delivered to the market place.

Partnership members

Partnership members generally meet twice a year and currently include:vet

Observers include:

Executive group

The SAFEMEAT partnership is supported by the Executive Group. The Executive Group meets regularly to drive the business plan work program and as required for other purposes.

Executive Group members include:

Observers include:


The SAFEMEAT Executive also used sub-committees to progress specific SAFEMEAT activities. Current sub-committees include:

  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (Cattle) Advisory Group
  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (Sheep & Goats) Advisory Group
  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Monitoring Committee
  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Standards Committee
  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Device Based Status Working Group
  • National Vendor Declaration Working Group
  • Bobby Calves Residue Solutions Taskforce
  • Endosulfan Technical Working Group
  • Specified Risk Material Steering Committee
  • Stockfeed Working Group
  • Targeted Testing Working Group
  • SAFEMEAT Communication Group
  • SAFEMEAT Administration Committee
  • SAFEMEAT Program Review Committee

SAFEMEAT Secretariat

The SAFEMEAT Secretariat is located within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Canberra, Australia. Funding for the SAFEMEAT Secretariat is provided through Meat & Livestock Australia Limited. Funding to attend meetings and undertake projects is provided by individual SAFEMEAT members.

Did You Know...

Australia holds a disease free status for FMD and TSE (BSE or 'mad-cows' disease and Scrapie)

The Australian red meat industry works closely with state and federal government agencies to ensure Australia’s meat safety systems remain world class.

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