Industry Consultation

The peak industry councils* for the cattle, sheep and goat industries play a critical role in providing direction and monitoring of industry marketing and research and development programs to MLA, to ensure they reflect the strategic framework of the red meat industry.

MLA consults on how your levy is invested

Decisions on levy investments, across all levy streams, are never made in isolation and MLA consults regularly with the peak industry councils on strategy, budget allocations and key performance indicators. The red meat industry provides MLA with advice on strategic direction for a wide range of programs including marketing, research and development.

Regular consultation is a priority for MLA. The red meat industry Memorandum of Understanding specifies MLA’s responsibility to develop a five-year business plan and an Annual Operating Plan in consultation with the peak industry councils.

Industry consultation arrangements

Livestock producers influence the investment of their levies through a number of industry consultation mechanisms.

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) is the peak body that represents the collective interests of the Australian red meat industry.

RMAC is responsible for the development of the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP) which provides the overarching strategic framework that enables the direction, measuring and reporting of overall industry progress for government and industry stakeholders.

Levy payers are consulted by RMAC during the development of the five-year MISP. The peak industry councils subsequently develop sector specific (grassfed cattle, feedlot, sheepmeat, goats, live export) industry plans.

MLA’s five-year corporate planning is cascaded out of the MISP, industry strategic plans and Commonwealth national rural R&D priorities. MLA’s five-year corporate plan is translated into annual operating plans that define MLA’s marketing and research and development strategies and programs.

Examples of areas where consultation occurs include:

On planning and whole of red meat industry priority areas:

  • Meat Industry Strategic Plan
  • Beef Industry Strategic Plan
  • Sheepmeat Industry Strategic Plan
  • Goat Industry Strategic Plan
  • MLA Five Year Strategic Plan
  • MLA Annual Operating Plan

On research and development

  • Research, development and adoption investment priorities
  • Red meat co-investment committee
  • Regional consultation model (NABRC, SAMRC, WALRC)
  • Sheep and beef Forecasting Committees
  • Sheep Genetics Advisory
  • MSA Taskforce and Pathways
  • Resource Flock Steering Committee
  • Genetics Steering Committee

On Marketing

  • Region-specific global marketing and market access for beef and sheepmeat (Australia, Japan, Korea, North America, Middle East, Europe/Russia, Indonesia, China and South Asia)
  • Meat Standards Australia Taskforce

R&D Consultation

MLA has implemented a new regional consultation framework for directing research, development and adoption (RD&A) investment for grassfed cattle and sheepmeat levies, see how you can be involved through the regional councils in your area - NABRC, SAMRC, WALRC, see how you can be involved.

Global Marketing Consultation

The global marketing and market access consultation process underpins the overarching market strategy specific to each region.

This process involves Peak Industry Councils and industry representatives consulting with MLA to help set strategic priorities for growing demand and improving market access for the Australian red meat industry across global markets.

The consultation process involves a forum for industry to guide MLA’s global market investment strategy. This encompasses reviewing the output/ outcomes from the previous year’s activities and investments, evaluating MLA’s performance, setting strategic priorities and budget allocations for the upcoming financial year and importantly, setting key performance indicators.

Find out more on the outcomes of global marketing and market access industry consultation in each global region.

Industry leadership and capacity building

‘Building leadership capability’ and ‘protecting and promoting our industry’ are two of the highest priorities in the Meat Industry’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (MISP 2020).

MLA’s capability building program contributes to the achievement of these priorities – and the prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry – by investing in current and emerging industry leaders, innovators and scientists to enhance professional and business skills and build a performance culture.

Within the program, MLA maintains a suite of projects to equip industry representatives with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be effective communicators, positive contributors and successful leaders.

While developing the skills base of the current generation, this program also exists to develop emerging talent for succession planning and strategic contributions to industry and the community.  The development of capable leaders with a whole of value chain, global perspective will ensure there are highly skilled producers who can continue to represent industry and effectively contribute to policy decisions into the future.

Find out more about MLA’s Building capacity in the Grassfed Beef Industry project.

*The Peak Industry Councils are:

  • CCA – Cattle Council of Australia
  • SCA – Sheepmeat Council of Australia
  • ALFA – Australian Lot Feeders’ Association
  • GICA – Goat Industry Council of Australia

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