Abattoir audits in Australia per state



New South Wales

  • Two audits per year plus one dedicated animal welfare audit
  • Up to one audit per month for poorly performing abattoirs
  • More than 90% are unannounced 

Victoria

  • Four audits per year, more for non-conformance, less where capacity to self-manage is demonstrated.
  • Additional unannounced inspections

Queensland

  • One audit per year, can be announced or unannounced.
  • Random checks also part of routine verification activities.

South Australia

  • At least two audits per year, more if evidence of non-compliance.
  • Majority unannounced.

Western Australia

  • Two announced audits per year.
  • Unannounced audits if deemed appropriate.

Northern Territory

  • Two announced audits per year.

Tasmania

  • Minimum two audits per year.
  • Unannounced audits if department is made aware of possible breach.

Note: Audits are official visits, most often announced, to examine business records for compliance throughout a certain period. In some states, additional inspection are carried out in between audits for spot checks. These can be announced or unannounced.

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