RESPECTED former public servant Philip Moss will undertake a review into the capabilities, investigative capacity and culture of Australia’s live animal exports regulator, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the Mr Moss’ appointment and the review’s terms of reference today.
Until his retirement in July 2014, Mr Moss AM was employed as the Integrity Commissioner within the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity. He is experienced in law enforcement, and government investigations and reviews. He most recently completed a review into allegations of abuse of immigration detainees in Nauru.
Mr Moss was made a member in the general division of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration, particularly in the areas of law enforcement integrity, anti-corruption and human rights.
Mr Littleproud called the review after disturbing footage of sheep dying and dead in overcrowded live export conditions was broadcast on the 60 Minutes television show.
“What we saw on film this past fortnight must never happen again.
“Those who do the wrong thing must be caught and nailed,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Australian public and the government must have trust in the integrity and regulation of the live export trade.
“The review will assess the powers available to the Department to make sure exporters obey the regulations,’ he said.
“It will also consider whether an Inspector-General of Livestock Exports would be useful and effective.
“I don’t care who thought of the idea; let’s see if it’s a good one,’ Mr Littleproud said.
“The review will also investigate the regulator’s ability to assess community expectations and its cultural capacity to respond, and its engagement with key stakeholders.
“Mr Moss has a wealth of experience in public administration in roles such as inaugural Integrity Commissioner and Head of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.”
The final review report is to be provided to the minister by August 24 2018. For a full copy for the Terms of Reference, go to http://agriculture.gov.au/review-regulatory-capability-culture