Interim Report

Interim Report: Effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector

4 May 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-444-

View the report as a single document - (PDF 728KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 22KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 27KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 104KB)

Interim report
Conduct of the inquiry
Context of the inquiry
Australian livestock and red meat industry
Impact of processor consolidation on producers
Supply chain and price
Committee's previous seven recommendations
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 (PDF 141KB)

Issues arising from events at Barnawartha
Livestock agents and buyers
Culture of collusion
ACCC investigation into Barnawartha events
Defining collusion under Australian law
Concerted practices
Competition in the marketplace
ACCC market study on the cattle and beef industry
ACCC oversight
Mandatory code of conduct

Chapter 3 - Saleyards and price discovery (PDF 122KB)

Saleyard auctions
Pre- and post-sale weighing at saleyards
Saleyards and price discovery
Price discovery mechanism

Chapter 4 (PDF 154KB)

'Over the hook' or direct sales
Online sales
Support for change

Chapter 5 - Grading systems and regulatory environment (PDF 98KB)

Meat Standards Australia
Regulations and regulatory environment

Chapter 6 (PDF 43KB)

Committee view and recommendations
Price transparency
Best practice saleyard design
Concerted practices
Livestock agents
Grading systems and processes

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 47KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 25KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511