SAFEMEAT is a partnership between industry and government that provides a platform for engagement and collaboration on policy that ensures Australian meat products adhere to the highest standards of safety - from the paddock to the plate.  

SAFEMEAT provides strategic input and advice on the meat safety systems that are in place throughout the production supply chain; whether it is on the farm and at the feedlot, at the saleyard, during transportation, or during processing and distribution.

To support these systems, the Australian government and the red meat and livestock industry established SAFEMEAT, a consultative partnership consisting of representatives from government and industry. 


What is Australia’s meat safety system?

Underpinning Australia’s commitment to meat safety and its internationally recognised disease-free status are a number of stringent standards and systems which have been developed to protect Australia’s high product standards.





SAFEMEAT Secretariat

The SAFEMEAT Secretariat is located within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 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.

Australian State and Territory governance

The Australian government regulates the food industry so that food is safe to eat. The government works with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to develop our food regulatory system, which is enforced by state and territory governments and covers the processing and distribution of Australian red meat.