Senate Committee Hearing

Appearance before the Senate Committee looking into the Feasibility of a National Horse Register.

The second public hearing into the feasibility of a national horse register was held at Parliament House Canberra on Friday, September 20.

You can read the Committee Hansard of the day here.

The AHIC would like to thank the committee for the opportunity for our President, Mark Burnell to appear today. This is the opening statement from the AHIC to the hearing.

There is a great deal of interest in the register from across the equine community and the AHIC undertakes to continue to consult with our members and the wider industry.

Prior to the commencement of public hearings, organisations and individuals had the ability to make a submission for consideration. You can find the AHIC submission and all submissions here.

The AHIC holds a number of Industry Advisory Committee meetings throughout the year, the next one will be in November and the Senate Inquiry will once again be a major agenda item for discussion for our members.

We will let you know where and when that will be shortly.

National Horse Traceability Register

The second Public Hearing by the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport will be held at Parliament House Canberra on Friday, September 20.

Mark Burnell, President of the AHIC will appear before the committee at 10am.

The committee is examining the feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all horses, with particular reference to:

  1. the existence and adequacy of state or industry-based registers;

  2. the benefits of a national register, including for animal welfare, biosecurity safety (including for the prevention and management of Emergency Animal Diseases, such as equine influenza and African Horse Sickness), backyard breeding and the integrity of trade in horses;

  3. overseas models of national tracking systems for horses;

  4. funding, enforcement and penalty implications; and

  5. any related matters.

A number of submissions have been made to the committee, including by the AHIC. The committee will report back by December 5.