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2018

24 April 2018 - Survey of Licensee Information Preferences 

PrimeSafe is seeking to enhance communication with licensees and has contracted Field Works to conduct an independent phone survey to determine your preferences.

The survey will guide PrimeSafe in the content and delivery of information it provides to you.

Field Works will randomly select licensees and may contact you over the next two to three weeks to participate in a phone interview.

The survey will identify how PrimeSafe can enhance assistance and advice to licensees and should take around 10 to 15 minutes.

The information you provide will help PrimeSafe to align information and support services with your needs and identify opportunities where we can do more.

If you want to discuss specific issues that are not part of the survey, please tell Field Works and provide your name and phone number so that PrimeSafe can contact you.

All the information you provide is confidential. PrimeSafe and its consultants abide by the relevant privacy legislation. Participants will not be identified in summary data reported to PrimeSafe.

If you have any questions about the survey, please phone PrimeSafe on (03) 9685 7333 or email info@primesafe.vic.gov.au.

As the project is designed to be statistically representative and participants are randomly selected by Field Works, you are not able nominate yourself to be interviewed for this survey.

Thank you in antipcation for participating in this important PrimeSafe survey.

19 February 2018 - PrimeSafe Board Member Vacancies

Suitable candidates are invited to apply for the PrimeSafe Board for appointment from 1 July 2018.

The Selection Committee is seeking well qualified candidates with:

  • Previous board or director experience
  • Experience in regulatory environments and innovative small business
  • Expertise in one or more of the following:
    • Livestock, poultry or seafood production and processing
    • Quality assurance and management
    • Business management, finance and accounting, industrial relations
    • Meat processing for human or other than human consumption
    • Retailing or consumer matters
    • Public health.

Further background information on these appointments, the application process and relevant documentation can be found on the Get on Board website or alternatively please contact the consultants assisting in this process, Kathryn Harper and Robin Billen at Horton International on 03 9650 2555 or melbourne@hortoninternational.com.au.

The closing date is 9.00am, 26 February 2018.

2017

27 October 2017 - New PrimeNote draft for feedback: Shelf Life and Labelling Requirements for Meat Products

The Shelf Life and Labelling Requirements for Meat Products PrimeNote is under review. Click here to access the final draft. PrimeSafe will accept feedback until 31 December 2017, after which the PrimeNote will be finalised and published on the website. To provide feedback on the draft, email us at info@primesafe.vic.gov.au.

6 September 2016 -Transition to New Country of Origin Labelling Requirements

The Australian Government has introduced a new country of origin food labelling system.

Implementation of the new system commenced on 1 July 2016. Under the new system, country of origin food labelling requirements will come under Australian consumer law.

The reform will transfer country of origin food labelling obligations to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 will regulate the type and amount of information that businesses will have to provide to consumers about the food they buy.

Businesses will have two years to sell current stock and change their labels to comply with the new law before it becomes mandatory on 1 July 2018.

During the two year transition period, industry may choose to voluntarily adopt the new system or continue to comply with the current requirements.
The Foods Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website outlines the current country of origin requirements in the Foods Standards Code.

With the introduction of the new system, FSANZ has initiated Proposal P1041 that the Foods Standards Code be amended to remove country of origin labelling requirements at the end of the two year transition period.

The ACCC has information on compliance and enforcement during the transition period.

Information regarding the new labels is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website (click here).

General information about the new country of origin labelling requirements is available from the ACCC website (click here).

2016

25 February 2016 - Proposed Changes to PrimeSafe Licence Categories and Fees

Regulatory Impact Statement

Proposed fee schedule - Meat processing facilities (including meat transport vehicles)

Proposed fee schedule - Seafood processing facilities (including meat transport vehicles)

Frequently asked questions

Commissioner for Better Regulation Assessment Letter

4 November 2016 - PrimeSafe Licensee Survey

To enhance communication with licensees, a survey is being conducted to determine the type of information you want from PrimeSafe, and how you want to receive it.

The survey will guide PrimeSafe in the content and delivery of information it provides to help businesses.
The survey will take about 10 minutes, and is anonymous. However, if you want to discuss specific issues that are not in the survey, please provide your name and phone number at the end of the survey so that PrimeSafe can contact you.

The survey is being conducted and compiled independently, and observes the National Privacy Principles in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 that govern the handling of personal information. Your information will not be shared with external parties for any reason.
To complete the survey, click here.

If you have any questions about the conduct of the survey, please contact Ms Susan McNair at Currie Communications (susan@curriecommunications.com.au).
The survey will remain open until close of business 18 November 2016.

Thank you for participating in this important PrimeSafe survey.

2015

26 October 2015 - PrimeSafe Review

26 October 2015 - Review Recommendations

13 August 2015 - PrimeSafe performance review