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Primesafe Discussion Paper – Licensing Vehicle Based Meat Processing Facilities

The Primary Industries Legislative Amendment Act (PILA) 2019 passed through Victorian Parliament in October 2019 and commences on 1 February 2020 when changes to the Act come into effect. The passing of PILA has implications for PrimeSafe, stakeholders and industry. 

PrimeSafe is required to deliver legislated functions defined by the Act. PILA amends the Act to allow vehicle based meat processing facilities to operate.  As pre-existing licence categories and fees relate to place based meat processing facilities, to implement PILA PrimeSafe is required to make vehicle based licence categories and fees. 

The below Discussion Paper details options for licence categories and fees to be implemented and provide a sustainable funding model while ensuring effective and efficient regulation so that public confidence in Victoria’s meat industry is maintained. 

As an independent statutory authority, PrimeSafe plays a significant role in underpinning Victoria’s world-leading reputation as a producer of safe food.  It is responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, game and seafood for human consumption.  PrimeSafe receives no government funding and operates as a full cost-recovery business.  

A key function of the Discussion Paper process is to provide industry peak bodies and members of the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed changes before they are finalised.  The Discussion Paper is open for consultation for 28 days and written submissions must be received by 5pm Monday 20 January 2020.  Submissions should be sent to either info@primesafe.vic.gov.au or PrimeSafe (PO Box 2057, South Melbourne VIC 3205).  All submissions will be treated as public documents unless confidentiality is requested.