Australian ID system audit outcome awaited

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Government’s audit of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) will be completed within six weeks.
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Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, called for an independent audit of the NLIS database in June, following claims of inaccuracies and systemic errors in the system.

“The audit is being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which has been looking at how effectively the NLIS database operates, and in particular, how individual operators interact with it,” McGauran said.

“The auditors have conducted more than 40 face-to-face interviews to date, with more to come. They have also consulted with relevant state government authorities and industry organizations such as the Australian Livestock and Property Agents’ Association and the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association. The auditors are consulting with a wide range of stakeholders, from producers to abattoirs in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.”

The audit was originally expected to be completed by mid-October. However, last month, PwC received an official complaint, which called into question the audit process, terms of reference, and ethics of the auditor. PwC was unable to proceed with the audit until the complaint was resolved by its ethics and government business divisions.

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