Australian Eggs works closely with egg industry representative bodies (IRBs) to ensure it has the benefit of industry knowledge and egg farmer feedback.
The main IRBs that Australian Eggs has close contact with are:
- Egg Farmers of Australia;
- Queensland United Egg Producers;
- Commercial Egg Producers of Western Australia;
- Commercial Egg Farmers of South Australia and Tasmania;
- New South Wales Farmers Egg Committee; and
- Victorian Farmers Federation Egg Group.
Australian Eggs is also open to engaging with other IRBs that are currently operating or may form from time to time.
Australian Eggs’ engagement with IRBs is conducted in both a formal and informal basis. In preparation of the current Annual Operating Plan, Australian Eggs engaged with IRBs to report on activities to date and outline how the Strategic Plan would be brought to life through refinement of the marketing and research, development and extension activities. This included the incorporation of insights from the Australian Egg Industry Sustainability Framework into the Australian Eggs work program to ensure that priority issues identified by the public could be progressed.
This consultation revealed broad support for Australian Eggs’ strategic direction with emphasis placed on addressing recent Salmonella Enteritidis incidents through extension activities and further research.
In terms of informal engagement, Australian Eggs maintains regular contact with IRB representatives on emerging industry issues. For example, Australian Eggs operates informal consultation groups on specific issues including anti-microbial stewardship, industry statistics and export activities, and many IRB representatives participate in these processes across the year. Australian Eggs also responds to IRB requests for outputs that are consistent with our activities such as the recently released Salmonella Risk Assessment Toolkit.
There is a significant degree of overlap between the representatives on IRBs and egg farmers such that IRB representatives have the benefit of a range of Australian Eggs’ engagement activities such as periodical and electronic newsletters, attendance at forums, participation in workshops and participation in industry consultative committees.