The NRS within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), is a vital part of the Australian system for managing the risk of chemical residues and environmental contaminants in animal and plant products. In conjunction with NRS, LPA conducts approximately 2,000 on-farm audits annually.
The NRS residue management audit program includes the cattle, sheep and goat industries. Since 2009, over 30,000 targeted property audits have been undertaken throughout Australia as part of a comprehensive approach to residue management.
NRS targeted audits are completed on behalf of ISC by qualified AUS-MEAT auditors and include a focus on LPA Program requirements. Information collected during NRS targeted audits is provided to the DAWE, to assist industry achieve quality assurance and food safety initiatives, develop policy and other related activities.
Either ISC or the DAWE may disclose audit information to other government, statutory and regulatory authorities as part of a comprehensive approach to residue management in the red meat industry and to assist those bodies with any regulatory or compliance functions they may have. Any personal information collected and disclosed through an audit is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.