Some sectors of the community believe the livestock export industry has poor animal welfare practices, and are very vocal in their opposition to the trade. This can put pressure on decision-making by politicians and regulators.
The industry has contracted an independent third party to conduct research, based on a solid scientific approach, to survey the community and understand its views on various facets of the industry.
The work is being carried out by Voconiq, a CSIRO spin out company that has worked for many years in mining and resources, and more recently with the egg industry, to help bridge the gap with the communities they work alongside.
The survey results will help to re-set the conversation with the Australian public, and highlight the areas where industry needs to focus its efforts to build trust and acceptance over time.
This project aims to use Voconiq’s social insights framework to conduct surveys of around 5,000 Australians over several years, to assess community sentiment toward the livestock export industry.
This project will ensure politicians, livestock exporters and others have a factual basis for understanding what the community thinks about livestock exports, based on a representative survey of Australians.
It also highlights the key issues of concern, providing guidance for industry management practices, research efforts and communication strategies.
People interested in participating in future years may pre-register to be contacted by Voconiq when the next Australian live export industry survey is released.