Over the past fifteen years there has been a steady move
throughout the livestock and meat industries to embrace the
principles of Quality Assurance as a means of addressing the
demands of the market place.
Quality Assurance in turn is simply a management system that
provides a means of organising and managing all of those things
that are a necessary part of operating a successful business.
The Saleyards Selling Industry recognised the merit of using
Quality Assurance to underpin the National Standard for the
Construction and Operation of Australian Saleyards and the NSQA
Program was thus developed specifically for Saleyards.
By adopting Quality Assurance and developing the NSQA Program
the Saleyards Selling Industry has completed the continuum of
Quality Assurance Programs under which livestock can now be managed
throughout all sectors of the Industry.
Why Obtain NSQA Accreditation?
By becoming accredited under the NSQA Program, a Saleyard is
saying to the Industry and to the Community that they are serious
about product quality and integrity and the other issues that
concern the market place.
NSQA Accreditation is a commitment by a Saleyard to meet and
maintain recognised national standards in the handling of livestock
through all stages of the prime market and store/re-stocker market,
Australia is a major meat exporter as well as being a
significant domestic market in its own right. We have a good
reputation world wide and by adopting Quality Assurance we are
demonstrating to the world that by using modern management
practices we are committed to maintaining our pre-eminent
NSQA Accreditation makes sound business sense both in terms of
adopting a sustainable method for running the business and also
demonstrating commitment to stakeholders across all sectors of the
Industry and the Market Place.
How to Adopt NSQA
To join the NSQA Program, application must first be made to NSQA
Inc. This can be done by contacting the Secretary of NSQA Inc. as
Mr David Pollock
PO Box 48
Tel: 0418 837 598
Fax: 03 9571 7260
Once a Saleyard has joined the NSQA Program the steps towards
accreditation are as follows:
The joining fee is currently $1000 per Saleyard, or where more
than one Saleyard is owned by and entity, the second and subsequent
Saleyards joining fee is $500. There is an on-going annual fee
currently set at $500.00 (not payable the year of joining).
Arrangements for training and requests for copies of the
National Standard and Quality Assurance System information are
handled by NSQA Inc. (contact details above).
Arrangements for desk audits of Manuals and site audits at
Saleyards should be made with AUS-MEAT Limited, who are the
independent auditors for the NSQA Program.
AUS-MEAT can be contacted as follows:
The AUS-MEAT role in NSQA
AUS-MEAT Limited has been appointed by NSQA Inc. as auditors for
the NSQA Program. As such AUS-MEAT is responsible for ensuring that
both the Quality Assurance System developed by each Saleyard and
the Saleyard facilities themselves meet the requirements of the
National Standard for the Construction and Operation of Australian
This service is provided to the Saleyard Industry by AUS-MEAT's
network of regionally located auditors throughout Australia.
AUS-MEAT auditors are all Certified Quality Auditors under
Quality Society of Australasia rules and they are registered with
the Register of Certified Auditors.
AUS-MEAT is also able to provide advisory services, including
assistance with the development of Quality Assurance Systems, under
normal consultancy arrangements with individual Saleyards.
When a Saleyard is ready to be assessed for accreditation,
contact should be made with AUS-MEAT via one of the contact points
Contact points for AUS-MEAT for advice on the NSQA Program and
for arrangements for the conduct of audits are as follows:
Tel: 1800 621 903:
Mr Malcolm King
Tel: 07 3361 9200:
AUS-MEAT Assistant Commodity Manager - Livestock
Mr Rob Brown
Tel: 0421 032 668:
AUS-MEAT Operations & Training Manager
For more information regarding NSQA, visit the NSQA Website.
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