In Australian agriculture, the wellbeing and livelihoods of people, animals and communities are fundamental to sustainable operations. As a major employer in rural and regional areas, agriculture relies its workforce’s prosperity for long-term success. Respecting human rights, ensuring equity and fostering diversity are essential to this success.

The safety of the food and fibre produced is vital for market demand. Sustainable agriculture supports rural and regional communities, fortifying the industry. Vibrant communities that uphold human rights, inclusivity and indigenous culture play a pivotal role.

Australian agriculture places a strong emphasis on equal treatment and opportunities for all employees, ensuring decent livelihoods. Our comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework prioritises responsible and ethical animal care practices , including implementing best practices throughout their lives, ensuring humane transportation and establishing appropriate end-of-life procedures. Integrating animal welfare into our ESG commitments upholds sustainability principles in our livestock operations.

By adhering to sustainable practices and engaging positively with the community, Australia maintains its reputation for producing safe, nutritious and healthy agri-foods. This commitment upholds agriculture’s social license and supports the wellbeing of our people, animals and communities.The Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework (AASF)’s theme people, animals and communities encompass five principles designed to demonstrate the industry’s sustainable approach to supporting human health and wellbeing, livelihoods, rights, equity and diversity, animal wellbeing and social contribution. While the AASF is not currently designed for certification or compliance, it serves to articulate the sustainability of Australian agriculture on a national basis.