The Framework

Launched in April 2017 in the baseline report, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (the Framework) was developed by the Australian beef industry to meet the changing expectations of customers, investors and other stakeholders. The Framework defines sustainable beef production and tracks performance over a series of indicators annually. The indicators will continue to be refined through a process of consultation with both stakeholders and technical experts.

Since its launch, considerable work has been underway to optimise indicators and collect the data to map the beef industry's sustainability performance.


The progress of this work is outlined in the Framework's 2019 Annual Update (June, 2019) and the Framework's first Annual Update (2018).

You can see a summary of the Framework in this short brochure.

2019 Highlights

See references for the above figures here.

The Framework supports the strategy outlined in the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020 to deliver for the red meat industries longevity and prosperity of people, livestock and the communities we serve.

The Framework is used to:

  • Advise industry investment for continuous improvement in areas most important to our customers and other stakeholders
  • Help protect and grow access to investment and finance by providing evidence of performance and a clear path to continuous improvement
  • Foster constructive relationships with stakeholders to work collaboratively on continuous improvement
  • Promote our industry to the community and customers.

The Framework does not:

  • Establish or endorse measurement systems at an individual business level
  • Provide an accreditation or certification system
  • Endorse prescriptive management practices
  • Create paperwork for individual businesses – existing data is used where available.


Our vision

A thriving Australian beef industry that strives to continuously improve the wellbeing of people, animals and the environment.


How do we define sustainability?

Sustainability is the production of beef in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. We do this through the care of natural resources, people and the community, the health and welfare of animals, and the drive for continuous improvement.


What does it mean to producers and industry?

At an individual business level, the Framework does not require any direct input. The Framework is used by industry to guide and track performance on-farm and through the value chain to ensure that Australia continues to be recognised as a global leader in sustainable beef production. A focus on aligning environmental, welfare, social and economic practices with community expectations, while growing profitability will help ensure continued access to markets and capital for Australian beef businesses.


What does it mean for consumers and customers?

Consumers, customers, industry and other interested stakeholders can get a clear snapshot of the beef industry’s performance across environmental, welfare, social and economic areas. The process of consultation provides stakeholders with a forum to provide constructive feedback.

Click to see the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Annual Update.

Launched in April 2017 in the baseline report, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (the Framework) was developed by the Australian beef industry to meet the changing expectations of customers, investors and other stakeholders. The Framework defines sustainable beef production and tracks performance over a series of indicators annually. The indicators will continue to be refined through a process of consultation with both stakeholders and technical experts.

Since its launch, considerable work has been underway to optimise indicators and collect the data to map the beef industry's sustainability performance.


The progress of this work is outlined in the Framework's 2019 Annual Update (June, 2019) and the Framework's first Annual Update (2018).

You can see a summary of the Framework in this short brochure.

2019 Highlights

See references for the above figures here.

The Framework supports the strategy outlined in the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020 to deliver for the red meat industries longevity and prosperity of people, livestock and the communities we serve.

The Framework is used to:

  • Advise industry investment for continuous improvement in areas most important to our customers and other stakeholders
  • Help protect and grow access to investment and finance by providing evidence of performance and a clear path to continuous improvement
  • Foster constructive relationships with stakeholders to work collaboratively on continuous improvement
  • Promote our industry to the community and customers.

The Framework does not:

  • Establish or endorse measurement systems at an individual business level
  • Provide an accreditation or certification system
  • Endorse prescriptive management practices
  • Create paperwork for individual businesses – existing data is used where available.


Our vision

A thriving Australian beef industry that strives to continuously improve the wellbeing of people, animals and the environment.


How do we define sustainability?

Sustainability is the production of beef in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. We do this through the care of natural resources, people and the community, the health and welfare of animals, and the drive for continuous improvement.


What does it mean to producers and industry?

At an individual business level, the Framework does not require any direct input. The Framework is used by industry to guide and track performance on-farm and through the value chain to ensure that Australia continues to be recognised as a global leader in sustainable beef production. A focus on aligning environmental, welfare, social and economic practices with community expectations, while growing profitability will help ensure continued access to markets and capital for Australian beef businesses.


What does it mean for consumers and customers?

Consumers, customers, industry and other interested stakeholders can get a clear snapshot of the beef industry’s performance across environmental, welfare, social and economic areas. The process of consultation provides stakeholders with a forum to provide constructive feedback.

Click to see the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Annual Update.