The AAWS is overseen by a skills-based Advisory Committee charged with driving the implementation of the AAWS. Cross-sectoral and working groups play key role in delivering on the AAWS.
The selection criteria for membership of the AAWS working groups are detailed in a document which can be downloaded here.
Three cross-sectoral groups, established for their specific expertise, are in place to apply the national priorities and strategic goals and objectives at an operational level, identify projects and provide advice on issues.
Six expert working groups connect the Strategy and stakeholder networks through discussion forums, the development of action plans and provision of technical advice on the opportunities, impediments and drivers for each sector.
Each working group has representation from government, industry and sector specialist organisations, as well as animal welfare organisations. They represent the six animal groups defined in the AAWS. The establishment of sectoral working groups has improved productivity through increased communication and research.
Each working group has developed an action plan for its sector and these plans are now being implemented. These include the identification and completion of appropriate projects to support AAWS objectives and improve animal welfare outcomes.
The working groups for the six animal groups are as follows: