Australian meat processors will use independent third parties to verify their practices meet animal welfare standards.

The initiative is part of the the Australian Meat Industry Council's efforts to boost its welfare credentials, and strengthen its welfare label used on meat products.

AMIC's animal welfare spokesperson Tom McGuire says animal welfare is not negotiable.

"I think it is very important. Consumers and the general public expect that of us.

"The auditing will be done by qualified auditors under a program managed by Aus-Meat on behalf of the council.

"From a consumer's perspective, they don't care where an animal welfare incident comes from, so it is important that the whole industry take this up so we can stand as one."

Mr McGuire says the welfare code applies from the time the animal arrives at the meatworks through until it is processed

"A key element of the program is to give feedback to producers about the quality of the livestock that are received, and if there are any incidents, such as whether an animal was not fit to load or there was any injury when the animal was received."

Mr McGuire says the voluntary code includes a training program in animal welfare.

"Concurrently with the standard, we have developed nationally recognised standards in animal welfare for livestock handlers and animal welfare officers."

Mr McGuire says animal welfare is not negotiable.

"We are not got going to get more money for getting it right, but it is just a key to stay in business."