Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock

We have appointed a technical advisory committee to review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).

The standards set out the requirements to ensure animals are fit to export and manage the risks to animals’ health and welfare throughout the export voyage.

The committee is conducting the review over two stages. The first stage is complete and sought feedback on the standards. The second stage is now open and the committee is seeking your comments on an issues paper.

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Submit your feedback

To have your say:

  • read the issues paper and related documents
  • submit your feedback by completing a short survey and uploading your written submission.

Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Read more background information for this review.

Issues paper

The Committee is developing recommendations to improve the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock by resetting the baseline for livestock export health and welfare standards.

The Committee has developed an issues paper to assist with submissions. In preparing the paper, the Committee considered the issues raised by stakeholders in Stage 1 submissions, the 13 unresolved issues from the 2012-13 ASEL review, and the requirements of the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

The Committee is now consulting widely to ensure it captures the diverse views of stakeholders affected by the changes. Key stakeholders are strongly encouraged to make a submission to this paper so that the Committee may better understand the potential impacts of regulation on stakeholder operations.

Out of scope

ASEL specifies the activities that need to be undertaken within Australia to prepare the animals for export – beyond the requirements in other national standards and/or state and territory legislation – and the export voyage itself. This means that the requirements for all activities after the animals are unloaded from the vessel or aircraft within the importing country are out of the scope of this review.

Similarly, all specific requirements about the vessels or aircraft used to export livestock are also out of scope. Requirements for vehicles, vessels and aircraft are set by the relevant transporting authority.

Following the decision to accelerate the timing of the review, the preparation and shipment of livestock by air is also now excluded.

The Department has carriage of the Independent Observers and the consideration of their role is outside the remit of this review. The responsibilities for AAVs are also broadly contained in legislation including the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004. The Department’s response to the McCarthy Review noted that this ASEL review should consider the roles and responsibilities for AAVs and accredited stockpersons and not the framework by which they are engaged.

We have appointed a technical advisory committee to review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).

The standards set out the requirements to ensure animals are fit to export and manage the risks to animals’ health and welfare throughout the export voyage.

The committee is conducting the review over two stages. The first stage is complete and sought feedback on the standards. The second stage is now open and the committee is seeking your comments on an issues paper.

Register in Have Your Say and follow this project for updates.

Submit your feedback

To have your say:

  • read the issues paper and related documents
  • submit your feedback by completing a short survey and uploading your written submission.

Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Read more background information for this review.

Issues paper

The Committee is developing recommendations to improve the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock by resetting the baseline for livestock export health and welfare standards.

The Committee has developed an issues paper to assist with submissions. In preparing the paper, the Committee considered the issues raised by stakeholders in Stage 1 submissions, the 13 unresolved issues from the 2012-13 ASEL review, and the requirements of the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

The Committee is now consulting widely to ensure it captures the diverse views of stakeholders affected by the changes. Key stakeholders are strongly encouraged to make a submission to this paper so that the Committee may better understand the potential impacts of regulation on stakeholder operations.

Out of scope

ASEL specifies the activities that need to be undertaken within Australia to prepare the animals for export – beyond the requirements in other national standards and/or state and territory legislation – and the export voyage itself. This means that the requirements for all activities after the animals are unloaded from the vessel or aircraft within the importing country are out of the scope of this review.

Similarly, all specific requirements about the vessels or aircraft used to export livestock are also out of scope. Requirements for vehicles, vessels and aircraft are set by the relevant transporting authority.

Following the decision to accelerate the timing of the review, the preparation and shipment of livestock by air is also now excluded.

The Department has carriage of the Independent Observers and the consideration of their role is outside the remit of this review. The responsibilities for AAVs are also broadly contained in legislation including the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004. The Department’s response to the McCarthy Review noted that this ASEL review should consider the roles and responsibilities for AAVs and accredited stockpersons and not the framework by which they are engaged.