We have commenced a comprehensive review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). These standards ensure livestock are fit for export and help manage the risks to health and welfare during the voyage.
The review is being conducted by a technical advisory committee made up of an independent chair and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry.
This review will build on the previous ASEL review that started in 2012. It is in line with recommendations from the Farmer Review (2011).
On 24 May 2018, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources announced the review will finish at the end of 2018.
The review will involve:
- Release of an issues paper on the identified work plan topic and call for public submissions
- Analysis of submissions by the technical advisory committee, in consultation , with the ASEL reference group as required
- Release of draft recommendations for public comment
- Delivery of a consultation report outlining the relevant issues raised by stakeholders and the committee’s considerations in reaching their final recommendations
- You will be given the opportunity to participate in each stage through a public submission process.
In Stage 1 of the review, the committee sought feedback on a proposed reformatted version of the standards and to collect issues it should address during future stages of the review.
Submissions were sought between 6 February and 20 March 2018. Thank you to those who provided comments, views and information during this period.
The committee received 19 submissions from individuals, businesses, industry, animal welfare organisations and government departments. The committee will use the submissions to recommend format improvements for the standards and set the direction for the rest of the review. An updated work plan and consultation report will be published here at the end of Stage 1.
Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as they have not been prepared by the department.
During the review, the committee will engage a reference group of representative bodies with direct interests in the livestock export industry.
The committee has invited the following organisations to take part:
- Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC)
- Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)
- Cattle Council of Australia
- Sheep Producers Australia
- Australian Dairy Farmers
- Australian Alpaca Association
- Australian Buffalo Industry Council
- Australian Camel Industry Association Inc
- Deer Industry Association of Australia
- Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA)
The role of the reference group is to provide the committee with a resource to discuss technical and practical aspects of the review, drawing on their extensive experience with export conditions relevant to Australian livestock species and export processes.
The reference group will be the key consultation group for the committee. See the Technical Advisory Committee handbook
for further details.