Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

​​​​The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) set out the requirements livestock exporters must demonstrate have been met to ensure animals presented for export are fit to export and will maintain their health and welfare status throughout the export voyage.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has committed to a review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). The review will begin in the second half of 2017. This review will build upon the previous ASEL review initiated in 2012. 

The review will involve the appointment of a technical advisory committee. The committee will be made up of an independent chair and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry. Members will be required to meet specific eligibility requirements and will be selected on the basis of their skills, experience and qualifications.

The department conducted an open recruitment process from 27 July to 10 September 2017, seeking applications from suitably qualified members of the public to form the committee.  Successful committee members are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The review process

The review will be conducted as a series of modules with each module expected to take six to eight months to complete. In each of these modules the committee will conduct public submission processes to ensure all interested stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate in the review process.

The initial module of the review will circulate a modernised draft of ASEL that includes the agreed items from the 2013 review report, prepared by the department, and call for public submissions. The committee will consolidate the issues raised in stakeholder submissions in priority order to establish a work plan for future modules. The review work plan will be published on the department’s website.

Dividing the review into modules allows the committee to address issues in priority order and align review topics with projected government funded research outcomes.

Following the initial module, the committee will conduct each future module as follows:

  • release an issues paper on the identified work-plan topic and call for public submissions
  • analyse submissions using their expertise, and engage directly with the ASEL reference group
  • draft recommendations to be released for public comment
  • finalise recommendations, taking into consideration issues raised in the public comment period
  • provide finalised recommendations and a consultation report to the department.

Within the review process, the committee will engage directly with a reference group of representative bodies with direct interests in the livestock export industry, including representatives from key animal welfare organisations, industry and producer bodies, and from the veterinary profession. The role of the reference group is to provide the committee with a resource to discuss technical and practical aspects of the review informed by 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).

The committee must provide a consultation report outlining the relevant issues raised by stakeholders and the committee’s deliberations in reaching final recommendations, along with their final recommendations to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for consideration.​​

A summary of information about the ASEL review and the committee can be found in the departmental fact sheet, available to download at the links below.


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