Heat stress risk assessment for the export of sheep to the Middle East

​We are reviewing current methods for heat stress risk assessment (HSRA). This follows Dr McCarthy’s review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.

Heat Stress Risk Assessment

We appointed a technical reference panel of experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science generally. Their role is to provide advice on moving from a risk assessment based on mortality, to one based on the risk of the animal becoming affected by heat.

The panel developed and sought feedback on:

  • an issues paper about assessing heat stress risk in the sheep trade
  • a draft report and recommendations for a revised approach to HSRA .

Your feedback on the draft report

Thank you for having your say on the panel’s draft report and recommendations.

The panel is now analysing submissions and finalising their report and recommendations.

Draft Paper Report Stage

DocumentPagesFile size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – draft report by the independent technical reference panel DOCX421.4 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – draft report by the independent technical reference panel PDF421.2 MB
What do the Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review recommendations mean? DOCX4192 KB
What do the Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review recommendations mean? PDF4596 KB

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Issues Paper Stage

DocumentPagesFile size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper DOCX351.4 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper PDF 351.3 MB

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Issues Paper Submissions

DocumentPagesFile size
Animals Australia PDF22856 KB
Anonymous PDF1201 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council PDF501.3 MB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF404.6 MB
Cattle Council of Australia PDF4321 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development PDF14571 KB
Group of AAVs PDF23796 KB
Industry Body PDF2168 KB
LiveCorp PDF631.8 MB
RSPCA PDF10938 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF4301 KB
VALE PDF24799 KB

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The review panel

The review panel is made up of independent experts in animal welfare, heat stress and animal science. They are focusing on a new approach to heat stress risk assessment, from one based on mortality to one based on the animal becoming affected by heat. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is also providing input on ship ventilation matters.

Independent review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer (McCarthy Review)

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources engaged Dr McCarthy to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), and any changes to the administration of ASEL and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was conducted in accordance with the terms of reference.

Dr McCarthy provided his final report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in May 2018.

The department supported all of Dr McCarthy’s recommendations.

Some recommendations were implemented immediately, while others are subject to further research and consultation with industry and animal welfare experts. The department is also working collaboratively with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, where needed, to give effect to the recommendations.

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DocumentPagesFile size
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer PDF42831 KB
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer DOCX42313 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer PDF8452 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer DOCX887 KB

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Media statement

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