Review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern summer

​​​​Dr McCarthy was engaged by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), 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 on 11 May 2018.

The report contains 23 recommendations and the department supports them. Some recommendations will be implemented immediately, while others will be subject to further research and consultation with industry and animal welfare experts. The department will also work collaboratively with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, where needed, to give effect to the recommendations of this report.

The department’s response has been updated to reflect that it will work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as necessary to phase out current transitional arrangements by 1 January 2020, rather than 1 January 2019 as was previously published.

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