2013 Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock and Livestock Export Standards Advisory Group

​​​The ASEL and LESAG review steering committee completed their final report on 31 May 2013.

In completing their final report, the ASEL and LESAG review took into account recommendations of the final report of the Review of the Inspection Regime Prior to Export of Livestock from Fremantle Port as well as a range of other documents, information and submissions.

The final report of the ASEL and LESAG review recommends many improvements to the standards that cover the livestock export supply chain from sourcing through to disembarkation overseas. These improvements relate to animal welfare and to ensuring that the standards are clear, consistent, verifiable and enforceable.

The draft standards that are recommended in the final report contain 13 unresolved issues, for which optional text is drafted in the standards. These unresolved issues include onboard stocking densities, time off shears prior to export by sea, bedding requirements and reporting of ammonia levels.

The Australian Government is committed to reducing red tape and streamlining regulation. The recommendations of the ASEL and LESAG review report are being, and will continue to be, considered as part of the government’s efforts to reduce red tape.