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

​​​Submissions are now open.

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, Mr Steve McCutcheon, and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry.

The second stage of the review is now open. The committee is seeking feedback on an issues paper. Submission close at 5.00 pm on 19 September 2018

This review will build on the previous ASEL review that started in 2012. It is in line with recommendations from the Farmer Review (2011).

Make a submission

The Committee is seeking your feedback on an issues paper which will inform the final recommendations.

Consultation is open until Wednesday 19 September 2018.


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  • for updates on the project, and
  • to make an online submission.

Review process

The review timeline has been accelerated from the end of 2019 to the end of this year. It includes:

  • 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.

Stage 1

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.

Submissions received Stage 1

Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as they have not been prepared by the department.

DocumentPagesFile size
Agriculture Victoria PDF 486 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council PDF 33140 KB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF 6456 KB
Cattle Council of Australia PDF 2220 KB
Deer Industry Association of Australia PDF 2358 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources PDF 3734 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia1
LiveCorp PDF 511.2 MB
LiveShip PDF 342 KB
Michael Ryan PDF 1043.4 MB
Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Western Australia PDF 4388 KB
Sentient PDF 3181 KB
Song Fountains PDF 2119 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF 21.4 MB
Stop Live Exports PDF 3474 KB
Townsville Against Live Exports PDF 2151 KB
Vets Against Live Exports PDF 8271 KB
Wellard Rural Exports PDF 2331 KB

Reference group

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.​