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

​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has 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 and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry.

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

Stages of the review

The review is being conducted in stages to allow the committee to address issues in priority order and align review topics with projected research outcomes.

Each stage is expected to take 6 to 8 months and will involve:

  • 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
  • You will be given the opportunity to participate in each stage through a public submission process.

Make a submission

The public consultation period for Stage 1 is now open. Submissi​​ons close on 20 March 2018.

We are currently seeking your feedback on:

  • a proposed new format for the standards, that includes all requirements in one document without changing the regulatory impact
  • key issues the committee should address in the next stages of this review.

Have y​our say​​


Your feedback will help the committee recommend format improvements for the standards and set the direction for the rest of the review.

An updated work plan for the review will be published here at the end of Stage 1.

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:

  • RSPCA 
  • 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.​​