Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock

The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) are under review.

ASEL timeline showing Consult on standards for exports by air

Technical Advisory Committee

We have appointed a Technical Advisory Committee to conduct the review.

It includes an independent chair and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry.

Air journey review

The committee is now reviewing the standards for livestock exported by air.

The final report is expected in late 2019.

Sea voyages review

The review of the standards for livestock exported by sea is now complete.

During the review, the committee consulted on:

  • Proposed reformatted standards and a draft workplan
  • An issues paper and a draft reformatted standards.
  • A draft report and further working draft of the reformatted standards.

Implementation of the recommendations from the sea voyages review will be staged in consultation with industry.

Reformatted standards

The format of the standards is now under review.

The department sought feedback on the format of the ASEL from a wide range of ASEL users via survey. The survey, run from 8 July 2019 to 9 August 2019, asked users to identify issues with the format of ASEL and suggest improvements for consideration in future ASEL formats.

This feedback is now being considered for a new ASEL format.