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

​​​​​In 2017, we commissioned a review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). The sea voyage components of the ASEL are being reviewed sequentially.

A Technical Advisory Committee was appointed to conduct the review, including an independent chair and experts in animal health and welfare, regulatory design and the livestock industry.

The review of the sea component was undertaken in two stages.

In Stage 1, the committee sought feedback on a proposed reformatted version of the standards and a draft work plan.

During Stage 2, the committee consulted widely on an issues paper and draft standards. Then the committee consulted on a dra​ft report and further working draft of the reformatted standards.

The committee has completed its review of exports by sea and has provided its final report to us. The committee made 49 recommendations that address different parts of the standard; from sourcing and preparation, through to management of livestock on-board vessels. We have prepared a response to the committee’s recommendations.

Implementation of the recommendations will be staged in consultation with industry.

Final report and department​al​ response

DocumentPagesFile size
Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock: Sea Transport - Final report PDF1054.9 MB
Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock: Sea Transport - Final report DOCX105973 KB
Working draft reformatted Standards PDF702.5 MB
Working draft reformatted Standards DOCX702.6 MB
Departmental response PDF18693 KB
Departmental​ response DOCX18147 KB

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