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

​​​​​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 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.

Stage 1

In Stage 1, the committee sought feedback on a proposed reformatted version of the standards and what 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

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



File size

Agriculture Victoria PDF


86 KB

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council PDF


140 KB

Australian Veterinary Association PDF


456 KB

Cattle Council of Australia PDF


220 KB

Deer Industry Association of Australia PDF


358 KB

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources PDF


734 KB

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia PDF


112 KB

LiveCorp PDF


1.2 MB

LiveShip PDF


42 KB

Michael Ryan PDF


3.4 MB

Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Western Australia PDF


388 KB



482 KB

Sentient PDF


181 KB

Song Fountains PDF


119 KB

Sheep Producers Australia PDF


1.4 MB

Stop Live Exports PDF


474 KB

Townsville Against Live Exports PDF


151 KB

Vets Against Live Exports PDF


271 KB

Wellard Rural Exports PDF


331 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:

  • 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.​​​​