Heat stress risk assessment for the export of sheep to the Middle East

We are reviewing current policy for the management of heat stress risk. This follows Dr McCarthy’s review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.

Regulation Impact Statement process for live sheep exporters to the Middle East

The department is conducting a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) process to inform future regulation of live sheep exports from 2020 onwards. A RIS examines the economic and regulatory costs and benefits of a regulatory proposal.

To kick off the process, the department has prepared a discussion paper outlining possible policy option ideas for sheep exports to, or through, the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. We want your feedback on how the proposed policy ideas may impact you, your business or community.

The discussion paper will be open for feedback for 30 days via the departments’ Have Your Say website, concluding on 28 October 2019.

Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review

We appointed an independent technical reference panel of experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science generally. Their role was to provide advice on the science of heat stress in sheep.

The panel developed and sought feedback on:

  • an issues paper about assessing heat stress risk in the sheep trade
  • a draft report and recommendations for a revised approach to heat stress risk assessment (HSRA).

Release of the final report

The technical reference panel have provided their final report to the department.

The report will be used, with a range of other information sources, as an input to a Regulation Impact Statement process on conditions for live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer from 2020 onwards.

DocumentPagesFile size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – final report by the independent technical reference panel DOCX 38
2.6 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – final report by the independent technical reference panel PDF 38
1.8 MB

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Your feedback on the draft report

Thank you for having your say on the panel’s draft report and recommendations.

The panel has analysed submissions and finalised their report and recommendations.

Draft Paper Report Stage

DocumentPagesFile size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – draft report by the independent technical reference panel DOCX 421.4 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – draft report by the independent technical reference panel PDF 421.2 MB
What do the Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review recommendations mean? DOCX 4192 KB
What do the Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review recommendations mean? PDF 4596 KB

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Issues Paper Stage

DocumentPagesFile size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper DOCX 351.4 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper PDF 351.3 MB

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Issues Paper Submissions

DocumentPagesFile size
Animals Australia PDF 22856 KB
Anonymous PDF 1201 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council PDF 501.3 MB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF 404.6 MB
Cattle Council of Australia PDF 4321 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development PDF 14571 KB
Group of AAVs PDF 23796 KB
Industry Body PDF 2168 KB
LiveCorp PDF 631.8 MB
RSPCA PDF 10938 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF 4301 KB
VALE PDF 24799 KB

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The review panel

The review panel is made up of independent experts in animal welfare, heat stress and animal science. They are focusing on a new approach to heat stress risk assessment, from one based on mortality to one based on the animal becoming affected by heat. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is also providing input on ship ventilation matters.

Independent review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer (McCarthy Review)

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources engaged Dr McCarthy to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), and any changes to the administration of ASEL and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was conducted in accordance with the terms of reference.

Dr McCarthy provided his final report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in May 2018.

The department supported all of Dr McCarthy’s recommendations.

Some recommendations were implemented immediately, while others are subject to further research and consultation with industry and animal welfare experts. The department is also working collaboratively with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, where needed, to give effect to the recommendations.

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DocumentPagesFile size
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer PDF 42831 KB
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer DOCX 42313 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer PDF 8452 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer DOCX 887 KB

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