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

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

Heat Stress Risk Assessment

We appointed a technical reference panel of experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science generally. Their role is to provide advice on moving from a risk assessment based on mortality, to one based on the risk of the animal becoming affected by heat.

The panel has:

  • sought feedback on assessing heat stress risk in the sheep trade via an issues paper previously on the department’s website for public consultation in September and October
  • drafted a report and made recommendations on a revised approach to HSRA for consideration.

We are now seeking your feedback on the panel’s recommendations.

Make a submission

Consultation is open until 31 January 2019.

 

Visit Have your Say and register:

  • for updates on the project
  • to make an online submission.

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 PDF42831 KB
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer DOCX42313 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 PDF8452 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 DOCX887 KB

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Media statement

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