The department administers an independent observer program for livestock export voyages by sea. From April 2018, Independent Observers have been placed on voyages to provide additional assurance of the effectiveness of exporter arrangements in managing animal welfare.
Regular reports from the independent observer to the department contain information about the daily care of animals and compliance against an exporter’s approved export program.
Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians and stockpersons continue to undertake the exporter’s program of activities; keeping animal welfare as their primary focus.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud, amended the Export Control (Animals) Amendment (Approved Export Programs and Other Measures) Order 2018 on 5 July 2018, which enables the publishing of records and reports made by Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians and authorised officers in relation to approved export programs, among other things (S1A.49). The department is working on procedures to enable the publishing of Independent Observer summary reports relating to voyages which departed Australia prior to 5 July 2018.
The department will publish this content as summary reports are completed for voyages accompanied by an Independent Observer. These reports summarise the key observations made by the observers from the loading of each vessel through to discharge at the final destination port.
For the purpose of these reports, the first day of the voyage is considered to be the first day of loading, and the last day of the voyage is considered to be the final day of discharge.
Independent Observer Reports
|Report No.||Vessel||Species and destination||Voyage date||Status|
|23||Ganado Express||Cattle to China||October 2018||
|22||Gloucester Express||Cattle to China||September 2018||In progress|
|21||Maysora||Cattle to Israel and Jordan||September 2018||In progress|
|20||Bahijah||Cattle to Israel||September 2018||In progress|
|19||Ocean Swagman||Cattle to China||September 2018||Completed|
|18||Jawan||Cattle to China||August 2018||In progress|
|17||Gloucester Express||Cattle to China||August 2018||Completed|
|16||Yangtze Harmony||Cattle to China||August 2018||In progress|
|15||Gudali Express||Cattle to Indonesia||August 2018||
|14||Jawan||Cattle to Indonesia||August 2018||Completed|
|13||Jawan||Cattle to Indonesia||July 2018||In progress|
|12||Yangtze Fortune||Cattle to China||July 2018||In progress|
|11||Jawan||Cattle to Indonesia||June 2018||
|10||Bahijah||Sheep and cattle to Israel||June 2018||
|9||Al Messilah||Sheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar and UAE||June 2018||
|8||Maysora||Sheep and cattle to Turkey||May 2018||
|7||Al Shuwaikh||Sheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar and UAE||May 2018||In progress|
|6||Awassi Express||Cattle to Indonesia and Malaysia||May 2018||
|5||Gudali Express||Cattle to Vietnam||May 2018||
|4||Yangtze Fortune||Sheep to Oman||May 2018||
|3||Bader III||Sheep and cattle to Israel and Jordan||May 2018||
|2||Al Messilah||Sheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and UAE||April 2018||
|1||Maysora||Sheep and cattle to Turkey||April 2018||