Regulatory compliance investigations

The table below gives information about regulatory compliance investigations, including investigations that result from a self-report of non-compliance by exporters and reports from third parties. Once an investigation is completed, the final report or statement can be found by clicking on the relevant link in the table.

The status column identifies where the department is up to with the assessment or investigation of the report.

  • Report under assessment: the report is under assessment to determine if an investigation is warranted
  • Assessment completed: the information has been assessed, the department has determined a formal investigation is not required, a statement summarising the assessment is available.
  • Investigation in progress: the investigation into whether non-compliance with export regulatory framework has occurred is underway. An investigation may take several months to gather information from relevant parties, determine whether there are any regulatory issues and if so, consider the appropriate response.
  • Investigation complete: the investigation has been finalised and a copy of the investigation report, and any administrative actions taken, are available. (Please note; where there is evidence of a criminal offence e.g. fraud, a separate investigation may still be underway).
Complaints and Investigations
Report No.Type of Report or ComplaintIssueDate reported to the DepartmentStatus
1Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in four abattoirs in Indonesia24 February 2012Investigation complete
2Complaint from the RSPCAAllegation of non–compliance with ASEL in a consignment of breeder cattle exported to QatarSeptember 2012Investigation complete
3Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements a abattoir in Indonesia8 October 2012Investigation complete
4Complaint from the RSPCAAllegations of animal welfare issues at an abattoir in Israel5 December 2012Investigation complete
5Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Kuwait30 August 2012Investigation complete
6Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of animal welfare issues with post-arrival transport arrangements for a consignment of breeder cattle exported to Pakistan.29 January 2013Assessment Complete
7Self reported by ExporterGovernment of Pakistan intervention into a consignment of slaughter sheep exported to Pakistan17 September 2012Investigation complete
8Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Kuwait30 January 2013Investigation complete
9Self reported by ExporterNon–compliance with ASEL in a consignment of slaughter cattle exported to Mauritius21 November 2012Investigation complete
10Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of animal welfare issues at abattoirs in Egypt1 May 2013Investigation complete
11aComplaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in cattle exported to Malaysia6 May 2013Investigation complete
11bComplaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep and goats exported to Malaysia6 May 2013Investigation complete
12Complaint from a member of the publicAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in cattle exported to Vietnam28 June 2013Investigation complete
13Complaint from external partyAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Oman17 May 2013Assessment Complete
14Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Jordan20 June 2013Investigation complete
15Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel1 July 2013Investigation complete
16Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel4 July 2013Investigation complete
17Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ASEL requirements for sheep exported to Israel21 June 2013Investigation complete
18Self reported by ExporterAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan4 July 2013Investigation Complete
19Complaint from member of the publicAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia21 August 2013Investigation complete
20Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan21 October 2013Investigation complete
21Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait15 October 2013Investigation complete
22Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Mauritius13 October 2013Investigation complete
23Complaint from external partyAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates25 October 2013Investigation complete
24Media ReportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel and the Gaza Strip5 November 2013Investigation complete

25

Complaint from member of the public

Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia

21 November 2013

Assessment Complete

26

Complaint from Animals Australia

Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan

24 January 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

27

Self reported by exporter

Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam

14 February 2014

Investigation complete

28Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel and the Gaza Strip27 February 2014

Investigation Complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016

29Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam16 March 2014Assessment Complete
30Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel9 April 2014Investigation complete

31

Self reported by three exporters

Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia

9 May 2014

Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

32

Self reported by exporter

Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam

13 May 2014

Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

33

Complaint from Animals Australia

Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to two supply chains in Jordan

19 and 20 May 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

34Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia18 June 2014

Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

35Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia23 June 2014

Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

36Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait27 June 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

37Self-reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel30 September 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

38Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan4 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

39Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait6 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

40Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates6 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

41Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Malaysia6 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

42Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman6 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

43Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan13 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

44Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait13 October 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

45Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia14 October 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

46Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia10 November 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

47Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia2 December 2014

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

48Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia2 December 2014Investigation in progress
49Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia2 December 2014Investigation in progress
50Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia16 December 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

51Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Turkey23 January 2015

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

52Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand8 February 2015

Investigation complete ESCAS regulatory performance report

53Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam3 March 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

54Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam6 March 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

55Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for buffalo exported to Vietnam18 March 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

56Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel20 April 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

57Complaint from Animals AustraliaAllegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel27 May 2015

Investigation Complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016

58Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam13 May 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

59Industry Report*Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam28 May 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

60Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam01 June 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

61Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait with animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes.9 June 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

62Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand with animals moved outside the approved supply chain17 June 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

63Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam with animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes.19 June 2015

Investigation Complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016

64Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control with regards to cattle exported to Thailand. 61 head were moved from an approved feedlot to two unapproved abattoirs and slaughtered with stunning. There is no suggestion of adverse animal welfare outcomes.22 June 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

65Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand. Animals were moved outside of the approved supply chain to an unapproved farm.25 June 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

66Self reported by exporterReport of a load miscount – 8 head of cattle were counted into the quarantine yards in Indonesia above discharge numbers reported.11 May 2015

Investigation in progress

67Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control and traceability with regards to cattle exported to Indonesia. 2 head jumped out of a truck on the way to the feedlot from the port and have been unable to be recovered leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes.11 May 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

68Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. The report alleges at least 450 animals were moved outside of the approved supply chain to unapproved roadside markets leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes.17 July 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

69Industry ReportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam with animals sighted outside of approved supply chain with unknown animal welfare outcomes.21 July 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

70Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control and traceability with regards to cattle exported to Indonesia. A truck carrying 17 head of cattle was stolen on the way from a feedlot to abattoir. The animals have not been recovered leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes.10 July 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

71Complaint from Animals AustraliaA report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel. Animals possibly seen outside of an ESCAS approved facility and allegations of adverse animal welfare outcomes.3 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

72Department investigationMiscount of sheep at loading at the port in Fremantle.10 March 2015Investigation in progress
73Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. An estimated 226 cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain.14 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

74Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare requirements in the Philippines. Independent performance audit reports documented non-compliant methods of restraining and stunning cattle for slaughter.7 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

75Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes.24 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

76Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were observed outside of the approved supply chain.26 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

77Notification from Animals AustraliaNotification of approximately 70 Australian cattle involved in road accident (truck roll-over) near Eilat, Israel.9 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

78Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes.27 August 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

79Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes.22 September 2015Investigation in progress
80Third party reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep and goats exported to Malaysia. Animals sighted outside of the approved supply chain.24 September 2015Investigation in progress
81Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Loss of control with seven cattle moved outside of the approved supply chain. Traceability was maintained and there were no associated adverse animal welfare outcomes.28 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

82Third party reportReport of high temperatures and poor conditions on board the ship and during unloading and land transport of cattle in Israel.15 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

83Third party reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Allegations of an importer on selling cattle outside of the supply chain.27 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

84Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with unknown or adverse animal welfare outcomes.24 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

85Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with adverse animal welfare outcomes; and non-compliant slaughter and handling in an approved facility.24 September 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

86Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices.6 October 2015Investigation in progress
87Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices.14 October 2015Investigation in progress
88Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices.6 October 2015Investigation in progress
89Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling, transport and unloading practices.22 September 2015Investigation in progress
90Industry reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Animals sighted in an approved feedlot with ear tags removed resulting in loss of traceability.7 October 2015Investigation in progress
91Third party reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Animals allegedly slaughtered at an unapproved abattoir, with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes29 October 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

92Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Brunei Darussalam. Animal handling and slaughter practices allegedly non-compliant with animal welfare requirements.2 November 2015

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015

93Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Sheep observed outside approved supply chains, with possible adverse animal welfare outcomes.2 December 2015Investigation in progress
94Audit reportReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Turkey. Cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain and slaughtered at abattoirs that are not approved under ESCAS.4 December 2015Investigation in progress
95Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand. Cattle were observed outside of the approved supply chain. The cattle were transported to northern Vietnam and processed at an ESCAS approved abattoir.7 December 2015

Investigation Complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016

96Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia. 53 cattle were sent to an abattoir outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. The abattoir is ESCAS approved for another exporter and the cattle were slaughtered in accordance with ESCAS animal welfare standards10 February 2016

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

97Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. 40 cattle were sent to an abattoir outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. The abattoir is ESCAS approved for another exporter and the cattle were slaughtered in accordance with ESCAS animal welfare standards23 February 2016

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

98Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were sent to abattoirs outside the exporter’s approved supply chain.31 March 2016Investigation in progress
99Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to locations outside the exporter’s approved supply chain.1 April 2016Investigation in progress
100Self reported by exporterNotification of 60 Australian goats involved in road accident (truck roll-over) in Malaysia.21 April 2016

Investigation complete

ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

101Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Access to facility denied.4 May 2016Investigation in progress
102Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Access to facility denied.4 May 2016Investigation in progress
103Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of animal welfare concerns during the unloading of a vessel in Israel2 June 2016Investigation in progress
104Complaint from Animals AustraliaReport of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam, involving animal cruelty at an unapproved abattoir, cattle moved outside approved supply chains, and inappropriate handling and slaughter at ESCAS facilities.9 June 2016Investigation in progress
105Self reported by exporterReport of a severe weather incident in Laos resulting in animal mortalities and cattle escaping from the facility24 June 2016Investigation in progress
106Self reported by exporterReport of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards for cattle exported to Vietnam. Extended period between stunning and slaughter.24 June 2016Investigation in progress
107Audit reportAn independent performance audit report provided to the department recorded non-compliances identified by the auditor. The non-compliances related to the processing of animals and maintaining required records in the abattoirs.5 July 2016Investigation in Progress

* Please note that this report was received from an exporter who was alerted of the incident by an industry body. Therefore it be treated as an Industry Report.

Note: This table does not contain information on reportable mortality investigations.

The complaints and investigations table will be updated as information becomes available. Once an investigation is completed, an investigation report will be made publically available in the table above.

The department will not be publically releasing any footage relating to the above investigations. The department does not publish video or still images of cruelty to animals on its website. This is because publication of this type of content may fall outside generally accepted community standards and can cause distress. The department has a responsibility to people, especially children, who may access information on our website. We want to ensure they do not inadvertently see images that they may find upsetting or disturbing.

The department is committed to ensuring exporters deliver acceptable animal welfare outcomes for export livestock and takes all allegations seriously. Information, including documentation, will not be released where doing so could prejudice the conduct of an investigation or subsequent legal action in relation to an incident. This includes information of this nature requested under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.​​
Last reviewed:
21 Jul 2016