2 August 2021
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- Accredited Veterinarians
- Livestock Exporters
- Registered Establishment Occupiers
- Department Officers
To advise stakeholders that compliance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) 3.1 standard 6.1.24 (requirement for a competent stock handler to accompany consignments by air) will be delayed until further notice is given by the department. This is due to COVID-19 continuing to impact arrangements for international air travel.
- ASEL 3.1 standard 6.1.24 will not come into force until until further notice is given from the department. This is due to COVID-19 continuing to impact arrangements for international air travel. This change will be incorporated into the next ASEL update.
- When COVID-19 restrictions resolve, the department will give 6 months’ notice before compliance with standard 6.1.24 commences, to allow sufficient time to plan arrangements for upcoming consignments.
On 27 October 2020 the department published advice that compliance with standard 6.1.24 would be delayed for 12 months from the time ASEL 3.0 commenced (see EAN 2020-23). This was due to COVID-19 substantially changing arrangements for air travel. In light of continuing COVID-19 impacts, the department has decided to further delay compliance with standard 6.1.24.
This avoids the need to introduce consignment-by-consignment approvals. It will not increase the risk for livestock exported by air as standard 6.1.24 is a new requirement, but will continue to delay its implementation.
Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Phone: 02 6272 4581