17 December 2021
Species: Cattle, buffalo, sheep, and goats
To advise all stakeholders that the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has published the ASEL rejection criteria guidebooks for cattle and buffalo, and sheep and goats.
- The department has developed guidance material to promote the understanding and consistent application of the ASEL rejection criteria.
- The rejection criteria guidebooks (the guidebooks) aim to:
- clearly explain the ASEL rejection criteria and provide clarification and technical information to government and non-government users to promote the consistent application of rejection criteria
- improve welfare outcomes for export livestock through better management prior to loading
- provide clear guidance, including media, on livestock that aren’t suitable for export or to enter the export supply chain.
- We encourage all those involved in the selection and preparation of livestock for export to review the guidebooks.
- We welcome feedback and additional media (photographs and video) to improve the guidebooks – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The guidebooks will be periodically updated therefore we recommend you access the document via the weblink rather than download and save your own copy.
- The guidebooks are not intended to replace any existing jurisdictional legislation or fit-to-load guides, and professional discretion should continue to be applied when assessing an animal’s suitability for export.
- We would like to thank all who were involved in the development of the guidebooks, including accredited veterinarians and departmental veterinarians, for their assistance.
- The documents are available at awe.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/export/controlled-goods/live-animals/livestock/australian-standards-livestock/rejection-criteria-guidebooks.
- Please email any feedback and media (including description) to email@example.com.
This is the first of a series of collaborative projects to promote the consistent application of the ASEL.
Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Phone: 02 6272 2388