The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) outlines the minimum animal health and welfare conditions that exporters must meet when exporting livestock. The current version that exporters must comply with is ASEL 3.3, which commenced on 30 November 2023.
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders and reviewing the ASEL regularly. This ensures the standards remain fit for purpose and reflect the latest science and best practice.
You’re welcome to give us feedback on ASEL by emailing ASELreview@aff.gov.au.
2023 ASEL update
The 2023 ASEL update has been completed and ASEL 3.3 is now in force.
The 2023 ASEL update addressed matters raised by stakeholders relating to the export of livestock by sea and by air. It introduced changes to maintain or improve animal health and welfare outcomes, update definitions, and improve clarity and usability of the standards.
The 2023 ASEL update addressed matters including:
- When an accredited veterinarian (AAV) or stockperson must accompany a voyage
- Clarifying livestock identification requirements in laboratory test reports
- The number of clear days livestock spend at Registered Establishments
- The requirement for contingency plans for escaped livestock
- The definition of near and far markets
- Reserve feed requirements
- Pregnancy testing and penning requirements for juvenile alpaca exported by air
- Record-keeping requirements for Registered Establishments
- Penning requirements for horned cattle and horned sheep
- Livestock marking and isolation practices in Registered Establishments.
Public consultation on the 2023 ASEL update was held from 26 June to 4 August 2023.
We received 33 submissions, and all feedback was considered when finalising the updates for ASEL 3.3. Submissions, where permission to publish was provided, can be read on the Have Your Say page.
Summary of feedback
Next ASEL update
The next ASEL update will consider a range of matters identified by stakeholders as high priority matters, including reviewing bedding levels, fodder requirements, pregnancy-related requirements and on-board veterinary medicines and equipment.
Emerging matters will be recorded and considered in future ASEL updates.
Feedback on ASEL matters can be provided at ASELReview@aff.gov.au and will help us ensure the standards reflect the most up-to-date science and evidence and remain fit for purpose
Versions of ASEL and key updates
This document provides information on the changes introduced in ASEL 3.3.
Key changes are summarised in the table below.
|ASEL version||Key changes|
- Export Control Act 2020
- Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021
- Live Animal Export Advisory Notices
- Animal Welfare
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