2015-15 - Reduced licence fees for small and infrequent livestock exporters

​​​24 December 2015

Species: All​

Country: All

Relevant to:

  1. Department Officers
  2. Livestock Exporters
  3. LiveCorp
  4. ALEC
  5. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians
  6. Registered Premises Operators


To advise livestock exporters that an exemption from operating an approved arrangement and a reduced licence fee option is available for exporters that meet the requirements of a “small and infrequent” exporter.

The exemption outlined in this EAN will be available from 4 January 2016. This EAN should be read in conjunction with EAN 2015-14 and the supporting documentation.


New fees, charges and levies for the export of live animal/reproductive material came into effect on 1 December 2015. As part of these arrangements, livestock exporters that meet the criteria as a small and infrequent exporter will be able to apply for an exemption from operating under an approved arrangement and a reduction in annual fees.

A small and infrequent livestock exporter is one who:

  • sends four or less livestock consignments in a 12 month period and,
  • the total number of animals across all consignments does not exceed 400 in a 12 month period.


Livestock exporters that consider they meet the requirements of a small and infrequent exporter can apply to the department in writing requesting an exemption from operating an approved arrangement for a 12 month period. The cost of an application is $600. We understand that some exporters may not be in a position to provide precise details of a planned export consignment(s), however, it would assist the department in assessing their application if they could at least provide an indicative schedule, based on previous experience, of a consignment(s) for the following 12 months.

Exporters that are granted an exemption will be required to pay an annual licence levy of $5 000. If an exporter exceeds the number of consignments and/or the total number of animals exported during the 12 month period, then the exporter will pay the applicable licence fee which is either $10 000, $20 000 or $25 000 depending on your circumstances.

​Trysh Stone
Live Animal Exports Branch
Exports Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Contact officer: Stacey Collins
Ph: 02 6272 4581

Email: Livesto​ck E​xports
Last reviewed: 11 November 2019
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