2017-17 - Updated Approved Arrangement Guidelines for the export of livestock

18 December 2017

Species: All livestock

Country: All countries

For information:

  1. Livestock Exporters
  2. Australian Livestock Exporters Council
  3. LiveCorp
  4. Department Live Animal Export Officers
  5. Department Audit Services Group

Purpose

To advise exporters that an updated version of the Approved Arrangement Guidelines for the export of livestock has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ website. Exporters are required to make amendments to their approved arrangement to reflect these changes by 31 March 2018.

Key points

The department has released an updated version of the Approved Arrangement Guidelines for the export of livestock. A copy of the revised guidelines is available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ website. A copy of the guidelines with the changes highlighted is also available on the Departments’ website

Key changes to the guidelines include:

  • The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) reporting requirements. Element 7 has been updated to include a new elements relating to the NLIS. The Australia Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) have a range of materials available that may support exporters in meeting NLIS requirements.
  • Inclusion of references to state and territory legislation. Throughout the document, relevant references to legislation have been updated to include clear reference to State and Territory legislation.

Minor changes to the guidelines include:

  • Updated acronyms and definitions
  • Element 5: Compliance with importing country requirements
    • Addition of wording to include import permit
  • Element 11: Management review
  • Performance requirements – Dot point 3
    • Removal of ‘those persons nominated in management and control’
  • Appendix 2 – Management Plans
    • Heavy cattle and buffalo management plan
  • Removed duplicate reference – Applications to export heavy cattle/buffalo by sea weighing 850 kilograms or more will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Load out of a registered premises before AMSA clearance
      Inclusion of biosecurity

Exporters may note other minor editing changes to the guidelines, however those edits do not impact on an exporters approved arrangement.

The key changes to the guidelines are to ensure that exporters commit to all the requirements as set out in the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004 s1A.29(3).

Instructions

Exporters are required to reflect the key changes as an amendment to their approved arrangement.

Exporters should review the minor changes and where appropriate reflect them as an amendment to their approved arrangement. The changes may include Element 5 and/or Appendix 2 – Management Plans: Load out of a registered premises before AMSA and/or Biosecurity clearance.  

Exporters are required to make any amendments to their approved arrangement during a transition phase of three months, ending 31 March 2018. The changes will be checked and verified by departmental auditor at the next scheduled audit after 1 April 2018.  There is no need to send these changes for review by the Canberra Office

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

Contact officer: Trysh Stone
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email: Livestock Export

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019
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