2019-03 – Implementation of certain ASEL Review recommendations on 1 May 2019

​11 April 2019


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Export Advisory Notice 2019-03 PDF  2 358 KB
Export Advisory Notice 2019-03 - Attachment A PDF  9 700 KB

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Species: All livestock

Country: All

For information:

  1. Livestock exporters
  2. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians
  3. LiveCorp
  4. Meat and Livestock Australia
  5. ALEC
  6. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Officers
  7. Registered Premise Operators


To remind all licensed livestock exporters of the department’s intention to implement certain recommendations related to stocking density from the Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL): sea transport final report (the final report) for all livestock consignments that depart Australia, by sea, from 1 May 2019.

Background/Key Points

The review of the ASEL in 2018 addressed the export of livestock by sea, from sourcing and preparation through to the management of livestock on-board vessels.

As foreshadowed in a media release on 19 March 2019, the department has accepted all 49 recommendations in the final report, either in full or in principle, and implementation of changes will be staged in consultation with industry.

The department is preparing the necessary legislative instruments to implement recommendations 21, 22, 23 (a., b., d., and e.) and 24 in relation to stocking density on vessels for all livestock consignments that depart Australia from midnight (0000 hours), 1 May 2019.

Attachment A sets out in detail the changes for cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats destined for export by sea. Notes below each stocking density table in Attachment A provide further guidance for exporters.

The department intends to implement these requirements through an administrative order subject to the existing legislative process.


  1. Licensed livestock exporters must ensure that all consignments of livestock exported by sea from midnight (0000 hours), 1 May 2019 are able to comply with the requirements set out in Attachment A.
  2. Licensed livestock exporters sourcing and preparing livestock for export prior to 1 May 2019 should make plans to ensure that they are able to comply with Attachment A if the export of the consignment is delayed.

Departmental staff inspecting and/or certifying consignments of livestock for export may seek to verify that licensed livestock exporters are complying with these requirements including through the provision and review of a load plan for the vessel.

Sanjay Boothalingam
Live Animal Exports Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Contact officers: Tim Naylor
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email: Live Stock Exports

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019
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