2020-11 - Publication of revised approved export program guidelines

29 May 2020


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  • Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs)
  • Australian Livestock Exporters' Council
  • Department Officers
  • LiveCorp
  • Livestock Exporters
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Registered Premises Operators


To advise stakeholders that the revised Approved export program guidelines for the export of livestock (AEP guidelines) have been published on the department’s exporting livestock webpage.

Key points

  • The AEP guidelines have been revised to support exporters to transition to the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) 3.0.
  • The key changes to the AEP guidelines include:
    • removed references to the 2018 regulatory changes that required exporters to move AAV instructions out of approved arrangements and into AEPs
    • clarified that exporters should only include activities that must be done by an AAV in their AEP and other activities should be included in their approved arrangement
    • revised the AEP templates for land-based and shipboard AAV instructions.
  • The revised AEP guidelines apply for exporters wanting to vary an AEP under ASEL 2.3 and for when they are required to vary their AEPs to comply with ASEL 3.0.
  • Further information on the transition to ASEL 3.0 can be found on the department’s transition to ASEL 3.0 webpage.


  • On 22 April 2020, the department published a new version of ASEL. ASEL 3.0 will apply to all consignments exported on or after 1 November 2020. ASEL 2.3 continues to apply for all consignments exported on or before 31 October 2020.
  • We will notify exporters when they need to update their AEPs to comply with ASEL 3.0.

Jess Rummery
A/g Director
Live Animal Export Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Henry Campbell
Contact officer
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email livestockexp@awe.gov.au

Last reviewed: 29 May 2020
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