Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) set the requirements for exporting livestock from Australia by sea and air. The standards outline the minimum animal health and welfare conditions exporters must meet.

The current version that exporters must comply with is ASEL 3.1.

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Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock 3.1 (A4) PDF  86 3.5 MB
Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock 3.1 (A4) DOCX  86 3.4 MB
Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock 3.1 PDF (A5) PDF 157 1.8 MB
Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock 3.1 PDF (A5) DOCX​  157 3.8 MB

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The ASEL 3.1 update aligns the text of the standards with new legislative references only, including:

  • references to the Export Control Act 1982, the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004, the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Standards) Order 2005 and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 have been replaced by the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021 where applicable
  • Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs) are now accredited veterinarians
  • health certificates are now certificates of health
  • registered premises are now registered establishments
  • operators (of a registered establishment) are now occupiers.

For anyone with an approved arrangement and/or operations manual, updates to incorporate changes to reflect the new legislation can be completed as part of your next variation.

Please follow the instructions outlined in the ASEL 3.1 amendment document to update your hardcopy.

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ASEL 3.1 amendments (A4) PDF  12 331 KB
ASEL 3.1 amendments (A4) DOCX  12 101 KB

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ASEL Rejection Criteria Guidebook

We are developing guidance material that will promote the understanding and consistent application of ASEL.

This Rejection Criteria Guidebook (the guidebook) is the first output of this work. It aims to:

  • clearly articulate the ASEL rejection criteria and provide clarification and technical information to users of ASEL (government and non-government) for the selection of export livestock to promote the consistent application of rejection criteria
  • improve welfare outcomes for export livestock through better management prior to loading.

The guidebook is currently in its beta phase and is available to departmental officers and Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs). You will need a password to access the document, which can be provided on request by emailing aselreview@awe.gov.au. Additional criteria will be continually added. Once the document is finalised, it will be made available more broadly.

During this beta phase, we are seeking feedback and comments from departmental officers and AAVs on the content and layout. We are also seeking additional photographs/footage to improve the guidebook. Please email feedback and media (including description) to aselreview@awe.gov.au. This will be used to continually update the guidebook. We recommend you access the document via the weblink rather than download and save your own copy.

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ASEL Rejection Criteria guidance material for cattle and buffalo PDF  33 1.8 MB

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How to provide feedback

For questions or feedback on ASEL, email ASELreview@awe.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 30 June 2021
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