Live sheep exports to the Middle East

We are reviewing current policy for exporting live sheep to, or through, the Middle East.

This follows Dr McCarthy’s review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

Regulation impact statement (RIS) process

We are conducting a regulation impact statement (RIS) process that will inform future regulation of the trade during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

This RIS will analyse the economic and regulatory impacts of 3 proposed policy options.

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We are currently seeking feedback on a draft RIS.

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Submissions close 5pm 3 February 2020.

Draft RIS stage

RIS discussion paper submissions

Document Pages File size
Animals Australia PDF 19 497 KB
Animal Welfare Lawyers PDF 3 887 KB
Anonymous submission 1 PDF 1 108 KB
Anonymous submission 2 PDF 3 42 KB
Anonymous submission 3 PDF 2 76 KB
Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians PDF 13 240 KB
Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders PDF 1 231 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters' Council PDF 7 273 KB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF 36 4.6 MB
Lorellie Bow PDF 2 78 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia PDF 14 291 KB
Paul Doudle PDF 1 67 KB
Andrea Hamilton PDF 1 34 KB
Penelope Hocking PDF 1 93 KB
B Holden PDF 3 78 KB
David Langsam PDF 1 62 KB
LiveCorp PDF 36 719 KB
Live Export Reference Group PDF 15 614 KB
Beverley Maunsell PDF 1 184 KB
Melbourne Sheep Save PDF 9 234 KB
National Farmers' Federation PDF 3 189 KB
John Neil PDF 3 53 KB
Tim O'Meara PDF 2 25 KB
Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia PDF 3 316 KB
Geraldine Porter PDF 1 7 KB
Dr H Rebhan PDF 38 1.8 MB
Helen Robinson PDF 1 38 KB
RSPCA Australia PDF 4 338 KB
RSPCA Australia supplementary submission PDF 2 312 KB
Ruchita Saklani PDF 2 46 KB
Sentient PDF 3 209 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF 6 421 KB
John Simpson PDF 1 29 KB
Keith Simpson PDF 2 14 KB
Dr Lynn Simpson PDF 4 86 KB
Neil Smith PDF 3 205 KB
Alun Stevens PDF 2 35 KB
Stud Merino Breeders' Association of WA PDF 2 403 KB
Vets Against Live Export PDF 10 261 KB
World Animal Protection Australia PDF 4 206 KB

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RIS discussion paper stage

Document Pages File size
Middle East sheep exports policy options discussion paper DOCX 22 1.7 MB
Middle East sheep exports policy options discussion paper PDF 22 1.1 MB

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Heat Stress Risk Assessment (HSRA) review

We appointed an independent technical reference panel of experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science generally. Their role was to provide advice on the science of heat stress in sheep.

The panel developed and sought feedback on:

  • an issues paper about assessing heat stress risk in the sheep trade
  • a draft report and recommendations for a revised approach to heat stress risk assessment (HSRA).

Release of the final HSRA report

The technical reference panel have provided their final report to the department.

The report will be used, with a range of other information sources, as an input to a Regulation Impact Statement process on conditions for live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer from 2020 onwards.

Document Pages File size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – final report by the independent technical reference panel DOCX 38 2.6 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – final report by the independent technical reference panel PDF 38 1.8 MB

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Draft HSRA report submissions

Document Pages File size
AgForce Queensland Farmers PDF 7 1 MB
Animals Australia PDF 8 420 KB
Animals Australia campaign PDF 1 27 KB
Anonymous submission 1 PDF 1 16 KB
Anonymous submission 2 PDF 1 16 KB
Anonymous submission 3 PDF 1 17 KB
Anonymous submission 4 PDF 4 209 KB
Anonymous submission 5 PDF 1 17 KB
Anonymous submission 6 PDF 1 16 KB
Anonymous submission 7 PDF 1 27 KB
Anonymous submission 8 PDF 1 25 KB
Anonymous submission 9 PDF 1 80 KB
Forough Ataollahi PDF 1 144 KB
Australian Ethical Investment PDF 3 110 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters Council PDF 10 280 KB
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society PDF 4 290 KB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF 10 2 MB
Adrian Baker PDF 3 122 KB
Onn Ben-David PDF 3 24 KB
Cattle Council of Australia PDF 5 244 KB
Carolyn Cooper PDF 2 17 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development PDF 2 57 KB
Deborah Morwena Ferris PDF 1 16 KB
Humane Society campaign PDF 1 25 KB
Katanning Regional Business Association PDF 1 240 KB
Jan Kendall PDF 8 342 KB
LiveCorp PDF 91 3 MB
Livestock and Rural Transport Association of Western Australia PDF 1 106 KB
National Farmers' Federation PDF 4 295 KB
National Farmers' Federation campaign PDF 1 27 KB
NSW Farmers' Association PDF 4 78 KB
Deb Ophof PDF 1 231 KB
Miriam Orwin PDF 1 24 KB
Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA PDF 5 209 KB
Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA campaign response PDF 1 27 KB
PETA campaign response PDF 1 25 KB
Annette Powell PDf 1 36 KB
RSPCA Australia PDF 1 57 KB
RSPCA campaign submission PDF 1 23 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF 12 510 KB
Stop live exports campaign response PDf 1 21 KB
Vets Against Live Export PDF 5 206 KB
Victorian Farmers Federation PDF 3 217 KB
WA Farmers Federation PDF 10 385 KB
Wool Producers Australia PDF 6 301 KB

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Draft HSRA report stage

HSRA issues paper stage

Document Pages File size
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper DOCX 35 1.4 MB
Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review – Issues Paper PDF 35 1.3 MB

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HSRA issues paper submissions

Document Pages File size
Animals Australia PDF 22 856 KB
Anonymous PDF 1 201 KB
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council PDF 50 1.3 MB
Australian Veterinary Association PDF 40 4.6 MB
Cattle Council of Australia PDF 4 321 KB
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development PDF 14 571 KB
Group of AAVs PDF 23 796 KB
Industry Body PDF 2 168 KB
LiveCorp PDF 63 1.8 MB
RSPCA PDF 10 938 KB
Sheep Producers Australia PDF 4 301 KB
VALE PDF 24 799 KB

These documents may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as they have not been prepared by the department.

The HSRA review panel

The review panel is made up of independent experts in animal welfare, heat stress and animal science. They are focusing on a new approach to heat stress risk assessment, from one based on mortality to one based on the animal becoming affected by heat. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is also providing input on ship ventilation matters.

Independent review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer (McCarthy Review)

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources engaged Dr McCarthy to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), and any changes to the administration of ASEL and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was conducted in accordance with the terms of reference.

Dr McCarthy provided his final report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in May 2018.

The department supported all of Dr McCarthy’s recommendations.

Some recommendations were implemented immediately, while others are subject to further research and consultation with industry and animal welfare experts. The department is also working collaboratively with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, where needed, to give effect to the recommendations.

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Document Pages File size
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer PDF 42 831 KB
Independent review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer DOCX 42 313 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer PDF 8 452 KB
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Regulator’s response to the McCarthy Review into the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer DOCX 8 87 KB

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Media statements

Last reviewed: 9 January 2020
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