Small and infrequent exemption


Licenced livestock exporters who can evidence they export small numbers of animals infrequently are able to apply for an exemption from having an approved arrangement as a small and infrequent exporter. Exporters may be eligible for this exemption if they export less than 400 animals in four or less consignments over a 12 month period. Exporters who have this exemption also have a reduced annual licence levy of $5 000.

How to apply

Please complete the form below and email it to


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Small and infrequent exporter export process

Once an exemption has been granted to a licenced livestock exporter, their export licence will be subject to additional conditions which set out the export process they must follow. Small and infrequent exporters need to provide the following documents to the department each time they prepare to export:

These documents are available on the forms page of the department’s website.

NOI and C​​RMP submission

The licence conditions of a small and infrequent exporter require that a licensed exporter must submit their Notice of Intention to Export livestock (NOI) and Consignment Risk Management Plan (CRMP), at least 10 working days before the proposed export, or 10 working days before the quarantine or isolation begins. The NOI (and CRMP for livestock exported by sea) must be submitted for each consignment of livestock, and include information on how the exporter plans to comply with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). The CRMP must contain the proposed treatment and testing schedule of livestock in compliance with importing country requirements. The NOI must include the ESCAS that will apply to the proposed export.

If there is transit to the Middle East – heat stress risk assessment

If a livestock export consignment transits to the Middle East, the exporter must prepare a heat stress risk assessment as part of the CRMP, using the HotStuff Version 4 software.

If an import ​​permit is required

If the importing country requires an import permit, this must be included with the NOI and CRMP. If these documents are not in English, the exporter must provide a certified translation by a NAATI level 2/3 translator or equivalent.

Submit​​​ting the NOI and CRMP forms

A single application form is used to submit the application for approval of the NOI and CRMP. The department prefers that exporters use the TRACE electronic submission system to submit the NOI and CRMP.
If not using TRACE, exporters should email their submissions to, or mail it to:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Live Animal Export Program
GPO Box​ 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6272 4581
Fax: +61 2 6272 5423​​​

ESCAS sub​​​​mission

Exporters are required to submit Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) applications separately from NOI/CRMP applications. ESCAS applications will set out the details of a supply chain used for consignments on an ongoing basis, rather than being assessed in relation to each consignment to be exported.

The licence conditions of a small and infrequent exporter requires that the exporter must submit their ESCAS applications no later than 10 working days prior to the date of the proposed export; or if the importing country requires pre-export quarantine, no later than 10 working days prior to the commencement of that quarantine.

Note that an ESCAS is required only for feeder/slaughter livestock. An ESCAS is not required for breeder livestock.

An exporter’s ESCAS is submitted by email to The ESCAS submission must:

  • provide evidence of compliance with internationally agreed welfare standards
  • demonstrate control through the supply chain
  • demonstrate traceability through the supply chain
  • meet reporting and accountability requirements
  • include independent auditing.

Further details about what is required for an ESCAS submission are outlined in EAN2014-16. Additional information on ESCAS

ESCAS ​​​Approval

If a proposed ESCAS meets the requirements for approval the exporter will be notified in writing. An ESCAS may be approved subject to conditions. The conditions applied to the ESCAS may relate to the operation of the ESCAS; the number of consignments for which the ESCAS is approved; or publication of information or any other relevant matter.

Obtaining an approved arrangement

If an exporter with a small and infrequent exemption intends to export more than 400 animals or 4 consignments in a year they must apply for an approved arrangement.
For details about approved arrangements please see the ‘Obtaining an approved arrangement’  page.

More information

For more information, please see the frequently asked questions​ page and if you can't find the answer to your question or have a general question or comment about exporting livestock please contact us.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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