Regulatory compliance investigations

The tables below give information about regulatory compliance investigations, including investigations that result from a self-report of non-compliance by exporters and reports from third parties. Once an investigation is completed, the final report or statement can be found by clicking on the relevant link in the table.

The status column identifies where the department is up to with the assessment or investigation of the report.

  • Report under assessment: the report is under assessment to determine if an investigation is warranted
  • Assessment completed: the information has been assessed, the department has determined a formal investigation is not required, a statement summarising the assessment is available.
  • Investigation in progress: the investigation into whether non-compliance with export regulatory framework has occurred is underway. An investigation may take several months to gather information from relevant parties, determine whether there are any regulatory issues and if so, consider the appropriate response.
  • Investigation complete: the investigation has been finalised and a copy of the investigation report, and any administrative actions taken, are available. (Please note; where there is evidence of a criminal offence e.g. fraud, a separate investigation may still be underway).

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2019

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
174 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability standards for cattle in Vietnam. Cattle were moved to facilities outside the exporter’s supply chain and have lost traceability. 30 October 2019 Investigation in Progress
173 Independent Observer Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards during discharge of a consignment of cattle in the Philippines. 3 June 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
172 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia. Animals observed outside the approved supply chain, with non-compliant handling and slaughter identified. 13 August 2019 Investigation in Progress
171 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Malaysia. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. 12 August 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
170 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. 5 August 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
169 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. 2 August 2019 Investigation in Progress
168 Independent Observer Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards during discharge of a consignment in Kuwait. 18 June 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
167 Complaint from RSPCA Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel. 19 June 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
166 Independent Observer Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards during discharge of a consignment in Israel. 17 April 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June 2019 – 31 August 2019
165 Independent Observer Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards during discharge of a consignment in Indonesia. 10 April 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019
164 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control, traceability and animal welfare requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to facilities outside the exporter’s supply chain and have lost traceability. 2 May/10 May 2019 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019

2018

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
163 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control, traceability and animal welfare requirements for cattle and buffalo exported to Vietnam. Cattle and buffalo were moved to facilities outside the exporter’s supply chain and have lost traceability. 12 November 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019
162 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel. Animals observed outside the approved supply chain, with non-compliant handling and slaughter identified. 30 August 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019
161 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep and goats exported to Malaysia. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices identified. 30 August 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019
160 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices identified. 29 August 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019
159 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Non-compliant handling and slaughter was observed at an ESCAS approved abattoir. 29 August 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
158 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Non-compliant handling and slaughter was observed at an ESCAS approved abattoir. 23 August 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
157 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Non-compliant handling was observed at an ESCAS approved abattoir. 12 June 2018 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June - 31 August 2018
156 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates. Sheep were moved from an approved supply chain in the UAE to an approved supply chain in Oman by land. The two supply chains are distinct. 18 June 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
155 Department identified Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control, traceability and animal welfare requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to facilities outside the exporter’s supply chain and have lost traceability. Non-compliance with animal welfare requirements also observed at an ESCAS approved abattoir. 24 May 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019
154 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals available for private sale with non-compliant handling identified. 11 April 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
153 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to United Arab Emirates. Animals available for private sale with non-compliant handling identified. 9 April 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
152 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Qatar. Animals available for private sale with non-compliant handling identified. Animals were observed at an abattoir with non-compliant handling practices identified. 9 April 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March - 31 May 2018
151 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns for sheep on five voyages to the Middle East. 5 April 2018 Investigation complete
150 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Japan. Cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain. 29 March 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
149 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. 5 March 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
148 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. 1 March 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March - 31 May 2018
147 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle had ear tags removed and were transported to and processed in ESCAS approved facilities outside the exporter’s supply chain. 2 February 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018
146 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to an ESCAS approved facility outside the exporter’s supply chain. 9 January 2018 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2018

2017

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
145 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Exporter in-market staff identified a discrepancy when conducting a physical reconciliation of cattle present at a feedlot in Vietnam. 8 November 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
144 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns for sheep in a feedlot in Israel. 26 October 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2019
143 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for exported to Oman. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains. Non-compliant handling practices and animals arriving at an approved abattoir in unapproved transport from unknown locations were observed. 4 September 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2017
142 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep and cattle exported to Malaysia. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices identified. 2 September 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June - 31 August 2018
141 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain for private sale, with non-compliant handling and slaughter identified. 1 September 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2017
140 Third Party Report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Non-compliant handling practices, animals arriving at an approved abattoir in unapproved transport from unknown locations, with some animals arriving already dead. 7 July 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2017
139 Self reported by exporter During an independent performance audit of an approved abattoir, the auditor identified non-compliant animal handling practices. 8 June 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2017
138 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain for private sale, and non-compliant handling and restraint identified. 6 June 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2017
137 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns for cattle in a feedlot in Israel. 7 and 21 April 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
136 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns during the unloading of a vessel in Israel. Sheep handled in a manner non-compliant with ESCAS animal welfare standards. 19 April 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2017
135 Audit report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Turkey. Cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain and slaughtered at two abattoirs outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 29 March 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2017
134 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Slaughter photographs of individual cattle taken at an abattoir had been duplicated to falsely demonstrate slaughter of multiple animals. 24 March 2017 ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2017
133 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns for cattle in a feedlot in Israel. Animals were observed in poor feedlot conditions. 3 February 2017 Investigation complete
132 Third Party Report Third party staff monitoring control and traceability systems identified non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare requirements in an abattoir in Vietnam. 20 January 2017

Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2017

131 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS checklist identified during an independent audit. A re-audit was conducted and found to have closed out all points. 12 January 2017 Assessment complete
130 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns for cattle in a feedlot in Israel. Animals were observed in poor feedlot conditions. 5 January 2017 Assessment complete

2016

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
129 Self reported by exporter Report of a severe weather incident in Turkey resulting in animal mortalities and euthanised animals. 20 December 2016 Assessment complete
128 Audit report An exporter notified that a facility had identified ESCAS animal welfare non-compliance during an audit. 13 December 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
127 Self reported by exporter Notification of 15 Australian cattle involved in road accident (truck roll-over) in Indonesia. 7 December 2016 Assessment complete
126 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam affecting two feedlots and one depot. 687 head were unaccounted for and 726 unidentifiable. 24 November 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2017
125 Self reported by exporter An exporter reported a severe weather incident that resulted in loss of 13 cattle outside the approved supply chain in Vietnam. 8 November 2016 Investigation complete ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
124 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control and traceability of sheep exported to Malaysia. Ninety five sheep were reported stolen from an approved feedlot. The animals have not been recovered. 25 October 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
123 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to and processed at facilities not approved in exporter supply chains. 4 October 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2017
122 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Approximately 740 sheep were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices reported. 27 September 2016 Investigation complete ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
121 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Observation of flooding at two ESCAS approved facilities. 26 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2017
120 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Approximately 300 sheep were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices reported. Non-compliant slaughter of numerous sheep was observed at an ESCAS approved facility. 23 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
119 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Lebanon. Non-compliant slaughter and sheep being on-sold from an approved facility was observed, and approximately 1000 sheep seen outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices reported. 23 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
118 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep, goats and cattle exported to Malaysia. Animals were observed outside approved supply chains with adverse animal welfare outcomes, non-compliant handling and transport practices reported. 114 tag numbers along with several brands and ear notches were provided, however substantially more animals were demonstrated to be involved. 23 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
117 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to United Arab Emirates. Approximately 12 animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 21 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
116 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Approximately 20-30 animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 21 September 2016 Investigation complete ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
115 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Approximately 200 animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 21 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
114 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to United Arab Emirates. Approximately 500 animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 20 September 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
113 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to a location outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 31 August 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
112 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to an approved location outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 29 August 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
111 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to locations outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 17 August 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
110 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to approved locations outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 12 August 2016 Investigation complete ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
109 Third Party Report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam, involving adverse animal welfare at an approved abattoir and inappropriate handling and slaughter at an ESCAS facility. 10 August 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
108 Complaint from Animals Australia Notification of Australian sheep involved in road accident (truck roll-over) in Israel. 12 August 2016 Assessment Complete
107 Audit report An independent performance audit report provided to the department recorded non-compliances identified by the auditor. The non-compliances related to the processing of animals and maintaining required records in the abattoirs in Indonesia. 5 July 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
106 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare standards for cattle exported to Vietnam. Extended period between stunning and slaughter. 24 June 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
105 Self reported by exporter Report of a severe weather incident in Laos resulting in animal mortalities and cattle escaping from the facility 24 June 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
104 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam, involving animal cruelty at an unapproved abattoir, cattle moved outside approved supply chains, and inappropriate handling and slaughter at ESCAS facilities. 9 June 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
103 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of animal welfare concerns during the unloading of a vessel in Israel 2 June 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017
102 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Access to facility denied. 4 May 2016

Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016

101 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Access to facility denied. 4 May 2016

Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016

100 Self reported by exporter Notification of 60 Australian goats involved in road accident (truck roll-over) in Malaysia. 21 April 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
99 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were moved to locations outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 1 April 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
98 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were sent to abattoirs outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. 31 March 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 September – 30 November 2016
97 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. 40 cattle were sent to an abattoir outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. The abattoir is ESCAS approved for another exporter and the cattle were slaughtered in accordance with ESCAS animal welfare standards 23 February 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
96 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia. 53 cattle were sent to an abattoir outside the exporter’s approved supply chain. The abattoir is ESCAS approved for another exporter and the cattle were slaughtered in accordance with ESCAS animal welfare standards 10 February 2016 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

2015

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
95 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand. Cattle were observed outside of the approved supply chain. The cattle were transported to northern Vietnam and processed at an ESCAS approved abattoir. 7 December 2015 Investigation Complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
94 Audit report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Turkey. Cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain and slaughtered at abattoirs that are not approved under ESCAS. 4 December 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
93 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Sheep observed outside approved supply chains, with possible adverse animal welfare outcomes. 2 December 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
92 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Brunei Darussalam. Animal handling and slaughter practices allegedly non-compliant with animal welfare requirements. 2 November 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
91 Third party report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Animals allegedly slaughtered at an unapproved abattoir, with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes 29 October 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
90 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Animals sighted in an approved feedlot with ear tags removed resulting in loss of traceability. 7 October 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
89 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling, transport and unloading practices. 22 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
88 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 6 October 2015 Investigation complete ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
87 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 14 October 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
86 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain and being on sold from approved facilities with unknown or potential adverse animal welfare outcomes; non-compliant handling and transport practices. 6 October 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
85 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with adverse animal welfare outcomes; and non-compliant slaughter and handling in an approved facility. 24 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
84 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with unknown or adverse animal welfare outcomes. 24 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
83 Third party report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia. Allegations of an importer on selling cattle outside of the supply chain. 27 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
82 Third party report Report of high temperatures and poor conditions on board the ship and during unloading and land transport of cattle in Israel. 15 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
81 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Loss of control with seven cattle moved outside of the approved supply chain. Traceability was maintained and there were no associated adverse animal welfare outcomes. 28 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
80 Third party report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep and goats exported to Malaysia. Animals sighted outside of the approved supply chain. 24 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
79 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 22 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 June – 31 August 2016
78 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 27 August 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
77 Notification from Animals Australia Notification of approximately 70 Australian cattle involved in road accident (truck roll-over) near Eilat, Israel. 9 September 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
76 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. Cattle were observed outside of the approved supply chain. 26 August 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
75 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. Animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 24 August 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
74 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS animal welfare requirements in the Philippines. Independent performance audit reports documented non-compliant methods of restraining and stunning cattle for slaughter. 7 August 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
73 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS control and traceability requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam. An estimated 226 cattle were moved outside of the approved supply chain. 14 August 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
72 Department investigation Miscount of sheep at loading at the port in Fremantle. 10 March 2015 Assessment complete
71 Complaint from Animals Australia A report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel. Animals possibly seen outside of an ESCAS approved facility and allegations of adverse animal welfare outcomes. 3 August 2015

Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016

70 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control and traceability with regards to cattle exported to Indonesia. A truck carrying 17 head of cattle was stolen on the way from a feedlot to abattoir. The animals have not been recovered leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes. 10 July 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
69 Industry Report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam with animals sighted outside of approved supply chain with unknown animal welfare outcomes. 21 July 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
68 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait. The report alleges at least 450 animals were moved outside of the approved supply chain to unapproved roadside markets leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes. 17 July 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
67 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control and traceability with regards to cattle exported to Indonesia. 2 head jumped out of a truck on the way to the feedlot from the port and have been unable to be recovered leading to unknown animal welfare outcomes. 11 May 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
66 Self reported by exporter Report of a load miscount – 8 head of cattle were counted into the quarantine yards in Indonesia above discharge numbers reported. 11 May 2015 Assessment complete
65 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand. Animals were moved outside of the approved supply chain to an unapproved farm. 25 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
64 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS – loss of control with regards to cattle exported to Thailand. 61 head were moved from an approved feedlot to two unapproved abattoirs and slaughtered with stunning. There is no suggestion of adverse animal welfare outcomes. 22 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
63 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam with animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 19 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
62 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand with animals moved outside the approved supply chain 17 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
61 Industry report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait with animals sighted outside the approved supply chain with potential adverse animal welfare outcomes. 9 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
60 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 01 June 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
59 Industry Report* Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 28 May 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
58 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 13 May 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
57 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel 27 May 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
56 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel 20 April 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
55 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for buffalo exported to Vietnam 18 March 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
54 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 6 March 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
53 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 3 March 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
52 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Thailand 8 February 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
51 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Turkey 23 January 2015 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report

* Please note that this report was received from an exporter who was alerted of the incident by an industry body. Therefore it be treated as an Industry Report.

2014

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
50 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 16 December 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 March – 31 May 2016
49 Self reported by exporter Report of a load miscount –cattle were counted into the quarantine yards in Indonesia above load numbers 2 December 2014 Assessment complete
48 Self reported by exporter Report of a load miscount –cattle were counted into the quarantine yards in Indonesia above load numbers 2 December 2014 Assessment complete
47 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 2 December 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
46 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 10 November 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
45 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia 14 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
44 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait 13 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
43 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan 13 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
42 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Oman 6 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
41 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Malaysia 6 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
40 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates 6 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
39 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait 6 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report 1 July – 30 November 2015
38 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan 4 October 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
37 Self-reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel 30 September 2014 Investigation complete
ESCAS regulatory performance report
36 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait 27 June 2014

Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

35 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 23 June 2014 Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

34 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 18 June 2014 Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

33 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to two supply chains in Jordan 19 and 20 May 2014 Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

32 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 13 May 2014 Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

31 Self reported by three exporters Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Indonesia 9 May 2014 Assessment Complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

30 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel 9 April 2014 Investigation complete
29 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 16 March 2014 Assessment Complete
28 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel and the Gaza Strip 27 February 2014 Investigation Complete
ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
27 Self reported by exporter Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Vietnam 14 February 2014 Investigation complete
26 Complaint from Animals Australia Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan 24 January 2014 Investigation complete

ESCAS regulatory performance report

2013

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
25 Complaint from member of the public Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia 21 November 2013 Assessment Complete
24 Media Report Report of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Israel and the Gaza Strip 5 November 2013 Investigation complete
23 Complaint from external party Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to the United Arab Emirates 25 October 2013 Investigation complete
22 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Mauritius 13 October 2013 Investigation complete
21 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Kuwait 15 October 2013 Investigation complete
20 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan 21 October 2013 Investigation complete
19 Complaint from member of the public Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for cattle exported to Malaysia 21 August 2013 Investigation complete
18 Self reported by Exporter Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements for sheep exported to Jordan 4 July 2013 Investigation Complete
17 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of non-compliance with ASEL requirements for sheep exported to Israel 21 June 2013 Investigation complete
16 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel 4 July 2013 Investigation complete
15 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS & ASEL of unloading of a vessel in Israel 1 July 2013 Investigation complete
14 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Jordan 20 June 2013 Investigation complete
13 Complaint from external party Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Oman 17 May 2013 Assessment Complete
12 Complaint from a member of the public Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in cattle exported to Vietnam 28 June 2013 Investigation complete
11b Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep and goats exported to Malaysia 6 May 2013 Investigation complete
11a Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements in cattle exported to Malaysia 6 May 2013 Investigation complete
10 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of animal welfare issues at abattoirs in Egypt 1 May 2013 Investigation complete
9 Self reported by Exporter Non–compliance with ASEL in a consignment of slaughter cattle exported to Mauritius 21 November 2012 Investigation complete
8 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Kuwait 30 January 2013 Investigation complete
6 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegations of animal welfare issues with post-arrival transport arrangements for a consignment of breeder cattle exported to Pakistan. 29 January 2013 Assessment Complete

2012

Complaints and Investigations
Report No. Type of Report or Complaint Issue Date reported to the Department Status
7 Self reported by Exporter Government of Pakistan intervention into a consignment of slaughter sheep exported to Pakistan 17 September 2012 Investigation complete
5 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in sheep exported to Kuwait 30 August 2012 Investigation complete
4 Complaint from the RSPCA Allegations of animal welfare issues at an abattoir in Israel 5 December 2012 Investigation complete
3 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements a abattoir in Indonesia 8 October 2012 Investigation complete
2 Complaint from the RSPCA Allegation of non–compliance with ASEL in a consignment of breeder cattle exported to Qatar September 2012 Investigation complete
1 Complaint from Animals Australia Allegation of non–compliance with ESCAS requirements in four abattoirs in Indonesia 24 February 2012 Investigation complete
 

Note: These tables does not contain information on reportable mortality investigations.

The complaints and investigations table will be updated as information becomes available. Once an investigation is completed, an investigation report will be made publically available in the table above.

The department will not be publically releasing any footage relating to the above investigations. The department does not publish video or still images of cruelty to animals on its website. This is because publication of this type of content may fall outside generally accepted community standards and can cause distress. The department has a responsibility to people, especially children, who may access information on our website. We want to ensure they do not inadvertently see images that they may find upsetting or disturbing.

The department is committed to ensuring exporters deliver acceptable animal welfare outcomes for export livestock and takes all allegations seriously. Information, including documentation, will not be released where doing so could prejudice the conduct of an investigation or subsequent legal action in relation to an incident. This includes information of this nature requested under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

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Last reviewed: 18 November 2019
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