Transitioning to Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) 3.0

We are transitioning to Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) 3.0.

ASEL sets the requirements for exporting livestock by sea and air. The standards outline the minimum animal health and welfare conditions exporters must meet to:

  • ensure animals are appropriate for export
  • manage the risks to animal health and welfare throughout the export supply chain.

ASEL 3.0 will come into effect for all consignments exported on or after 1 November 2020.

Read the new ASEL 3.0.

To request a hard copy, please email ASELreview@awe.gov.au or call (02) 6272 4581. Please include your export licence number, registered premises registration number, Australian Government Accredited Veterinarian (AAV) accreditation number or whether you are an accredited stockperson.

ASEL 2.3 will continue to apply for all consignments exported on or before 31 October 2020.

We are working with exporters, registered premises operators and other industry participants to help them prepare for these changes. We will clarify all necessary administrative and export supply chain changes that will need to happen.

Key changes in ASEL 3.0

  • Revised pen space allowances, with more space provided to livestock on vessels in most circumstances.
  • Increases to the time required for some livestock to be prepared at the registered premises.
  • Changes to the notifiable mortality rate for livestock and the requirements for notification.
  • A new definition of voyage length with related changes for personnel, bedding and feed requirements.
  • Inclusion and extension of additional management plans for sea and air.
  • New general requirements, and species-specific requirements for standards 1, 3, 5 and 6.

These changes are based on recommendations and feedback from the Review of ASEL.

Contents

  • Standards 1 to 5 cover requirements for exporting livestock by sea.
  • Standard 6 covers requirements for exporting livestock by air.

Timeline

Completed

In progress

  • May – June 2020: we will engage with exporters, registered premises operators, AAVs and other key stakeholders on the changes and process for transition.
  • May – June 2020: we will progress legal amendments needed to transition to ASEL 3.0.

To do

  • June 2020: we will notify exporters and registered premises operators on how to update their approved arrangements, approved export programs and registered premises operations manuals. You will have around 2 months to make these updates and submit variations to us.
  • August to October 2020: we will process variations to approved applications. During this time, an assessing officer will contact applicants if we need more information or clarification.
  • 1 November 2020: ASEL 3.0 commences and applies to all consignments exported on or after this date. ASEL 2.3 will no longer be in use.

Webinars

We are hosting a series of webinars on ASEL 3.0 during May and June 2020. These are aimed at licenced exporters, registered premises operators, AAVs and stockpersons. For more information on the webinar series please email ASELreview@agriculture.gov.au. Presentations will be published on our website.

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ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation 1 for Registered Premises Operators and Exporters PDF 18 1.5 MB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation 1 for Registered Premises Operators and Exporters DOCX 5 54 KB

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What you need to do – information for exporters and registered premises operators

In order to export livestock on or after 1 November 2020 you must ensure your systems and processes transition from ASEL 2.3 to ASEL 3.0.

We will notify exporters and registered premises operators when they need to update their:

  • approved arrangements
  • approved export programs
  • registered premises operations manuals.

Approved arrangements

We have published the revised Approved arrangement guidelines for the export of livestock to help exporters update their approved arrangement.

These guidelines include information on how exporters can apply for approval of management plans and alternative pen space area as part of their approved arrangement.

For more information see Approved Arrangements.

Approved export programs

We have also published the revised Approved export program guidelines for the export of livestock to help exporters update their approved export program.

When to submit your variation

We will notify you what needs to be updated and by when.

When your application is updated, you will need to submit these variations to us. Note that applications cannot be made for updates to comply with ASEL 3.0 until you receive notice from us.

You must submit your variations within the timeframes stated in the notice, to ensure we have time to assess all applications.

We will assess and approve updates if they comply with ASEL 3.0 and all other relevant requirements. You will need our approval to export on or after 1 November 2020.

After you receive our notice, you can contact us with your questions. Email livestockexp@awe.gov.au or call (02) 6272 4581.

Charges

We charge for variations in line with our charging guidelines.

When you submit your applications, you will be charged at the current rate. In 2020 we are reviewing our live animal export cost recovery arrangements which may affect future fees charged.

Approved arrangements performance levels

The transition to ASEL 3.0 will not affect how your existing approved arrangement performance levels are managed.

Any non-compliances will be managed in the same way as with ASEL 2.3.

Find out more about approved arrangement performance levels.

What you need to do – information for small and infrequent exporters

We will notify all current small and infrequent exporters about what you need to do before ASEL 3.0 comes into force.

You will need to update and submit a variation to your operations and governance manual. We will review and approve it as part of your export licence.

What you need to do – information for registered premises operators

Standard 3 continues in ASEL 3.0 to be the standard that applies to managing livestock for export by sea in a registered premises.

The main changes relate to:

  • penning, space and clear day requirements for all livestock held in a registered premises. The changes differ by species. For example, buffalo will require at least 5 clear days in a registered premises prior to export
  • feeding, water and trough requirements
  • record keeping requirements
  • registered premises consignment reporting.

Review ASEL 3.0 for details on these changes. If you have any questions, email livestockexp@awe.gov.au or call (02) 6272 4581.

What you need to do – information for AAVs

AAVs do not need to make any changes to their accreditation before ASEL 3.0.

We will engage with AAVs throughout the transition to ASEL 3.0 about the changes that will affect them.

This include changes to shipboard reporting requirements for consignments exported by sea.

Review ASEL 3.0 for details on these changes. If you have any questions, email livestockexp@awe.gov.au or call (02) 6272 4581.

Regulating ASEL 3.0 standards

We will continue to use different ways to regulate the live animal export supply chain under ASEL 3.0.

To do this, we will:

  • assess approved arrangements, approved export programs and registered premises operations manuals against the criteria in ASEL
  • inspect registered premises, seaports or airports for each departing consignment (performed by our regional veterinary officers)
  • check consignment documentation, including all approved arrangement core documents. Non-core documents to verify compliance may be requested
  • audit approved arrangements and registered premises
  • send independent observers on some consignments by sea
  • review daily reports, end-of-voyage reports and end-of-journey reports.

The ASEL review recommended we also verify exporter compliance with ASEL requirements such as checking of loading plans and feed provisions. We will implement these extra arrangements when ASEL 3.0 starts. More details on this will be provided once the arrangements have been confirmed. 

Additional information

We will periodically update this page with more information as we receive your feedback and questions on ASEL 3.0.

Management plans

Under ASEL 3.0 exporters can apply to have a management plan for certain types of exports. This becomes part of the approved arrangement. A management plan details how an exporter will manage the risks associated with undertaking certain activities.

For example, these types include:

  • exporting heavy cattle over 500kg
  • exporting cattle with long horns
  • exporting livestock that have young at foot for export by air.

Guidance on management plans including information on how to apply and what to include in one can be found in the Approved arrangement guidelines for the export of livestock.

Other application types allowed under ASEL 3.0

Where ASEL 3.0 allows for other types of approvals, the department has also published policy documents to support the implementation of these applications for these approval types. These are:

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Competent stock handlers on freighter aircraft - applying for alternative arrangements in accordance with ASEL 3.0 PDF 3 756 KB
Competent stock handlers on freighter aircraft - applying for alternative arrangements in accordance with ASEL 3.0 DOCX 3 444 KB
AAVs and stockpersons on sea voyages – applying for alternative arrangements in accordance with ASEL 3.0 PDF 6 698 KB
AAVs and stockpersons on sea voyages – applying for alternative arrangements in accordance with ASEL 3.0 DOCX 6 452 KB
Breeder cattle by sea – applying for a validity extension for pregnancy testing in accordance with ASEL 3.0 PDF 3 661 KB
Breeder cattle by sea – applying for a validity extension for pregnancy testing in accordance with ASEL 3.0 DOCX 3 445 KB

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Where approved, these approvals will apply to a particular consignment only. Unlike management plans and alternative pen space, these approvals do not form part of an exporter’s approved arrangement and are instead assessed on a consignment by consignment basis in accordance with the requirements and processes set out in ASEL 3.0 and the relevant policy.

Water deprivation times

The Land Transport Standards set out the maximum times that animals in Australia can have water withheld for transport. Exceeding these times affects how well stock recover from transportation.

These standards help exporters work with those responsible for the care and management of transported livestock to plan and minimise risks to livestock welfare throughout the export supply chain.

Under ASEL 3.0, these standards will need to be followed from the time the livestock are curfewed at the registered or other premises prior to export, until they are provided water again - be it after loading or after arrival overseas.

The department has published the water deprivation time for livestock consignments exported by air policy to support compliance with ASEL 3.0 requirements.

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Water deprivation time for livestock exported by air to support compliance with ASEL 3.0 PDF 4 678 KB
Water deprivation time for livestock exported by air to support compliance with ASEL 3.0 DOCX 4 448 KB

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Body condition scores and scales

The ASEL Review recommended revised body condition scores and scales to apply for animals exported by air. It identified options for revised scores and scales for animals exported by sea, however did not provide a complete recommendation on what to apply in ASEL 3.0.

More work is required to determine the suitable scores and scales to apply to each species exported by sea.We will consult with industry and animal health and welfare experts on this. Together we will work out how best to determine the most appropriate way forward regarding future changes to body condition scores and scales for livestock exported by sea.

Next review of ASEL

We will conduct an independent scientific review of the ASEL every 3 years. This review is to ensure ASEL remains fit for purpose and reflects the latest science. In addition, each year we will also make minor updates if necessary.

Some ASEL Review recommendations could not be included in the ASEL 3.0 due to additional requirements, such as the need for additional research. As the information comes available, these will be addressed in future revisions.

How to provide feedback

You can provide feedback or suggestions on how we can improve ASEL for consideration in future reviews.

Email ASELreview@agriculture.gov.au. Include any related information or evidence.

If you have any feedback or questions on the implementation process, email livestockexp@awe.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 29 May 2020
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