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, 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.

See information for exporters and registered premises operators about the necessary administrative and export supply chain changes.

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

  • April 2020: publication of ASEL 3.0.
  • May 2020: publication of approved arrangement guidelines for the export of livestock and additional policy documents.
  • May 2020: publication of approved export program guidelines for the export of livestock.
  • June 2020: legal amendments finalised, allowing transition to ASEL 3.0 to formally commence with implementation set for all consignments exported on or after 1 November 2020.
  • June 2020: exporters and registered premises operators received notification on how to update their approved arrangements, approved export programs, small and infrequent export licences and registered premises operations manuals.
  • 4 August 2020: due date for variations to approved application types for exporters and registered premises operators, including submission to us where required.
  • June 2020 to August 2020: exporters and registered premises operators were required to make a range of updates. These include to their approved arrangements, approved export programs, small and infrequent licences and registered premises operations manuals. All exporters and registered premises operators should have received a notice from us in June outlining the required updates and process.

In progress

  • May 2020 onwards: we will engage with exporters, registered premises operators, AAVs and other key stakeholders throughout the transition to ASEL 3.0.
  • August to October 2020: we will process variations to approved application types or check that the required updates have been made. During this time, an assessing officer will contact exporters or registered premises operators if we need more information.

To do

  • 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 hosted a series of webinars on ASEL 3.0 in May and June 2020. These were aimed at licenced exporters, registered premises operators, AAVs and stockpersons, and included detailed information on the process for varying approved application types to ensure compliance with ASEL 3.0. These presentations are available for download.

For more information on the webinar series email ASELreview@awe.gov.au.

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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
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation 2 for Exporters PDF 22 1.5 MB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation 2 for Exporters DOCX 7 63 KB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for AAVs PDF 35 2.3 MB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for AAVs DOCX 11 68 KB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Stockpersons PDF 37 2.4 MB
ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Stockpersons DOCX 12 70 KB
Transitioning to ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Exporters PDF 19 1.7 MB
Transitioning to ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Exporters DOCX 5 58 KB
Transitioning to ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Registered Premises Operators PDF 11 1.1 MB
Transitioning to ASEL 3.0 webinar presentation for Registered Premises Operators DOCX 4 56 KB
ASEL 3.0 Q&A webinar presentation PDF 16 1.1 MB
ASEL 3.0 Q&A webinar presentation DOCX 6 68 KB

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What you need to do – information for industry stakeholders

ASEL 3.0 was introduced by amendments to the:

ASEL 3.0 applies to all consignments that leave Australia on or after 1 November 2020. Consignments that leave Australia before this date must comply with the minimum standards required by ASEL 2.3.

To export livestock on or after 1 November 2020 you must ensure your approved application types and associated systems and processes transition from ASEL 2.3 to ASEL 3.0. You also must ensure that your approved application types still include existing processes and references to ASEL 2.3, as it continues to apply for all consignments that leave Australia before 1 November 2020.

In June, exporters and registered premises operators were notified of the updates required to their:

  • approved arrangements
  • approved export programs
  • operations and governance manuals (exporters with a small and infrequent exemption)
  • registered premises operations manuals.

What you need to do – information for exporters with an approved arrangement and approved export program

An assessing officer will be in contact with you if you are a current holder of an approved arrangement and approved export program that has applied to vary your approvals to comply with ASEL 3.0. They will advise on the status of your application and whether we may require additional information.

Your approved arrangement and approved export program will be assessed and approved 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.

Read our revised Approved arrangement guidelines for the export of livestock and Approved export program guidelines for the export of livestock. You can also download our recent webinars.

For more information see Approved arrangements for the export of livestock and Exporting Livestock.

You can contact us with any questions or via email at livestockexp@awe.gov.au or call (02) 6272 4581.

Contact us if you want to inform us of upcoming consignments that will require approved arrangement and approved export program variations for ASEL 3.0 approved in advance of 1 November 2020. This is relevant for those consignments that require pre-export isolation and quarantine prior to 1 November but depart on or after 1 November.

Charges

We charge for variations in line with our charging guidelines.

If you have submitted a variation application, you will have been 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 exporters that hold a small and infrequent exemption

The amendment to the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Standards) Order 2005 commenced on 4 June 2020. Licenced exporters with a small and infrequent exemption have been notified that it is a condition of your export licence that you submit a variation to your licence and update your operations and governance manual within 2 months of the amendment.

An assessing officer will be in contact with you if you are a licenced exporter with a small and infrequent exemption that has submitted a variation to your export licence. Variations include to update your operations and governance manual to ensure compliance with ASEL 3.0. The officer will advise the status of your application and whether we may require additional information.

Further information about varying your export licence to ensure compliance with ASEL 3.0 was provided in recent webinars, which are available to download.

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.

Please refer to ASEL 3.0 for further details on these changes.

A notice was sent to all registered premises operators in June. This invited you to comment on the proposed direction to alter your operations manual so that it is compliant with ASEL 3.0. Following this, a formal direction was issued requiring you make the alterations to your operations manual by 4 August 2020. These alterations do not need to be formally approved. However, we have requested that the operations manual be provided to us for record keeping and compliance purposes.

An officer will be in contact with you if you are a registered premises operator and have made the relevant alterations to your operations manual and provided this to the department. They will confirm compliance with ASEL 3.0 or request for additional information.

Your updated operations manual will be for all consignments exported on or after 1 November 2020. Your current operations manual (compliant with ASEL 2.3) can still apply for all consignments exported on or before 31 October 2020.

If you have made certain changes to your operations manual outside of what was directed for ASEL 3.0, you must submit a formal variation for our assessment and approval. An officer will be in contact with you if this has been identified in your updated operations manual and advise you of next steps.

Further information about altering your operations manual was provided in the recent webinars, which are available to download.

You can also contact us with your questions via 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.

Reporting requirements

For information on forms and regulatory reports required under ASEL 3.0, refer to the webpage Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) forms and reporting.

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.

Access to alternative minimum pen space allocation

Exporters must have approval to use alternative minimum pen space allocation under their Approved Arrangement in order to access it.

Policies to support ASEL 3.0 standards

The department has published policy documents to facilitate compliance with certain ASEL requirements. These are:

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Calculating onboard feed and water provisions under ASEL 3.0 PDF 6 363 KB
Calculating onboard feed and water provisions under ASEL 3.0 DOCX 6 457 KB
Voyage length calculations under ASEL 3.0 PDF 3 276 KB
Voyage length calculations under ASEL 3.0 DOCX 3 452 KB
Voyage reporting requirements under ASEL 3.0 PDF 3 299 KB
Voyage reporting requirements under ASEL 3.0 DOCX 3 452 KB

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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@awe.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: 19 October 2020
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