Meat export licence

Australia’s new export legislation begins on 28 March 2021.

If you have any questions about the new legislation, please contact us:

Email -
Telephone - 1800 502 437 or (61 2) 6272 4209 (from outside Australia)

Individuals, partnerships and companies exporting edible meat, offal (including casings) or meat products of cattle, sheep or goats must be licensed under the Export Control Act 2020.

A licence to export meat issued by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment grants an exporter permission to conduct a specific export transaction. It is the responsibility of each exporter to determine the end use of the product being exported and whether a meat export licence is required.

How to obtain a licence

You must be accredited by AUS-MEAT (or close to achieving accreditation) before you can apply for a licence to export meat or meat products.

Complete the meat export licence application form (EX31).

Post your completed form with supporting documents to:

Governance & Audits
Meat Exports Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601
Or email the Export Meat Licence team on:


The annual meat export licence application levy is $500.

This levy does not apply where the applicant is the occupier of a registered export meat establishment and listed by AUS-MEAT as a packer exporter.

See the department’s Charging guidelines for details of​ levies that we charge.

Assessment process

We will assess your application for competency across three areas: technical ability as a packer or non-packer, financial standing and integrity.

Technical competency

A copy of your AUS-MEAT accreditation certificate is acceptable proof.

Financial standing

For a corporate identity, provide your Australian Company Number (ACN) as requested on the application form.

For a partnership, attach a copy of the partnership agreement.

Integrity competency

The applicant and all nominated persons listed on the application will be assessed by the department under the provisions of the Export Control Act 2020.

Further information

You can register to use our Export Documentation System (EXDOC) for electronic documents and certificates.

For queries about meat export licensing requirements, contact:

Email: Export Meat Licensing

Last reviewed: 19 May 2021
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