PUBLIC consultation on the first stage of the Australian Standards for the export of Livestock (ASEL) review has opened.
DAWR deputy secretary Malcolm Thompson has invited livestock exporters, animal welfare groups, producer groups and members of the public to provide input.
“The current ASEL standards have underpinned very strong animal welfare outcomes, with the mortality rate for Australian livestock exported by sea on a downward trend since 2006,” he said.
“This review is ensuring any potential updates to the standards are informed by the best possible evidence and those with relevant experience.”
The review is to be conducted in stages; stage one is seeking feedback on a proposed new format for the standards, along with key issues that should be addressed in subsequent stages of the review.
DAWR plans for each stage to take six to eight months.