THE Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has updated the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, ASEL 3.2.

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

The department said the update focuses on reducing ambiguity and improving readability and usability of the standards.

“Changes should support industry operations whilst maintaining animal welfare standards,” DAWE said in a statement.

“[The] ASEL 3.2 changes reflect stakeholder feedback received since the introduction of ASEL 3.0 in November 2020 and from public consultation on the draft ASEL 3.2 during September and October 2021.”

The department said complex issues that were unable to be addressed in the update have been recorded for engagement and review in separate processes.