AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters have welcomed confirmation that the Federal Government will conduct a formal review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).
ASEL governs the handling of animals in Australia’s livestock export supply chain from selection on-farm through pre-export preparation, quarantine and transport to the point of discharge in the importing country.
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council CEO Simon Westaway said the ASEL review process would include the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
“That Committee will ultimately provide recommendations to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), as part of a process which ALEC believes will provide outcome-based standards, backed by sound scientific evidence,” Mr Westaway said.
“ALEC has previously called for a formal review of ASEL and we endorse the approach being undertaken.”