Livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements

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The Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports is undertaking a review to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s requirements, management and decision making processes for livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements.

You are invited to provide feedback on livestock export licences and the livestock export approved arrangements framework. Your views will help the Inspector-General with this review.

Livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements

A livestock exporter must hold a livestock export licence. To apply for a licence, the exporter must meet criteria set out in the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021. The department is responsible for approving all livestock export licences.

All livestock exporters require an approved arrangement framework to be able to export livestock. An approved arrangement is submitted by the exporter and is approved by the department. It details export operations for livestock to ensure exported livestock meet:

  • the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)
  • importing country requirements
  • relevant government regulations
  • other requirements outlined in the approved arrangements guidelines.

The department approves the arrangements under the Export Control Act 2020 and Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021.

In scope for the review

The review covers the department’s requirements and activities for approving livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements, and will consider:

  • if approved arrangements are effective in achieving intended outcomes, such as reducing red tape
  • decision making process for export licences
  • approved export programs
  • compliance management and regulatory responses, including sanctions
  • export licence decision making timeframes
  • approved arrangement audit requirements and processes
  • effectiveness of approved arrangement audits
  • how approved arrangements give effect to ASEL
  • the roles and responsibilities of persons directly responsible for holding an export licence and or managing an approved arrangement
  • the extent to which current requirements support the mitigation and management of departmental risks, industry risks and animal health and welfare risks
  • the department’s processes for engagement and consultation with industry.

Note: This review will not examine approved arrangements not specific to livestock exports or cost recovery of approved arrangements.

Preparing your submission

Prior to making a submission, ensure that your submission fits within the scope of the review above.

When making a submission, the inclusion of specific examples or data, where possible, will assist the inspector-general. There is no defined format or length, but you should include a summary of your key comments if it is longer than three pages.

Have Your Say

Provide your feedback or upload a document using the online form below. If you wish to discuss this review contact iglae@awe.gov.au or call + 61 2 6272 2450

Submit your feedback by 5pm (AEDT), 14 January 2022.

The Inspector-General is independent of the department. We are using this platform to consult and collect submissions on this review. Access to your information or submissions collected through this platform is restricted.

The Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports is undertaking a review to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s requirements, management and decision making processes for livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements.

You are invited to provide feedback on livestock export licences and the livestock export approved arrangements framework. Your views will help the Inspector-General with this review.

Livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements

A livestock exporter must hold a livestock export licence. To apply for a licence, the exporter must meet criteria set out in the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021. The department is responsible for approving all livestock export licences.

All livestock exporters require an approved arrangement framework to be able to export livestock. An approved arrangement is submitted by the exporter and is approved by the department. It details export operations for livestock to ensure exported livestock meet:

  • the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)
  • importing country requirements
  • relevant government regulations
  • other requirements outlined in the approved arrangements guidelines.

The department approves the arrangements under the Export Control Act 2020 and Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021.

In scope for the review

The review covers the department’s requirements and activities for approving livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements, and will consider:

  • if approved arrangements are effective in achieving intended outcomes, such as reducing red tape
  • decision making process for export licences
  • approved export programs
  • compliance management and regulatory responses, including sanctions
  • export licence decision making timeframes
  • approved arrangement audit requirements and processes
  • effectiveness of approved arrangement audits
  • how approved arrangements give effect to ASEL
  • the roles and responsibilities of persons directly responsible for holding an export licence and or managing an approved arrangement
  • the extent to which current requirements support the mitigation and management of departmental risks, industry risks and animal health and welfare risks
  • the department’s processes for engagement and consultation with industry.

Note: This review will not examine approved arrangements not specific to livestock exports or cost recovery of approved arrangements.

Preparing your submission

Prior to making a submission, ensure that your submission fits within the scope of the review above.

When making a submission, the inclusion of specific examples or data, where possible, will assist the inspector-general. There is no defined format or length, but you should include a summary of your key comments if it is longer than three pages.

Have Your Say

Provide your feedback or upload a document using the online form below. If you wish to discuss this review contact iglae@awe.gov.au or call + 61 2 6272 2450

Submit your feedback by 5pm (AEDT), 14 January 2022.

The Inspector-General is independent of the department. We are using this platform to consult and collect submissions on this review. Access to your information or submissions collected through this platform is restricted.

  • You are invited to provide feedback on livestock export licences and the livestock export approved arrangements framework.

    You can use this form to upload your submission or leave comments (up to 500 words).

    Before you make a submission, please read the description of what is in scope for the livestock export licences and livestock export approved arrangements review.

    Submissions close on 5pm (AEDT), 14 January 2022.

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