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Articles about ESCAS

Australia Leads the World in Livestock Export

Sheep on board a livestock export ship.

Sheep on board a livestock export ship.

By Alison Penfold

The Australian livestock export industry has become a world leader in terms of the quality of livestock it supplies, its efficiency and animal welfare.

Australia has exported livestock to overseas markets for more than 50 years. The livestock export industry is an important component of the Australian agricultural sector, contributing an average of $1 billion in export earnings annually to the national economy.

The industry employs approximately 13,000 people, mainly in regional and rural Australia, and provides significant employment opportunities to indigenous people across northern Australia.

Animal Export Regulation the Key to Best Outcomes for All

Live export

The introduction of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in 2011 is the most significant reform the live export industry has ever seen.

By Phillip Glyde

The introduction of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in 2011 is the most significant reform the live export industry has ever seen.

The topic of live animal export stirs strong emotions. It is for good reason too, as it covers important considerations such as the welfare of animals and the livelihood of Australians working in rural and regional communities.

The Australian Government has a responsibility to everyone involved in the trade – the farmers and exporters who rely on the trade for their income, the exported animals that rely on us to ensure their welfare, and the broader Australian community that rely on us to enforce standards that reflect their values.