Frequently Asked Questions
Who is LiveCorp? What do you do?
The Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) is a not-for-profit industry service provider. LiveCorp is funded through statutory levies contributed by livestock exporters.
LiveCorp works closely with industry stakeholders to continuously improve performance in animal health and welfare, supply chain efficiency and market access through the provision of technical services and research, development and extension (RD&E). LiveCorp is also responsible for training on-board stockpersons.
What is the difference between LiveCorp and ALEC?
The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) is the national peak council body representing the livestock export industry, through which LiveCorp consults with industry and exporters. ALEC is responsible for developing industry policy.
LiveCorp is the company responsible for industry service delivery. It is funded through statutory levies and is accountable to industry members under a constitution, and to the Australian Government under a Statutory Funding Agreement.
How do I export livestock?
To export livestock from Australia you first need to be a licenced livestock exporter. There are then a list of processes and regulatory requirements which need to be met.
Further details on the processes and regulatory requirements for livestock exports can be found at the following Department of Agriculture and Water Resources websites:
How can I become a licensed livestock exporter?
Exporters of livestock are required to be licensed by the Australian government. Enquiries should be directed to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 1800 900 090 or refer to the website.
Where can I export livestock?
Principal export markets with current health protocols include:
Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, China, Egypt, Israel, Malaysia, Qatar, UAE, Singapore.
Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Brunei, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Qatar, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, Jordan.
China, Russia, Pakistan and other South East Asian markets.
Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Singapore, UAE.
Exporting livestock to other markets may be achieved by obtaining a valid import permit from the destination country. All import permits need to be assessed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to ensure the disease and health conditions are able to be met and certified.
How can I contact an exporter?
You can contact an exporter by submitting a Trade Inquiry direct to licensed exporters on this website, or by searching for their details online. As a service provider, LiveCorp is unable to provide contact details to individuals, however all trade enquiries are automatically sent to all LiveCorp members.
Can you send me a list of Licensed Livestock Exporters?
As a service provider LiveCorp is unable to send out a list of licensed livestock exporters for privacy reasons. However, you can do an online search for Australian livestock export companies and most of them are listed.
Can LiveCorp help me buy livestock?
No, LiveCorp can not help you buy livestock. However, if you are looking to purchase livestock for live export from Australia we suggest you submit a Trade Inquiry direct to licensed exporters. They will be able to provide you with a quote specific to your request.
Where can I find a list of Registered Premises / Approved Premises?
Licensed premises are approved by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Please contact 1800 900 090.
Where can I find details on ASEL and ESCAS?
The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) came into effect in December 2004. The standards outline the basic animal health and welfare requirements for the livestock export industry from farm through to the discharge of animals in the country of destination. ASEL also incorporates stringent reporting requirements for exporters to ensure the Australian Government can monitor animal health and welfare throughout a voyage and respond to emergency situations if they arise. More information can be found here.
The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was first implemented in July 2011 and as of January 2013 applies to Australian livestock exported for feeder and/or slaughter purposes. ESCAS was designed to improve the welfare of exported Australian livestock and has delivered significant and extensive changes within the industry. More information can be found at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.
How can I complete the Stockperson’s Course? When is the next course?
It is a condition under the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) that all stockpersons accompanying livestock on sea voyages be accredited by LiveCorp. The LiveCorp Stockperson’s course is an intensive course run over 4 days. As places are limited, to secure a place a completed application form together with full payment must be submitted to LiveCorp once the next course has been announced.
Find out when the next course is here.
For more information about the Stockperson’s Course, read the Frequently Asked Questions here.
What Research, Development and Extension does LiveCorp do?
LiveCorp, through the Livestock Export Program (LEP) invests in RD&E to enhance the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the livestock export industry and to support an industry culture of continuous innovation, improvement and growth.
Over 70% of the LEP’s investment in RD&E is in animal welfare. Approximately 20% of the RD&E investment is targeted at projects that aim to enhance the livestock export industry’s supply chain capability and risk management profile, with the remaining 10% targeted toward projects that support improved market access and development for Australian livestock.
Published RD&E reports can be found here.
What is LiveCorp doing to improve animal welfare in the live export industry?
LiveCorp has a number of programs directed at ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare are maintained within the industry. LiveCorp and the LEP (Livestock Export Program jointly funded with Meat and Livestock Australia) are strongly committed to undertaking research and providing services to support the industry to continuously improve the health and welfare of Australian livestock in the live export supply chains.
Activities undertaken include:
- Research and Development
- Technical and project activities in destination countries
- Quality support services to the Australian industry
- Animal handling training and education
Individual exporters also undertake animal welfare activities in-market, such as providing stun guns and education on how to use them.
Over the past four years the LEP has trained 9167 people worldwide in animal welfare, handling and management.
I am a student, how do I seek work placement with LiveCorp?
As LiveCorp is a small organisation, there are only a limited number of roles that are appropriate for work placement. If you would like to discuss options, please email [email protected] or phone (02) 9929 6755.
If you are seeking work placement with exporters, you will need to contact them separately.