Updates relevant to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are available below. Please note, the information was correct at the time of publication but the situation is continually evolving.
The following government websites have the latest official advice to the general community:
Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (30 March 2020)
ALEC has created a COVID-19 page on its website here
Advice for the maritime industry (30 March 2020)
Shipboard stockpersons and vets are considered part of the maritime industry for the purposes of COVID-19 travel restrictions. The latest advice on self-isolation for crews coming into Australia can be found here
Domestic border restrictions (27 March 2020)
LiveCorp has collated advice on interstate travel restrictions as they apply to the livestock export industry, here
The FarmHub website, administered by the National Farmers’ Federation, has advice on state-based border controls here
Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC)
RMAC is regularly updating a resource toolkit for red meat and livestock businesses, available on its website here
Short Term Shipboard Stockperson Accreditation (24 March 2020)
LiveCorp has introduced an alternative pathway for accreditation of shipboard stockpersons.
Information on the process is here.
LiveCorp's media release is here
The Department's latest Export Advisory Notice (EAN) on Australian Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs) and Accredited Stockpersons is here
Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (18 March 2020)
A statement from the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council is here
Expert advice on COVID-19 and animals (11 March 2020)
Expert advice suggesting that COVID-19 is not transmitted by animals is here
. However, animal owners should implement good hygiene practices where animals are kept, including washing their hands after contact with animals.