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:
There are also extensive links and resources through the following organisations:
COVID-19 on livestock export vessel Al Kuwait (27 May 2020)
The exporter, Rural Export and Trading (WA), has released a statement
The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council has released a statement
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has released a statement
Testing of animals for COVID-19 (19 May 2020)
There have been no reports of the SARS CoV-2 virus infection in pets, livestock or wildlife in Australia. Australia's Animal Health Committee has updated its policy statement.
Availability of vets and stockpersons (14 April 2020)
LiveCorp has contacted all LiveCorp Accredited Stockpersons and Australian Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs) regarding their current availability to join vessels, and updated the lists available in the members section of its website.
LiveCorp Zero Contact Supply Chain infographic (7 April 2020)
LiveCorp has compiled suggestions on how the livestock export supply chain can continue to operate, while minimising person-to-person contact. It is available in English, Bahasa and Filipino. Find it here
Kimberley region travel restrictions (2 April 2020)
People must stay in their local government area within the Kimberley region of WA. More details 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
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.