News

03 May 2022

Rural Export and Trading (WA) Pty Ltd RETWA advised the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment, as the industry’s regulator, of an incident that occurred at an Omani importer’s feedlot on Friday Night 29th April 2022. Once the circumstances were ascertained, the exporter immediately self-reported the incident to DAWE on 2 May 2022.

07 December 2021

Nutrien Ag Solutions and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) are pleased to announce the launch of Corporate Travel Insurance for the live export industry.

Nutrien Ag Solutions Insurance Manager for the South East Chris Agnew, presented the policy to ALEC Members, stock people and live export vets this past fortnight.

10 November 2021

Nutrien Ag Solutions and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Livestock Exporter Young Achiever of the Year Award is Kari Moffat. Kari is the Animal Welfare Assurance manager for AUSTREX, an Executive Board member of Queensland Livestock Exporters Association (QLEA), and the current Chair of the Young Livestock Exporters Network (YLEN).

08 September 2021

The three-year corporate partnership will provide support for the peak industry body representing Australia's livestock export sector and champion it’s mission to lead the growth of the sector through continuous improvement to business, environmental and welfare standards. 

“Nutrien Ag Solutions is pleased to continue our partnership with the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC). Collaboration is at the core of ALEC’s work, and we are excited to continue to work together to secure this important industry’s standing with the Australian public, said Rob Clayton, Managing Director, Nutrien Ag Solutions.

06 August 2021

Australians being duped by plant-based labelling

Research published today shows the majority of Australians are being tricked by misleading plant-based protein packaging, and 73 percent believe clearer labelling standards need to be introduced.

02 August 2021

Rural Export & Trading (WA) Pty Ltd (RETWA) has been contacted by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) regarding an alleged Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) non-compliance during this year’s Eid Al Adha related to Australian sheep being removed from the approved UAE Dubai livestock market supply chain facility.

29 July 2021

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) as required under the ESCAS guidelines has advised that on the 28 July 2021 a third party has reported non-compliant handling and slaughter at an approved facility in Jordan.

16 July 2021

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has been advised by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) of an Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) breach involving the non-compliant slaughter of cattle in seven Indonesian abattoirs.

14 April 2021

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) expresses its sympathies with its New Zealand colleagues today following news that the New Zealand Government will phase out livestock exports over the next two years.

07 April 2021

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) welcomes the opening of livestock exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a 10-year hiatus. ALEC would like to thank the work of Minister Littleproud, his office and industry bodies, in securing this important market.

10 March 2021

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Councils (ALEC) comments regarding the latest Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) have been made to highlight the very significant increases in regulatory costs that are currently forecast by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

03 February 2021

Cambridge Global Payments Announces New Endorsement Partnership with Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council. The partnership will provide ALEC members access to foreign currency exchange and cross-border payment solutions.

29 October 2020

Nutrien Ag Solutions and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Young Livestock Exporter Achiever of the Year Award, HALLEEN Australasian Livestock Traders ESCAS Manager Patrick Coole. Nutrien Ag Solutions’ South East Region Livestock Lead Adam Mountjoy made the announcement at the ALEC virtual Members meeting on Thursday 29 October.

21 August 2020

This week the South East Australian Livestock Services (SEALS) has self-reported instances of non-compliance in Indonesia to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE).

13 August 2020

During this year’s Eid Al Adha Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) was made aware of an Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) non-compliance that related to Australian sheep leaving approved supply chain facilities.

11 August 2020

Australian exporters of cattle to Indonesia are reviewing their supply chains, following a complaint to the regulator alleging non-compliant slaughter of Australian cattle in Indonesia.

17 June 2020

Rural Export and Trading (WA) Pty Ltd (RETWA) has today received approval to load the Al Kuwait.

16 June 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) welcomes the Federal Court’s decision that allows the exemption for sheep to be exported on the MV Al Kuwait to stand. 

05 June 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) is disappointed by the announcement from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), rejecting an application for the export of 56,000 sheep to the Middle East.

26 May 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) understands that the MV Al Kuwait recently returned to Australia from the Gulf and had reported that some of the crew members felt ill with slight flu like symptoms.

01 April 2020

Australia’s red meat and livestock industry has welcomed the appointment of an International Freight Coordinator General and a $110 million dollar promise by the Australian government to fly Aussie red meat first class to customers around the world. All bodies in Australia’s 80,000 business strong red meat and livestock supply chain have welcomed the International Freight Assistance Mechanism designed at servicing high end protein markets as public health measures are rolled out globally in the fight against COVID-19.

31 March 2020

The announcement today on the new restrictions put in place for the live sheep export trade to the Middle East enables exporters to make commitments and secure livestock in order to provide our global partners' food security.

30 March 2020

Updates relevant to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are available below. As the situation evolves ALEC will update the information on this page and this information is current as of 15 January 2021.

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are focused on managing and minimising the impact that government actions and responses will have on the continuity and operation of the industry. Red Meat Advisory Councils (RMAC) Sunday Roundup April 2020 here Meat & Livestock Australia industry advice here

25 March 2020

The latest news for the red meat industry and what you need to know as of the 29 March 2020 is available here

Australia’s red meat and livestock industry held its second virtual round table yesterday to ensure all parts of the supply chain adapt to the evolving COVID-19 response and ensure high quality and nutritious meat for all Australians.

18 March 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) will continue to work closely with the Department and exporters to ensure the operation of the trade can continue as the situation evolves and measures are put in place to manage the outbreak and containment of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

10 March 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) would like to respond to the article released by the Maritime Executive titled “Cattle Suffering “Appalling” on China Voyage from the recent release of the Independent Observer Report 55 (IO 55).

13 February 2020

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) would like to thank and acknowledge the incredible work of the Hon Simon Crean who chaired his last board meeting in Darwin this week.

16 December 2019

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Australian Dairy Farmers and Australian Livestock and Property Agents today wrote to the Hon Jaclyn Symes Minister for Agriculture expressing concern regarding the reported incidents of fraudulent tagging of cattle in Victoria.

06 November 2019

Landmark International and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council congratulates John Cunnington on winning the 2019 Young Achiever of the year

John Cunnington HALLEEN Business Development and Marketing Assessment Manager has been recognised as the 2019 livestock export industry’s Young Achiever of the Year. Mr Cunnington was named as the winner of the award at the LIVEXchange Gala Dinner in Townsville on the 31 October. 

26 September 2019

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) welcomes the resumption of trade this week after an extended trade moratorium. The industry has seen major reform in the last 12 months accepting all recommendations from reviews and the industry lead moratorium during the Northern Summer period.

23 September 2019

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) supports and welcomes the bill passing last week to establish the Inspector-General for Live Animal Exports. This legislation is further proof of this government’s continued commitment to supporting, sustaining and improving the trade.

10 September 2019

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) supports and welcomes today’s bill passed in the Senate to establish the Inspector General for Live Animal Exports. This legislation is further proof of this government’s continued commitment to supporting and improving the trade.

10 September 2019

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) is aware of a recent incident in which four Australian cattle have been slaughtered in a breach of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

31 July 2019

 The Minister’s introduction of the Bill to establish the Inspector General for Live Animal Exports today reflects clear alignment in terms of industry reform and enhancing regulatory transparency.

31 July 2019

Animal welfare is the key priority for the livestock export industry and Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC), member exporters go to great lengths in their voyage preparation to ensure that animal welfare is of the highest standard.

04 July 2019

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has released five Export Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) non-compliance reports. Several reports detail high numbers of cattle leaked from approved supply chains in the Vietnamese market. 

08 April 2019

COMMENT By MARK HARVEY-SUTTON

THIS week marks 12 months since the release of shocking images of Australian sheep on livestock export vessel, the Awassi Express.

04 April 2019

THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council supports the initiative taken by its exporter member Wellard with regard to its dairy heifer export program to Sri Lanka, including the extension of its technical support program beyond the contracted period to prevent ongoing or future animal welfare risks.

19 March 2019

THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has welcomed today’s release of the Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) final report for sea transport.

03 March 2019

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters and producers will benefit from the significant gains to be ushered in via the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-A CEPA), completed today in Jakarta.

23 January 2019

Comment by the Hon Simon Crean

My agreement in 2014 to chair the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council was conditional on the commitment by industry to significant and ongoing improvement in animal welfare practices.

07 January 2019

AUSTRALIAN Livestock Exporters’ Council independent chairman Simon Crean has today written to ALEC members and industry stakeholders to announce the organisation has appointed a new chief executive officer.

13 December 2018

 THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council is consulting with sheep producers and other supply chain stakeholders following the release today by the Federal Department of Agriculture & Water Resources of the draft report on the Heat Stress Risk Assessment for live sheep exports.