Moving and exporting livestock
Exporting livestock from the NT
Strict border controls now apply in the Northern Territory. For more information go to the coronavirus (COVID-19 website).
If you're a livestock exporter, there are Federal laws you must follow to send animals out of the country.
The Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for the live animal export trade and sets the conditions and welfare standards for exporting livestock.
For information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.
All livestock being exported must carry a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device or transaction tag.
Read more about the NLIS.
You must have a property of origin health certificate to export livestock from the Northern Territory (NT).
This certificate is a declaration that the property where the livestock have been held before export is free of disease.
Any property where the stock have been kept during the 30 days before they are loaded onto the ship must be included in the certificate.
The certificate must be signed by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade delegate.
How to get a property of origin health certificate
You must follow the steps below to get a property of origin health certificate issued before you can load live cattle for export:
Step 1. Choose the form for the class of livestock you're exporting.
For feeder / slaughter cattle and buffalo shipments to Indonesia, the Philippines, Sarawak, Sabah, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, use:
- property of origin health certificate: feeder / slaughter cattle and buffalo shipments
- property of origin health certificate: feeder / slaughter cattle and buffalo shipments .
For productive cattle shipments to Indonesia, use:
- property of origin health certificate: productive cattle shipments to Indonesia
- property of origin health certificate: productive cattle shipments to Indonesia .
You can also request templates for other countries and markets by emailing email@example.com.
Step 2. Fill in the form
You must also check the listed statements satisfy the importing country protocol. The exporter is responsible for ensuring that all required declarations are listed on the certificate.
Step 3. Submit your form
You can email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a certificate outside normal business hours, or within 48 hours, call the Darwin veterinary officer or livestock biosecurity officer.
Exporters will be charged for issued property of origin certificates on a monthly basis. Read about biosecurity service fees.
If you have questions or need a certificate processed urgently, contact:
Some countries require female cattle to be certified as not pregnant before they are exported.
In the NT, pregnancy testing must be done by either registered vets or people accredited as pregnancy testers by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade after formal training.
Guidelines for accreditation
If you want to get accredited as a competent non-veterinary pregnancy tester for pregnancy testing slaughter and feeder cattle for export from Northern Territory, read the guidelines:
Getting accredited as a pregnancy tester
You must follow these steps to get accredited as a pregnancy tester:
Step 1. Fill in the training module AHCLSK408A - Pregnancy test animals
For information about the training module and course requirements, go to the Australian Government's training website.
It also lists organisations which can deliver the training.
Step 2. Apply to the department for accreditation
You must send us your course documents showing you passed.
Use the accreditation for pregnancy testing feeder or slaughter cattle for export form to apply:
Step 3. Submit your completed form and course certificate to:
Animal Biosecurity Branch
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Fax: 08 8999 2146
Once you are accredited
If your application is accepted, you will receive a certificate containing an accreditation number. You must use this number when you certify export cattle are not pregnant.
Your accreditation lasts for three years, providing you meet the following competency requirements:
- you test an average of at least 500 cattle per year over a three-year period
- you report your testing activity to the department every year
- you undertake pregnancy testing for export purposes.
Use the annual pregnancy testing activity form and template to record and report your testing activity:
- Annual pregnancy testing activity template
- Annual pregnancy testing activity template
- Annual pregnancy testing activity report
- Annual pregnancy testing activity report .
Making a complaint about incorrect certification
If a certifier incorrectly declares an animal is not pregnant at the time of testing, an exporter can make a complaint to the department.
To make a complaint, fill in the form below and email it with supporting evidence to email@example.com:
For more information, read the process of investigation: accredited pregnancy tester non-compliance fact sheet .
Renew your accreditation
To renew your accreditation, apply to the department using the accreditation renewal for pregnancy testing feeder or slaughter cattle for export form.
You must include testing records for the year.
For more information get the guidelines for pregnancy testing accreditation for export .
Export advisory notices
Read the following export advisory notices on the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website:
Last updated: 28 September 2020
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