Exporting livestock from the NT
If you are a livestock exporter there are Federal laws you must follow to send animals out of the country.
The Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for the live animal export trade and sets the conditions and welfare standards for exporting livestock.
Go to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website for information about exporting livestock.
Identification devices for export livestock
All livestock being exported must carry a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device or transaction tag.
Read more about the NLIS.
NT property of origin health certificate
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 90 days before they are loaded onto the ship must be included in the certificate.
The certificate must be signed by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources 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. Download the form for the class of livestock you are exporting - eg: breeder, feeder/slaughter - and the country where you are sending them. The South East Asian markets property of origin health certificate can be used for shipments to Indonesia, the Philippines, Sarawak, Sabah, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Forms are available below.
Step 3. Email the completed property of origin health certificate to email@example.com. If you need a certificate outside normal business hours, or within 48 hours, call the Darwin veterinary officer or livestock biosecurity officer at Animal Biosecurity.
The completed certificate will be returned.
Template property of origin health certificate forms are available for South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, for feeder and slaughter cattle.
Templates for other countries and markets are available on request.
If you have questions or need a certificate processed urgently, contact:
Phone: (08) 8999 2035
Mobile: 0427 003 600
Fax: 08 8999 2146
Pregnancy testing of cattle
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 Primary Industry and Resources 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.
Export advisory notices
Read the following export advisory notices on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website:
- pregnancy declarations - all species
- pregnancy testing requirements for cattle
- identification and reporting of pregnancy status of cattle sourced and presented for export.
Find a pregnancy tester
Get the list of accredited pregnancy testers for export cattle.
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 and email it with supporting evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information read the process of investigation: accredited pregnancy tester non-compliance fact sheet .
Getting accredited as a pregnancy tester
You must follow these steps to get accredited as a pregnancy tester:
Step 1. Complete the training module AHCLSK408A - Pregnancy test animals. For information about the training module and course requirements, go to the Australian Government's training.gov.au website. It also lists organisations which can deliver the training.
Step 2. Apply to the department for accreditation, enclosing your course documents showing you passed. Use the accreditation for pregnancy testing feeder or slaughter cattle for export form to apply.
Step 3. Send the completed form, and course certificate, to:
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
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.
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. Include testing records for the year.
For more information get the guidelines for pregnancy testing accreditation for export .