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About

LiveCorp is the not-for-profit industry service provider, and research and development body, for Australia’s livestock export industry.

Overview

The Australian Livestock Export Corporation Ltd (LiveCorp) was established in 1998 to provide services to licenced exporters of Australian cattle, sheep and goats. It is funded through statutory levies which are invested in research, development and extension (RD&E) and marketing services (promotion of animal welfare standards and preference for Australian livestock).

Farmers are an essential part of the livestock export supply chain, and LiveCorp partners with the rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for red meat producers, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), through the Livestock Export Program (LEP). This partnership provides in-market services such as capacity building and market intelligence, and manages R&D projects.

LiveCorp works closely with livestock exporters and other industry participants to continuously improve performance in animal health and welfare, boost supply chain efficiency, and maintain and grow market access.

LiveCorp also manages the training and accreditation of stock handlers responsible for the care and management of livestock on board livestock export vessels, through the Shipboard Stockperson Accreditation Program.

LiveCorp's vision

Driving world-leading research, development and extension, supported by innovative services, that underpins the sustainability of the livestock export sector as a trusted, valued and connected contributor to animal health and welfare.

LiveCorp funding

Beef cattle exported live from Australia attract a cattle (exporters) charge, while sheep, lambs and goats that are exported live from Australia attract a livestock (exporters) charge, paid by the person who owns the animals at the time of export from Australia.

The funds are paid to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and distributed to LiveCorp. A proportion is allocated to research and development (R&D), and a proportion to marketing.

  • Cattle (other than dairy cattle) = 0.9523c per kilogram

    • Marketing = 0.7936 cents per kilogram

    • R&D 0.1587 cents per kilogram

  • Goats = 50c per head

    • Marketing = 40 cents per head

    • R&D = 10 cents per head

  • Sheep and lambs = 60 cents per head

    • Marketing = 50 cents per head

    • R&D = 10 cents per head

Dairy cattle are exempt from the mandatory export charges, but industry agreed in 2006 to pay LiveCorp a voluntary fee for dairy cattle exported live from Australia. This currently stands at $6 per head.

A process is underway to introduce a mandatory dairy export charge, which will also be $6 per head.

The majority of rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) are eligible to receive matching Australian Government funds for the R&D proportion of the levies paid. LiveCorp receives this funding by pooling its R&D levies through an arrangement with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the RDC for cattle, sheep and goat farmers, through the Livestock Export Program (LEP).

Frequently asked questions about LiveCorp

Can LiveCorp help me export animals?

No, LiveCorp does not export livestock – it is the service provider for licenced Australian exporters of sheep, cattle, buffalo and goats.

There is a trade enquiry form that allows you to fill in details about the livestock you want exported and the destination. Our members can access that information and will get in touch if they are interested in learning more.

Note that livestock cannot be exported to every country, and that our industry does not export pets or other types of livestock (such as horses, pig and chickens).

What’s the difference between LiveCorp and ALEC?

The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) is the peak body representing the livestock export industry. It is responsible for developing policy and advocating on behalf of the industry.

LiveCorp does not engage in any agri-political activity. It is the research body and service provider for the livestock export industry.

LiveCorp provides ALEC with technical advice and research to support industry issues and the development of policies on behalf of the industry.

Who regulates the industry?

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is the regulator of the Australian livestock export industry and responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation.

As the regulator, the department approves export licences; ensures exporters have and properly implement ‘Approved Arrangements’ which outline the process to prepare and certify livestock ready for export, as well as risk management plans; oversee the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS); provide accreditation for veterinarians to travel on livestock ships; puts Independent Observers on ships; requires audits to be carried out of all overseas facilities, such as feedlots and abattoirs, which receive Australian livestock; and investigates any breaches of the regulations.

LiveCorp supports licenced exporters in ensuring compliance with regulations as well as improving animal welfare standards, but is not responsible for enforcing the rules.

How can I apply for a job or work placement at LiveCorp?

LiveCorp is a small organisation, so there are limited opportunities for employment or work placement. To discuss options, please email livecorp@livecorp.com.au or phone 02 9929 6755. If you are seeking employment or a work placement with a livestock exporter, you will need to contact them separately.

LiveCorp membership

All licenced Australian livestock exporters are eligible to become a member of LiveCorp, at no charge. Associate membership is available to organisations and individuals who contribute to the livestock export industry, for an annual fee.

LiveCorp is in regular contact with members over the phone and through email updates about changes to regulation, government reviews, and issues affecting the industry. Members also have access to content on the website not available to the general public, including tools and training materials, trade enquiries, submissions and contact details for LiveCorp Accredited Stockpersons and Australian Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs).

Active exporter members are entitled to full voting rights regarding resolutions at general meetings.

LiveCorp provides industry stakeholders with news and information through the LEP Update e-newsletter; an opportunity to provide input into research, development and extension (RD&E) priorities and access to final reports; and technical advice and support through the Livestock Export Program’s in-market managers and industry services team.

To become a member of LiveCorp, complete an application form or email livecorp@livecorp.com.au.

Industry collaboration

LiveCorp consults and works closely with exporters, livestock industry representatives and the Australian Government. The greatest levels of collaboration are with the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).


Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council

The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) is the national peak industry council representing the livestock export industry and responsible for developing industry policy. Its members may include licensed livestock exporters and other participants in the supply chain, such as farmers, transport operators, equipment suppliers and stock handlers. It also has state chapters, whose membership may include a variety of participants in the livestock export industry.

LiveCorp provides ALEC with technical advice and research to support industry issues and the development of policies on behalf of the industry.

ALEC is funded by membership fees and an arrangement administered by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC).


Meat & Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), like LiveCorp, is a rural research and development corporation. It is the service provider for Australian sheep, cattle and goat farmers, and invests in domestic and international red meat marketing campaigns, as well as research, development and extension (RD&E).

In recognition of the vital role farmers play in the livestock export supply chain, LiveCorp and MLA jointly invest some of their levies through the Livestock Export Program (LEP), which receives matching Australian Government funds for research.

The LEP has a team of in-market managers who provide information, support and advice to Australian exporters, and to both government representatives and industry participants in countries which import Australian livestock. The LEP also manages the research program for the livestock export industry, which allocates around 70% of its budget to animal welfare-related projects.

Chief Executive Officer

Sam Brown

Mr Brown has led LiveCorp's small and highly dedicated team since 2012. He has extensive experience in strategy development, research and project design, corporate affairs, crisis management and stakeholder extension and adoption planning.

Board of Directors

Troy Setter

Chairman
Mr Setter is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Ltd (CPC), Australia’s largest private beef producer with two feedlots in Indonesia.

Lisa Dwyer

Non-executive director
Mrs Dwyer is a primary producer in Purnim in Western Victoria, operating a successful dairy operation with a beef and dairy heifer export enterprise.

Angus Adnam

Non-executive director
Mr Adnam was an Australian livestock exporter with an extensive background in the red meat and livestock sector, trade finance and international marketing and government relations.

Michael Gordon

Non-executive director
Mr Gordon has over 38 years’ experience as an exporter, feedlot and ship operator, principally to Middle Eastern markets.

David Galvin

Ex-Officio Director
Mr Galvin is Chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) as well as a former director and Chair of LiveCorp.

Governance

Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

The Strategic Plan sets out the five key objectives that will guide LiveCorp's activities and budgets through 2016 - 2020.

Annual Reports

The Annual Report highlights the company's activities and achievements, reporting against the Annual Operational Plan for the financial year.

Annual Operational Plan

The Annual Report highlights the company's activities and achievements, reporting against the Annual Operational Plan for the financial year.

Funding Agreement

LiveCorp administers statutory levies on behalf of industry as detailed in its Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth.

Performance Review

The Funding Agreement (FA) requires an external consultant to conduct an independent Review of Performance to provide exporters with an independent assessment of LiveCorp's performance.

Evaluation Framework

The Evaluation Framework facilitates the planning and reporting of LiveCorp's progress against its Strategic Plan.

Statement of board operations

The Statement of Board Operations outlines the duties of the LiveCorp Board.

Corporate governance statement

LiveCorp’s corporate governance practices are based on the Australian Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Council (ASXCGC) principles.

Corporate governance committees

LiveCorp has two corporate governance committees, which hold essential governance functions in assisting and selecting the LiveCorp Board.

Fraud and corruption control statement

LiveCorp is committed to maintaining a culture of honesty and integrity, and fostering an ethical work environment and culture.

Whistleblower policy

LiveCorp has a whistleblower policy for protecting persons reporting any genuine concerns about wrongdoing.