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Current research tenders

Opportunities to partner with LiveCorp and the LEP RD&E Program on research, development and extension projects for the livestock export industry are listed on this page. Suitably qualified individuals and organisations should read and respond to the Terms of Reference for each tender.

For more information on specific tenders or research generally, contact Nick Baker, RD&E Manager on +61 (2) 9929 6755 or nbaker@livecorp.com.au.

To be notified when a tender is released, please email nbaker@livecorp.com.au.


Comparison of Australian and international airfreight welfare requirements

Multiple air freight live export standards currently apply to Australian livestock exporters, primarily the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) domestically, and theInternational Aviation Transport Association (IATA) internationally. The requirements of these standards vary, as does the onerousness of meeting their requirements. It is universally accepted that a better understanding of standards results in better compliance and in this case, better welfare outcomes achieved.

It is a high priority for the air freight livestock export industry to seek the harmonisation of welfare regulation, air export and freight standards to achieve better animal welfare outcomes to simplify and streamline regulatory compliance. It is also important for the purpose of clear transparency of animal welfare throughout the welfare supply chain.

The Livestock Export Program is seeking a suitably qualified consultant to deliver the Terms of Reference. Proposals are due by 5pm Friday 5 November 2021.


Develop observer training material for shipboard animal welfare surveillance

The multifaceted nature of animal welfare means there are many contributors to an animal’s welfare status (e.g., nutrition, health, environment, behaviour, mental status), and there are many ways for animals to display their welfare status to observers. This complexity brings a recording and interpretive challenge.

Research by the Livestock Export Program (LEP) developed a list of critical welfare indicators. However, there has not been agreement on how indicators should be recorded and interpreted. Industry is now developing a pragmatic and effective welfare recording and monitoring system for the trade around this minimal critical list of indicators in close consultation with industry, stakeholders and the regulator. Training for livestock observers in this set of critical indicators is now required to allow effective delivery of a working animal-welfare-focused system.

The Livestock Export Program is seeking a suitably qualified consultant to deliver the Terms of Reference. Proposals are due by 5pm Friday 5 November 2021.