Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017
Help us protect Victoria's livestock industries from the impacts of animal diseases and maintain and enhance market access for livestock and livestock products.
The Livestock Disease Control Regulations (the Regulations) operate under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (the Act) to provide requirements to protect Victorian livestock from disease and to maintain and enhance domestic and international market access. The legislation also aims to protect public health by preventing diseases that are transmissible to humans, providing compensation for certain livestock losses, and facilitating the operation of livestock traceability systems for the purposes of market access and disease and residue control.
The Regulations provide requirements, infringement offences and penalties relating to:
- the testing, notification, and prevention of livestock diseases
- the identification and movement of livestock
- the import of livestock, livestock products, fodder and fittings into Victoria
- the seizure and disposal of certain livestock, fodder, and fittings
- compensation claims.
The Regulations affect a variety of livestock industry stakeholders, including:
- Primary producers: Primary producers (including hobby producers and people who own livestock as pets) breed and raise livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, alpacas, bees and aquaculture.
- Stock and station agents: Stock and station agents act as brokers for primary producers and sell livestock via private sales, from farm to farm, private auctions, directly to abattoirs, or through saleyards.
- Saleyards: Primary producers and stock agents use saleyards to buy and sell livestock. Livestock can be sold based on weight or numbers.
- Abattoirs/knackeries: Abattoirs and knackeries slaughter livestock and process animal carcasses into meat and meat-related products.
- Operators of agricultural shows: Operators of agricultural shows work throughout the state at various times throughout the year.
The Regulations will sunset (or cease to operate) on 18 December 2017. As a consequence, the Regulations are being reviewed to justify that a regulatory approach is the best option to protect Victoria's livestock industries and to maintain and enhance market access for livestock and livestock products.
This process is being managed through a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) which is now available for public comment.
Have your say!
Public comment is now being sought for the RIS to help ensure Victoria's livestock industries remain protected and continue to grow into the future.
Head to engage.vic.gov.au to read the relevant documents and make your submission. You can make a submission online, by email or by post.
Find out more
If you would like more information about the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017 or the Regulation Impact Statement, please visit our Engage Victoria website or contact the Animal Biosecurity Policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9217 4390 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm).