Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017
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, to provide compensation for certain livestock losses, and to facilitate 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.
Important changes to the regulations
On 1 July 2017 the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017 commenced, replacing the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006. These new regulations introduced some important changes for the livestock industry in Victoria.
These changes include
- regulations to support the electronic identification of sheep and goats
- introduction of mandatory traceability requirements for the Victoria pork industry
- incorporation of requirements previously contained within certain Orders and Notices made under the Act
- other administrative changes to reduce unnecessary regulatory and administrative burden and support improved industry practice
A copy of the Regulations can be found at Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents. At the site, click on Victorian Law Today to search for the Act and Regulations.
For more information on the Regulations please contact the Animal Biosecurity policy team on 9217 4200.