Horse traceability

About the National Horse Traceability Working Group

The National Horse Traceability Working Group (NHTWG) is a non-statutory committee constituted by the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting and the Australasian Racing Ministers’ Conference to provide advice on matters relating to the design and introduction of a traceability system for horses, donkeys and mules in Australia.

The NHTWG will meet regularly as required with the aim of providing recommendations for the implementation of a national horse traceability system via the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in early 2022.

Membership

The NHWTG is chaired by Mr Stuart McLean, OAM. The following organisations are represented on the Working Group:

  • Animal Health Australia
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
  • Harness Racing Australia
  • Racing Australia
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Australian Horse Industry Council
  • Equestrian Australia
  • Each State and Territory Government.

Members bring to the table a wide range of organisational and community connections.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions provides secretariat support to the National Horse Traceability Working Group.

Further information on the NHTWG is available via the Terms of Reference

Consultation on proposed Business Rules for a National Horse Traceability System is now open

The National Horse Traceability Working Group (NHTWG) is seeking feedback on proposed Business Rules. Once finalised, the Business Rules will be one component of a suite of recommendations provided by the NHTWG to Agriculture Ministers in mid-2022 for their consideration.

The business rules outline how horse traceability will be achieved across the industry, which industry roles will have specific obligations as part of the system and what movement records and record keeping will be required.

All sectors of the horse industry are invited to provide feedback on the proposed Business Rules.

Read the full consultation information.

The four-week consultation period closes on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Complete the consultation survey

Current communique

Previous editions

Reports

Marsden Jacob Associates – National Horse Traceability Project (PDF - 1.2 MB)

Marsden Jacob Associates – National Horse Traceability Project (WORD - 1.2 MB)

Please note this report was conducted independently by Marsden Jacob and commissioned by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to assess focusing on the potential role of a horse traceability system in the context of biosecurity.

For further information please email: horse.traceability@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 09 May 2022