Horse traceability

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 has met regularly as required with the aim of providing recommendations for the implementation of a national horse traceability system via the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in the coming months.

Final Report to Agriculture Ministers Meeting (AMM)

The NHTWG finalised its report and recommendations after considering the diverse range of purposes for which horses are kept in Australia, current biosecurity threats and the cost of various NHTS design options.

The report was tabled at the AMM meeting on 7 December 2022.

AMM issued a communique on 9 December 2022 which included their consideration of the NHTWG’s paper. AMM endorsed the NHTWG’s recommended approach to development of a horse traceability system. A National Horse Traceability Implementation Taskforce, led by industry representatives, will be formed to oversee the implementation and operation of the traceability system on behalf of the jurisdictions.

Further updates will be provided as work progresses.

Download the final report

The National Horse Traceability Working Group report to AMM (PDF - 8.0 MB)

The National Horse Traceability Working Group report to AMM (WORD - 1.1 MB)

The National Horse Traceability Working Group flyer (PDF - 597.9 KB)

The National Horse Traceability Working Group flyer (WORD - 36.5 KB)

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

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

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.

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

This report was conducted independently by Marsden Jacob and commissioned by DJPR to assess focusing on the potential role of a horse traceability system in the context of biosecurity.

Frequently asked questions

The National Horse Traceability Working Group has developed a list of commonly asked questions and answers specific to horse traceability in the context of a National Horse Traceability System.

More information

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Page last updated: 09 Feb 2023