Livestock Export Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to export meat or live animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, buffalo and camels.

Livestock that is exported under this licence must be fit for human consumption. An exporter must apply for a separate approval for each consignment to be exported.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Provide evidence that all applicants are of sound financial standing and possess the necessary competence and integrity required to operate within the industry;
  • If applying as a body corporate, supply confirmation of incorporation; or
  • If applying as an individual, supply an audited statement of your assets and liabilities; and
  • State the type of livestock to be exported and the mode of transport to be used.

Please note that:

  • Other documentation may be required as part of your application; and
  • Different requirements may apply depending on the breed of animal to be exported.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Between one to five years.



Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Act(s) name

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Australian Meat and Live-Stock Industry (Export Licensing) Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Operating address:
18 Marcus Clarke Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1800 900 090


02 6272 3933

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