Licence to Export Meat - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to export meat from Australia. This licence entitles you to send meat overseas for sale.

This licence entitles you to export fresh or preserved flesh of:

  • cattle or calves
  • sheep / mutton and lambs
  • goats
  • other animals.

Meat 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.

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 you 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
  • if applying as an individual, supply an audited statement of your assets and liabilities
  • provide a copy of the accreditation certificate issued to you by the relevant standards body
  • 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
  • different requirements may apply depending on the breed of animal to be exported.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Application Information about the EXDOC Application System (Opens in new window)
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Departmental Charging Guidelines - PDF (Opens in new window)

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

Application process


Please note that applications for this licence go through the Department's EXDOC online application system. In order to use this system, you have to download a third party software package.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.