Approved Supply Chain Improvements Program

​​In October 2011 the Australian Government announced a range of livestock export trade reforms. Included in this announcement was the allocation of funding to the Approved Supply Chain Improvements Program.

The program provides $5 million over two years (2011-12 to 2012-13) to encourage the Australian livestock export industry investment in approved supply chains in Australian livestock export markets. At least 20 per cent of program funds ($1 million) are to be used to encourage and promote the use of stunning in the slaughter of Australian livestock exports.

Under the program, up to 25 per cent of industry investment in eligible activities undertaken to improve animal welfare in approved export supply chains will be eligible for reimbursement (i.e. the government will provide $1 for each $3 provided by industry).

Program funding will be capped at:

  • $200 000 per exporter per country with an additional $50 000 per exporter per country for stunning related activities
  • $100 000 per supply chain per country

Who is eligible?

At the time of application, the applicant will need to possess the following attributes:

  • be an Australian livestock export business entity (i.e. hold a current license to export livestock under the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997) or livestock export industry body such as Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), LiveCorp or Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC), and
  • be registered for tax purposes in Australia with a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and be headquartered in Australia

What activities qualify for funding?

Activities will be eligible for reimbursement under the program if they have been paid for and delivered on, or after, the start date of the program (21 October 2011).

Funding will be available for eligible activities in existing approved export supply chains in international markets for livestock species intended for feeding or slaughter.

Improvement activities for Australian domestic and on-ship components of a supply chain are not eligible for this program.

For comprehensive details on eligible activities, please refer to the program guidelines.

Program guidelines

These guidelines provide further details about the program, which is administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Application forms

Eligible applicants can make a claim for reimbursement by lodging a completed application form along with relevant documentary evidence to or by posting it to the following address -

Approved Supply Chain Improvements Program
Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2013.

Media releases

  • Gillard Government reforms live export trade - 21 October 2011

Contact Us

The program manager can be contacted for further information:


Post: Approved Supply Chain Improvements Program
Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61  2 6272 3300

Last reviewed:
04 Nov 2015