Land transport standards for horses

The Land Transport Standards apply to all people responsible for the care and management of livestock that are transported throughout the entire process including agents, transport operators and people on farms, at depots, sale yards, feedlots and processing plants. They apply to the major commercial livestock industries in Australia: cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, alpacas, poultry emus, ostriches, buffalo, deer and camels.

Livestock transport begins at the loading of livestock into a container or on to a vehicle and concludes on unloading of livestock at the final destination. There is a chain of responsibility for the welfare of livestock that begins with the owner or their agent and extends to the final receiver of the livestock.

For transporting horses throughout Australia – See the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock

Further information

Transport of horses – Australian Veterinary Association

Transport of livestock on Bass Straight – Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania) (PDF)

Health Problems and Risk Factors Associated with Long Haul Transport of Horses in Australia – Padalino et al. 2015