Joint Media Release – 6 May 2024

For immediate release

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and TruckSafe announces carriage of Animal Welfare Accreditation

Working with the TruckSafe Board, ALRTA will review, design, and relaunch a world class Animal Welfare Accreditation program for the road transport of animals within Australia in partnership with NTI.

This agreement comes after several months of consultation, reaching agreement that ALRTA is best placed to manage and maintain on-road animal welfare accreditation for those participating in the livestock supply chain in Australia.  The new program will be developed in partnership with NTI and will support consigners, transporters and consignees meet their driver and animal welfare obligations.

ALRTA Executive Director Rachel Smith said: “Given the importance our members place on the safe and humane transportation of animals. It is an exciting time for ALRTA and its members, having developed the original TruckCare accreditation scheme that eventually formed part of TruckSafe. I’d like to thank the TruckSafe Board for their support in this transition and look forward to further collaboration as the new program is developed.

TruckSafe Board Chair, Paul Fellows said:  “Trucksafe has always been owned by industry for industry and the Trucksafe Board are delighted to see our Animal Welfare Module return home to ALRTA and the livestock industry.”

Those operators with expiring or expired accreditations will be extended to 30 June 2025.  Operators concerned about their expiry date are encouraged to contact ALRTA.

ALRTA and NTI will work with supply chain participants, animal welfare groups, regulators, and operators over coming months to ensure best practice is embedded in the accreditation process.

Media Contact: Rachel Smith, Executive Director, 0433 569 301