Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare is an audited quality assurance program for livestock transport.

It covers animal welfare, food safety and traceability.  It is fully auditable and is built around the quality assurance principles contained in international standards and also uses hazard analysis of critical control points.

Animal Welfare is focused on humane transportation of the stock, on how to prevent disease, stress and contamination problems when moving them, on making sure the ‘paddock to plate’ traceability for livestock is supported during the journey and on the eating quality and safety of the final meat product.

TruckSafe Animal Welfare

This is the only risk mitigation tool to manage your animal welfare compliance and reputation.

It covers:


professional management procedures


customer & subcontractor management


resolving problems with customers


training & induction for livestock transport


stock crate maintenance


planning for problems in livestock transport


selecting stock that are fit to load


proper handling, loading & unloading of stock


consignment paperwork, load plans, NVDs & waybills

Animal Welfare is a voluntary additional module of TruckSafe.

The Amimal Welfare Standards are based on the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines which is available at

Meat & Livestock Australia have a video that explains best practice animal welfare when preparing, loading and delivering livestock for sale or processing.

Part of this informative video includes the “Is It Fit To Load” guide, a very important tool as used by TruckSafe members who have Animal Welfare as a part of their accreditation.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association (ALRTA) have a National Animal Welfare Policy. The policy can be downloaded from the ALRTA website: