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ALRTA and TruckSafe combine for animal welfare accreditation program

ALRTA and TruckSafe are working with NTI to relaunch the Australian animal welfare accreditation scheme for livestock carriers

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and TruckSafe have announced a partnership with NTI to review, design and relaunch a world class Animal Welfare Accreditation program for the road transport of animals in Australia.

Following several months of consultation, the partnership agreed that the ALRTA is best placed to manage and maintain on-road animal welfare accreditation for members of the Australian livestock supply chain.

The new program will be developed in partnership with NTI and will be designed to support consigners, transporters and consignees to meet driver and animal welfare obligations.

“Given the importance our members place on the safe and humane transportation of animals, it is an exciting time for ALRTA and its members to develop the original TruckCare accreditation scheme that eventually formed part of TruckSafe,” ALRTA executive director Rachel Smith says.

“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.”

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

“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,” TruckSafe board chair Paul Fellows says.

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

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