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Planning the journey

Top tips:

  • Use professional TruckSafe operators where possible.
  • Plan and prepare – allow time to book transporter, check and prepare yards and livestock, check access and prepare documentation.
  • Know what documentation and information you need to have ready – National Vendor Declarations, Animal Health declarations etc.

Communication and preparation

It is important to make sure you plan the journey in consultation with the transport operator. View our guidelines for how to plan the journey for:

Choosing professional operators


It is important to keep detailed records of livestock transport, including:

  • Copies of the LPA NVD
  • Name of transport operator and vehicle registration number
  • Date and time of yarding and truck departure
  • Records of feedback or complaints from processors or purchasers and any actions taken.

(Content courtesy of Preparation for dispatch of livestock )

A range of new features are now available in the eNVD system (web and app) which make it easier for transporters to receive a digital version of the eNVD rather than a printed copy.

Check out these new eNVD Transporter series videos to help transporters receive digital consignments instead of paper forms:


Make sure you are familiar with the regulations and documentation needed for your livestock transport, including the start and end points of the journey

Livestock transport to and from Bass Strait

The Animal Welfare Guidelines – Transport of Livestock Across Bass Strait were developed in Tasmania by the Bass Strait Livestock Shipping Committee, comprising shipping, transport and livestock industry representatives from Tasmania, Victoria, and State and Commonwealth regulatory agencies.

The guidelines reflect the information provided in this hub, including:

  • properly preparing the livestock,
  • planning the journey in consultation with the transporter and
  • loading requirements.

Additional considerations are given to:

  • the shipping component of the journey and
  • having a contingency plan in place if the shipment cannot be loaded.