Notice of intention to load livestock


You can use this form to provide notice of intention to load livestock from a port in Australia.

Australian marine order 43 requires a ship's master to make a report in the approved form when a livestock voyage of more than 24 hours has been completed.

How to complete this form 

Both pages are to be completed:

  • page 1—ship and voyage details, and loading and discharge details
  • page 2—daily mortality and environmental conditions.

Details of any breakdown affecting livestock services, electrical supplies or propulsion are to be reported. Where there is insufficient room on the form details are to be provided on a separate attachment.

Details of conditions and mortality shall be entered each day while the ship is at sea, even if no deaths occurred. A mortality entry is to be made for each loading and/or discharge port, of the number of animals that died on board the ship while in that port.

When the ship is in port, the name of the port shall be noted in the ‘Remarks’ column on page 2. Any relevant remarks are also be entered.

The mortality should be totalled for each species at the end of the voyage and recorded in the appropriate box on page 1.

The total mortality is the number of animals that died on the ship from the time that the ship commenced loading at the first loading port until the last of the livestock has been discharged.

In the event of a high livestock mortality, an investigation is likely to be carried out by AMSA and/or the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). The environmental conditions noted on the form are important in assessing the effectiveness of services. It is important in such cases to record all relevant information in the remarks section on page 2.

Submitting the form 

You must send a copy of your completed form to:

  1. Surveyor in charge
    Post: Nearest AMSA state and territory office to the Port of loading
  2. Manager Ship Inspection and Registration
  3. Livestock Export
    Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Additional information 

High mortality

Where a high mortality has occurred (refer to table 8 of marine order 43), or is likely to occur, the master should advise AMSA as soon as practical, even if the voyage is not complete. AMSA may request additional information and this is to be provided

Where a high mortality event has occurred the ship should not assume it will be permitted to load at the next arrival in Australia as an investigation may need to be carried out. Advice should be sought from AMSA as to whether an investigation will be conducted. If an investigation is carried out then the Master should expect the ship will not be permitted to load until the investigation is completed and any issues arising from that investigation have been resolved. AMSA may request additional information or required testing as part of the investigation process.

After submitting the form

A copy of the master’s report is to be kept onboard and be available to the AMSA surveyor prior to the ship's next pre-loading inspection in Australia

Information from these reports is used by the Australian Government to monitor the livestock carrying performance of ships and to provide details for monitoring the livestock shipping industry in general. The information collected may also be used for research purposes.

The master's report is considered to be ‘commercial in confidence’ and the information will be treated accordingly.

Should the master's report lack sufficient detail or if there is a discrepancy in the records held on board then the ship may be subjected to delay at the next loading port.

Any questions about the master's report form should be directed to the nearest AMSA office.

Last Updated: 

2 December 2020