Australian exporters accept the responsibility to ensure the welfare of sheep throughout the supply chain until slaughter.
That means Australian exporters are responsible for their animals, even after they are discharged and sold to the importer.
Through detailed recording systems, exporters know exactly where the sheep they have supplied are in the supply chain at all times.
Importer facilities are independently audited by accredited international audit companies according to Australian Government standards (ESCAS), which is higher than the international animal welfare standards (OIE). Australia is the only country to have made this a requirement of the sheep export trade.
If you want to learn more about ESCAS check out the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/live-animals/livestock/information-exporters-industry/escas
Information source and for more information thanks to ALEC: http://auslivestockexport.com/good-animal-welfare-is-good-for-business/live-trade-faqs