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How well do you know your animal welfare ethical and regulatory obligations regarding the movement of cattle through the supply chain?

 A new workshop series for anyone who owns, manages, or handles cattle, to learn about current standards regarding duty of care, and responsibilities to ensure acceptable welfare standards for cattle in their charge.


  • Cattle owners
  • Cattle transporters
  • Saleyard agents
  • Stock managers
  • Livestock processors
  • Feedlotters


An innovative series of skill set training, provides you with knowledge and skills to know your duty of care to safely and ethically handle cattle under modern techniques and legislation.


The livestock transport and logistics industry is an important transport sector.  The SmartMoves course aims to address the compliance issues facing the transport and logistic industry.


There are several factors to be considered before a company can ensure they are running a safe and compliant operation. These factors include ensuring all drivers are fit for duty and abide with laws and regulations and the Chain of Responsibility, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Land Transport of Livestock, Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, livestock health and biosecurity requirements, and regulated livestock loading schemes and driver regulations including fatigue management, along with the vehicle combinations meeting size and weight regulations. The Australian government and its jurisdictions have put laws and regulations in place with safety in mind.


Non-compliance can result in heavy fines along with the grounding of vehicles. This can leave companies in trouble and put a dent into operational efficiencies and productivity loss.


The SmartMoves short course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to address these important issues. 



Workshops are currently scheduled at:


Location Workshop Dates
Warwick 22-24 November 2017
Rockhampton 13-15 December 2017
Roma 10-12 January 2017
Inverell 17-19 January 2018
Charters Towers 31 January - 02 February 2018
Dalby 12-16 February 2018



Prices are per person and include workbooks and learning material, morning tea, lunch and access to QATC's online resource library.


Member of AgForce? Provide your member number when booking and you will receive the AgForce 20% discount partner rate.


More about each day of the SmartMoves workshop:


Day 1: Livestock welfare standards and livestock transport standards

This session describes the skills and knowledge required to safely and efficiently transport livestock to a destination and knowledge required to load and unload animals for transport within specified timeframes. Animal welfare standards and low stress stock handling principles and practices are to be observed at all times, Animal herding and flocking behaviour, causes of livestock being unfit for transport, relevant work health and safety, biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, model codes of practice for the welfare of animals Land transport , animal welfare, biosecurity and work health and safety legislative requirements, environmental codes of practice with regard to vehicle operation and livestock transport, market requirements in relation to the quality and condition of livestock.

Day 2:  Low stress best practice livestock handling

Principles in practice, observe and participate in best practice, low stress livestock handling.

Based on scientific evidence that supports the merits of low-stress cattle handling,” Low-stress handling doesn’t mean no-pressure handling. “Often times, people equate low-stress handling with no pressure, and that’s not the case,”. "Low-stress handling is about applying pressure to cattle when they have a place to go, from the right position and correct angle and in the appropriate amount to create cattle movement. Low-stress handling is about managing cattle movement." Besides improved animal welfare, low-stress handling contributes to increased consumer confidence, as well as a quality indicator in red meat.

Though difficult to quantify, there is no question that low-stress cattle handling contributes to less stress and fewer injury opportunities for everyone handling the cattle.

Day 3: Communication and consultation, and chain of responsibility legislation

This session describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in workplace communications. It underpins a broad range of activities applicable to a variety of job roles throughout livestock transport industries at various levels including how to be an effective communicator, the role of body language, different modes of communication (e.g. written and non-verbal) and how to use digital technology to undertake routine workplace tasks. Effective communication in a work team, communication procedures and systems, and technology relevant to the organisation and the individual's work responsibilities. This session describes the skills and knowledge required to manage staff, supervise work routines and staff performance. provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems, techniques for building trust and relationships, principles of team work and negotiation, leadership for the work team, conflict management techniques.

The second session of day 3 describes the skills and knowledge required to safely and efficiently transport livestock to a destination within specified timeframes and follow chain of responsibility legislation, regulations and workplace procedures in relation to heavy vehicles as they apply to an individual’s own job role. If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you could be held legally liable for breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) even though you have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle. The aim of CoR is to make sure everyone is the supply chain shares equal responsibility. Changes to the Chain of responsibility (CoR) laws are coming in mid-2018, These changes align CoR laws more closely to workplace health and safety laws.

Additional Information

About the SmartMoves Instructors

The instructors involved in delivering SmartMoves come from a varied and highly experienced background, to provide participants with a broad breadth of knowledge and deep understanding of the challenges facing the livestock transport related industries.


Boyd Holden BRurSc CertIV TAE

Boyd is a specialist adviser and training to the livestock industry since 2006, with a proven record of designing 'best practice' workplace training systems aligned to business imperatives.  An experienced facilitator and qualified workplace trainer and assessor, Boyd has been responsible for the provision of advisory and training services across all sectors of the red meat industry, with particular expertise in training people in livestock handling, animal welfare and developing problem solving systems. These systems have been rolled our across the live export industry and meat processing sectors and have been internationally recognised for setting the standards globally.  


Boyd has worked extensively in Australia and internationally, across abattoirs, feedlots, educational institutes and pastoral stations.    He is respected for his cutting edge industry expertise by a wide range of stakeholders.


Kim Diamond-Gregori

Coming from a farming background, owning her own small holding, and over 20yrs in New Zealand working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as a Meat Inspector, Biosecurity Officer and Livestock Officer, gives Kim a great understanding of animal welfare, livestock transportation and biosecurity issues.

Kim holds Certificate IV qualifications in Training and Assessing, Workplace Health and Safety, Transport and Logistics and Frontline Management.  Working for 13 years in the Mining and Heavy Haul Rail Industries as an Operator/Driver and latterly as a Supervisor as well as 2yrs spent with TAFE WA as a Mining Lecturer Kim has an excellent practical knowledge as well as theoretical understanding of workplace Health and Safety and the operation of heavy vehicles and machinery.


 Neil Croker ADFM UNE Dip TAE, Dip Sus, Dip BM 

A seasoned education and training facilitator for Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges developing and administrating beneficial industry short course delivery across Queensland. Augmented and lectured in the Ba of Agriculture developed in partnership with Central Queensland University.

Being a solutions-oriented professional offering a strong balance between business savvy and technical capabilities. Possessing 18 years Agri business & property production management and 8 years’ total delivering Agricultural focused education, lecturing and training & workplace assessing.

Neil was a Safety Advisor to the NSW WorkCover authority and AWU in regards to worker’s safety involved in Agri business and associated industries in Rural NSW. Involved within NSW safety awareness campaigns for rural workers. 2001 to 2008.

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

Course Details - At a glance

An innovative series of skills set training, provides participants with knowledge and skills to safely and ethically handle cattle 

  • Short Course
  • Skill set training
  • Flexible - do one or two days, or do all three
  • Workshop dates scheduled
  • 1 Units
  • Fees and Charges