The Australian Government supports strong animal welfare standards and believes all animals should be treated humanely.
The Government’s role is to issue export permits and health certificates for any dog breed that assures the animal meets the importing country requirements.
In accordance with the Export Control Act 2020, the department issues export certification that confirms the animal(s) meet the importing country requirements. Under the Act, it is not possible to refuse the export of live animals (other than livestock), or to refuse to issue an export permit and/or health certificate, on any basis other than the animal not meeting the importing country requirements or relevant legislative requirements. For greyhounds, these are issued in the same manner as for any other breed of dog.
Once exported dogs reach their destination, they come under the jurisdiction of the importing country.
In Australia, the responsibility for animal welfare, including greyhounds, rests with state and territory governments.