ABC News states that the federal Department of Agriculture has confirmed no livestock need to be offloaded for welfare reasons. Reportedly, Australia's chief veterinary officer Beth Cookson said that independent veterinary reports (the only vets experienced enough to really assess will have been industry vets) concluded no major signs of health or environmental concerns for the animals. Apparently, for a flock animal like sheep, an inspection of tens of thousands of animals in pens "provides additional confidence that the livestock are in good condition and have appropriate care and supervision." The department has apparently stated that the ship was being replenished with supplies ahead of its possible departure following discussions with the exporter.
One can only hope that the Dept isnt really going to let them go....but given that this is the same Dept that approved an Israeli ship go to Israel through an area subject to Houthi ship attacks, it is possible that "the regulator" who doesnt regulate (just capitulates), has indeed signed off on this.
LATEST UPDATE (see photo below): left port...to anchor? or to Haifa? No-one other than the Dept and the exporter would know
ANSWER: to clean out decks and throw the dead overboard outside the Harbour limits