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What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

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Last updated: 11 Nov, 2014
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There are no national laws applying to animal welfare, but all states and territories regulate animal welfare in their jurisdiction. The legislation in each state and territory is given below:


Animal Welfare Act 

Department to contact


Animal Welfare Act 1992

Territory and Municipal Services


Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

Department of Primary Industries


Animal Welfare Act

Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 


Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

Department of Agriculture


Animal Welfare Act 1985

Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Animal Welfare Act 1993

Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment


Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Department of Environment and Primary Industries


Animal Welfare Act 2002

Department of Agriculture and Food

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