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What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

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:

State/TerritoryAnimal Welfare ActDepartment to contact
ACTAnimal Welfare Act 1992Transport Canberra and City Services
NSWPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979Department of Primary Industries
NTAnimal Welfare ActDepartment of Primary Industry and Resources
QLDAnimal Care and Protection Act 2001Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
SAAnimal Welfare Act 1985Department for Environment and Water
TASAnimal Welfare Act 1993Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
VICPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986Agriculture Victoria
WAAnimal Welfare Act 2002Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

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Updated on April 17, 2020
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