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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 ActAnimal Welfare RegulationDepartment to contact
ACTAnimal Welfare Act 1992Animal Welfare Regulation 2001Transport Canberra and City Services
NSWPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 Department of Primary Industries
NTAnimal Protection Act 2018Animal Protection Regulations 2022Biosecurity & Animal Welfare Group – Department of Primary Industries and Resources
QLDAnimal Care and Protection Act 2001Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
SAAnimal Welfare Act 1985Animal Welfare Regulations 2012Department of Environment and Water
TASAnimal Welfare Act 1993Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2013Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
VICPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019Agriculture Victoria
WAAnimal Welfare Act 2002Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

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Updated on October 30, 2020
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