Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

Page last updated: Friday, 8 October 2021 - 2:11pm

The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) of Western Australia provides independent, evidence-based advice to the Minister for Agriculture and Food, who is responsible for animal welfare regulation.

The Committee is being established as part of the Government Response to the Report of the Independent Review of the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified people to be appointed to the committee.  

The closing date for expression of interest applications has been extended by a week to 5:00 pm WST 15 October 2021.


The role of AWAC is to advise the Minister in relation to:

  • animal welfare policy, legislation or legislative proposals that affect animal welfare;
  • animal welfare codes of practice, standards and guidelines, including arrangements for implementation;
  • community education and other programs to improve public awareness about animal welfare;
  • development and implementation of standards relevant to training and competency assessment of appointment of inspectors under the Animal Welfare Act 2002;
  • animal welfare research; and
  • any animal welfare-related matter in relation to which the Minister seeks advice

Please see on the right hand side of this page the full Terms of Reference for the AWAC.

The Western Australian Government is committed to ensuring diversity on Government boards and committees, in accordance with the Premier’s Circular 2019/07.

Contact information

Animal Welfare General Enquiries