Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

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The State's Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is a non-statutory body established to provide independent and expert advice to the Minister for Agriculture and Food on animal welfare related matters.


The role of the 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
  • the development and implementation of standards relevant to training and competency assessment of appointment of inspectors under the Animal Welfare Act 2002
  • animal welfare research
  • any animal welfare-related matter in relation to which the Minister seeks advice.


Current members of the AWAC are:

  • Professor Clive Phillips (Chair)
  • Dr Susan O’Keeffe
  • Mrs Dawn Lowe
  • Mr Dean Huxley
  • Ms Joanna Williams


The AWAC publishes reports on animal welfare matters for which it has prepared advice to the Minister for Agriculture and Food. All reports and publications can be downloaded from the documents menu on the right of this page.

The opinions expressed in these reports are those of the AWAC. They do not purport to reflect the opinions, views, policies or position of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development or the Minister for Agriculture and Food.

More information

AWAC’s Terms of Reference has more information about the operation of the committee.

Contact information

Animal Welfare General Enquiries