Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines

Page last updated: Monday, 3 September 2018 - 10:41am

In recent years it has been recognised that a new approach was needed to the codes of practice and this has led to the development of national animal welfare standards and guidelines.

The implementation of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines in Western Australia has not been possible to date, for reasons relating to the legal scope of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (the Act).

Amendments to the Act are currently under consideration by the State Government. If these amendments are passed, the standards will be regulated, and thereby enforceable, and the guidelines may be prescribed as Codes of Practice in the Animal Welfare (General) Regulations.

Implementation progress reports on the national standards and guidelines are available on the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines website for the following areas:

Further information on reporting animal cruelty is available.

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Rick Bryant