Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines

The development of the poultry standards and guidelines are currently underway.

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle and sheep can be found here.

For the past 35 years, the welfare of livestock in Australia has been supported by a series of Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals. Community values and expectations have changed, and our international trading partners have placed greater emphasis on livestock welfare, so the usefulness and relevance of these Codes has been called into question, as has the process by which these Codes have been revised and developed. A review of the Model Codes of Practice (MCOP) in 2005 recommended they be converted into Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.

The welfare standards and guidelines for livestock aim to harmonise and streamline livestock welfare legislation in Australia, ensuring that it results in improved welfare outcomes and is practical for industry.

This website gives a progress update, background, consultative process and a submissions page on all previous and current standards and guidelines development.

Page reviewed: 30 Jan 2017