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.

A review of the Model Codes of Practice (MCOP) in 2005 recommended they be converted into Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. Animal Health Australia (AHA) was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture to manage the conversion process.

Under the previous Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) and AHA management, the existing Codes were to be re-written in a new format, to incorporate both the national welfare standards and industry guidelines for each species or enterprise (e.g. saleyards, abattoirs). The task was to re-format each of the 22 existing MCOP into a document that combines Australian Welfare Standards and Guidelines for that species or enterprise.

One of the key objectives of the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Strategy’ (AAWS) was to facilitate consistency of legislation across states and territories for improved and sustainable animal welfare outcomes.

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


Page reviewed: 12 July 2016