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 was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to manage the conversion process.
Under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) and Animal Health Australia (AHA) management, the existing Codes will 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 is to re-format each of the 22 existing MCOP into a document that combines Australian Welfare Standards and Guidelines for that species or enterprise.
The conversion process involves a wide range of stakeholders and follows an agreed business plan Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines Development Business Plan
One of the key objectives of the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Strategy’ (AAWS) is to facilitate consistency of legislation across states and territories for improved and sustainable animal welfare outcomes.
The Land transport Standards were the first to be developed with cattle, sheep and horses in current development, and bobby calves time off feed in implementation stage.
This website gives a progress update, background, consultative process and submissions page on all previous and current standards and guidelines development.