Cattle

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle

Progress report

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle were agreed by State and Territory Governments in 2016 and are being regulated into law by most State and Territory governments. The implementation dates for the Cattle standards by State and Territory are;

South Australia

The South Australian regulations to mandate the standards incorporated in the Cattle and Sheep Standards and Guidelines came into operation on 15th April 2017.

Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the Cattle and Sheep welfare Standards will be adopted under the Livestock Regulations. Compliance and enforcement activity will be undertaken by Department of Primary Industry and Resources Veterinary Officers, Livestock Biosecurity Officers and Animal Welfare Inspectors. NT will commence cattle implementation in 2018 but it is likely to continue into 2019.

New South Wales

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and Sheep are prescribed guidelines under Section 34A of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. This means that they are not mandatory, but can be used as evidence in proceedings under the Act or its Regulation. Commenced 15th December 2017.

Queensland

Queensland supports the adoption of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and Sheep for the consistent application of animal welfare standards in these industries across jurisdictions. Queensland intends to implement the Cattle and Sheep standards as a compulsory code requirement under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, subject to legislative processes and timeframes. The date of implementation is currently unknown.

Western Australia

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle have not been regulated in Western Australia to date. A Bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2002 was submitted to the State Parliament at the end of 2017 and it is expected to complete the Parliamentary process towards the end of 2018. The purpose of this amendment is to provide the power in the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to regulate the national animal welfare standards. If the power to make regulations is passed by the WA Parliament, regulations will be drafted to regulate the Standards as appropriate.

Victoria

Victoria intends to adopt the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle legislation subject to normal policy development processes. In adopting the standards into regulation, Victoria will avoid duplication or lowering of existing animal welfare requirements. It is anticipated that national standards and guidelines agreed to by Victoria will be adopted through the new proposed Animal Welfare Act.

Tasmania

Tasmania’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) has provided advice to Government on which parts of the cattle standards and guidelines document should be made into regulations in Tasmania. This advice is being considered by the new Minister.  It is anticipated that if approved, they will be legislated within the next 12 months or so.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle will be implemented in the ACT as a code of practice under the Animal Welfare Act 1992.

The ACT Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is currently reviewing the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and will advise the Minister regarding the manner in which they believe the standards and guidelines should be implemented. It is anticipated that if approved as a code of practice, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle will be implemented within the next 18 months.

The ACT agrees that having nationally consistent legislation and documented minimum standards enforced across Australia is a positive step. Where Commonwealth and Territory legislation exists, the welfare of the animals should be the priority and higher standards should apply.

 

Page Updated: 10 August 2018