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 welfare Standards will be adopted under the Livestock Regulations subject to legislative processes and timeframes. The date of implementation is currently unknown. Compliance and enforcement activity will be undertaken by Department of Primary Industry and Resources Veterinary Officers and Livestock Biosecurity Officers.

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. Until now, limitations of Western Australia’s Animal Welfare Act 2002 prevented their implementation in this State. However, the amendment of the Act in November 2018 will allow the Standards and Guidelines to be regulated. The regulation of the Standards and Guidelines for Cattle will commence following the completion of the regulations relating to sheep and cattle in the Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots and Land Transport, early in 2020.

Victoria

Victoria intends to adopt the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle into 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. This legislation is currently under development.

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. Further consultation has been carried out with key stakeholders. It is anticipated that the standards will be legislated and the guidelines approved for Tasmania within the next 12 months.

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: Oct 2019