Progress report

There has been no progress on the early stage draft standards and guidelines for horses since 2011.

The Australian Horse welfare and well-being toolkit is a resource to assist organisations in determining policies, procedures and planning for welfare of horses.



Horse Standards and Guidelines Update

The Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) has developed the standards and guidelines for horses to an early stage. Further development will be necessary before public consultation.


The ‘Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Horses’ are part of a series of projects to develop livestock welfare standards and guidelines.

The Standards and Guidelines for Horses have been developed from the ‘States and Territories Practice for the Welfare of Horses’ and will apply to all people responsible for the care and management of Horses.

‘The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Horses’ followed the principles described in the revised Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines Development Business Plan.

It is intended that a standards and guidelines for horse’s project would adopt the following proposed committee structure, including a small writing group and a larger reference group.

The horse writing group is responsible for drafting the standards and guidelines. It is comprised of representatives from Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), Australian Government representative, Industry members as relevant by sector, relevant independent science representation.The group is led by an independent Chair and supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA).

The horse reference group is comprised of representatives from all aspects of horse care and management. Horse reference group meetings are held to review the standards and guidelines draft and provide to further guidance.


Page reviewed: 14 January 2015