The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Livestock at Saleyards and Depots have been developed and are pending endorsement from the Agriculture Ministers.
The standards and guidelines reflect the commitment of jurisdictions to a nationally consistent approach to animal welfare. They promote humane and considerate treatment of livestock handled through Australian saleyards and depots; inform all people responsible for the care and management of livestock about their responsibilities; and set a minimum industry standard by defining acceptable livestock management practices. They are based on current scientific knowledge, recommended industry practice and community expectations.
The proposed Saleyard Welfare Standards are intended to replace the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Animals at Saleyards, SCARM Report 31, CSIRIO Publishing, 1992.
The standards provide a basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia.
A decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth Office of Best Practice Regulation. The Decision RIS assessed the proposed standards, incorporates public consultation feedback and changes agreed by the majority of the Reference Group responsible for providing guidance in the development of the standards and guidelines.