An open public consultation of the proposed draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry (S&G) and associated Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was undertaken for a 90 day period from 27 November 2017 to 26 February 2018.

The independent consultant’s report and the major submissions can be found here.

The consultant’s report provides a comprehensive summary of the submissions received during public consultation. The consultant does not make any recommendations about changes to the S&G. The consultant’s report does, however, identify areas where the drafting group may need to review the technical material provided within the submissions, or seek further advice from the Animal Welfare Task Group (AWTG).

It was clear from the overwhelming number and content of submissions that the welfare of poultry in Australia generates considerable public interest and that there is support for improvements in the welfare of commercial poultry. It was also clear that there are significant differences of opinion and interpretation of science about how to ensure good poultry welfare within poultry production systems. Opinions on the options presented in the RIS are correspondingly diverse.

The consultant’s report has been noted by the AWTG. As agreed by the AWTG, the report and major submissions have been made available. The AWTG is not seeking public comment on these documents.

The outcomes of the public consultation submissions and the independent consultant’s report will help to inform the development of revised S&G by the drafting group under the direction of the AWTG. The drafting group is a small group with expertise in legal and/or standards and guidelines drafting and poultry technical expertise.

The revised poultry welfare standards will then be provided for consideration to the Stakeholder Advisory Group, which is comprised of representatives from industry bodies, welfare organisations and all government jurisdictions.

The S&G document will be finalised by the AWTG and progressed within the national framework for animal welfare standards and guidelines, for endorsement or noting by the Agriculture Ministers (AGMIN). A decision Regulation Impact Statement, including responses to public consultation, will accompany the standards and guidelines.


Page updated: 11 July 2018