Poultry Public Consultation

Public consultation for the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry concluded on 26 February 2018. Animal Health Australia thanks all for their submission and interest.

The independent consultant’s report and the major submissions will be available in June 2018 on the Animal Welfare Standards – Poultry website.

Next steps

The final Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry aim to create improved and nationally consistent rules for poultry care and management for all poultry farming enterprises in Australia.

Next steps following public consultation include:

  • Submissions will be reviewed by an independent consultant, who will deliver a report with key findings to the Animal Welfare Task Group (AWTG). The AWTG includes representatives from all government jurisdictions.
  • Based on these findings, a revised welfare standards document will be developed under the direction of the AWTG.
  • The revised 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&Gs document will be finalised by the AWTG and progress to Australia’s agricultural ministers.

Public consultation papers

The documents made available were:

Related documents

Guide to the RIS – frequently asked questions and answers about the RIS.

RIS consultation questions – the RIS included a list of questions. Answering questions included in the RIS was optional when making a submission.

The supporting papers listed below are short reviews of the scientific literature, and include a review of national and international policies and positions on eight different welfare topics. They were developed to explain the basis for making decisions about key welfare issues. The papers provide explanations to support the proposed standards but do not make specific recommendations on major issues.

  1. Access to water for ducks
  2. Beak trimming
  3. Induced moulting
  4. Layer hen cages
  5. Lighting
  6. Litter management
  7. Nests, perches and dust bathing
  8. Non-cage housing systems

The consultation process

Public consultation ran for 90 days from Monday 27 November 2017 to 5pm Monday 26 February 2018.

AHA sought views from all people and organisations interested in the welfare of poultry.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or watch a short video for more information about the public consultation period.

Views were sought from interested parties about how the:

  • Draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry will ensure the welfare of poultry
  • Associated RIS demonstrates the need for the standards, and identifies alternative options, key costs and benefits for poultry producers, government and the wider community.

Click here for background information about the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry.

Additional reading

Farmed Bird Welfare Science Review

Model Code of Practice for Farming of Ostriches

Model Code of Practice for Husbandry of Captive-Breed Emus

Model Code of Practice for Domestic Poultry

Focused Welfare Review

The welfare of layer hens in cage and cage-free housing systems