Poultry Public Consultation

Public consultation for the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry is now open.

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

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is seeking views from all people and organisations interested in the welfare of poultry about how well the:

  • draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry will ensure the welfare of poultry
  • associated Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) demonstrates the need for the standards, and identifies alternative options, key costs and benefits for poultry producers, government and the wider community.

This public consultation is your opportunity to contribute to the development of acceptable welfare requirements for poultry. The results will shape the final Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, which will be provided to state and territory governments for their noting/endorsement.

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

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

Making a submission

Submissions can be made via email or post.

Please email submissions to publicconspoultry@animalhealthaustralia.com.au


Post submissions to:

Animal Welfare Standards Public Consultation

PO Box 5116

Braddon ACT 2612

Public consultation papers

The following documents are available for comment:

Documents to assist with your submission

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

RIS consultation questions – the RIS includes a list of questions, which can be found here or alternatively in the RIS after the RIS summary. Answering questions included in the RIS is 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

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

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.

The document will go through the following process once public consultation has ended:

  1. An independent consultant will provide a report on public submissions to Animal Health Australia (AHA).
  2. AHA will provide the submissions report to the Animal Welfare Task Group (AWTG) for review and comment.
  3. The revised standards and guidelines document and submissions report will then be provided to the Stakeholder Advisory Group for discussion and advice to AWTG.
  4. Major submissions and a summary of all submissions will be available on the Animal Welfare Standards – Poultry website.
  5. The Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) consultant will commence work on the draft Decision RIS, which will include recommendation of a preferred option.
  6. Following AWTG endorsement, these documents will be progressed for approval to the Office of Best Practice Regulation, endorsement by the Agriculture Senior Officials Council and then for endorsement/noting by the agricultural ministers.
  7. It is then a policy decision for each state and territory jurisdiction to implement the poultry standards in legislation as they see fit.