Poultry Public Consultation

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.

Over 167,000 submissions were received and all submissions have been read. Of these, over 200 were considered substantive or major submissions that addressed the RIS or the draft S&G. A public consultation report has been developed by an independent consultant.

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

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

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.

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


Page updated: 11 July 2018