Saleyards and Depots

Progress report

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots have been finalised (Feb 2018) by the Agriculture Ministers (AGMIN).

Click here for theĀ Saleyards and Depots Standards and Guidelines

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots are expected to be regulated into law by State and Territory governments. The estimated implementation dates for the Saleyard and Depots Standards by state and territory are:

South Australia

The date of implementation is currently unknown.

Tasmania

The Saleyards and Depots S&G will be considered by the Tasmanian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee once a new committee is appointed. Advice will then be provided to the Minister on whether to regulate part or all of the standards component.

New South Wales

NSW is currently engaging with stakeholders on implementation of the Saleyards and Depots Standards and Guidelines into legislation.

Victoria

Victoria intends to adopt the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines Livestock at Saleyards and Depots into legislation subject to normal policy development processes. In adopting the standards into regulation, Victoria will avoid duplication or lowering of existing animal welfare requirements. It is anticipated that national standards and guidelines agreed to by Victoria will be adopted through the new proposed Animal Welfare Act.

Queensland

Queensland supports the adoption of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Saleyards and Depots for the consistent application of animal welfare standards in these industries across jurisdictions. Queensland intends to implement the standards as a compulsory code requirement under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, subject to legislative processes and timeframes. The date of implementation is currently unknown.

Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Saleyards and Depots will be adopted under the Livestock Regulations. Compliance and enforcement activity will be undertaken by Department of Primary Industry and Resources Veterinary Officers, Livestock Biosecurity Officers and Animal Welfare Inspectors. NT will commence cattle, sheep and saleyard and depot implementation in 2018 but it is likely to continue into 2019.

Western Australia

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots have not been regulated in Western Australia to date. A Bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2002 was submitted to the State Parliament at the end of 2017 and it is expected to complete the Parliamentary process towards the end of 2018. The purpose of this amendment is to provide the power in the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to regulate the national animal welfare standards. If the power to make regulations is passed by the WA Parliament, regulations will be drafted to regulate the Standards as appropriate.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots will be implemented in the ACT as a code of practice under theĀ Animal Welfare Act 1992.

The ACT Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is currently reviewing the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots and will advise the Minister regarding the manner in which they believe the standards and guidelines should be implemented.

It is anticipated that if approved as a code of practice, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots will be implemented within the next 18 months.

The ACT agrees that having nationally consistent legislation and documented minimum standards enforced across Australia is a positive step. Where Commonwealth and Territory legislation exists, the welfare of the animals should be the priority and higher standards should apply.

 

Updated 24 August 2018