The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep

Ministers endorsement

State and Territory governments have agreed on the revised Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Sheep.

For specific information on implementation and timelines please contact your relevant State or Territory Government agency.

The sheep standards and guidelines will be used by states and territories as a basis for relevant animal welfare law.

Animal Health Australia has developed information to help our members and other stakeholders remain informed about the development of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep.

A series of common questions and answers for sheep has been developed.

The development of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep are an important project under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) — a previous Australian Government initiative that guides the development of new, nationally consistent policies to enhance animal welfare arrangements in all Australian states and territories. The development process began in 2009 and has been supported and funded by all Governments, WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia.

A Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was development and has been endorsed by the Office of Best Practice Regulation. The Decision RIS assesses the proposed standards, incorporates public consultation feedback and changes agreed by the majority of the project Reference Group. This independently chaired committee comprised government representatives, industry council representatives from all sectors, researchers and animal welfare organisations.

The proposed standards are intended to replace the Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Sheep, 2nd edition, PISC Report 89, CSIRO Publishing, 1991 (revised 2006) and are intended to be used as the basis for developing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia which is the responsibility of state and territory governments. The standards are based on scientific knowledge, recommended industry practice and community expectations.

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Page Updated:  22 June 2016