Sheep Public Consultation

Public consultation for the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep concluded in August 2013.

Major submissions are publicly available on this website here. http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/sheep/submissions/

The draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep will create improved and nationally consistent rules for sheep care and management for all sheep farming enterprises in Australia.

The associated Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) identifies the costs and benefits for protecting the welfare of sheep, and demonstrates the need for the sheep welfare standards.

Views were sought from interested parties about how the:

  • Draft sheep welfare standards will ensure the welfare of sheep, and the
  • Associated Consultation RIS demonstrates the need for the standards, and identifies the key costs and benefits for sheep producers, government and the wider community.

Documents and discussion papers

The following documents made available were:

The discussion papers below explain the basis for making decisions about key welfare issues for sheep. The papers include the relevant standards and guidelines for each topic and follow a uniform structure that allows for easy appraisal of the issues including the decision making framework, a review of science and a comparison of national organisational and international policies and positions.

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

The consultation process

Public consultation ran from 7 March until 5 August 2013.
Views were sought from a range of people and organisations interested in the welfare of sheep.
For more information on the public consultation, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Page Updated:  30 January 2017