Saleyards and Depots Background

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots are finalised.

The Saleyards and Depots standards and guidelines reflect the commitment of jurisdictions to a nationally consistent approach to animal welfare. They promote humane and considerate treatment of livestock handled through Australian saleyards and depots; inform all people responsible for the care and management of livestock about their responsibilities; and set a minimum industry standard by defining acceptable livestock management practices.

Development of the standards and guidelines considered current scientific knowledge, recommended industry practice and community expectations. The standards provide a basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia, while the guidelines are a useful reference for industry, providing recommended practices to achieve desirable livestock welfare outcomes.

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots replace the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Animals at Saleyards, SCARM report 31, CSIRO Publishing, 1992.

As part of the process for developing the standards and guidelines, a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth Office of Best Practice Regulation. The Decision RIS assessed the proposed standards, incorporates public consultation feedback and changes agreed by the majority of the Reference Group responsible for guiding the development of the standards and guidelines.

Page updated: December 2020