Welfare regulations

Australian government regulations ensure that farmers deliver an acceptable standard of care for their animals. State and territory government animal welfare units manage these regulations.

The Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) was created to ensure consistency of legislation across states and territories for improved and sustainable animal welfare outcomes. The Australian dairy industry supports the AAWS vision that:

“The welfare of all animals in Australia is promoted and protected by the development and adoption of sound animal welfare standards and practices.”

Codes of practice for the welfare of animals (including for cattle and land transport) have been reviewed with input from industry and the wider community to produce Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. Standards are legislated minimum requirements and are enforceable (= must) and Guidelines are advisory and non-legislative (=should).

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock

The dairy industry has worked with other industry bodies, animal welfare scientists, governments and welfare groups to develop new national standards for the transport of animals. The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock are complete and have been implemented into state legislation. The Standards protect the welfare of animals being transported and provide consistent regulation around Australia.

More information

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle: A Guide for Dairy Farmers - September 2014 (PDF, 3.4MB)

Developed by the dairy industry along with other industry bodies, animal welfare scientists, governments and welfare groups, these Standards support good cattle welfare outcomes at the farm level. The new Standards and Guidelines are based the existing Model Code of Practice for Welfare of Animals: Cattle.