State and Territory Government Animal Welfare Links and Legislation

​​​​​The following links will take you to external website landing pages for each state or territory agency responsible for regulating animal welfare and their legislation registers. The legislation titles are posted here for reference when searching for the latest version that is currently in force on the register.

The department is not responsible for the content on external websites.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government City Services

Animal welfare legislation for the Australian Capital Territory

Animal Welfare Act 1982

Animal Welfare Regulations 2001

New South Wales

NSW Government Department of Primary Industries

Animal welfare legislation for New South Wales

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012

Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986

Exhibited Animals Protection Regulation 2010

Animal Research Act 1985

Animal Research Regulation 2010

Northern Territory

NT Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (formerly NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources)

Animal welfare legislation for the Northern Territory

Animal Welfare Act 1999

Animal Welfare Regulations 2000

Queensland

QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Animal welfare legislation for Queensland

Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012

South Australia

SA Government Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Animal welfare legislation for South Australia

Animal Welfare Act 1985

Animal Welfare Regulations 2012

Tasmania

TAS Government Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Animal welfare legislation for Tasmania

Animal Welfare Act 1993

Animal Welfare (Dogs) Regulations 2016

Animal Welfare (Domestic Poultry) Regulations 2013

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2013

Animal Welfare (Land Transport of Livestock) Regulations 2013

Animal Welfare (Pigs) Regulations 2013

Victoria

VIC Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Agriculture Victoria)

Animal welfare legislation for Victoria

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) Regulations 2016

Western Australia

WA Government Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food Division)

Animal welfare legislation for Western Australia

Animal Welfare Act 2002

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003

Animal Welfare (Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2003

Animal Welfare (Commercial Poultry) Regulations 2008

Animal Welfare (Pig Industry) Regulations 2010

Last reviewed: 2 March 2021
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