Compulsory codes of practice for animal welfare

In some areas of animal use, the perceived risk to animal welfare is significant enough to require compulsory compliance with codes of practice.

The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 has powers to require compliance with either an entire code of practice or just a stated part of a code of practice.

Codes that are entirely compulsory

Codes that are partly compulsory

  • Model code of practice for the welfare of animals - pigs (3rd edition)
    Parts of this code are compulsory under the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012. The maximum penalty for an individual convicted of not complying with each component of this regulation is $37,845. The remainder of the pig code is adopted as voluntary under the Act.
  • Model code of practice for the welfare of animals - domestic poultry (4th edition)
    Parts of this code are compulsory under the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012. The compulsory provisions cover maximum permitted stocking densities, and feed, water and inspection requirements for domestic fowl. It is important to read the poultry code and the regulation together. The maximum penalty for an individual convicted of not complying with each component of this regulation is $37,845. The remainder of the poultry code is adopted as voluntary under the Act.

Monitoring compulsory codes

The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 allows specially trained authorised officers to monitor compliance with the scientific use code or codes of practice that are compulsory under the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012.

The Act provides for structured monitoring programs to be developed in consultation with the relevant animal user groups, and gives authorised officers specific powers to undertake their monitoring role.

Because of the specialist nature of the role, authorised officers must have the necessary expertise or experience in the area of animal use covered by the monitoring program. They must also have successfully completed approved training prior to their appointment. The roles and powers of authorised officers and inspectors are clearly differentiated under the Act.