Compulsory Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare

Posted 01/07/2021

New rules for livestock welfare are coming — are you ready?

The Queensland Government committed to adopting the Australian Animal Welfare Standards for Cattle, Sheep and Livestock at Saleyards and Depots following their approval at a national level. On 1 July 2021 new requirements for the humane and considerate treatment of cattle and sheep in Queensland, and all livestock at saleyards and depots will come into effect.

The new codes of practice will be mandatory under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 and will replace the current voluntary codes of practice.

These new requirements are vital for market access and consumer confidence as they will demonstrate to industry, international trading partners and the community that standards for animal welfare have been implemented.

Queensland producers already maintain a high standard of animal welfare. These new standards will bring Queensland in line with other states and territories by applying consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia.

All people responsible for the care and management of cattle and sheep in Queensland, and all livestock at saleyards and depots, will need to familiarise themselves with the new standards and ensure they understand what they will be required to do.

It will be the responsibility of any person in charge of the animal to make sure these requirements are met. This includes anyone who is in control of the animals including owners, transporters, saleyard operators and anyone employed to manage or handle livestock.

The new codes of practice are currently available online, as are the national animal welfare standards and guidelines:

For more information on the new codes of practice, please contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by phone on 13 25 23 or email

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