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Statute Name Citation Summary
AU - Animal Welfare - Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA)   Animal Welfare Act 2002  

The purpose of the Act is to promote responsible animal care and protection, to provide standards for animal care and use, to protect animals from cruelty and to safeguard the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes.  The Australian Code of Practice is incorporated into the legislation as the standard for animal care and use in scientific establishments.

 
AU - Animal Welfare - Animal Welfare Act 2007 (Northern Territory)   Animal Welfare Act 2007 (Northern Territory)   The Northern Territory was one of the last states to enact Animal Welfare legislation with its passing in 2007 as an act to provide for the welfare of animals, prevent cruelty to animals and for related purposes. The objectives of the Act are to to ensure that animals are treated humanely, to prevent cruelty to animals, and to promote community awareness about the welfare of animals.  
AU - Animal Welfare Act 1993 (TAS)   Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986    The AWA promotes the responsible care and use of animals through a strong focus on education, underpinned by legislation. It places a legal 'duty of care ' on those in charge of animals to provide for those animals' needs in an appropriate way. The RSPCA Tasmania administers this Act.  
AU - Companion Animals - Companion Animals Act 1998 (NSW)   Companion Animals Act 1998  

The Companion Animals Act, came into effect in September 1998. The Act is designed to benefit pets, their owners and the wider community. Part two of the Act provides for the permanent identification and lifetime registration system which came into effect on 1 July 1999. This was designed to greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners. It provides NSW councils with a more effective means of keeping track of dogs and cats for the benefit of the wider community. The Act also outlines the requirements when a person is the owner of a ‘controlled dog’ or dangerous breed as well as giving the courts and local councils the ability under legislation to declare a dog ‘dangerous’. The Act also covers nuisance dogs and situations where a dog attack has occurred and the civil liability of dog owners.

 
AU - Companion Animals - Domestic Animals Act 1994 (VIC)   Domestic Animals Act 1994 - No. 81 of 1994   The purpose of the Domestic Animals Act is to promote animal welfare, responsible pet ownership and to protect the environment. The legislation provides for cat and dog identification and enables Municipal Councils to deal effectively with feral, straying and nuisance populations.  
AU - Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (WA)   Conservation and Land Management Act 1984  

An Act to make better provision for the use, protection and management of certain public lands and waters and the flora and fauna thereof, to establish authorities to be responsible therefor, and for incidental or connected purposes.

 
AU - Cruelty - Animal Welfare Act (ACT Primary Act)   Animal Welfare Act 1992   The Australian Capital Territory enacted this Act 'for the promotion of animal welfare and for related purposes'. The Act is enforced by the RSPCA ACT and generally covers domestic animals.  
AU - Cruelty - Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (NSW)   Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979   The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTAA) is the primary piece of legislation that aims to protect animals from cruelty in New South Wales, Australia.  POCTAA establishes certain acts or omissions as offences and also provides defences to a charge under the Act in certain circumstances. POCTAA prohibits cruelty and aggravated cruelty generally, as well as a number of other types of activities, including neglect, confinement, abandonment, failure to act in certain circumstances, some transport-related activities, inappropriate use, mutilation, poisoning, torture, fighting and baiting, certain hunting and trapping related activities, selling severely injured animals and failing to take action where an animal is injured by a vehicle.  
AU - Cruelty - Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (VIC)   Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Version No. 080)  

The purposes of this Act are to promote the responsible care and use of animals; provide standards for the care and use of animals that achieve a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of persons whose livelihood is dependent on animals; and to allow for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals; to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable pain; to ensure the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.

 
AU - Cruelty - Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (QLD)   Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001  

The purposes of this Act are to promote the responsible care and use of animals; provide standards for the care and use of animals that--achieve a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of persons whose livelihood is dependent on animals; and to allow for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals; to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable pain; to ensure the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.

 
AU - Cruelty - South Australia Animal Welfare Act 1985 (SA)   Animal Welfare Act 1985   The South Australian Animal Welfare Act’s primary purpose is for the promotion of animal welfare. The Act is enforced by RSPCA SA and is the primary piece of legislation that aims to protect animals from cruelty in South Australia. The Act generally governs domestic privately owned animals (pets).  
AU - Dog Act 1976 (WA)   Dog Act 1976  

An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to the control and registration of dogs, the ownership and keeping of dogs and the obligations and rights of persons in relation thereto, and for incidental and other purposes.

 
AU - Domestic Animals Act 2000 (ACT)   Domestic Animals Act 2000  

The Domestic Animals Act 2000 is a piece of legislation in the Australian Capital Territory of relevance to domestic animals. The Act encourages responsible pet ownership and outlines the obligations of pet owners to their animals and to the community. It also provides for the identification and registration of certain animals.

 
AU - Endangered/Threatened Species - Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales)   THREATENED SPECIES CONSERVATION ACT 1995   An Act to conserve threatened species, populations and ecological communities of animals and plants; to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and certain other Acts; to repeal the Endangered Fauna (Interim Protection) Act 1991; and for other purposes.
 
AU - Endangered/Threatened Species - Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (TAS)   Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  

The Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 is an Act to provide for the protection and management of Tasmania’s threatened native flora and fauna, and to enable and promote the conservation of native flora and fauna. The Act provides Schedules of taxa that have different degrees of threatened status. It also establishes mechanisms for the listing and delisting of taxa.

 
AU - Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 (NSW)   Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986  

This Act deals with the exhibition of animals at marine or zoological parks, circuses and other places. It regulates the exhibition of all vertebrate animals in zoos, circuses or mobile displays regardless of whether they are native, exotic or domestic.

 

A person must have an approval to keep and exhibit an animal, and this is subject to qualifications, experience or any other term or condition that may be considered necessary

 
AU - Exotic diseases in Animals Act 1981 (QLD)   Exotic diseases in Animals Act 1981  

An Act to provide for the control, eradication and prevention of exotic diseases in animals, the compensation of owners for loss or destruction of animals and property during outbreaks of exotic diseases, the establishment of an exotic diseases expenses and compensation fund and for related purposes.

 
AU - Farming - Stock Act 1915 (QLD)   Stock Act 1915   The Stock Act governs the treatment and welfare of stock or farm animals in Queensland.  The purpose of the Act is to promote responsible animal care and protection, to provide standards for animal care and use, to protect industry in the event of a disease outbreak.
 
AU - Live export - Export Control Act 1982   Act No. 47 of 1982 as amended   The purpose of this Act is to control the export of certain goods. In the Act, 'eligible live animals' are defined as 'prescribed goods consisting of live animals'. The Act sets out both the export and entry requirements for prescribed goods and the accreditation scheme concerning veterinarians. It also outlines the various offences that both veterinarians and exporters may be charged with, as well as details the general enforcement powers of authorised officers.  
AU - Livestock - Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997   Act No. 206 of 1997   The purpose of this Act is to control meat and live-stock exports both within and outside Australia. 'Live-stock' includes cattle, calves, sheep, lambs and goats, however this definition is not exhaustive and may include other animals if prescribed. The Act covers export licences, quotas and enforcement. It also outlines the role of industry bodies and policies.  
AU - Nature Conservation Act 1980 ( ACT)   Nature Conservation Act 1980   An Act to make provision for the protection and conservation of native animals and native plants, and for the preservation of areas for those purposes. The Act creates the office of Conservator of Flora and Fauna and the Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Service.  
AU - Parks - National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (SA)   National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972   An Act to provide for the establishment and management of reserves for public benefit and enjoyment; to provide for the conservation of wildlife in a natural environment; and for other purposes.
 
AU - Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 (ACT)   Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005  

The Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 (Pest Act) creates a system to identify and control potential pest plants and animals in the ACT. It provides a strategic framework for pest management. The objects of the Pest Act are to protect the Australian Capital Territories land and aquatic resources from threats posed by pest plants and animals by identifying, declaring and then managing pest plants and animals.

 
AU - Research - Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW)   Animal Research Act 1985   The NSW Act was introduced to protect the welfare of animals by ensuring that their use in research is always humane, considerate, responsible and justified. The 1995 Regulation incorporated the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes into the legislation.  
AU - Rural Lands Protection Act 1998 (NSW)   Rural Lands Protection Act 1998  

An Act to provide for the protection of rural lands; to provide for the establishment of the State Policy Council of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and the constitution of livestock health and pest authorities and the State Management Council of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and for the functions of those bodies; to regulate travelling stock reserves, stock watering places and the transportation of stock by vehicle; to provide for the control of certain pests; and for other purposes.

 
AU - Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (QLD)   Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  

The Nature Conservation Act 1992 is an act of the Parliament of Queensland that provides for the legislative protection of Queensland's threatened fauna and flora. As originally published, it provided for native animals and plants to be declared presumed extinct, endangered, vulnerable, rare or common. In 2004 the act was amended to more closely align with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources categories: presumed extinct was changed to extinct in the wild and common was changed to least concern.

 
AU - Wildlife - Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (NSW)   Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002   The objects of this Act are: to provide for the effective management of introduced species of game animals; and to promote responsible and orderly hunting of those game animals on public and private land and of certain pest animals on public land.  
AU - Wildlife - National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW)   National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974   An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the establishment, preservation and management of national parks, historic sites and certain other areas and the protection of certain fauna, native plants and Aboriginal objects.  
AU - Wildlife - Nature Conservation Act 2002 (TAS)   Nature Conservation Act 2002 No. 63 of 2002 31.12.2002  

An Act to make provision with respect to the conservation and protection of the fauna, flora and geological diversity of the State,  to provide for the declaration of national parks and other reserved land and for related purposes.

 
AU - Wildlife - Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1977 (NT)   Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1977  

An Act to make provision for and in relation to the establishment of Territory Parks and other Parks and Reserves and the study, protection, conservation and sustainable utilisation of wildlife.

 
AU - Wildlife - Wilderness Protection Act 1992 (SA)   Wilderness Protection Act 1992  

An Act to provide for the protection of wilderness and the restoration of land to its condition before European colonisation; and for other purposes.

 
AU - Wildlife - Wildlife Act 1975 (VIC)   Wildlife Act 1975  

The purposes of this Act are to establish procedures in order to promote: the protection and conservation of wildlife; the prevention of taxa of wildlife from becoming extinct; the sustainable use of and access to wildlife; and to prohibit and regulate the conduct of persons engaged in activities concerning or related to wildlife

 
AU - Wildlife - Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia)   Wildlife Conservation Act 1950  

The Act covers the protection of fauna, the taking of protected species, licence requirements and possible opportunities, the authority of wildlife officers, crown lands. The Department of Environment and Conservation is the primary agency responsible for conserving this biodiversity. This Act provides for the conservation and protection of wildlife.

 

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