Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Animal Welfare

Animal welfare encompasses all aspects of animal health and well-being. Australia’s animal welfare strategies involve:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • veterinary and community groups
  • animal industries
  • animal welfare groups, and
  • individual animal owners and handlers.

Australia’s state and territory governments have primary responsibility for animal welfare and laws to prevent cruelty. The Australian (Federal) Government is responsible for trade and international agreements relating to animal welfare.

Animal Welfare in Australia

Live Animal Exports

International Animal Welfare

Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS)

Publications & Reports

Contact Us

Animal Welfare Branch
Product Integrity, Animal & Plant Health
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Email the Animal Welfare Branch

  • Department of Sustainability and Environment

  • Department of Primary Industries