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Australia's Law & Policy Submissions

Our work to improve animal welfare laws in Australia


The most effective way to protect animals over the long term is to improve legal frameworks. Australia is a nation of animal lovers — citizens have long demanded for the better protection of animal welfare. Our work in Australia attempts to achieve this goal by means of submitting open letters and policy submissions at the federal and state levels, and through public education to the general public.

See the timeline of our work here.

timeline of our submissions

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Review of the Code of Practice on the Humane Treatment of Wild and Farmed Australian Crocodiles 

This review presents the opportunity for the Code to create meaningful animal welfare improvements that are in line with or exceed community expectations, and that follow the latest scientific literature on crocodile behaviours and welfare. Read our submission.

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Agriculture and Land Sectoral Plan

The climate crisis is an opportunity to rethink food and farming and to catalyse a transition to a food system that benefits planet, animals and humans. Read our submission.


Submission to the Productivity Commission Review of Philanthropy

We make this submission to raise awareness of the specific concerns of animal welfare charities in relation to existing charity regulation and its effect on philanthropic giving in Australia. Read the submission here.

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Proposed Amendments 2022 of the Export Control Rules 2021

We are deeply concerned about animal welfare tragedies that regularly occur when live animals are exported by sea, and we expect the Australian Government to act on the numerous tragedies recorded. Read our submission.

Sheep in Australia

Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill 2022 (TAS)

Our submission emphasising important key developments within the Bill, and opportunities for further development to best address animal welfare in Tasmania.   

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Remaking the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation in New South Wales (NSW)

In New South Wales, some types of hunting are regulated under the Game and Feral Animal Control (GFAC) Act 2002 and its Regulation 2012. The GFAC 2012 is scheduled to be remade by 1 September 2022. Read our submission.

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Animal Care and Protection Amendment Bill, Queensland (QLD)

On 12 May 2022, the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities introduced the Animal Care and Protection Amendment Bill 2022 to modernise animal welfare laws in Queensland. Read our submission.

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Inquiry into puppy farming in New South Wales (NSW)

The Select Committee on Puppy Farming in New South Wales was established on 24 November 2021 to inquire into and report on puppy farming in New South Wales. Read our submission. 


NSW Animal Welfare submission 2021

While there are some welcome improvements proposed in the Discussion Paper, there are a lot of missed opportunities to bring NSW into line with standards of modern animal welfare legislation. Read our submission. 

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Inquiry into kangaroos in New South Wales (NSW)

NSW Legislative Council's Report No 11 - PC7: Inquiry into the health and wellbeing of kangaroos and other macropods in New South Wales. Read our submission.

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