Review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

The Queensland Government is reviewing the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the ACPA)The review marks 20 years since the ACPA commenced.

Animals are an important part of life for most Queenslanders and their welfare is held in high regard by the community. The review will ensure the ACPA keeps pace with contemporary animal welfare practices and community expectations.

In April 2021 the Department released a discussion paper and commenced a community consultation program to gather feedback on the review of the ACPA.

Stakeholders and the community were able to complete a survey about issues raised in the discussion paper (PDF, 1.7MB) and/or upload a written submission on any aspect of the ACPA.

Consultation on the discussion paper closed on 21 May 2021. A total of 1439 survey responses and 914 written submissions were received from organisations and individuals across a range of animal interest areas and from all regions of the State. The Department is now considering all feedback.

Scope of the review

All parts of the ACPA are being considered under the review, including but not limited to:

  • a review of enforcement options to ensure they are appropriate
  • an infringement notice scheme for on-the-spot fines for certain animal welfare offences
  • a review of the oversight and governance arrangements for externally appointed inspectors to ensure they are appropriate
  • options to assist animal welfare professionals, including veterinary surgeons, to report animal cruelty.

The ACPA review is not considering animal welfare provisions in the following separate legislation:

  • Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2009
  • Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld)
  • Exhibited Animals Act 2015
  • Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000
  • Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936

The Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 (the Regulation), including the compulsory codes of practice, is not covered under the review but will be remade after amendments to the ACPA have been finalised. Any feedback received on matters contained in the Regulation during the review will be considered when the Regulation is reviewed and remade.

The implementation of the recommendations from the independent inquiry into the management of retired racehorses is progressing separately to the ACPA review.

More information

Contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.