Review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

The Queensland Government has committed to a review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

The review will begin in early 2021, marking 20 years since the commencement of the Act. The Act has been amended on a number of occasions but has not been comprehensively reviewed since it commenced.

Animals are an important part of life for most Queenslanders and their welfare is held in high regard by the community.

It’s important for animal welfare laws to keep pace with community expectations and modern welfare practices. The review will ensure Queensland’s animal welfare laws remain current to protect the welfare of all animals.

Stakeholders and the community will have the opportunity to have their say and provide feedback on the review of the Act.

The Queensland Government has a number of animal welfare priorities underway to support the welfare and care of animals in Queensland. The review of the Act is a separate body of work to the existing project to implement the recommendations from the Independent inquiry into the management of retired racehorses. These projects will progress independently of one another but together will benefit all animals in Queensland.

More information

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