Victorian Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare
Codes of Practice
The codes of practice listed on this page are made under either the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA) or the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (DAA).
Codes of practice set out recommended minimum standards and practices for the keeping of a wide range of species and animal related activities. The requirements of all Domestic Animals Act codes are mandatory. Most POCTA codes are advisory only unless made mandatory through recognition in legislation. Compliance with the provisions of POCTA codes can provide a defense to a prosecution under this Act.
Mandatory codes or standards are marked with an asterix*.
The POCTA livestock codes are gradually being replaced by nationally developed Standards and Guidelines which are being adopted in Victoria under the Livestock Management Act 2010. Read more about this Act and regulated standards.
All POCTA livestock transport codes were revoked on 11 April 2013 following the adoption of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock under the Livestock Management Regulations 2011.
Dogs & Cats
Exhibition of Animals
Code of Practice for the Responsible Breeding of Animals with Heritable Defects that cause Disease* (mandatory for prescribed diseases)
The Code of Practice for the Use of Small Steel-jawed Traps has been replaced by regulations related to small leghold trapping in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008. For more information on trapping, please also refer to Humane Vertebrate Pest Control.