Poultry health and welfare
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Animal Health and Welfare programs aim to monitor disease occurrence, mitigate the economical and social effects of disease and chemical residue occurrence, facilitate the marketing of Victorian livestock and livestock products, and promote the welfare of farmed animals. Development and delivery of the programs involves policy, legislation, advisory, research and regulatory activities. Increasingly, the programs form part of a national approach to ensure that our livestock and livestock products meet the requirements of domestic and international customers.
Here you will find information about general poultry health and welfare as well as specific information on exotic poultry diseases, biosecurity guidelines for poultry producers and links to further information about poultry health and welfare.
Duty of Care
Duty of Care is a legal obligation for people to take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animals that their activities impact upon.
To fully understand your obligations with respect the ensuring the welfare of poultry you own, or that are in your care, please review the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Poultry and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008.
Who do I call if I am concerned about the welfare of poultry?
If you are concerned about the welfare of a poultry please contact you local DEDJTR Animal Health Officer or
District Veterinary Officer on 136 186.
Code of Accepted farming Practice for the Welfare of poultry
The Code of Accepted Farming Practice for the Welfare of Poultry (The Code) is intended as a guide for all people responsible for the welfare of poultry in cage, barn and free-range systems. It recognises that the basic requirement for the welfare of poultry is a husbandry system, managed by trained and skilled stock-people.
Biosecurity and poultry
Find information on practical measures to limit the spread of infectious diseases and pests, both within a poultry farm and from one farm to others.
- Biosecurity guidelines for poultry producers
- Poultry Litter, Poultry Manure and Poultry Feed in Livestock Production Systems
Here you can find information on diseases that affect poultry and poultry production