Legislation and regulation

The department undertakes key roles across agriculture sectors in Victoria, either directly, through statutory agencies or with partner agencies across the Victorian Government. The department administers various pieces of legislation which support these activities.

In addition, the department also administers legislation regulating:

  • food safety
  • fisheries
  • forestry
  • game hunting
  • animal welfare.

All legislation is available on the Victorian Legislation website.

Administered legislation

The following acts and regulations relate to the agriculture portfolio of the department.

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Ruminant Feed) Regulations 2015
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Fertilisers) Regulations 2015
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Victoria) Act 1994

Agricultural Industry Development Act 1990

  • Agricultural Industry Development (Polls) Regulations 2021

Biological Control Act 1986

Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994

  • Catchment and Land Protection Regulations 2012
  • Catchment and Land Protection (Register of Interests) Regulations 2016

Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987

  • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Infringement Notice) Regulations 2013
  • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Fisheries Infringement Notices) Regulations 2020
  • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Primary Industries Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013

Control of Genetically Modified Crops Act 2004

Dairy Act 2000

Domestic Animals Act 1994

  • Domestic Animals Regulations 2015.

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981

  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2018
  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Poppy Cultivation and Processing) Regulations 2014

Farm Debt Mediation Act 2011

Fisheries Act 1995

  • Fisheries Regulations 2019
  • Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017

Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

  • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Regulations 2020

Food Act 1984

Forests (Wood Pulp Agreement) Act 1996

Game Management Authority Act 2014

Grain Handling and Storage Act 1995

Impounding of Livestock Act 1994

  • Impounding of Livestock Regulations 2018

Livestock Disease Control Act 1994

  • Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017

Livestock Management Act 2010

  • Livestock Management Regulations 2011

Meat Industry Act 1993

  • Meat Industry Regulations 2015

Melbourne Market Authority Act 1977

Plant Biosecurity Act 2010

  • Plant Biosecurity Regulations 2016

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) Regulations 2016

Seafood Safety Act 2003

  • Seafood Safety Regulations 2014

Stock (Seller Liability and Declarations) Act 1993

Sustainable Forest (Timber) Act 2004

Veterinary Practice Act 1997

  • Veterinary Practice Regulations 2018

Wildlife Act 1975

  • Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012
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