New animal welfare Act for Victoria

Modernising Victoria’s animal protection legislation will help safeguard animal welfare while enabling our valuable food and fibre industries to function responsibly and productively.

A Directions Paper setting out high-level proposals for a new Act was released for public feedback from October to December 2020. More than 1200 responses were received from stakeholders and the public.

An Engagement Report summarising feedback received on the proposals for the new Act was released in April 2021.

The Directions Paper and the Engagement Report are available on the Engage Victoria website.

Feedback received on the proposals for the new Act is informing legislative policy development. An Exposure Draft of the proposed legislation will be released to provide another opportunity for public feedback. Feedback on the Exposure Draft will inform the Bill before its introduction into Parliament for consideration. Subordinate legislative instruments such as Regulations would be developed if the draft Bill is passed by Parliament. There will be opportunities to get involved in providing feedback on this work.

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To receive email updates on progress of the new Act and about opportunities to provide feedback, submit your email address on the Engage Victoria website.

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Page last updated: 18 Jul 2022