The Queensland Government is reviewing the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the ACPA). The review marks 20 years since the ACPA commenced.
Animals are an important part of life for most Queenslanders and their welfare is held in high regard by the community. The review will examine all aspects of the ACPA to ensure it continues to meet evolving community expectations and modern animal welfare practices.
Consultation is integral to improving legislation. Queenslanders have wide experience and diverse knowledge about the welfare of animals. You are encouraged to share your ideas and feedback as part of the review. All feedback will be considered.
How to have your say
A discussion paper has been released to provide a platform for feedback and comment on current provisions of the ACPA, as well as proposals for new provisions and changes. You can provide feedback on all of the issues raised in the discussion paper, or on just the issues that are relevant to you. You can complete the survey below or upload a written submission using the submission form on this page.
Consultation closes at midnight Friday 21 May 2021.
The Queensland Government committed to a review of the ACPA on 8 December 2020.
While the ACPA provides a strong framework for animal welfare in Queensland, it has been operating for 20 years without a significant review. In that time, the community’s concern for animal welfare has evolved. There is an increasing expectation that people will provide animals with an appropriate level of care and protection regardless of the circumstances under which they are kept or used.
The ACPA sets the minimum standards for the welfare of animals, sets maximum penalties for offences and provides powers to inspectors to act when people’s actions fall below the minimum standards. We want to make sure our laws, standards and penalties reflect contemporary scientific knowledge and community expectations while allowing animal industries to continue to operate appropriately and without unnecessary regulatory burden.