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Review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

About the review

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.

  • Have your say

    The Queensland Government is seeking feedback from the community as part of the review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001. Complete this survey to have your say. You can also upload a written submission using the form on this page.

    Taking the survey
    Before beginning the survey, please ensure you read the discussion paper to understand the issues and proposals.

    The survey questions are arranged by sections as presented in the discussion paper. You can respond to one, some or all of the questions. 

    Please read the privacy statement below to understand how your information and feedback will be used.

Privacy statement

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (the department) is collecting personal information from you, including your name, email address, phone number, geographic location and commentary or opinion, for the purpose of the review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the ACPA). Information gathered via survey responses and written submissions will inform the review of the ACPA and development of policy and legislative proposals. As part of the legislative review and implementation process, the department will need to share some information with relevant Queensland government agencies and information may be included in regulatory impact assessment reports, for example to the Office of Best Practice Regulation.  Personal information will not be included in these reports or published. Information (excluding personal information) may be compiled into a public report to summarise the consultation process. Please let the department know if you do not wish to have your response or submission included in a public report by emailing

The department collects your information to register you as a user on the Department’s Engagement Hub and all data is maintained on our Customer Relationship Management system hosted on the Engagement Hub site.  We register you to manage your input into the ACPA review and so we can contact you about the results of the review, and invite you to participate in future online surveys and activities. Your participation in any activity is voluntary. If you do not wish to receive further communication and engagement, you can unsubscribe to the site at any time via the link provided in the registration email. For more information on Engagement Hub and how it is used by the department please read the privacy statement. For general information about how the department handles your personal information go to: