Proposed Animal Welfare Standards for Dogs



The public submission period has closed.


A key objective of the Animal Welfare Act 1993 is to ensure the welfare of animals. In support of this objective, the Act provides for minimum standards for the care and management of animals to be prescribed. Such standards are legally enforceable.

The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee has developed proposed standards for the care and management of dogs and guidelines to support them. Separate standards and guidelines are proposed for dogs kept by 'domestic animal businesses' and dogs kept privately. They are detailed in the discussion paper attached below.

Discussion Paper - Proposed Animal Welfare Standards for Dogs (963 KB)


Comment was invited on the draft standards in relation to:
    1. whether they are appropriate; and
    2. costs that they may impose on businesses and persons required to comply with them.
Submissions were invited by 22 November 2013.


Note: All submissions will be treated as public documents and may be made available on the Department's website, unless a specific request is made in writing to treat a submission as confidential, either in whole or in part. No personal details other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed. All other personal contact details will be kept private and held by DPIPWE solely for the purposes of the development of the proposed legislation. See the DPIPWE Personal Information Protection Policy‚Äč.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). When making your submission, please detail any reasons why you consider the information that you have provided is confidential or should not be publicly released. Your reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application.



About the Development of the Proposed Standards

The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment recently conducted a review of the Animal Welfare Act 1993. An area that was given significant consideration was the welfare of dogs, including dogs kept for the purpose of breeding.

The then Minister, Bryan Green, accepted the Committee's review recommendations, including a recommendation that minimum welfare standards for dogs be prescribed in regulations made under the Act. Such standards would be legally enforceable.

The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee developed the proposed standards and guidelines after considering submissions to the Animal Welfare Act review, standards enforced in other Australian States and Territories, and undertaking targeted consultation of stakeholders involved in dog breeding and the sale of puppies.

The Committee will consider all submissions prior to making its recommendations to the Minister.



Frequently Asked Questions

The Department has prepared a Question and Answers document that provides answers to commonly asked questions about the proposed standards and guidelines for dogs.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page



Further Information

Contact: Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
Executive Officer
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
13 St Johns Ave
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: AnimalWelfare.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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