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The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the Act) protects the welfare of animals in Queensland.

The Act sets regulations for animal welfare standards. These regulations are the basis for the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 External Link (the Regulation).

Biosecurity Queensland, a service of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is the government's lead agency for animal welfare activities in Queensland. They develop, monitor and enforce animal welfare policy, legislation and standards, and educate the community about animal welfare.

In accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2014, those in charge of animals are responsible for managing biosecurity risks associated with the keeping and moving of these animals.

The maximum penalty for an individual convicted of failure to comply with the legislation is 300 penalty units ($126.15 per unit at 1 July 2017) or 1 year imprisonment. The penalty for cruelty offences is up to 2000 penalty units or 3 years imprisonment.

Refer to animal welfare laws in Queensland External Link for further information.

Animal welfare codes of practice

Animal welfare codes of practice contain guidelines and information to ensure the considerate and humane treatment of animals. These codes may be compulsory External Link or voluntary External Link.

Compulsory codes of practice

Voluntary codes of practice

Voluntary codes are named in Schedule 4 of the Regulation External Link. These relate mostly to livestock e.g. cattle, goats, sheep. Refer to the list of animal welfare codes of practice External Link for further information.

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