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NSW Animal Welfare Reform – issues paper

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is seeking feedback on key issues affecting animal welfare laws in NSW.
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What’s this about?

This is your opportunity to help set the direction for animal welfare policy reform. This is an important step towards modernising welfare laws, which is a key commitment of the NSW Animal Welfare Action Plan.

The discussion paper identifies five focus areas for reform:

  • reviewing the purpose of the Acts
  • defining key terms
  • examining compliance powers and tools
  • setting the right penalties
  • streamlining the framework.

Feedback from the paper will be used to develop policy solutions. DPI welcomes feedback from all community members on these focus areas and any other issues that should be considered in the reform process.

Have your say

There are three ways you can submit your feedback:


21 February 2020 to 21 June 2020
12:01am to 11:59pm

Survey submission


21 February 2020 to 21 June 2020
12:01am to 11:59pm

Online consultation

Consultation period

From:21 February 2020
To:21 June 2020

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 02 9338 6741
Agency Website
Consultation Website

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