Since the 1980s, the welfare of livestock in Australia has been supported by a series of Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals (MCOP).
A review of the MCOP in 2005 recommended that the MCOP be converted into Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines aim to harmonise and streamline livestock welfare legislation in Australia, ensuring that it results in improved welfare outcomes and is practical for industry and government.
National and state welfare frameworks are informed by Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. These underpin access to domestic and overseas markets and reinforce Australia’s commitment to advancing meaningful and effective animal welfare outcomes.
For more information on animal welfare in Australia please visit Animal Welfare in Australia – DAFF