The government provides minimum standards for the care and use of animals.
Animal Welfare Act 1992 (the Act) regulates offences related to animals such as animal cruelty and is administered by TCCS. TCCS is the government's lead department for animal welfare in the Territory.
The Act allows the Chief Executive to appoint inspectors for the purposes of enforcing the Act. Officers from within the RSPCA have been appointed as inspectors due to their outstanding knowledge of the types of actions or omissions of actions that constitute an offence under the Act.
The Act has a range of enforcement powers to promote and monitor acceptable standards of care, and protect animals from cruelty or welfare offences.
The Act provides the framework for standards of the care and use of animals that achieves a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of persons whose livelihood is dependent on animals. It also allows for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology,
and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals.
The Animal Welfare Codes of Practice allow the ACT community to identify the applicable animal welfare standards.
A Code of Practice sets the minimum standard acceptable for dealing with, or interacting with, an animal.
View the Animal Welfare Act 1992 and Codes of Practise on the ACT legislation register.