Ahead of the NSW state election on 25 March 2023, the NSW Government caretaker period has commenced. Limited updates will be made to this website during this period.
The welfare of livestock in NSW is protected by legislation and supporting Codes and Standards.
Animal welfare is a shared responsibility between all people in the transport chain, including stock owners, transport operators, saleyard personnel, livestock agents and stockpersons.
If you transport livestock it is important to plan ahead and consider a range of factors that will reduce the risk of animal welfare issues.
Information on how to transport and sell livestock is available from How to: Transport and sell livestock.
Details on transport roles and responsibilities are available from Animal Welfare During Dry Times.
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Saleyards and Depots were finalised in February 2018 by the Agriculture Ministers (AGMIN).
New South Wales intends to adopt the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines –Livestock at Saleyards and Depots into legislation subject to normal policy development processes.
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines — Land Transport of Livestock have been endorsed by the Primary Industries Ministerial Committee for legislation.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Land Transport of Livestock) Standards 2013 No 1 was implemented in June 2013. The Standards are listed in Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 as relevant Standards under Part 4 of the Regulation. There are minor differences from the National Standards and Guidelines where there was pre-existing legislation – these are dealt with by the insertion of notes in the appropriate clause.
Additional information about the care and welfare of livestock in NSW is listed below.
NSW is not directly involved in the bulk live export trade - there is no export of live animals through NSW sea ports. Live exports fall under Commonwealth legislation administered by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
The Australian Government is undertaking a number of actions to ensure animal welfare standards are met and to secure a long-term and sustainable future for the live animal export industry.
More information about these actions is available from the Australian Government’s Action on Live Export website.