The welfare of poultry in NSW is protected by legislation and supporting Codes and Standards.

To learn more about the exhibition and display of poultry visit Zoo, circus and other exhibited animals.

To learn more about the use of poultry in research and teaching visit Animals in research and teaching.

Standards, Guidelines and Codes of Practice


The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 provides minimum requirements for laying fowl.

The following documents are prescribed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA). It is a requirement that people involved in the care and welfare of poultry must comply with these documents.


The documents listed below are prescribed under POCTA. Although they are not mandatory, they may be used as evidence of an offence in court proceedings.

Other resources 

Additional information about the care and welfare of poultry is listed below.

National Standards and Guidelines for Poultry

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry

The NSW Government has undertaken community consultation on ways to improve animal welfare outcomes in NSW poultry industries.

The consultation was undertaken by a former NSW Chief Veterinary Officer and included community and stakeholder meetings in Sydney and regional areas as well as an online survey.

Feedback from the consultation process will help shape the NSW Government response to the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, currently under development.

The draft standards cover a range of welfare issues including nutrition, housing, animal husbandry, biosecurity and on-farm management.

The NSW Government is currently considering community feedback and will draw on this input, alongside the latest science, in finalising the standards and guidelines with other States and the Commonwealth.

Report for NSW government