The release of the Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2022 marks an important step towards implementing the NSW Government's commitment to introduce modern animal welfare laws.
The Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2022 has been developed based on around 6,000 responses from the NSW community, received over two rounds of public consultation. Most recently, from August – September 2021, the NSW Government sought public feedback on the NSW Animal Welfare Reform: Discussion Paper, which set out the key proposals for the Draft Bill. We received over 4,800 responses to the Discussion Paper from a wide range of community members and stakeholders.
A Consultation Outcomes Report has been prepared, which summarises the feedback received during consultation and responds to the questions, issues or concerns raised.
Frequently Asked Questions respond to more common questions that arose as part of the consultation process.
A parliamentary committee will now review the Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2022 as part of the Inquiry into Animal Welfare Policy in NSW. The committee’s interim report is due by 30 May 2022.
The community is invited to review and provide feedback on the Draft Bill as part of the Inquiry process. Submissions close 13 February 2022 and can be made through the Parliament of NSW website.