NSW Animal Welfare Action Plan

Released in May 2018, the Animal Welfare Action Plan (‘the Plan’) will modernise legislation that is almost 40 years old and will deliver an animal welfare system focused on outcomes that reflects evolving animal welfare science and community expectations. The plan reinforces the NSW Government’s commitment to safeguarding animal welfare and providing the strongest possible regulatory framework to promote responsible animal ownership and care in NSW.


That people responsible for animals provide for their welfare, in line with the best available science and community expectations.


Modernise the policy and legislative framework by:

  • implementing companion animal breeding practices reforms
  • improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement efforts
  • ensuring sound research and scientific practices are used to develop policy and legislation
  • engaging with key stakeholders and ensure all views are respected and considered in developing policy and legislation
  • investing in our systems and processes.

Explore our interactive plan below to know more about the activities and timeframes or download a copy of the Action Plan (PDF, 976.95 KB).

More information

See more about changes on the Animal Welfare Reform page.