Animal Welfare Advisory Council

The Animal Welfare Advisory Council (“the Council”) is a non-statutory body established to provide expert advice to the NSW Government on animal welfare matters and proposed regulations.

The Council has recently been reshaped as an independent scientific committee. The Council's key role to provide expert scientific advice to support the delivery of the NSW Animal Welfare Action Plan.

The NSW Government recently sought expressions of interest for people to join the Council. These expressions of interest closed on 13 March 2020 and all applications are now being considered.

Council membership

Members of the Council will be appointed on the basis of their skills and expertise. Experts will be drawn from the following categories:

  • Animal welfare science
  • Animal behaviour
  • Veterinary science
  • Animal science
  • Any other area considered relevant to fulfill the role of the Council.

We value diversity on the Council and encouraged applications from all community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Selection and appointment of members will be undertaken in accordance with the Public Service Commissioner’s Appointment Standards: Boards and Committees in the NSW Public Sector.

Council meetings

Meetings will be called by the Chair of the Council or at the request of the Minister. Ordinarily there will be four scheduled meetings of the Council in a calendar year. The Council may also be asked to consider items out of session, from time to time.

More information

The conduct of the Council will be consistent with the requirements of the NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines.