NSW Animal Welfare Action Plan

The NSW Government is committed to safeguarding animal welfare and providing the strongest possible regulatory framework to promote responsible animal ownership and care in NSW.

The Animal Welfare Action Plan was released in May 2018 and will modernise legislation that is almost 40 years old; to deliver an animal welfare system that is focused on outcomes and reflects evolving animal welfare science and community expectations.

Action Plan objective

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

Action Plan goals

Modernise the policy and legislative framework

  • Implement companion animal breeding practices reforms
  • Improve the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement efforts
  • Ensure sound research and scientific practices are used to develop policy and legislation
  • Engage with key stakeholders and ensure all views are respected and considered in developing policy and legislation
  • Invest 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 Improving animal welfare page.