On 20 October 2020 the Victorian Government released a Directions Paper setting out 12 high-level proposals for a new animal welfare Act for public feedback.

The new Act will replace the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA Act). While the POCTA Act has supported Victoria’s reputation for a high standard of animal welfare for more than 30 years, the legislation is outdated and has become complex. Some parts do not work in practice as well as they could.

Many of the proposals set out in the Directions Paper aim to improve existing provisions under the POCTA Act. Some would introduce new features into Victoria’s main animal welfare legislation.

More than 1200 responses were received from organisations and individuals on the proposals set out in the Directions Paper.

The Directions Paper is provided in the Document Library below, along with an Engagement Report summarising key feedback received.

Document library

Submitting your feedback

You can provide feedback on the proposals by completing a survey, or making a submission

By uploading a submission

By completing a survey

Before you start the survey

It will take at least 30 minutes to complete the survey if you respond to every question.

You can respond to one, some or all the questions in the survey.

We suggest you read the Summary of Proposals above to identify which proposals might be of most interest to you.

  • If you take more than 2 hours to complete the survey, or if you leave the survey and do not return within 2 hours, your survey form will not be saved.

Collection notice

The Department of Jobs, Precinct and Regions (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy, according to Victorian privacy laws.


The department will collect and handle information from the survey to help inform the development of a new animal welfare Act for Victoria. The department may share your responses (survey results) with the community and with external parties such as other key stakeholders and external consultants. Your responses will be used to inform an Engagement Report released to the public. Comments you make in the survey may be included in the Engagement Report.


If you are making a submission as an organisation, your comments may be published in an Engagement Report, including details of your organisation, unless you advise otherwise.

Personal information relates to individuals only and includes name, address, geographical location and email address. Personal information in your submission will be removed before disclosure or publication. The submission form also provides for your submission to remain confidential.

To request access to your personal information or for other concerns about the privacy of your personal information, contact us at privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au. For more information please see the department’s Privacy Statement.