Animals are important to Victorian communities and have a valuable role in our economy. They are part of Victorian homes, farms, sport, recreational businesses and activities, natural state, research and essential services.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations (POCTA Regulations) 2008 protect the welfare of animals in Victoria by supporting requirements set under Victoria’s primary piece of animal welfare legislation – the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA Act).
The POCTA Regulations protect animals by preventing, or minimising, harm through regulation of specific activities such as use of electronic and other devices, transportation of animals and use of fruit netting. The POCTA Regulations will sunset on 15 December 2019, so new POCTA Regulations must be made by this date.
Following a thorough review and extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders, including representatives from industry and animal welfare organisations, the new POCTA Regulations have been drafted. This includes drafting of the associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).
Community members and stakeholders are encouraged to contribute their expertise and ideas on the draft proposed regulations and options presented in the Regulatory Impact Statement.
Animal Welfare Victoria will keep respondents informed throughout this process, including provision of a consultation report and an update when the new regulations have been finalised.
Proposed Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement
Please complete the survey on the proposed regulations below. Refer to the regulation summary for an overview of the regulations. The summary is aligned to the questions below.