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Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 – 1 July 2016

Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 – 16 September 2016


Compulsory and voluntary codes of conduct in relation to the care and handling of animals are set out or referenced in the Regulation to this Act.

  • Sections 13, 15, 16, Regulations 2, 3, 4 and Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Regulation

A person in charge of an animal owes a duty of care to the animal to provide for its needs.

  • Section 17

A person in charge of a dog that is closely confined for a continuous period of 24 hours must ensure the dog is exercised.

  • Section 33
Reason for law

To promote the responsible care and use of animals. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Animal welfare law [Queensland Government]

Animal welfare [Business and Industry Portral]

Animal welfare [Biosecurity Queensland]

Register of Scientific Animal Use


Compulsory codes of practice for animal welfare

Pets in Crisis [DV Connect]

Wildlife Carers Database [Australian Fauna Care]

Adopt a Koala [Australia Koala Foundation]

Adopt a Dolphin [Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation]

Become a Wildlife Protector [Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld]

Foster an animal [RSPCA Queensland]

Fostering [Animal Welfare League of Queensland]

Fostering [Animal Rescue QLD]

Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld

The Wilderness Society

Safe Haven Animal Rescue Inc

Animal Liberation Queensland

Voiceless: the animal protection institute

Animals Australia

World Animal Protection Australia

Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA)

Australian Rescue and Rehabilitation Of Wildlife Assoc Inc. (ARROW)

Australia Zoo

GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs) in Need Australia

Zeppee – Australia`s Official Pet Connector

World Organisation for Animal Health

Humane Society International


In the future, it is possible for dog tie-up laws to be tightened in line with international trends.

Media statement

Nowhere to hide for cruel puppy farms [Queensland Government]

Media article

New Zealand Now Recognizes Animals As Sentient Beings

How drones can help fight the war on shark attacks

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