Code of Practice for the Transportation of Horses in Western Australia - Western Australia

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to handle or use horses in Western Australia.

This code applies to owners, drivers, attendants and railway officials involved in the transportation of horses, including

  • waiting periods
  • loading
  • transit rest periods
  • unloading.

It establishes minimum welfare requirements for horses being transported, with the aim of minimising stress and injury caused to horses at all stages of transport operations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Food
Animal Welfare
Livestock Compliance Unit

Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 2002 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Food
Animal Welfare
Livestock Compliance Unit

Operating address:
3 Baron-Hay Court
South Perth
Western Australia 6151
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 4
Bentley DC
Western Australia 6983


08 9363 4053

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