Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 - Queensland


The  Animal Care and Protection Act 2001:

  1. promotes the responsible care and use of animals.
  2. provides standards for the care and use of animals that
    1. achieve a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of persons whose livelihoold is dependent on animals.
    2. allow for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals.
  3. protects animals from unjustifiable, unnecesessary or unreasonable pain and cruelty.
  4. ensure the use of animals  for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.

The Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 prescribes additional requirements for domestic fowl, pigs, transporting livestock and animals in circuses.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Lodgement process


Inspectors, including Departmental officers, RSPCA officers and police officers, have powers to enforce compliance with the Act.  These include provisions for entry and inspection of premises, seizure of evidence and destruction of animals in certain cases.  Offences may be prosecuted in a Magistrates Court and penalties include fines or imprisonment.

In certain circumstances Authorised Officers have powers to conduct monitoring programs to ensure compliance with mandatory code requirements, such as the use of animals for scientific purposes and poultry housing.

The maximum penalty for cruelty to animals under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 is a $227,700 fine or 3 years imprisonment for a person and a $1,138,500 fine for corporations.  Individuals convicted of breaching duty of care to animals face a maximum fin of $34,155 or one year in prison.

People who intentionally inflcit severe pain and suffering upon an animal can also be convicted under the Criminal Code Act 1899 in Queensland.  The maximum penalty is a 7 years jail sentence.

Additional information

A general advisory service on the welfare aspects of animal handling is available through the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Program of Biosecurity Queensland.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Service Centre

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 07 3404 6999
Phone: 13 25 23
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre (Opens in new window)