Animal Care and Protection Amendment Bill 2022

About the Bill 

On 12 May 2022 the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities introduced the Animal Care and Protection Amendment Bill 2022 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the State Development and Regional Industries Committee for consideration and report by 1 July 2022.  

The objective of the Bill, according to the explanatory notes, is to modernise Queensland’s animal welfare laws to reflect modern scientific knowledge, community attitudes and expectations. The Bill will also implement recommendations from the Inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses in Queensland (Martin Inquiry) and the Queensland Audit Office’s report Regulating Animal Welfare (Report 6: 2021-22) (QAO report).

The Bill proposes to amend the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936, Racing Integrity Act 2016 and Disability Services Act 2006 to:

  • Facilitate the ethical use of animals for scientific purposes while protecting their welfare
  • Strengthen enforcement powers to address risks to animal welfare by clarifying or prescribing new offences
  • Prohibit inhumane practices, such as the firing or blistering of the legs of dogs or horses, the use of prong collars, and the use of certain poisons on pest animals
  • Create an approved accreditation scheme which will allow a non-veterinarian to perform certain procedures on cattle
  • Clarify legislation and remove redundant provisions
  • Implement recommendations from the Martin Inquiry, including those relating to the monitoring of livestock slaughter facilities
  • Implement government-supported recommendations of the QAO report, aimed at strengthening the oversight of RSPCA inspectors.

View: Bill 
View: Explanatory Notes
View: Statement of compatibility

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submissions closed on 1 June 2022.

It is a matter for the committee to determine whether or not a submission will be published. 

Rules of the Queensland Parliament require committees to operate in as public and transparent manner as practicable, but these rules also require committees to take care that published material is not prejudicial to any person and is relevant to the committee’s inquiry. The committee has taken a considered approach to these requirements.  

The secretariat will be able to assist with further questions about the publication of submissions.

PUBLIC BRIEFING

The committee held a public briefing on 23 May 2022.  

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The committee will hold public hearings in mid June 2022.  Dates and locations to be confirmed.

Timeline

Submissions closed:1 June 2022
Public briefing:Monday, 23 May 2022 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript
Public hearing(s):14 June 2022 - 9:30am to 3:30pm - Program - Broadcast - Transcript Proof
15 June 2022 - 9:30am to 1:15pm - Program - Broadcast - Transcript Proof
Report due date:Friday, 1 July 2022

 

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