Animal Welfare Branch

The Animal Welfare Authority is responsible for making sure animal owners follow the rules, and appoints welfare inspectors and officers to ensure that animals are treated humanely, prevent cruelty to animals and promote community awareness about the welfare of animals.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) Animal Welfare Branch (AWB), is the administrative arm of the Animal Welfare Authority.

To find out more information on Animal Welfare visit

Animal Protection Bill 2018

On 8 February 2018, the introduced Bill was referred to the Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Scrutiny Committee (‘the Committee’). The Committee called for public submissions on the draft Bill and held a public hearing on 9 April 2018. On 1 May 2018, the Chair of the Committee presented its report and recommendations on the introduced Bill to the Legislative Assembly. The Northern Territory Government is currently considering the findings of the report, and will report back to the Legislative Assembly prior to parliamentary debate on the Bill.

Find out more about the Animal Protection Bill 2018.

Last updated: 24 September 2019

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