Online Submission Form - Animal-Welfare Amendment Bill

​​​​​NRE Tas invites submissions on the draft Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill 2022.

Key amendments within the draft Bill seek to support and further strengthen the provisions under the Animal Welfare Act 1993 (the Act) for the enforcement and prosecution of animal welfare offences in Tasmania. 

To give legal effect to the improvements, a draft ​​Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill 2022 (the Bill) is provided for comment. 

A copy of the Draft bill can be downloaded below:
A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has not been prepared following a preliminary assessment that the introduction of these new laws for animal welfare is unlikely to impose new regulatory burdens and impacts on business competition in the animal industries, and potentially the broader Tasmanian community.

Please use this online form below to provide a response to any or all sections of the Draft Bill. When providing comment on specific clauses in the Draft Bill, please reference the section numbers.

Please note – once you commence a submission using the form below, you will not be able to save your contribution and return to it at a later date. Therefore, if you are planning on making a lengthy submission, we recommend preparing your submission separately before copying the text into the relevant section of the online submission form below. 

There is also an option for providing your submission by attaching a document within the online submission form below.​​

Alternatively you can email or post your submission:


Postal submissions:
Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill
Bisoecurity Tasmania
NRE Tasmania
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001

Submissions can be made until the close of business on 20 July 2022


​Making a Submission

A response may be provided to any or all sections of the draft Bill document using the feedback form below.  When providing comment on specific clauses in the Draft Bill please reference the exact section numbers.
 
Please note – once you commence a submission using the form below, you will not be able to save your contribution and return to it at a later date. Therefore, if you are planning on making a lengthy submission, we recommend preparing your submission separately before copying the text into the relevant section of the online submission form below. There is also an option for providing your submission by attaching a document below.
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Period of Submission
Submissions on the draft Bill can be made from 20 June 2022 until the close of business on 20 July 2022.​

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(including any issues of: Background, Objectives, Scope).




The expanded definition of ‘dispose’ allows for all opportunities to manage animals.




Statements that a specified person had, or has, custody, control or possession of a specified animal is admissible as evidence.




Clarification that certain activities do not apply to any animal research carried out in a licensed institution if that research is carried out with the approval of the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee etcetera. There are further proposals on animal research in sections 14 and 15.




Inclusion of the omitted word ‘may’, removal of redundant reference to the pest register and the ban of use of a pronged collar.




If a person is charged with but not found guilty of an offence under this section the person may be convicted of a lesser offence under section 8 if the evidence in the proceedings on the charge under section 9 establishes that the person committed an offence under section 8.




An officer may, without warrant, enter, search and inspect any premises, other than premises or a part of premises being used as a dwelling, if the officer reasonably believes that there is on the premises –
(a) an animal in respect of which an offence under this Act has been, or is being, committed;
or
(b) an animal that is suffering or in need of assistance.




Additionally, an officer may take possession of an animal and detain it in a safe place if the officer is satisfied that –
(a) an offence under section 7 or 8 has been, is being, or is likely to be committed in respect of the animal;
or
(b) the animal requires medical treatment by a veterinary surgeon.




A magistrate may only make an order under subsection (1) in respect of an animal if the magistrate is satisfied that, without the order, the welfare of the animal is at risk. The full range of disposal options is available.










Exemptions expanded to include disease surveillance and monitoring, of an animal, that is conducted –
(i) by a person for the purposes of disease identification or disease management; and
(ii) in accordance with recognised methodologies and practices. This is in line with established animal use policy.




A person must not intimidate, threaten or abuse an inspector (research) to bring this protection in line with that of an animal welfare officer.










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​​​​​​​​​Accessibility of submissions

The government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring that government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. Where possible, please type your submission in plain English using the form provided. Please provide any attachments in a Portable Document Format (PDF) or Microsoft Word format.

The Government cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.
 
Privacy and copy​​right information

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website.

​No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

​Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 
If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this at the time of making your submission, clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request. 

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
​The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals, then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Right to Information

Information provided to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania is subject to the Right to Information Act 2009. If you have indicated that you wish for all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, this will be considered by the Department in determining whether or not the information is exempt from disclosure in the event that it is subject to an application for assessed disclosure under the Right to Information Act. The Department may contact you during this process.​​​​

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania acknowledges and pays respect to Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional and original owners and continuing custodians of this land, and acknowledges Elders past, present and emerging.​