The AVA regularly makes submissions in response to government proposals to change legislation.

At the national level, legislation relates to quarantine and biosecurity, emergency animal diseases, the regulation of veterinary medicines and various agricultural industries (including levies).

State and territory jurisdictions are responsible for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the regulation of veterinary practitioners, stock diseases, poisons and therapeutic goods, and companion animal management legislation.

Local governments often call for comment on by-laws and other regulations relating to the management of companion animals in their communities.


  • Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill 2008 - An independent members’ bill was introduced into New South Wales parliament by Clover Moore that aimed to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals.


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