Legislative environment for veterinary professionals

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The legislative environment of veterinarians can be complex and depend on their location and type of work. It is important that veterinarians and members of the veterinary industry are familiar with the legislative environment they operate in. Every effort has been made to ensure the legislative environment outlined below is complete.

However, it is the responsibility of every member to ensure they understand their complete legislative environment, which may include legislation outside of that outlined below.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008

ACT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008

New South Wales

NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966

NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008

NSW Stock Medicines Act 1989

NSW Stock Medicines regulation 2010

NSW Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (New South Wales) Act 1994

NSW Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (New South Wales) regulation 2015

NSW Drugs Misuse & Trafficking Act 1985

NSW Drugs Misuse & Trafficking Regulation 2011

Northern Territory

NT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act

NT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulations

NT Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act

NT Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations

Queensland

QLD Health Act 1937

QLD Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996

QLD Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988.

QLD Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Regulation 1999

South Australia

SA Controlled Substances Act 1984

SA Controlled Substances (Controlled Drugs, Precursors and Plants) Regulations 2014

SA Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals (SA) Act 1994

Tasmania

TAS Poisons Act 1971

TAS Poisons Regulations 2008

TAS Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Tasmania) Act 1994

TAS Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Tasmania) Regulations 2014

Victoria

VIC Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981

VIC Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017

VIC Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992

VIC Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2007

Western Australia

WA Medicines and Poisons Act 2014

WA Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016

WA Veterinary Chemical Control and Feeding Stuffs Act 1976

Veterinary Chemical Control Regulations 2006

Uniform Australian defamation legislation came into effect in Australia from 2006. The legislation remains state legislation.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Defamation Act 2001

New South Wales

NSW Defamation Act 2005

Northern Territory

NT Defamation Act 2006

Queensland

QLD Defamation Act 2005

South Australia

SA Defamation Act 2005

Tasmania

TAS Defamation Act 2005

Victoria

VIC Defamation Act 2005

Western Australia

WA Defamation Act 2005

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for animal welfare and well being within their jurisdiction. These governments set and enforce laws to protect animal welfare and prevent cruelty to animals.

More information about animal welfare legislation in your state or territory can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

State governments establish codes of practice to protect animal welfare in places such as pet shops, breeding establishments, pounds and shelters. They also enforce animal welfare rules, usually through animal welfare organisations like the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League.

The Australian Government is responsible for trade and international agreements relating to animal welfare.

State and local governments are responsible for laws relating to pets in Australia. Who is responsible for what varies from state to state. However, generally local government is responsible for managing problem animals within their jurisdiction, setting registration and identification rules for pets, and whether animals are welcome in public areas.

Some state governments have set mandatory rules for all pets in their jurisdiction covering microchipping, desexing, dangerous dog provisions or prohibited breeds.

The Australian Government is responsible for regulation of Australia's agricultural industries and trade. It manages the nation's biosecurity and quarantine systems, and takes a leading role in outbreaks of emergency animal diseases. The federal government is also responsible for the regulation of veterinary medicines and various agricultural industries (including levies).

State governments have responsibility for managing diseases in livestock, and regulating the use of poisons and therapeutic goods.

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