The Legislative Environment

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.

Veterinary Practice Acts
ACT Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015
Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2015
NSW Veterinary Practice Act 2003
Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013
NT Veterinarians Act Veterinarians Regulations
QLD Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936
Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2016
SA Veterinary Practice Act 2003
Veterinary Practice Regulations 2017
TAS Veterinary Surgeons Act 1987
Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 2012
VIC Veterinary Practice Act 1997
Veterinary Practice Regulations 2008
WA Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960
Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 1979

 

Prescribing of Restricted Substances
Poisons and Dangerous Drugs Act Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992;
ACT ACT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008
ACT Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008
NSW 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
NT 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
QLD 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
SA SA Controlled Substances Act 1984
SA Controlled Substances (Controlled Drugs, Precursors and Plants) Regulations 2014
SA Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals (SA) Act 1994
TAS TAS Poisons Act 1971
TAS Poisons Regulations 2008
TAS Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Tasmania) Act 1994
TAS Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Tasmania) Regulations 2014
VIC 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
WA

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

 

Biosecurity Acts
ACT ACT Public Health Act 1997
ACT Clinical Waste Act 1990
ACT Animal Diseases Act 2005
NSW NSW Biosecurity Act 2015
NSW Biosecurity Regulation 2017
NSW Animal Diseases and Animal Pests (Emergency Outbreaks) Act 1991
NSW Animal Diseases and Animal Pests (emergency Outbreaks) Regulation 2012
NSW Stock Diseases Regulation 2009
NSW Stock Diseases Act 1923
NT NT Livestock Act
NT Livestock Regulations
QLD QLD Biosecurity Act 2014
SA SA Livestock Act 1997
SA Livestock Regulation 2013
TAS< TAS Animal Health Act 1995
TAS Animal Health Regulations
VIC VIC Livestock Disease Control Act 1994
VIC Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006
VIC Stock (Seller Liability and Declarations) Act 1993
WA WA Exotic Diseases of Animals Act 1993
WA Exotic Diseases of Animals Regulations 2011
 

 

Animal Welfare Acts
Australian code for the care and use of animals for the scientific purposes 8th edition 2013
ACT ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992
NSW NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 2012
NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012
NSW Animal Research Act 1985
NSW Animal Research Regulation 2010
NT NT Animal Welfare Regulations
NT Animal Welfare Act
QLD QLD Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
QLD Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012
SA SA Animal Welfare Act 1985
SA Animal Welfare Regulations 2012
TAS TAS Animal Welfare Act 1993
TAS Animal Welfare (Dog) Regulations 2016
VIC VIC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986
VIC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008
WA

WA Animal Welfare Act 2002

WA Animal Welfare (Scientific purposes) Regulations 2003:

WA Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003: 

WA Animal Welfare (Commercial Poultry) Regulations 2008: 

WA Animal Welfare (Pig Industry) Regulations 2010: 

 

Companion Animals Acts
ACT ACT Domestic Animals Act 2000
NSW NSW Companion Animals Act 1998
NSW Companion Animals Regulations 2008
NT  
QLD QLD Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008
QLD Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulation 2009
SA SA Dog and Cat Management Act 1995
SA Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2010
TAS TAS Cat Management Act 2009
TAS Cat Management Regulations 2012
TAS Dog Control Act 2000
TAS Dog Control Regulations 2010
VIC VIC Domestic (Feral & Nuisance) Animals Act 1994
VIC Domestic Animals Regulations 2015
WA

WA Dog Act 1976

WA Dog Regulations: 

WA Cat Act 2011: 

WA Cat Regulations 2012: 

Cat (Uniform Local Provisions) Regulations 2013: 

 

Radiation Safety Acts
ACT ACT Radiation Protection Act 2006
NSW NSW Radiation Control Act 1990
NSW Radiation Control Regulation 2013
NT NT Radiation Protection Act
NT Radiation Protection Regulations
QLD QLD Radiation Safety Act 1999
QLD Radiation Safety Regulation 2010
SA

SA Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982

Radiation Protection and Control (Transport of Radioactive Substances) Regulations 2003: 

Radiation Protection and Control (Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2015: 

Radiation Protection and Control (Non-Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2013: 

TAS TAS Radiation Protection Act 2005
VIC

VIC Radiation Act 2005

VIC Radiation Regulations 2007

WA WA Radiation Safety Act 1975

Radiation Safety (Transport of Radioactive Substances) Regulations 2002: 

Radiation Safety (General) Regulations 1983: 

Radiation Safety (Qualifications) Regulations 1980: 

 

Rules of Racing
Australian Rules of Racing (2015)
ACT ACT Racing Act 1999
The Rules of Racing of the Canberra Racing Club Incorporated Principal Racing Authority for the ACT
NSW Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996
Greyhound Racing Act 2017
Rules of Racing of Racing NSW
NT NT Racing And Betting Act 2017

NT Racing and Betting Regulations: 

NT Rules of Racing

QLD QLD Racing Act 2002
QLD Local Rules of Racing (All Code) – Bookmaker Betting
QLD Local Rules of Racing (Thoroughbred Racing)
QLD Deduction Scale (Thoroughbred)
SA

Racing (Proprietary Business Licensing) Act 2000: 

SA Local Rules of Racing

TAS TAS Racing Act 2009
Tasmanian Local Rules of Racing
VIC VIC Racing Act 1958 VIC Updated Rules of Racing
VIC Prescribed Fees Schedule
WA Racing WA Act 2003
WA Rules of Racing Thoroughbred
WA Rules of Racing Harness
WA Rules of Racing Greyhounds

 

Work Place Health and Safety
ACT ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011
ACT Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
NSW NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011
NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017
NT NT Work Health and Safety Act 2011
NT Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations
QLD QLD Work Health and Safety Act 2011
QLD Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
SA SA Work Health and Safety Act 2012
SA Work Health and Safety Regulation 2012
TAS TAS Work Health and Safety Act 2012
TAS Work Health and Safety Regulation 2012
VIC VIC Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
VIC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
WA WA Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984
WA Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996

 

Discrimination Acts
Federal Age Discrimination Act 2004
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
ACT ACT Discrimination Act 1991
NSW NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
NT NT Anti-Discrimination Act 2015
QLD QLD Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
SA SA Equal Opportunity Act 1984
TAS TAS Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
VIC VIC Equal Opportunity Act 2010
WA WA Equal Opportunity Act 1984

 

Fair Work Acts (Federal Legislation as of 2009)
Federal Fair Work Act 2009
Fair Work Regulations 2009
Fair Work (Registered Organizations) Act 2009
Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009
Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and other Measures) Act 2009
Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vunerable Workers) Act 2017
Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Act 2017

 

Defamation Acts
Uniform Australian defamation legislation came into effect in Australia from 2006. The legislation remains state legislation.
ACT ACT Defamation Act 2001
NSW NSW Defamation Act 2005
NT NT Defamation Act 2006
QLD QLD Defamation Act 2005
SA SA Defamation Act 2005
TAS TAS Defamation Act 2005
VIC VIC Defamation Act 2005
WA WA Defamation Act 2005

 

Environmental Protection Acts
ACT ACT Environmental Protection Act 1997
NSW NSW Pesticides Act 1999
NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001
NT NT Environmental Protection Authority Act 2012
QLD QLD Environmental Protection Act 1994
SA SA Environmental Protection Act 1993
TAS TAS Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994
VIC VIC Environmental Protection Act 1970
WA WA Environmental Protection Act 1994

 

Fair Trading Acts
Federal Competition and Consumer Act 2010
Australian Competition and Consumer Regulations 2010
SA SA Trade Practices Act 1974

 

Other Relevant Federal Legislation
  Independent Contractors Act 2006
  Privacy Act 1988
  Freedom of Information Act 1982
  Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
  Corporations Act 2001

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