There are no national laws applying to animal welfare, but all states and territories regulate animal welfare in their jurisdiction. You will find the legislation for each state and territory on the RSPCA Knowledge Base


All Pet Owners & Pet Sitters need to familiarise themselves with legislation relating to: 

1. Dog and cat registration, along with

2. Requirements for micro-chipping of dogs, cats and horses.


State
Animal Welfare Act 
Department 
ACT
Animal Welfare Act 1992
Territory and Municipal Services
NSW
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
Department of Primary Industries
NT
Animal Welfare Act
Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Qld
Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
Department of Agriculture
SA
Animal Welfare Act 1985
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Tas
Animal Welfare Act 1993
Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
Vic
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986
Agriculture Victoria
WA
Animal Welfare Act 2002
Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development