There are now new regulations in South Australia for transporting livestock.
- Information about enforcement of the new regulations
- Learn about the changes, and how they will affect you
- The RSPCA is here to support you
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
These national standards, developed in consultation with the RSPCA and industry stakeholders, will ensure high welfare standards for all livestock travelling by road and rail.
They affect everyone who transports livestock – whether you are a mass producer, a hobby farmer or even a member of a pony club.
The laws are designed to protect a wide range of animals, from cattle and sheep to alpacas and pigeons.
- Planning and preparation for transport
- Time off water (curfew)
- Fit to load
However, the grace period does NOT apply to any other changes incorporated into the new regulations, and does NOT apply to any breaches of the Act itself.
In South Australia, the maximum penalty for breaching the Animal Welfare Act is two years imprisonment, or a $20,000 fine.
For an aggravated offence, it increases to four years imprisonment or a $50,000 fine.
The RSPCA Inspectorate will provide guidance, advice and support to anyone who seeks clarification or assistance in developing procedures or strategies to ensure compliance.
Questions? Please email our inspectors direct!
You can pick up a Fit to Load booklet:
- at RSPCA headquarters, 172 Morphett St Adelaide,
- or on the Livestock Welfare Standards website