Animal welfare

Policies and enforcements

You can be fined up to $30,600 or imprisoned for two years if a court finds you have been cruel to an animal or committed any other offence under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and Animal Welfare Regulations 2000 in the Northern Territory (NT).

Animal welfare inspectors and officers

Animal welfare inspectors and officers investigate offences and issue notices and infringement notices.

People who work in a wide variety of roles and organisations across the NT are authorised as inspectors and officers. They include people from all of the following departments and organisations:

  • NT Parks and Wildlife Commission
  • the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources - including Animal Welfare
  • Alice Springs Town Council.

All NT police officers also have the powers and functions of animal welfare inspectors.

Animal welfare inspectors and officers always carry an identity card.

Difference between inspectors and officers

Animal welfare officers must be veterinarians and have slightly different powers of entry from an animal welfare inspector.

Officers cannot enter an unlicensed premise without an inspector. Inspectors cannot enter a licensed premise without an officer.

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Last updated: 17 December 2019

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