73 Matters to be considered

(1)

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee must, in considering the content of a draft code of welfare, and before deciding whether to recommend to the Minister the issue of that code,—

(a)

be satisfied that the proposed standards are the minimum necessary to ensure that the purposes of this Act will be met; and

(b)

be satisfied that the recommendations for best practice (if any) are appropriate.

(2)

In carrying out its functions under subsection (1), the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee must have regard to—

(a)

the submissions made under section 71 and the consultations undertaken by the Committee; and

(b)

good practice and scientific knowledge in relation to the management of the animals to which the code relates; and

(c)

available technology; and

(d)

any other matters considered relevant by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

(3)

In carrying out its functions under subsection (1), the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee may take into account practicality and economic impact, if relevant.

(4)

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee may recommend to the Minister that regulations be made under section 183A(1)(a) (which relates to standards or requirements for the purposes of giving effect to Parts 1 and 2).

(5)

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee may recommend to the Minister the making of regulations under section 183A(2) (which relates to prescribing standards or requirements that do not fully meet specified obligations).

(6)

Before making a recommendation under subsection (5), the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee must consider the relevant provisions of section 183A.

Section 73(3): replaced, on 10 May 2015, by section 31 of the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 49).

Section 73(4): replaced, on 10 May 2015, by section 31 of the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 49).

Section 73(5): inserted, on 10 May 2015, by section 31 of the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 49).

Section 73(6): inserted, on 10 May 2015, by section 31 of the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 49).