NAWAC review of pig crates

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) is reviewing standards on farrowing crates and mating stalls for pigs. Read about the progress of this work.

NAWAC is reviewing pig crate standards

The High Court declared in November 2020 that the standards on farrowing crates and mating stalls for pigs are unlawful and invalid. NAWAC is reviewing the current science, global best practice, and regulation of farrowing and mating systems for pigs. NAWAC will advise the Minister responsible for animal welfare on the farming system changes needed to protect sow and piglet welfare by May 2021.

A subcommittee has been formed to review the animal welfare performance of available farrowing systems to identify those systems that align with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. They meet regularly, hear from expert speakers, and make farm visits.

A working group has also been formed to review the remainder of the code of welfare for pigs, so that a comprehensive package of amendments to the standards for pig welfare can be publicly consulted on in mid-2021.

NAWAC Pigs Subcommittee Terms of Reference [PDF, 153 KB]

NAWAC pig subcommittee meeting summaries


15 April [PDF, 114 KB]

18 March [PDF, 156 KB]

16 March [PDF, 142 KB]

15 March [PDF, 155 KB]

11 March (8pm to 8.57pm) [PDF, 136 KB]

11 March [PDF, 107 KB]

10 March [PDF, 119 KB]

9 March [PDF, 117 KB]

26 February [PDF, 135 KB]

25 February [PDF, 141 KB]

18 February [PDF, 114 KB]

16 February [PDF, 145 KB]

10 February [PDF, 118 KB]

22 January [PDF, 116 KB]

19 January [PDF, 117 KB]

15 January [PDF, 126 KB]

12 January [PDF, 116 KB]


16 December (9pm to 10.30pm) [PDF, 108 KB]

16 December (9am to 5.15pm) [PDF, 175 KB]

15 December [PDF, 144 KB]

Who to contact

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