Trapping Legislations changes from state to state, these laws differ in method of trapping, species and trap requirements. This is to meet the animal welfare criteria set by the state for the most humane capture and euthanasia of pest animals. Pest plant and animals are species that occur beyond their natural range and have the potential to cause significant adverse economic, environmental and social impacts.
Queensland Trapping Legislation
QLD trapping legislations are regulated under Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
There are no specific type of banned traps in Queensland, but you should ensure any trap you use are designed to reduce pain. (Steel Jaw traps are permitted in the State of Queensland)
New South Wales Trapping Legislation
NSW trapping legislations are regulated under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
The use of Steel jaw foot traps are prohibited. Trapping with cage traps, rubber jaw foot traps and treadle snares are permitted.
Victoria Trapping Legislation
VIC trapping legislations are regulated under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2019
The use of steel jaw traps are prohibited, rubber jaws traps are permitted on Wild Dogs, Foxes, and rabbits.
Australian Capital Territory Trapping Legislation
ACT trapping legislation are regulated under Animal Welfare Act 1992
The use of steel jaw traps are prohibited, Rubber jaw traps, cage traps and treadle snares are permitted.
Northern Territory Trapping Legislation
NT tapping legislation are regulated under Animal Protection Act 2018
The use of Steel Jaw traps are prohibited, Rubber Jaws traps are permitted.
South Australia Trapping Legislation
SA trapping legislation are regulated under Animal Welfare Regulations 2012
Steel Jaw Traps are prohibited with the exception for use along the dingo fence and a cloth bound the jaws after being soaked in strychnine.
Western Australia Trapping legislation
Steel-jaw traps are permitted for wild dog control, jaws must be bound with a cloth soaked in strychnine. Only padded steel-jawed traps are permitted for fox control and use in research programs. Permits are required to set traps in metropolitan areas. Neck snares are illegal.
Tasmania Trapping Legislation
TAS trapping legislation are regulated under Animal Welfare act 1993
The use of Foot traps or Leg hold traps and snares are prohibited.
Depending on the target animal and location the trap will differ in size. The size difference effects the holding strength, quickness and coils on traps.
- Leg hold traps for Rabbits: Victor 1 – Long Spring, Victor – 1 Soft Catch & Bridger 1.65 Rubber Jaw
- Leg hold traps for Cats: Victor 1 1/2 – Soft Catch, Victor 1 3/4 – Sot Catch, Bridger 1.65 Rubber Jaw, Bridger 2 – Rubber Jaw
- Leg hold traps for Foxes: Victor 1 1/2 – 4 Coil, Victor 1 3/4 – Soft Catch, Victor 3 – 2 Coil, Bridger 2 – rubber Jaw, Bridger 3 – Rubber Jaw, Minnesota Brand MB550,
- Leg hold traps for Dogs: Victor 3 – Soft Catch, Bridger 3 – 4 Coil, Bridger 5 – Rubber Jaw, Bridger 5 – Offset Laminate, J.C. Conner – Jake Trap, Minnesota Brand MB650 – OL, Minnesota Brand MB650 – RJ,
It is important to understand the trapping legislations in your state to ensure you are conducting correct practices.