Implementing a Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Closed 31 Mar 2017

Opened 6 Mar 2017


The Australian Government has announced its commitment to implement a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.  This commitment recognises the strong view of many Australians on this issue, and brings Australia into line with similar bans implemented in other countries.  In fulfilling this commitment the Australian Government will continue to maintain Australia’s high standards in protecting public health, worker safety and the environment and ensure that any adverse impacts on business, trade and industry are taken into account and are minimised.

A public consultation process commenced in November 2016 with the release of the Background Paper .  Initial consultations were conducted with stakeholders through a series of facilitated workshops and an online survey.  Further consumer views were sought through independent market research.  The feedback obtained from this process has provided a range of innovative ideas, insights, and concerns, and these have informed the development of policy options outlined in the Consultation Paper March 2017. 

With the release of this paper stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on the policy options presented through stakeholder workshops and/or an online submission.

Why your views matter

This online submission has been developed to offer the community the opportunity to express their opinion on the suggested strategies for the implementation of the ban on testing cosmetics on animals.

It is strongly recommended before commencing the attached survey that you have thoroughly read the Consultation Paper March 2017 and the foundation Background Paper .

Unless otherwise indicated, formal written submissions may be published on the Department of Health website for the public to view. 


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