Ban on cosmetic testing on animals

During the 2016 Election campaign, the Australian Government committed to introduce a ban on animal testing of cosmetic products.

Page last updated: 06 March 2017

The Australian Government has announced its commitment to implement a ban on testing cosmetics on animals. This commitment recognises the strong view many Australians have on this issue and brings Australia into line with similar policies implemented in other countries. The Government will ensure that the impact to business, trade and industry is taken into account and is minimised in the approach going forward, whilst continuing to maintain Australia’s high standards in protecting public health, worker safety and the environment.


In late 2016, the Australian Government commenced a phased consultation process to better understand and consider ideas, key issues and views in the development of the policy.

Following a series of stakeholder workshops, the Department released an online survey and background paper, which sought to provide an open opportunity for the general public and stakeholders to continue to engage in the consultation process. This survey closed on 16 December 2016.

Feedback collated from the initial stakeholder workshops has been summarised in the Summary Views - First Round Consultations Paper.

Documentation and resources related to consultations held to date is available under Key resources.

Next phase of consultation

There will be a number of ways that you can participate in the phased consultation process. The second stage of face to face stakeholder workshops will commence in early March in Melbourne and Sydney.

In addition to the workshops there is an online submission process which will allow for all stakeholders to provide informed input on the suggested policy approach outlined in the Consultation Paper March 2017.

Key resources

The Consultation Paper briefly summarises concerns raised in the first phase of consultation in November 2016 and offers the suggested policy approach for implementing the election commitment to allow for stakeholders and public to comment.

Consultation Paper March 2017 (PDF 1371 KB)

Summary Views - First Round Consultations (PDF 124 KB)

Ban on cosmetic testing on animals background paper (PDF 418 KB)
Ban on cosmetic testing on animals background paper (Word 388 KB)

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