Animal Welfare Policy

RSPCA policies are a collection of philosophical statements developed to improve the welfare of animals in Australia. These policies are agreed on and amended by an unanimous vote of the RSPCA National Board, following consultation with each state RSPCA. View our policies on:

Following release of an RSPCA policy, position papers, guidelines and codes of practice are often issued by the RSPCA to offer additional information. If available, these documents should always be reviewed in conjunction with any RSPCA policy.

The policies and positions of the RSPCA referred to on this site represent the guiding principles to which we aspire in fulfilling our various roles. We are committed to giving effect to these principles wherever possible and practical For more information on RSPCA policy, please visit the RSPCA Australia Knowledgebase.

Privacy Policy

The RSPCA respects the privacy of all our supporters. View our collection statement or privacy policy.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy

RSPCA Victoria is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the people who work and volunteer with us and members of the community who visit and use our facilities. The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is our utmost priority to ensure that we are able to achieve our shared vision of ending cruelty to all animals.

RSPCA Victoria commits to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks to health and safety, as far as is reasonably practicable, and provide a safe and supportive work environment for our people and animals in our care. To view our Health, Safety & Wellbeing policy here.

Freedom of Information

The Victorian Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1982 allows access to documents, subject to certain exemptions, held by RSPCA Victoria. All requests for access to documents under the Act must be made in writing. Please download and complete our FOI application form and return to:

Freedom of Information Officer

RSPCA Victoria
3 Burwood Highway
Burwood East VIC 3151

Please ensure your request is accompanied by the prescribed application fee in the form, as stipulated by the FOI Act. If you are paying by cheque or money order, please make payable to the RSPCA. For more information, please phone our Freedom of Information Officer on 03 9224 2222 or e-mail

For further information on the types of documents that may be held by RSPCA Victoria, please see our Part II Information statement.