State Trapping Legislation.

Check to see what traps you can legally use in your state before purchasing

Queensland

All traps listed on this site are permitted.

Legislation: Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

 

New South Wales

Padded-jaw traps are permitted - WTS #5 Rubber Jaw, WTS #3 Rubber JawJake trap, Bridger #5 Rubber Jaw, Bridger #1.65 Rubber Jaw, MB650 Rubber Jaw, MB550 Rubber Jaw, Victor Soft Catch #3, #1½, & #1,

Legislation: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 s 23.

Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited.

 

Victoria

Legislation: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regs.2019

Rubber jaws only on all traps.

For rabbits - Victor Soft Catch #1

For Foxes - WTS #3 Rubber Jaw, Bridger #1.65 Rubber JawVictor Soft Catch #1½, Victor Soft Catch #3, Jake Trap

For Wild Dogs - WTS #3 Rubber JawVictor Soft Catch #3, MB650 Rubber Jaw (requires a shock spring and swivel to be added to chain), MB550 Rubber Jaw (requires a shock spring and swivel to be added to chain), and Jake Trap

 

South Australia

Legislation: Animal Welfare Regulations 2012

Rubber Jaws only on all traps and under certain conditions. 

Rabbits - A person must not set a jawed leg hold trap for a rabbit unless— (a) the trap is set on land outside the area of a municipal council; and (b) the jaws of the trap— (i) are not serrated; and (ii) are offset so that there is a distance of at least 6 millimetres between the metal parts of the jaws when the jaws are closed; and (iii) are padded with rubber pads; and (c) the trap is monitored every day.  

Under the conditions above these trap models are legal and recommended for rabbits in SA. Victor Soft Catch #1Victor Soft Catch #1½Bridger #1.65 Rubber Jaw

Cats - A person must not set a jawed leg hold trap for a feral cat unless— (a) use of the trap is reasonably required for the purposes of— (i) a threatened species recovery program, or a research program related to feral cat management, approved by an animal ethics committee; or (ii) a native fauna conservation program approved by the Minister; and (b) the trap is set on land that is not less than 1 kilometre from the nearest residential premises; and (c) the trap is monitored every day; and (d) any animal caught in the trap is treated and released, or killed, as soon as is reasonably practicable after being caught; and (e) the jaws of the trap— (i) are not serrated; and (ii) are offset so that there is a distance of at least 6 millimetres between the metal parts of the jaws when the jaws are closed; and (iii) are padded with rubber pads.

Under the conditions above these trap models are legal and recommended for feral cats in SA. Victor Soft Catch #1½Bridger #1.65 Rubber JawVictor Soft Catch #3

Foxes - A person must not set a jawed leg hold trap for a fox unless— (a) the trap is set on land outside the area of a municipal council; and (b) the jaws of the trap— (i) are not serrated; and (ii) are offset so that there is a distance of at least 6 millimetres between the metal parts of the jaws when the jaws are closed; and (iii) are padded with rubber pads; and (c) the trap is monitored every day.

Under the conditions above these trap models are legal and recommended for rabbits in SA. Victor Soft Catch #1½Bridger #1.65 Rubber JawVictor Soft Catch #3

Wild Dogs - A person must not set a jawed leg hold trap for a wild or feral dog unless— (a) the trap is set on land outside the area of a municipal council; and (b) the trap is set on land that is inside, or not more than 100 metres outside, that part of the State bounded by the dog fence established under the Dog Fence Act 1946, the eastern border of the State and the coast of the State; and (c) the jaws of the trap— (i) are not serrated; and (ii) are offset so that there is a distance of at least 6 millimetres between the metal parts of the jaws when the jaws are closed; and (iii) are padded with rubber pads; and (iv) are treated with an agricultural chemical product approved by the Minister sufficient to ensure a rapid death for any animal caught in the trap.

Under the conditions above these trap models are legal and recommended for wild dogs in SA. WTS #5 Rubber JawWTS #3 Rubber JawJake trapBridger #5 Rubber JawMB650 Rubber Jaw

Tasmania

No traps permitted.

Legislation: Animal Welfare Act 1993

Leg-hold traps and snares are prohibited.

 

Northern Territory

Padded-jaw traps are permitted - WTS #5 Rubber Jaw, WTS #3 Rubber JawJake trap, MB650 Rubber Jaw, MB550 Rubber JawBridger #1.65 Rubber Jaw, Victor Soft Catch #3, #1.5 and #1

Legislation: Animal Welfare Act 2000

Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited.

 

Western Australia

All traps listed on this site are permitted under certain conditions in WA, except for the Victor Soft Catch #1(Not permitted).

Steel-jaw traps are permitted for wild dog control, but the jaws must be bound with cloth soaked in strychnine. Only padded steel jawed traps are permitted for fox control and use in research programs. Foothold traps are not permitted for rabbit or cat control although cage traps are (unless under special permit).  Permits are required to set traps in metropolitan areas and special rural zones. Neck snares are illegal. Please see the legislation below for more detail on areas where traps are permitted and their requirements for use.

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003 - Reg 8 - link

Animal Welfare Act 2002

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003

 

ACT

Padded-jaw traps are permitted - WTS #5 Rubber JawWTS #3 Rubber Jaw, Bridger #5 Rubber Jaw, Jake trap, MB650 Rubber Jaw, MB550 Rubber Jaw, Victor Soft Catch #3,  #, and #1, Bridger #1.65 Rubber Jaw.

 Legislation: Animal Welfare Act 1992, Code of Practice for the Humane Control of the Fox.

Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited.