Liability for animals

Reference received: ​9 June 1967 


Report 8: Civil Liability for Animals (PDF, 102.3 KB), June 1970​

Tabled in parliament: 6 August 1970

Legislative action: Animal​s Act 1977Dog (Amendment) Act 1977 

​Judicial citation: Kelly v Sweeney [1975] 2 NSWLR 720 at 734; State Government Insurance Commission (SA) v Trigwell (1979) 142 CLR 617, 647; Harden v Ridges [1983] 2 NSWLR 586, 588; Eadie v Groombridge (1992) 16 MVR 263; Brown v Toohey (1994) 35 NSWLR 417, 423; Zappia v Allsop (NSW CA, No 40192/93, 17 March 1994, unreported), 6; Mirvahedy v Henley [2002] QB 769 (Eng CA), [25]; Lade and Co Pty Ltd v Black[2007] QSC 385, [46]; Simon v Condran [2013] NSWCA 388 [18]       

Terms of reference

To review the law relating to damage caused by or to animals and incidental matters.

​Note: See also Reference 56: Liability for dogs

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