Domestic animal legislation and latest news
DEDJTR investigation into animal welfare and cruelty in the Victorian greyhound industry final report
This review was released on Thursday 11 June 2015 by the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford.
Read the final report:
Parliamentary Inquiry into restricted breed dog legislation
The Minister is currently reviewing the Economy and Infrastructure Committee's report following the Parliamentary Inquiry into the legislative and regulatory framework relating to restricted breed dogs. The Committee made a total of 31 recommendations. These range from simple reforms, through to more complex proposals involving detailed legislative review, community education programs and improved methods of dog attack data collection.
Moratorium on euthanasia
Legislation changes have imposed a moratorium on the destruction of restricted breed dogs.
Councils will be required to hold restricted breed dogs, rather than euthanising them, until 30 September 2016 (or until the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry are implemented– whichever comes first).
The moratorium will ensure that no dog is destroyed solely because of it being a restricted breed dog. This will only affect newly declared restricted breed dogs that cannot be registered under the current law or dogs where council decide to refuse registration because of their breed.
The moratorium will not protect restricted breed dogs from destruction in other cases where destruction powers are provided such as: a dog that has attacked, a dog attacking livestock or a dog destroyed under health grounds.
The Lost Dogs' Home Audit Report
In Victoria, animal shelters must be registered with the local council and comply with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (Revision 1).
The Lost Dogs' Home (LDH) is a Victorian animal shelter that has recently been the subject of community concern, in relation to its animal housing, return, rehoming and euthanasia practices. Subsequently, the Minister for Agriculture directed the department to undertake an audit to investigate these issues.
The audit process involved the department meeting with the registering agent, Melbourne City Council, to identify any specific areas of concern in relation to past audits, issues or complaints. Authorised officers of the department then audited the three LDH sites: North Melbourne (28-29/1/15), Cranbourne (2/2/15), and Echuca (3/2/15).
Full results of the audits are available below.
Act and regulations
Animal Welfare legislation
Domestic Animals Act 1994
The latest version of this Act can be found at legislation.vic.gov.au. Click on 'law today' then select "Acts" beginning with 'D'.
Domestic Animals Regulations
The latest version of these Regulations can be found at legislation.vic.gov.au. Click on 'law today' then select "Statutory Rules" beginning with 'D'.
The Governor in Council may make Orders by publishing in the Government Gazette exemptions of any animal or class of animal to be exempt from any or all of the provisions of the Act.
The following are the published Orders currently in place:
- Exemption Order for dingoes (wildlife) exemption from registration with Council of individual dingoes and from domestic animal business registration for dingo breeders - Dingo Wildlife Order
- Exemption Order for owners of racing greyhounds exempting these dogs from the requirement to register racing Greyhounds with Council - Greyhound - Exemption Order
- Exemption Order for Greyhound Adoption Dogs exempting these dogs from the requirement to wear muzzles in public places - Greyhound - GAP Exemption Order
- Exemption Order for 'Lost Dogs Home' from the operation of Section 63A of Domestic Animals Act exempting the Lost Dogs home from the operation of Section 63A of Domestic Animals Act in relation to compliance with the provision under clause 2.3.6 of the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds - Lost Dogs Home -Exemption Order 01-02-02
- Exemption Order for Imported Schutzhund trained dogs exempting imported schutzhund trained German Shepherds from section 10A(4)(a), section 40, and section 41(1) of the Domestic Animals Act - Imported Schutzhund trained German Shepherds Order 31-3-09
- Notice of approval of Guide Dog Training Organsations - there has been a new Gazettal for the 'Approval of Guide Dog Training Organisations'. The new Gazettal, published in The Victoria Government Gazette, on 14 March 2013 replaces the previous 'Approval' dated
14 March 1996 (attached). The change reflects the current business names of the operating organisations (Guide Dogs Victoria and Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs).
In addition to the new 'Approval' the Minister has provided the Approved Guide Dog Organisations with an exemption from the requirements of being a domestic animal business and from the requirements of section 96 of the Domestic Animals Act, 1994 (attached).
- Notice of Declaration of Applicable Organisations - Notice of Declaration of Applicable Organisations
- Exemption Order for the Scientific Establishments from registering dogs and cats - Exemption Order
- Exemption Order from the Victorian Animal Aid Trust from Specific operation of 63A - Exemption Order
The Secretary of the department has the power to require certain experience or qualifications to provide services under the Act.
The following are the published prescribed requirements currently in place:
- Notice of prescribed qualifications for non-Council employees to be Authorised Officers - Prescribed Qualifications for Non-Council Employees to be Authorised
- Approved qualifications for people to become Authorised Impanters to implant microchips into dogs and cats - Microchip Authorised Implanter Approved Qualifications