Earlier this week we met with the Legislation Reform Team in Victoria who are leading the project on the changes to the Animal Welfare Act in Victoria.
This meeting went well, and the Legislation Reform Team are currently working through all submission papers made to the Directions Paper in detail. They reassured us that they do read and consider all submissions made, and thanked us for our detailed response.
At the current time, they are in the consultation and review process which will continue on for the next 12 months to put together a draft that will take all of this consultation into account. We discussed the areas that were of greatest importance to us and our industry, and reinforced with them that we place a heavy emphasis on Animal Standards and Welfare in our industry.
Following this first contact as Stakeholders in this review, the Association has now been added to their list as a direct contact to be consulted with on matters that will affect domestic animals with regard to the reform of the Animal Welfare Act VIC.
Once the next few stages of the this project are complete, there will be a flow down effect from the new Act which will then require a review of other legislation such as the Domestic Animals Act, and various industry based Codes of Practices. We have therefore requested that we also be added as a direct contact for the Domestic Animals Team so that we can consult directly with any review to Codes of Practice for Pet Boarding, Day Care and Training.
We will continue to work with the Legislation Reform team in Victoria during this process to ensure that we are able to give out industry proper representation in the building of this important legislation. We will provide further updates as the process unfolds throughout the year.
Kylie Mackay (Secretary)