Council recognises that people are its greatest assets and that improved performance and customer service will only occur with intensive training and development of staff. Council is committed to providing an ongoing development program so that staff can develop to their full potential.
It is critical that all staff involved in animal management have the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their work and have the necessary authorisations and delegations.
The Animal Management Team
The Animal Management Team comprises of the Team Leader Local Laws and Animal Management and three permanent full time Animal Management Officers.
All officers within the unit are Authorised Officers of Council under Section 224 of the Local Government Act 1989, and Section 72 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
The unit is supported by the Service Support Unit which performs administrative tasks and conducts a call resolution centre for the Unit
To ensure that all staff involved in animal management have the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their work.
This training includes formalised training through accredited Registered Training Organisations, short course refresher training, industry forums, seminars conducted by competent legal firms and on-the-job training.
Council’s Human Resources Unit reviews the Corporate Training Program every year to ensure the program responds to changing needs.
The purpose of the Corporate Training Program is to build skills of the organisation through our people.
Current and Planned Training
Authorised Officer Training
Customer Service training
Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance)
Any business which makes a profit from selling pets, boarding pets or training pets is a Domestic Animal Business.
The following businesses would need to register with Council as a Domestic Animal Business:
An animal shelter, pound or pet shop
An enterprise which is run for profit that undertakes the breeding of dogs or cats
An enterprise which is run for profit that undertakes rearing, training or boarding of dogs or cats.
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 it is a requirement that all domestic animal businesses are registered with Council. The registration is for 12 months and is renewable on 9 April each year.
Businesses must comply with the requirements of the relevant Codes of Practice. These Codes of Practice have been made by the State Government and set out guidelines on how these businesses must operate. Codes of Practice can be found on the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website.
Council's objective is to work in partnership with domestic animal businesses to promote better education within the community in relationship to responsible pet management and ownership.
Council currently has 3 registered Domestic Animal Businesses within the municipality.
Council’s programs/activities are designed to work with these businesses and include annual checks for compliance with the relevant Codes of Practice.
Planned Programs and Initiatives will include the possibility of workshops with domestic animal business owner/operators to improve compliance and promote responsible pet ownership particularly in regard to notifying Council of the sale of any cat or dog.