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DOMESTIC ANIMALS ACT 1994 - NOTES

Version No. 072

No. 81 of 1994
Version incorporating amendments as at
30 September 2017

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Version No. 072

Domestic Animals Act 1994

No. 81 of 1994

Version incorporating amendments as at
30 September 2017

Endnotes

    1     General information

See www.legislation.vic.gov.au for Victorian Bills, Acts and current authorised versions of legislation and up-to-date legislative information.

Minister's second reading speech

Legislative Assembly: 8 September 1994

Legislative Council: 19 October 1994

The long title for the Bill for this Act was "A Bill to provide for the management of feral and nuisance domestic animals, the regulation of domestic animals and domestic animal businesses, to repeal the Dog Act 1970 and for other purposes.".

Constitution Act 1975:

Section 85(5) statement:

Legislative Assembly: 8 September 1994

Legislative Council: 19 October 1994

Absolute majorities:

Legislative Assembly: 14 October 1994 and 15 November 1994

Legislative Council: 9 November 1994

The Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 was assented to on 29 November 1994 and came into operation as follows:

Sections 1 and 2 on 29 November 1994: section 2(1); rest of Act on 9 April 1996: Government Gazette 20 July 1995 page 1824.

The title of this Act was changed from the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 to the Domestic Animals Act 1994 by section 3 of the Animals Legislation Amendment (Animal Care) Act 2007, No. 65/2007.

INTERPRETATION OF LEGISLATION ACT 1984 (ILA)

Style changes

Section 54A of the ILA authorises the making of the style changes set out in Schedule 1 to that Act.

References to ILA s. 39B

Sidenotes which cite ILA s. 39B refer to section 39B of the ILA which provides that where an undivided section or clause of a Schedule is amended by the insertion of one or more subsections or subclauses, the original section or clause becomes subsection or subclause (1) and is amended by the insertion of the expression "(1)" at the beginning of the original section or clause.

Interpretation

As from 1 January 2001, amendments to section 36 of the ILA have the following effects:

•     Headings

All headings included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any heading inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. This includes headings to Parts, Divisions or Subdivisions in a Schedule; sections; clauses; items; tables; columns; examples; diagrams; notes or forms. See section 36(1A)(2A).

•     Examples, diagrams or notes

All examples, diagrams or notes included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any examples, diagrams or notes inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, form part of that Act. See section 36(3A).

•     Punctuation

All punctuation included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 forms part of that Act. Any punctuation inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. See section 36(3B).

•     Provision numbers

All provision numbers included in an Act form part of that Act, whether inserted in the Act before, on or after 1 January 2001. Provision numbers include section numbers, subsection numbers, paragraphs and subparagraphs. See section 36(3C).

•     Location of "legislative items"

A "legislative item" is a penalty, an example or a note. As from 13 October 2004, a legislative item relating to a provision of an Act is taken to be at the foot of that provision even if it is preceded or followed by another legislative item that relates to that provision. For example, if a penalty at the foot of a provision is followed by a note, both of these legislative items will be regarded as being at the foot of that provision. See section 36B.

•     Other material

Any explanatory memorandum, table of provisions, endnotes, index and other material printed after the Endnotes does not form part of an Act.
See section 36(3)(3D)(3E).

    2     Table of Amendments

This publication incorporates amendments made to the Domestic Animals Act 1994 by Acts and subordinate instruments.

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Veterinary Practice Act 1997, No. 58/1997

Assent Date:

28.10.97

Commencement Date:

S. 96(Sch. item 2) on 17.3.98: Government Gazette 12.3.98 p. 520

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Public Sector Reform (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1998, No. 46/1998

Assent Date:

26.5.98

Commencement Date:

S. 7(Sch. 1) on 1.7.98: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Tribunals and Licensing Authorities (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1998, No. 52/1998

Assent Date:

2.6.98

Commencement Date:

S. 311(Sch. 1 item 21) on 1.7.98: Government Gazette 18.6.98 p. 1512

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Statute Law Revision Act 2000, No. 74/2000

Assent Date:

21.11.00

Commencement Date:

S. 3(Sch. 1 item 36) on 22.11.00: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals (Amendment) Act 2000, No. 87/2000

Assent Date:

5.12.00

Commencement Date:

Ss 4(c)–(e), 5–8, 10–19(1), 20–37 on 6.12.00: s. 2(1); ss 4(a)(b), 9, 19(2), 38, 39 on 1.1.02: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Animals Legislation (Responsible Ownership) Act 2001, No. 83/2001

Assent Date:

11.12.01

Commencement Date:

Ss 24–30 on 12.12.01: s. 2(1); ss 9–23 on 1.11.02: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003, No. 56/2003

Assent Date:

16.6.03

Commencement Date:

S. 11(Sch. item 6) on 17.6.03: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Animals Legislation (Animal Welfare) Act 2003, No. 103/2003 (as amended by Nos 69/2004, 108/2004)

Assent Date:

9.12.03

Commencement Date:

Ss 4, 6–8, 24 on 10.12.03: s. 2(1); s. 26 on 19.10.04: Government Gazette 7.10.04 p. 2795; s. 20(1) on 16.12.04: Government Gazette 16.12.04 p. 3381; ss 3, 5, 9–19, 20(2), 21–23, 25, 27, 28 on 1.12.05: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Legislation (Further Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2004, No. 69/2004

Assent Date:

19.10.04

Commencement Date:

Ss 22–29, 31, 33, 34 on 20.10.04: s. 2(1); s. 32 on 1.3.05: s. 2(7); ss 30, 35, 36 on 2.2.06: Government Gazette 25.1.06 p. 108

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

State Concessions Act 2004, No. 82/2004

Assent Date:

16.11.04

Commencement Date:

S. 13(Sch. item 1) on 1.3.05: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Public Administration Act 2004, No. 108/2004

Assent Date:

21.12.04

Commencement Date:

S. 117(1)(Sch. 3 item 59) on 5.4.05: Government Gazette 31.3.05 p. 602

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Acts (Amendment) Act 2005, No. 50/2005

Assent Date:

24.8.05

Commencement Date:

Ss 11, 12 on 25.8.05: s. 2(1); s. 10 on 2.2.06: Government Gazette 25.1.06 p. 108

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Acts (Further Amendment) Act 2005, No. 76/2005

Assent Date:

2.11.05

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–5, 9(1), 10–20, 21(1)–(5)(7), 23, 25 on 3.11.05: s. 2(1); ss 6, 8, 9(2), 21(6), 22, 24 on 1.12.05: Government Gazette 17.11.05 p. 2610; s. 7 on 1.5.07: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Infringements (Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2006, No. 32/2006

Assent Date:

13.6.06

Commencement Date:

S. 94(Sch. item 11) on 1.7.06: Government Gazette 29.6.06 p. 1315

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Public Sector Acts (Further Workplace Protection and Other Matters) Act 2006, No. 80/2006

Assent Date:

10.10.06

Commencement Date:

S. 26(Sch. item 28) on 11.10.06: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Animals Legislation Amendment (Animal Care) Act 2007, No. 65/2007

Assent Date:

11.12.07

Commencement Date:

Ss 4, 5(1), 6–21, 26–40, 41(4)(5), 43, Sch. 1 on 12.12.07: s. 2(1); ss 3, 5(2), 22–25, 41(1)–(3), 42, 44 on 1.9.09: Special Gazette (No. 298) 1.9.09 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Unclaimed Money Act 2008, No. 44/2008

Assent Date:

26.8.08

Commencement Date:

S. 107 on 1.1.09: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2009, No. 35/2009

Assent Date:

30.6.09

Commencement Date:

Ss 19–26 on 1.7.09: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Criminal Procedure Amendment (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2009, No. 68/2009

Assent Date:

24.11.09

Commencement Date:

S. 97(Sch. item 45) on 1.1.10: Government Gazette 10.12.09 p. 3215

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment (Dangerous Dogs) Act 2010, No. 44/2010

Assent Date:

17.8.10

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–16, 18–31 on 1.9.10: Special Gazette (No. 354) 31.8.10 p. 1; s. 17 on 1.1.11: Special Gazette (No. 354) 31.8.10 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Subordinate Legislation Amendment Act 2010, No. 78/2010

Assent Date:

19.10.10

Commencement Date:

S. 24(Sch. 1 item 11) on 1.1.11: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Act 2011, No. 39/2011

Assent Date:

31.8.11

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–5 on 30.9.11: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Crimes and Domestic Animals Acts Amendment (Offences and Penalties) Act 2011, No. 55/2011

Assent Date:

2.11.11

Commencement Date:

Ss 4–21 on 3.11.11: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm Enforcement and Other Matters) Act 2011, No. 75/2011

Assent Date:

13.12.11

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–24 on 1.1.12: Special Gazette (No. 423) 21.12.11 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2012, No. 29/2012

Assent Date:

29.5.12

Commencement Date:

Ss 10–16 on 1.9.12: Special Gazette (No. 267) 31.7.12 p. 1; ss 17, 18 on 11.4.13: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Statute Law Revision Act 2012, No. 43/2012

Assent Date:

27.6.12

Commencement Date:

S. 3(Sch. item 12) on 28.6.12: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Statute Law Revision Act 2013, No. 70/2013

Assent Date:

19.11.13

Commencement Date:

S. 4(Sch. 2 item 11) on 1.12.13: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Emergency Management Act 2013, No. 73/2013

Assent Date:

3.12.13

Commencement Date:

S. 94 on 1.7.14: Special Gazette (No. 148) 13.5.14 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment Act 2014, No. 8/2014

Assent Date:

25.2.14

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–31 on 1.7.14: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Act 2014, No. 37/2014 (as amended by No. 21/2015)

Assent Date:

3.6.14

Commencement Date:

S. 10(Sch. item 46) on 1.7.14: Special Gazette (No. 200) 24.6.14 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2014, No. 71/2014

Assent Date:

30.9.14

Commencement Date:

Ss 12–14, 16 on 11.4.15: Special Gazette (No. 66) 31.3.15 p. 1, s. 15 on 1.7.15: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment Act 2015, No. 13/2015

Assent Date:

12.5.15

Commencement Date:

S. 3 on 13.5.15: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Racing and Other Acts Amendment (Greyhound Racing and Welfare Reform) Act 2016, No. 17/2016

Assent Date:

19.4.16

Commencement Date:

Ss 13, 14, 17(Sch. 1), 18 on 4.5.16: Special Gazette (No. 131) 3.5.16 p. 1; ss 15, 16 on 10.4.17: Special Gazette (No. 111) 4.4.17 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2016, No. 48/2016

Assent Date:

6.9.16

Commencement Date:

S. 7 on 29.9.16: Special Gazette (No. 296) 27.9.16 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breed Dogs) Act 2017, No. 44/2017

Assent Date:

26.9.17

Commencement Date:

Ss 4–9, 10(2)(3), 11‒21 on 30.9.17: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

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    3     Amendments Not in Operation

This publication does not include amendments made to the Domestic Animals Act 1994 by the following Act/s.

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Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breed Dogs) Act 2017, No. 44/2017

Assent Date:

26.9.17

Commencement Date:

S. 10(1) on 1.7.18: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994

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At the date of this publication, the following provisions amending the Domestic Animals Act 1994 were Not in Operation:

Amending Act/s:    

Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breed Dogs) Act 2017, No. 44/2017

        10     Payments to the Treasurer

    (1)     Section 69(1)(a) and (aa) of the Principal Act are repealed.

    4     Explanatory details

No entries at date of publication.



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