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DOMESTIC ANIMALS ACT 1994 - NOTES

Version No. 075

No. 81 of 1994
Version incorporating amendments as at
1 July 2018

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Version No. 075

Domestic Animals Act 1994

No. 81 of 1994

Version incorporating amendments as at
1 July 2018

Endnotes

    1     General information

See www.legislation.vic.gov.au for Victorian Bills, Acts and current 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); 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

Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017, No. 69/2017

Assent Date:

20.12.17

Commencement Date:

Ss 34, 36 on 21.12.17: s. 2(1); ss 4–21, 23–33, 37–66(1), 67–76(2), 77–84(1), 85–91(1), 92–99 on 10.4.18: s. 2(8); ss 35, 66(2), 76(3), 84(2), 91(2)
on 1.7.18: s. 2(4)

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 Act 1994, No. 81/1994

Assent Date:

29.11.94

Commencement Date:

S. 45A(3) inserted on 10.4.18 by No. 69/2017 s. 23; s. 54E(4) inserted on 10.4.18 by No. 69/2017 s. 29

Note:

S. 45A(3) repeals s. 45A on 10.4.20; s. 54E(4) repeals s. 54E on 10.4.20

Current State:

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

Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017, No. 69/2017

Assent Date:

20.12.17

Commencement Date:

Ss 22, 110–113 on 10.4.20: s. 2(2); ss 100–109 not yet proclaimed

Current State:

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

Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, No. 6/2018

Assent Date:

27.2.18

Commencement Date:

S. 68(Sch. 2 item 41) not yet proclaimed

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 Act 1994, No. 81/1994

        45A     Transitional offence, acquiring additional fertile female dogs

    (3)     This section is repealed on 10 April 2020.

        54E     Pre-2020 renewal of registration of breeding domestic animal business premises—fertile female dogs

    (4)     This section is repealed on 10 April 2020.

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Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017, No. 69/2017

        22     New section 44B inserted

After section 44A of the Principal Act insert

        "44B     Ten fertile female dog limit for breeding domestic animal business

    (1)     A proprietor of a breeding domestic animal business must not conduct the business on a premises where more than 10 relevant fertile female dogs are kept.

Penalty:     In the case of a natural person, 164 penalty units;

In the case of a body corporate, 600 penalty units.

    (2)     A person who is the proprietor of the breeding domestic animal business does not commit an offence under subsection (1) if the person is an approved commercial dog breeder.".

        100     Amendment of definitions

Insert the following definitions in section 3(1) of the Principal Act—

""information register" means the register established and maintained under section 68M;

"source number" means a number issued under Division 3 of Part 5C;".

        101     Repeal of section 12A(2), advertising of dogs or cats

Section 12A(2) of the Principal Act is repealed.

        102     New sections inserted after section 12A

After section 12A of the Principal Act insert

        "12B     Offence as to advertising dogs or cats for sale

A person must not advertise a dog or cat for sale, or cause a dog or cat to be advertised for sale, unless—

        (a)     the advertisement includes the source number of the person who is selling the dog or cat; and

        (b)     one of the following applies—

              (i)     the advertisement includes the unique number contained in the microchip contained in the prescribed permanent identification device implanted in the dog or cat;

              (ii)     the dog or cat is the subject of written veterinary advice under section 10D(2) and (2A).

Penalty:     5 penalty units.

        12C     Offence as to publication of advertisements for dogs or cats for sale

A person must not publish an advertisement of a dog or cat for sale, or cause the publication of an advertisement of a dog or cat for sale, unless—

        (a)     the advertisement includes the source number of the person who is selling the dog or cat; and

        (b)     one of the following applies—

              (i)     the advertisement includes the unique number contained in the microchip contained in the prescribed permanent identification device implanted in the dog or cat;

              (ii)     the dog or cat is the subject of written veterinary advice under section 10D(2) and (2A).

Penalty:     In the case of a natural person, 5 penalty units;

    In the case of a body corporate, 20 penalty units.

        12D     Interpretation of sell

In section 12B and 12C a reference to "selling" or "sale" includes a reference to giving away.".

        103     Amendments consequential to repeal of section 12A(2) and insertion of new sections 12B and 12C

    (1)     In section 74A of the Principal Act, for "12A(2)," substitute "12B, 12C,".

    (2)     For section 74AB(a) of the Principal Act substitute

    "(a)     section 12A(1), 12B, 12C, 13(1) or 13(2);".

        104     New Part inserted after Part 5B

After Part 5B of the Principal Act insert

"Part 5C—Information register and source numbers

Division 1—Definition

        68L     Definition

    (1)     In this Part—

"inspect", in relation to the information register, includes the obtaining of information kept on the register either orally or in writing.

    (2)     In this Part, a reference to "sell "or selling" includes a reference to "give away or giving away", and a reference to "sale includes a reference to giving away.

Division 2—Information register

        68M     Secretary to keep information register

    (1)     The Secretary must establish and maintain a register—

        (a)     of information relating to—

              (i)     domestic animal businesses; and

              (ii)     registered foster carers; and

              (iii)     recreational breeders; and

              (iv)     microbreeders and others who sell dogs or cats; and

        (b)     of source numbers issued under Division 3 and related matters; and

        (c)     of information relating to the keeping and breeding of dogs or cats.

    (2)     The register must contain—

        (a)     the source numbers issued by the Secretary under Division 3 and related information; and

        (b)     the information given to the Secretary under this Part; and

        (c)     any other prescribed information.

        68N     Information as to domestic animal businesses to be given to Secretary

    (1)     For the purpose of keeping and maintaining the information register, a Council must give to the Secretary the information set out in section 68Q(1) and (2) relating to each registration of a premises by the Council under Part 4.

    (2)     The Council must give the information to the Secretary under subsection (1) within 7 days after making a decision under Part 4 to grant the registration or renew or transfer the registration under that Part.

        68O     Information as to registered foster carers to be given to Secretary

    (1)     For the purpose of keeping and maintaining the information register, a Council must give to the Secretary the information set out in section 68Q(1)(a), (c)(ii) and (iii), (d)(ii), (h), (i) and (j), relating to each registration of a foster carer by the Council under Part 5B.

    (2)     The Council must give the information to the Secretary under subsection (1) within 7 days after making a decision under Part 5B to grant or renew the registration.

        68P     Information to be given to Secretary for source number applications

    (1)     A recreational breeder who is applying for a source number under Division 3 must give the information set out in section 68Q(1)(a), (c), (d)(i), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (j) and (3) relating to the recreational breeder, to the Secretary with the application for the source number.

    (2)     A microbreeder who is applying for a source number under Division 3 must give the information set out in section 68Q(1)(a), (c), (e), (h), (i) and (j), relating to the microbreeder, to the Secretary with the application for the source number.

    (3)     Any other person or body who is applying for a source number under Division 3 must give the information set out in section 68Q(1)(a), (c)(ii) and (iii), (h), (i) and (j), relating to the person or body, to the Secretary with the application for the source number.

        68Q     Information to be given under section 68N, 68O or 68P

    (1)     For the purpose of this Division, the following information relating to the proprietor of a domestic animal business, a registered foster carer, a recreational breeder, a microbreeder or a person or body (relevant person or body) is set out—

        (a)     the name of the relevant person or body;

        (b)     if the relevant person or body is a body corporate, the names of the office holders of the body corporate;

        (c)     the following details about the relevant person or body—

              (i)     the address;

              (ii)     the telephone number;

              (iii)     the email address;

        (d)     the address of the premises at which a relevant person or body—

              (i)     who carries out breeding of dogs or cats, carries out that breeding; or

              (ii)     who is a registered foster carer, keeps the animals;

        (e)     for a relevant person or body who carries out breeding of dogs or cats, the number of registered dogs and cats kept at the premises, and for each registered dog and cat—

              (i)     the unique number contained in the microchip contained in the prescribed permanent identification device implanted in the dog or cat; and

              (ii)     any name and the breed, sex, age and colour of the dog or cat; and

              (iii)     for a female dog or cat, the number of litters the animal has had and the date on which the dog or cat had the litter; and

              (iv)     if the dog or cat has been desexed;

        (f)     the details of any conviction or finding of guilt of the relevant person or body for—

              (i)     an offence against this Act or regulations made under this Act; or

              (ii)     an offence against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 or regulations made under that Act; or

              (iii)     an offence against a law of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth that corresponds to a law referred to in subparagraph (i) or (ii);

        (g)     the details of—

              (i)     any order under section 84WA or 84XA to which a relevant person or body has been subject; or

              (ii)     any order under a law of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth that corresponds to one of those orders;

        (h)     the source number of the relevant person or body;

              (i)     the name of the Council of the municipality in which the premises is located at which a relevant person or body who does so—

              (i)     carries on business; or

              (ii)     carries out the breeding of dogs or cats;

        (j)     any other prescribed matter.

    (2)     For the purpose of this Division, the following additional information is set out for domestic animal businesses

        (a)     the registration number of the premises on which the domestic animal business is being conducted;

        (b)     the type of domestic animal business that is being conducted;

        (c)     the name of the owner of the land on which the premises is situated;

        (d)     the date on which the premises was registered, or the registration of the premises was renewed or transferred;

        (e)     the date of the most recent inspection of the premises by a Council authorised officer.

    (3)     For the purpose of this Division, the following additional information is set out for recreational breeders

        (a)     the name of the applicable organisation of which the recreational breeder is a member;

        (b)     the membership number of the applicable organisation of which the recreational breeder is a member;

        (c)     the date of the most recent inspection of the premises by the applicable organisation (if known).

        68R     Secretary to be given information as to refusal etc. of registration

    (1)     For the purpose of keeping and maintaining the information register, a Council—

        (a)     must give the information set out in subsection (2) to the Secretary within 7 days after making a decision under Part 4—

              (i)     to refuse to grant, renew or transfer a registration under that Part; or

              (ii)     to suspend or revoke a registration under that Part; and

        (b)     must give the information set out in subsection (3) to the Secretary within 7 days of making a decision under Part 5B—

              (i)     not to grant or renew a registration under that Part; or

              (ii)     to suspend or cancel a registration under that Part.

    (2)     For the purpose of subsection (1)(a), the following information is set out—

        (a)     the name of the domestic animal business or proposed domestic animal business;

        (b)     the name of the applicant for registration or the proprietor of the domestic animal business or proposed domestic animal business and, if the applicant or proprietor is a body corporate, the names of the office holders of the body corporate;

        (c)     the following details for the domestic animal business or proposed domestic animal business

              (i)     the address;

              (ii)     the telephone number;

              (iii)     the email address;

        (d)     for registered premises, the registration number of the premises;

        (e)     for registered premises, the date on which the premises was first registered;

        (f)     the type of domestic animal business or proposed domestic animal business;

        (g)     for the land on which the premises is situated—

              (i)     the name of the owner of the land; and

              (ii)     the address of the land; and

              (iii)     a description of the land and premises, including whether the premises is an original or transferred premises;

        (h)     the reason for deciding to refuse to register or renew or transfer registration or suspend or revoke registration, including the relevant provision of this Act under which the decision was made;

              (i)     for revocation of registration, the date of revocation;

        (j)     any details, within the knowledge of the Council, of any conviction or finding of guilt of the applicant or proprietor of the domestic animal business for—

              (i)     an offence against this Act or regulations made under this Act; or

              (ii)     an offence against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 or regulations made under that Act;

        (k)     the source number of the business;

        (l)     for a refusal to renew registration or revocation of registration of premises on which a breeding domestic animal business is conducted by an approved commercial dog breeder, the date of the refusal to renew or revocation;

        (m)     any other prescribed matter.

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (1)(b), the following information is set out—

        (a)     the name of the foster carer;

        (b)     the address where the foster carer keeps the animals being cared for;

        (c)     the following details for the foster carer

              (i)     the telephone number;

              (ii)     the email address (if known);

        (d)     the source number of the foster carer;

        (e)     for cancellation of registration, the date of cancellation;

        (f)     the reason for deciding to refuse to grant or renew registration or to suspend or cancel registration, including the relevant provision of this Act under which the decision was made;

        (g)     any other prescribed matter.

        68S     Applicable organisation to give information as to cessation of membership of recreational breeder to Secretary

    (1)     For the purpose of keeping and maintaining the information register, an applicable organisation must give the information set out in subsection (2) to the Secretary within 7 days after—

        (a)     the organisation makes a decision to disqualify, cancel, suspend or not renew the membership of a recreational breeder; or

        (b)     the recreational breeder resigns from the organisation.

    (2)     The following information is set out for the purpose of subsection (1)—

        (a)     the name of the recreational breeder;

        (b)     the membership number of the recreational breeder;

        (c)     if the recreational breeder's membership was disqualified, cancelled, suspended or not renewed, the date on which that happened;

        (d)     if the recreational breeder resigned from the applicable organisation, the date on which that happened;

        (e)     the name of the Council of the municipality in which the premises is located at which the recreational breeder carried out recreational breeding;

        (f)     the name of the applicable organisation.

        68T     Other information to be included on the information register

If the Minister has granted or refused an application by the proprietor of a breeding domestic animal business for a commercial dog breeder approval, the Secretary must insert that information in the information register within 7 days of the Minister's decision.

        68U     Persons who may inspect the information register

    (1)     In accordance with the regulations (if any), the following persons may inspect information in the information register—

        (a)     the Secretary or a person employed by the Department acting in the course of the person's duties under this Act;

        (b)     a Council authorised officer, restricted authorised officer or Departmental authorised officer acting in the course of the officer's duties under this Act.

    (2)     In accordance with the regulations (if any), a member of the public who is proposing to purchase or obtain an animal may inspect the following information in the information register—

        (a)     for purchasing or obtaining from a domestic animal business

              (i)     the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(h) and (i) and (2)(a); and

              (ii)     if the proprietor of the domestic animal business has consented to the giving of all or any of the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(a) and (c)(ii) and (iii), the information consented to;

        (b)     for purchasing or obtaining from a registered foster carer

              (i)     the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(h) and (i); and

              (ii)     if the registered foster carer has consented to the giving of all or any of the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(a), (c)(ii) and (iii), the information consented to;

        (c)     for purchasing or obtaining from a recreational breeder

              (i)     the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(h) and (i) and (3)(a) and (b); and

              (ii)     if the recreational breeder has consented to the giving of all or any of the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(a), (c)(ii) and (iii), the information consented to;

        (d)     for purchasing or obtaining from a microbreeder or other person or body, the information referred to in section 68Q(1)(h) and (i).

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (2)(a)(ii), (b)(ii) and (c)(ii), the consent must be given at any time before the information is inspected.

        68V     Inspections by police officers and public sector bodies

    (1)     On application to the Secretary, a police officer or a member, officer or employee of a public sector body (within the meaning of the Public Administration Act 2004), who is investigating a relevant offence, may inspect the information register for the purpose of the investigation.

    (2)     The Secretary may grant an application under subsection (1), if the Secretary is satisfied, on the information given in the application, that the inspection is necessary for the purposes of the investigation.

    (3)     In this section—

"relevant offence" means—

        (a)     an offence against this Act or regulations made under this Act; or

        (b)     an offence against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 or regulations made under that Act; or

        (c)     an offence against Division 9AA of Part I of the Crimes Act 1958.

        68W     Offences as to information register

A person must not inspect or attempt to inspect all or any part of the information register unless the person does so in accordance with this Part.

Penalty:     10 penalty units.

Division 3—Source numbers

        68X     Secretary may issue source numbers

For the purposes of this Part, the Secretary, in accordance with this Division, may issue source numbers to persons or bodies.

        68Y     Issue of source numbers to domestic animal businesses

    (1)     The Secretary must issue a source number to the proprietor of a domestic animal business on receiving the information from the Council under section 68Q that the Council has registered the premises on which the business is being conducted.

    (2)     The Secretary must renew the issue of a source number to the proprietor of a domestic animal business on receiving the information from the Council under section 68Q that the Council has renewed the registration of the premises on which the business is being conducted.

    (3)     The Secretary must notify the Council and the proprietor of the domestic animal business of the source number issued under this section.

    (4)     If the Council suspends or revokes the registration of a premises on which a domestic animal business is being conducted, any source number issued under this section is also suspended or revoked on the same terms that apply to the suspension or revocation of the registration.

        68Z     Issue of source numbers to registered foster carers

    (1)     The Secretary must issue a source number to a registered foster carer on receiving the information from the Council under section 68Q that the Council has registered the foster carer.

    (2)     The Secretary must renew the issue of a source number to a registered foster carer on receiving the information from the Council under section 68Q that the Council has renewed the registration of the foster carer.

    (3)     The Secretary must notify the Council and the registered foster carer of the source number issued under this section.

    (4)     If the Council suspends or cancels the registration of a foster carer, any source number issued under this section is also suspended or cancelled on the same terms that apply to the suspension or cancellation of the registration.

        68ZA     Issue of source numbers to recreational breeders

The Secretary may issue or renew the issue of a source number to a recreational breeder, who may apply for the issue or renewal under section 68ZD, on receiving an application from the recreational breeder under section 68ZD that—

        (a)     sets out the information required by section 68P(1); and

        (b)     complies with this Division.

        68ZB     Issue of source numbers to other persons or bodies

    (1)     The Secretary may issue or renew the issue of a source number to a microbreeder, who may apply for the issue or renewal under section 68ZD, on receiving an application from the microbreeder that—

        (a)     sets out the information required by section 68P(2); and

        (b)     complies with this Division.

    (2)     The Secretary may issue or renew the issue of a source number to a person or body who is not a microbreeder, who may apply for the issue or renewal under section 68ZD, on receiving an application from the person or body that—

        (a)     sets out the information required by section 68P(3); and

        (b)     complies with this Division.

    (3)     To avoid doubt, this section does not apply to the proprietor of a domestic animal business, a foster carer or a recreational breeder.

        68ZC     Period for which source numbers remains in force

A source number issued by the Secretary under section 68ZA or 68ZB remains in force for 12 months from the date of issue.

        68ZD     Application for source numbers or renewal of source numbers

    (1)     For the purposes of section 68ZA or 68ZB, a recreational breeder, a microbreeder or a person or body who is selling or who proposes to sell dogs or cats by advertising or proposing to advertise the dogs or cats for sale may apply to the Secretary for the issue of a source number.

    (2)     A person or body who has a source number may apply for the renewal of the source number before the source number ceases to be in force.

    (3)     An application under this section—

        (a)     must be in the form approved by the Secretary; and

        (b)     must be accompanied by—

              (i)     the prescribed fee; and

              (ii)     any other prescribed information and any information or documents required by the Secretary.

        68ZE     Secretary's decision on application to issue or renew

    (1)     The Secretary must decide whether or not to issue or renew a source number within 21 days of receiving an application for the issue or renewal of the number under this Division.

    (2)     As soon as possible after making a decision under subsection (1), the Secretary must give written notice to the applicant—

        (a)     of the decision; and

        (b)     of the number, if the decision is to issue or renew the issue of a source number.

        68ZF     Grounds for refusal to issue or suspension or revocation

The Secretary may decide not to issue or renew the issue of a source number or to suspend or to revoke a source number—

        (a)     if the applicant has been convicted or found guilty of—

              (i)     an offence against section 9(1), 10(1), 12AF, 12A(8) or 15C(1) or (2) the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986; or

              (ii)     an offence against a law of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth that corresponds with a law referred to in subparagraph (i); or

        (b)     if the applicant has ever been subject to—

              (i)     an order under section 84WA or 84XA; or

              (ii)     an order under a law of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth that corresponds to one of those orders; or

        (c)     if the person has given false or misleading information on or with the application; or

        (d)     for any other prescribed reason.

        68ZG     Notice of cessation of source number

    (1)     At least 28 days before a source number ceases to be in force, the Secretary must give written notice of that fact to the person or body to whom the number was issued.

    (2)     A notice under subsection (1) must set out the day on which the source number ceases to be in force.".'.

        105     Powers of Council contracted authorised officers

In section 74A of the Principal Act, for "13" substitute "12B, 12C, 13".

        106     Definition, relevant provision

In section 74AB of the Principal Act, in paragraph (a) of the definition of "relevant provision", for "12A(1) or (2)" substitute "12A(1), 12B, 12C".

        107     Power to serve infringement notices

In the Table at the foot of section 85(1) of the Principal Act—

        (a)     in Column 2 opposite the reference to Departmental authorised officer in Column 1, for "12A(1), 12A(2)," substitute "12A, 12B, 12C,";

        (b)     in Column 2 opposite the reference to Restricted authorised officer in Column 1, for "12A(1), 12A(2)," substitute "12A, 12B, 12C,";

        (c)     in Column 2 opposite the reference to Council authorised officer in Column 1, for "12A(1), 12A(2)," substitute "12A, 12B, 12C,";

        (d)     in Column 2 opposite the reference to Council contracted authorised officer in Column 1, for "12A(1), 12A(2)," substitute "12A, 12B, 12C,".

        108     Regulations

After section 100(1)(d) of the Principal Act insert

    "(da)     matters relating to the information register including—

              (i)     circumstances in which the information register may be inspected; and

              (ii)     the manner in which the information may be inspected; and

              (iii)     the information that any particular person or class of person may obtain from the register; and

              (iv)     information to be given to the Secretary for the Secretary to include in the information register; and

              (v)     any other relevant matters; and

        (db)     matters relating to the issue of source numbers, including—

              (i)     fees for the issue or renewal of numbers; and

              (ii)     information to be included in applications for the issue or renewal of numbers; and

              (iii)     reasons for the cancellation, suspension or non-renewal of numbers; and".

        109     New section 105A inserted

After section 105 of the Principal Act insert

        "105A     Transitional provision—Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017

    (1)     In this section—

"commencement day" means the day on which section 104 of the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 comes into operation;

"relevant information" means any information in relation to a domestic animal business or foster carer that the Council would, if section 104 of the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 were in operation, be required to give to the Secretary under Division 2 of Part 5C, as proposed to be inserted by that section.

    (2)     For the purpose of establishing the information register, under Part 5C, as proposed to be inserted by section 104 of the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017, a Council must, if so requested by the Secretary before the commencement day, give any relevant information to the Secretary relating to any domestic animal business in respect of which the Council has registered premises under Part 4 or in relation to any foster carer registered by the Council under Part 5B.".

        110     Seizure of dogs or cats for certain offences

In section 82B(2)(b) of the Principal Act, for "45A" substitute "44B(1), 45A".

        111     Prosecution of suspected persons

In section 84Q(2A) of the Principal Act, for "45A" substitute "44B(1), 45A".

        112     Orders prohibiting ownership of dogs or cats

In section 84WA(1) of the Principal Act, for "section 45" substitute "section 44B(1), 45".

        113     Power to serve infringement notice

In the Table at the foot of section 85(1) of the Principal Act, in Column 2 opposite the reference to Council authorised officer in Column 1, for "41I" substitute "41I, 44B(1)".

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Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, No. 6/2018

Schedule 2—Further consequential amendments

        41     Domestic Animals Act 1994

    41.1     In sections 76D(2), 84E(2), 84EA(3) and 84XB(2), after "oath" insert "or by affirmation".

    4     Explanatory details

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