What is the Domestic Animal Management Plan?

    The Domestic Animal Management Plan will provide a strategic approach as to how Council plans to manage dogs and cats in the municipality over the next four years.

    The Plan is to be developed in consultation with stakeholders and the community, and will be informed by research and benchmarking activities.

    The Plan will align with Casey’s broader strategic directions for the municipality, and will provide a sound basis and direction from which Council can plan and make future decisions.

    The City of Casey is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Australia and will become one of the five most highly populated municipalities in Australia. In response to this development there is a need for a considered approach to domestic animal management issues, while promoting responsible pet ownership and improved community and animal welfare outcomes; an important step in contributing to Casey’s liveability.

    Why do we need a Domestic Animal Management Plan?

    Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, every Victorian Council must prepare a Domestic Animal Management Plan that addresses the following:

    Sets out a method for evaluating whether animal control services provided by Council are adequate to give effect to the requirements of the Act and regulations.

    Outline programs for the training of authorised officers.

    Outline programs, services and strategies to:

    • Promote and encourage responsible ownership of dogs and cats.
    • Ensure that people comply with the Act, regulations and legislation.
    • Minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals.
    • Address over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats.
    • Encourage registration and identification of dogs and cats.
    • Minimise potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.

    Effectively identify all dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs and to ensure that these dogs are kept in compliance with the Act and regulations.

    • Provide for review of existing orders and Local Laws made under the Act.
    • Provide for review of any other matters related to management of dogs and cats.
    • Provide for periodic evaluation of the Plan.

    The Domestic Animal Management Plan will contain a range of actions to be undertaken by Council to address these objectives.

    What happens next?

    We value your ideas to ensure the Domestic Animal Management Plan meets both statutory requirements, and community needs and expectations.

    Your feedback and ideas will be used to develop strategies for the Plan in late 2016.

    How can I have my say?

    To help develop the Domestic Animal Management Plan, Council would like to know the issues that affect the community – with particular reference to dogs and cats. Your feedback will help us to develop strategies for the Plan.

    Register to complete our survey and quick polls, and share your ideas in our brainstormer by 22 July 2016.

    Register your interest in attending a community focus group in late 2016. Hard copies of the survey are available on request at Customer Service Centres.

    Have a question?

    What are the competition Terms and Conditions?

    Complete the survey between 15 June and 22 July 2016 for your chance to $200 Westfield voucher. The competition terms and conditions are listed below: This competition is open to residents within the City of Casey (excludes Council staff and Councillors).There is one $200 Westfield voucher to give away over the course of the consultation period. To be eligible to win the Westfield vouchers, entrants must complete the survey between 15 June and 22 July 2016. Survey entries received after this date will not be included in the competition draw. The prizes cannot be redeemed for cash. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by phone/email by 5.00 pm Friday 29 July 2016. To be eligible to win, entrants must complete all survey questions and provide a full name and contact details by the relevant closing date.