The State Government has amended the Domestic Animals Act 1994 with the objective of further improving animal management outcomes in Victoria. Councils in Victoria are now required by this legislation to prepare and implement a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP). 

2012 – 2016 Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan

Under Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act, every Council must prepare and implement a Domestic Animal Management Plan every 4 year interval with the objective to outline Council’s plans for animal management.

Download a copy of the 2012-2016 Domestic Animal Management Plan

The purposes of this DAMP are to:

  • Document current processes and practices under the Ballarat City Council's animal management responsibilities
  • Increase compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994
  • Develop pet owners' knowledge of the principles of responsible pet ownership
  • Assist the Bureau of Animal Welfare to achieve its stated objectives of reducing the numbers of dogs and cats being euthanased
  • Maximise the numbers of dogs and cats that are registered in the Ballarat municipality
  • Minimise the harmful effect of domestic pets on the population of native birds, mammals and reptiles
  • Take into account community views on animal management matters
  • Comply with the relevant provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994

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