Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan open for public comment

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

We have released a new draft plan for domestic animal management for community consultation at last night’s meeting.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all Victorian local governments to develop a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) which is required to be comprehensively reviewed every four years. The plan sets out to promote responsible pet ownership of the region’s almost 46,000 registered dogs and cats – one of the largest animal populations in Victoria – and identify strategies that enable the community and its domestic animals to co-exist safely and equitably.

The current draft of the plan was informed by an initial 5-week community consultation process in May and June this year, which asked the public’s views on 15 issues including dog parks, dog attacks and public safety and how to deal with lost animals. The engagement received 197 surveys and 14 written submissions from the community.

Once completed, the plan is expected to outline how we intend to promote the following standards of animal management to:

  • promote and encourage the responsible ownership of dogs and cats
  • ensure that people comply with the Domestic Animals Act 1994, the regulations and any related legislation
  • minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals
  • address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
  • encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats
  • minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance
  • effectively identify all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs in the municipal district and ensure that those dogs are kept in compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and regulations.

If you would like to review the plan and provide any feedback, please do so online by 25 December 2017.


Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

Animal management is a community priority, so it’s important we do everything we can to promote and encourage responsible pet ownership and manage issues around domestic animals.

We understand people love their pets, but at the same time we must be mindful of other community members in public spaces and ensure animals are kept under control so we can all enjoy these common areas.