In 2018-19, TCCS was the ACT Government’s lead agency for animal welfare and administered the Animal Welfare Act 1992 (AW Act), which regulates offences such as animal cruelty.
The AW Act has a range of enforcement powers to promote and monitor acceptable standards of care, and protect animals from cruelty or welfare offences.
The Executive Group Manager, City Operations within TCCS was the appointed Animal Welfare Authority for the ACT.
The government continued its service funding agreement with RSPCA ACT to provide animal welfare services including the provision of authorised inspectors under the AW Act.
As at 30 June 2019, 44 employees of the ACT Government, four inspectors from RSPCA, and all sworn ACT Police officers were appointed as inspectors under the AW Act.
The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is a statutory committee established under section 109 of the AW Act.
AWAC activities and achievements 2018/19
The AWAC met on 9 occasions in 2018-19 and undertook the following activities:
- advised the Minister for Transport and City Services on animal welfare matters;
- collaborated with TCCS in progressing actions under the Animal Welfare & Management Strategy 2017-2022, including conducting a review of animal welfare and management laws in the ACT; and
- progressed the following Codes of Practice:
- Welfare of Native Wildlife (Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release);
- Private Keeping of Native Reptiles;
- Care and Welfare of Cats;
- Keeping and Breeding of Racing Greyhounds;
- Land Transport of Livestock;
- Care and Welfare of Small Mammals as Pets;
- Welfare of Horses;
- Small mammal code; and
Permits, investigations and prosecutions In 2018-19, the Animal Welfare Authority issued:
- two circus permits;
- six licences for the use or breeding of animals for the purpose of research or teaching; and
- two commercial trapping permits.
During 2018-19, the RSPCA received 1,053 cases complaints/referrals in relation to animal welfare. Inspectors investigated 1024 of these matters, which resulted in prosecution of 7 individuals. One case was finalised this financial year with the offender receiving an 18 month Good Conduct Order, an 18 month animal ban and a $50 fine.
As at 1 July 2019, there were three cases before the courts.
View the TCCS Annual Report 2018-2019 (PDF 8MB)