The Pet Industry Association demands exacting standards from our members to ensure the welfare of animals and promote responsible pet ownership.

What we believe

The Pet Industry Association is the only industry association in Australia created to represent all businesses in the pet industry. Formed in 1979 as the PIJAC, we have evolved into a peak organisation which aims to create an environment of best practice principles and ongoing learning for improved technology and systems in the pet industry. The Pet Industry Association is run by members for its members and offers a voice for all who join by liaising with governments, animal welfare agencies, as well as pet and animal groups nationally and internationally. We are represented on government steering committees, consultation and advisory groups on pet ownership and industry issues around Australia.

To promote, support and represent a sustainable pet industry because we recognise that pets and their welfare are essential for a healthy society.

This ensures our members thrive and our Association continues to represent the majority of the industry.

The PIAA National Code of Practice and Code of Ethics are quality standards for the operation of businesses in the pet industry supply chain. The Code sets standards that exceed current regulatory requirements. Compliance with the code is a mandatory requirement for membership of the PIAA. An Ethics and Complaints Committee adjudicates any complaints against activity deemed in contravention of the code.
PIAA is a member of the Australian Companion Animal Council and is represented on and works with Aquatic committees nationally, including OFMJG and the NSW Ornamental Fish Reference Group, Animal Welfare Advisory Committees in QLD, NSW, NT and the ACT, the Domestic Animal Management Implementation Committee in Victoria and the Dog & Cat Management Board in South Australia. We’ve also worked closely with the governments in QLD, NSW and SA on pet shop codes of practice. PIAA also holds a seat on the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

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Finding Dory

Keeping Marine Fish Keeping fish has recently been proven to result in improved health benefits, but it’s important to do your research and get good advice before setting up an aquarium. Keeping marine fish is a lot easier than it was 5-10 years ago, however a marine fish tank typically requires greater experience and is more costly to set up and maintain than a freshwater equivalent. As such, if you are new to the hobby we encourage you start with a freshwater tank. If you have kept fish before and are setting up a marine tank for the first time, we suggest starting with an easy to keep marine fish such as clownfish  which are quite hardy. Getting Started With Marine Fish Keeping The release of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo in 2010 sparked a significant influx of people wanting to keep marine fish, and in particular clownfish as this was the main character of the movie. Will Finding Dory have the same effect on people wanting to keep blue tangs? Blue tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus) which are the main character to Disney Pixar’s sequel movie have also become popular since the release of Finding Nemo, but tangs are not a fish for those new to the hobby. Tangs require a large tank as they need lots of space to move around and are best suited to an intermediate fish keeper. There is currently no commercial breeding of blue tangs. However, a recent break-through in the production of the Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens), suggests that there will be captive bred blue tangs swimming in our aquariums very soon. A large proportion of... read more

Biodiversity Conservation Bill

The draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill (draft Bill) and supporting products were released on 3 May 2016 for an eight week public consultation period. One of the purposes of the draft Bill is to replace the wildlife provisions currently contained in the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) with a new, risk based framework for managing wildlife activities. Under this approach, it is anticipated that some low risk activities may be exempt from licences, codes of practice may be developed for medium risk activities, and high risk activities will continue to be licensed or prohibited. The release of the draft Bill is an opportunity to comment on broad issues such as the risks associated with the various wildlife activities and how these may be best managed. We encourage you and your members to comment on the draft Bill during the consultation period, which closes on 28 June 2016. Information on how to comment on the draft Bill is available at NPWS realises that to successfully shift the current licensing system toward a risk-based approach will take time and that changes will need to be developed and introduced carefully. We emphasise that until any revised regulations are finalised, existing arrangements and rules for wildlife activities will continue and are enforceable. Over a period of up to two years, NPWS intends to consult with key stakeholders to revise the rules and standards applying to wildlife activities in order to align with the risk based framework outlined in the draft Biodiversity Conservation... read more

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Is your local pet shop, grooming salon, boarding establishment, wholesaler, dog walker, pet minder or service provider a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia? All of our members must comply with a code of practice to ensure high standards and ethical practices.
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Dog Groomer wanted – Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital – WA

Dog groomer wanted!! We are currently looking for a part-time dog groomer at Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital WA. Applicants must be experienced and capable of grooming a minimum of 6 dogs per day. Call 0411069622/08 9277 4966 for further information or email resume to... read more

Grooming Position in Elwood Victoria

Whoopsy’s in Elwood Victoria are seeking an experienced dog groomer.  The position will involve retail sales and Saturday work (on alternating weeks). Please forward application and include your resume to read more

Ex-Display Fish Tanks for Sale in Eastern Sydney

The Pet Shop Eastgardens has some Retail display fish tanks for sale that were removed from the previous fit-out. There are 7 bays available, please make an offer on one or all. Pick up from Eastern Suburbs of Sydney Contact Troy - 0414 927 517... read more

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Pet Industry Association members can advertise pet industry job vacancies and place classified adverts on this website, as well as getting discounted rates in the Pet Trade Talk newsletter, and a free listing in the Pet Industry Association directory of members. » More reasons to become a member

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