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


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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.

Latest news

Pets assisting in our better management of mental health disorders

The positive effects that pets have on people have been well-researched. From research conducted by the University of Manchester1 suggests that pets can help people who are living with a mental illness to manage their condition.

President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), Dr Paula Parker says: “the human-animal bond plays a crucial and positive role in the health and wellbeing of the community”.

“Benefits can include companionship, health and social improvements and assistance for people with special needs.

“This research takes our knowledge about the human-animal bond a step further suggesting that pets can help people who are struggling with a serious mental illness to manage their mental health.

“Only through more research like this, can we come to better understand just how increasingly valuable animals are to an individual’s wellbeing and the community,” she said.

The study involved 54 participants with a severe mental illness, for example, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Twenty-five of the participants identified a pet as being important in the everyday management of their illness. What’s more, of these 25 participants, more than half identified their pet as being one of the most important things to them in managing their mental health.

“There’s already strong evidence to indicate that owning a pet brings health benefits including physical health benefits, for example, dog owners increase their exercise by walking their pet.

“Research also suggests that pets have positive effects on the community. A study2 conducted by the University of Western Australia found that pets facilitate first meetings and conversations between neighbours, with over 60 per cent of dog owners reporting that they got to know their neighbours through their pets.

“While pets can improve our health and wellbeing, it’s important to remember that the human-animal bond is a two-way street and we need to provide the same benefits to our pets by ensuring we properly care for their health and welfare,” she said.


  1. Brooks H, Rushton K, Walker S et al. Ontological security and connectivity provided by pets: a study in the self-management of the everyday lives of people diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition. BMC Psychiatry 2016;16:409. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-1111-3.

Wood L, Martin K, Christian H et al. Social capital and pet ownership: a tale of four cities. SSM Population Health 2017;3:442–447.

Animal welfare Standards & Guidelines for breeding dogs & their progeny – Qld Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to promoting the responsible breeding of dogs and ensuring action can be taken against breeders for irresponsible dog breeding practices.

The next step is to introduce the Queensland Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Breeding Dogs and their Progeny (Standards and Guidelines) from 1 October 2018.

The Standards and Guidelines describe appropriate care, management, shelter and socialisation of breeding dogs. The Standards are mandatory requirements and the Guidelines are advice on recommended practices to achieve desirable animal welfare outcomes.

These Standards and Guidelines complement the 2017 introduction of compulsory dog breeder registration.

The new Standards are compulsory code provisions under the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Act) from 1 October 2018. All dog breeders, including those breeding pets, working dogs, hunting dogs or breeding dogs for commercial purposes are subject to the new Standards.

  • Those breeders who are already caring for their breeding dogs in responsible and appropriate ways should not be significantly impacted by the new Standards. Those breeders not meeting the new Standards of care, management, shelter, socialisation or housing will have to be improve upon their practices in order to comply.

The new Standards and Guidelines may be a useful tool for pet shop owners to assess whether a puppy supplier is breeding dogs responsibly.

More information 
Copies of the Standards and Guidelines and advice will be publicly available from 1 October 2018 from:
The Queensland government website:

  • The Customer Service Centre of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by:
    • Phone: 13 25 23 (cost of a local call within Queensland)
  • 8 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

The Queensland Dog Breeder Register can be accessed at:

If you require further information, please contact Mr Greg McDougall, Senior Policy Officer by telephone on 0407 742 392 or email at

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Join the team in one of the busiest DOGUE stores Work with dogs every day! Opportunity to grow with the company About DOGUE DOGUE is Australia’s leading dog boutique and spa network that provides grooming, day care and retail in high-end store boutiques. We are...

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Assistant Store Manager (2IC) – Sydney

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Dog Groomer – DOGUE BULIMBA – Brisbane

Do you have a passion for the highest quality of dogcare? DOGUE Bulimba is expanding, and we are currently looking to welcome an experienced Dog Groomer to join our DOGUE Boutique & Spa team. We are entering the very busy grooming season, so we need more...

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