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


AusBoard 2019 - August 19-21 - Pullman Reef Casino Hotel Cairns

Supporting the industry through advocacy

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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

Selling or giving away a cat or dog? – The rules have changed in NSW

From 1 July 2019, people advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale or to give away in NSW will need to include an identification number in advertisements.  The identification number can be either:

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number, OR
  • a rehoming organisation number.

The rules will apply to all advertisements, including those in newspapers, local posters, community notice boards and all forms of online advertising, including public advertisements on websites such as the Trading Post, Gumtree and social media sites.

The changes have been implements in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion
Animal Breeding Practices

The changes help people looking to buy a cot or dog search the NSW Pet Registry to see the animal’s:

  • breed
  • sex
  • age
  • whether it is desexed
  • whether or not it is already registered
  • whether any annual permit is in place (from 1 July 2019).

A breeder identification number search will also display any business name listed in the registry.

This enables buyers to do further research and make information purchasing decisions.  It also helps to promote responsible cat and dog breeding and selling and, over time, enable enforcement agencies to use this information to identify ‘problem’ breeders to enforce animal welfare laws.

Please see the NSW Department of Primary Industries website for further information.

Consultation on Standards & Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA

The Western Australian Government recognises the value of animal welfare to the community and strives to ensure that all animals receive appropriate standards of care. As companions and working animals, dogs have an important place in the lives of many Western Australians.

Draft Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA (Dog Standards and Guidelines) are being developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, in consultation with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Western Australia (RSPCA) and other experts in dog care and welfare.

The document sets out the minimum standards that owners and people in charge of dogs must follow to ensure the health and welfare of dogs kept in WA. It also provides guidelines and additional information to promote the health and welfare of dogs. The recommendations are based on current scientific knowledge and generally reflect recommended industry practice and community expectations, as appropriate.

The development of dog standards supports the Government’s election commitment to the Stop Puppy Farming initiative, which includes the introduction of Mandatory Standards for Dog Breeding, Housing, Husbandry, Transport and Sale. More information on the Stop Puppy Farming project can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

Following consultation, regulations on dog health and welfare may be drafted and adopted under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. Before drafting regulations, the department invites Western Australians to comment on the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines.

Having your say
You are encouraged to provide your feedback via an online survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be made available through the consultation summary report, but the names of respondents who provide feedback through the online survey will not be published.

If you wish to provide further comment, you can provide a written submission. You can provide your comments by completing the public submission form on their website, or drafting an individual written submission. Written submissions can be sent to the department by:

Post:    Dog Standards and Guidelines Consultation
Animal Welfare Regulation
Locked Bag 4
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

Written submissions will be made public and published in full on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website unless you ask for it to be confidential. Submissions that contain defamatory or offensive material will not be published.
Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 7 June 2019.

A consultation summary report will be made available approximately six weeks after the closing date.

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As a member of the nationally recognised industry body for the Australian pet industry, you can make a difference for your business, for your customers and for your industry.

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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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