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


Supporting the industry through advocacy

Building better business

AusPet 2018 - Friday October 19 - Trade PLUS Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21 - Public

AusBoard 2018 - August 20-22 - Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens Resort

AusGroom 2018 - Saturday June 16 & Sunday June 17 (Competitions) PLUS Monday June 18 & Tuesday June 18 (Seminars & Workshops)

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

Stop Puppy Farming Implementation Working Group Communique to Member Organisations.

Stop Puppy Farming Implementation Working Group Communique to Member Organisations March 2018

 The Stop Puppy Farming Implementation Working Group met on Thursday, 8 March 2018.

Representatives from the following organisations attended the meeting:

  • Australian Federation for Livestock Working Dogs​
  • Australian Veterinary Association​
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Consumer Protection division)​​
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Animal Welfare Regulation division)​
  • Dogs West
  • Local Government Professionals Australia WA
  • Oscar’s Law​​
  • Pet Industry Association of Australia
  • ​​​​​Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals​
  • WA Local Government Association
  • WA Rangers Association. ​

The representative from Dogs Refuge Home WA was an apology for the meeting.

Mandatory Dog Breeding Standards

Representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) presented to the Implementation Working Group on the development and progression of the mandatory dog breeding standards.

DPIRD provided an overview of:

  • their role in animal welfare regulation in WA,
  • the progression of amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (AWA) and why they were needed (they will allow for the adoption of standards and guidelines under the AWA);
  • the priority to draft standards on dog breeding;
  • the consultation process they will undertake to consult on the detailed standards;
  • the inclusion of a section on mandatory dog breeding standards in the stop puppy farming consultation paper.

DPIRD advised that draft standards would be completed sometime in April 2018 and that they would undertake consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the standards were consistent with industry practice, before consulting with the broader community.

Update on the stop puppy farming consultation paper

A revised draft consultation paper has been developed to ensure it is accessible to the broader WA community. The revised draft paper provides general information on the stop puppy farming provisions. The paper is being peer reviewed by Dr Jennifer Hood, Veterinary Director at Animals International.

Members of the Implementation Working Group provided feedback on the revised draft at the meeting. The Implementation Working Group raised the issue of enforcement, stressing the need to consider how and by whom the provisions would be administered and enforced. The Implementation Working Group also touched on the consideration of exemptions to mandatory dog sterilisation and dog breeder registration. These matters will be considered in detail during targeted consultation with key stakeholders, including member organisations of the Implementation Working Group.

The Department is considering the feedback received by the Implementation Working Group and is making amendments to the consultation paper.

It is anticipated that the paper will be released in mid-late April 2018. A consultation period of 12 weeks will follow the release of the paper.


The Department will consult with the community on the provisions identified in the consultation paper and seek feedback through written submissions and workshops.

The Department looks forward to undertaking targeted consultation during the consultation period with member organisations of the Implementation Working Group. The Department will liaise with member organisations on consultation opportunities with their organisation.

Targeted consultation will consider additional considerations to the matters raised in the consultation paper, including appropriate ways to implement the provisions.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Implementation Working Group will be held after the consultation period. The Implementation Working Group will meet to consider the feedback received during the consultation period.

AusPet & AusGroom Exhibitor Prospectus Recall

In light of a copyright infringement claim from another organisation, PIAA is withdrawing all promotional material and the application form (including the terms and conditions) for AusPet 2018 and AusGroom 2018. We will shortly forward revised copies of these documents to you, and ask that you delete and/or destroy any of the earlier versions you may still have.

PIAA apologises for any inconvenience.

We will be in direct contact with those who have already sent through their application forms for the events, and we assure you that we will be working hard to make both AusPet 2018 and AusGroom 2018 a success.

In the meantime, please let me or our team know if you have any questions.

Kind regards
Mark Fraser
Pet Industry Association
02 9659 5811

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