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

PIAA is excited to announce an alliance with Assistance Dogs Australia

assistance-dogs-logoAssistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform tasks for people living with disabilities throughout Australia. Learning up to 50 commands, they ensure that an Assistance Dog is not only man’s best friend, but most helpful friend too.

Each Assistance Dog takes up to two years and costs $30,000 to train to meet the individual needs of each person living with a disability.

Children & Families Living with Autism 
Assistance Dogs provide both physical & emotional support for families living with autism. Assistance Dogs are trained to assist with a child’s development, helping develop communication skills, empathy and help calm a child through difficult times.

People Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Assistance Dogs Provide physical and emotional support to help people living with PTSD better cope with day-today situations, providing calming reassurance during times which cause extreme anxiety.

Schools
Assistance Dogs are placed in schools to assist in a classroom environment. They help provide a calming influence for children with a range of needs such as autism, anxiety, learning & behavioural difficulties and can help reduce the incidence of bullying and truancy.

Community Support
Assistance Dogs provide group therapy support in community facilities such as aged care homes, special needs group housing, children’s hospices and rehabilitation units. Assistance Dogs are also placed with couples living at home with early stages of dementia.

dogtober
Dogtober
Dogtober is all about celebrating man’s best friend while lending a paw to Assistance Dogs Australia. You can create your own doggie themed events or get sponsored to undertake a challenge and raise much needed funds and awareness so we can train another 25 super puppies to help people with physical disabilities.

Just as puppies come in all shapes and sizes so too can your fundraising events.

To help out our super pups got their noses together and came up with some great ideas for events, from organising a Dog’s breakfast or baking and selling pup cakes to Dogs-bowls.

For more information visit Dogtober.org.au or you can email info@dogtober.org.au or call 1800 688 364.

Vets Welcome Overhaul of Restricted Dog Breed Legislation in Victoria.

downloadThe Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomes the announcement made by the Victorian Government last week, which will allow restricted dog breeds such as Pit Bulls to be registered in Victoria.

President of the AVA’s Victorian Division, Dr Paul Martin, said that the AVA had been lobbying the government against restricted breed legislation since it was introduced in 2011.

“We strongly oppose regulation of dogs based on breed alone because it simply doesn’t help in reducing the incidence of dog bites.

“Dogs of all breeds and all sizes have the potential to be dangerous in certain circumstances. Genetics, socialisation, training and health conditions as well as human behaviour, are all contributing factors when it comes to dogs showing aggressive behaviour.

“As a society we value the positive role that dogs play in our lives but there’s a persistent gap between the community’s desire to live alongside dogs and its knowledge of how to properly interact with them.

“We believe further education for owners and breeders, dog bite reporting mechanisms, enforcement of current regulations, increased registration of dogs and temperament testing are pathways to a safer community. These are much better alternatives to breed specific legislation.

“We’re pleased that the government will be considering all these important factors and we look forward to them introducing the new legislation next year that looks at behaviour rather than breed,” Dr Martin said.

The Labor Government will seek to remove the ban on registering restricted breed dogs as part of its response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into breed-specific legislation.

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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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Upcoming events

  1. Growing the Aquarium Industry – tour & seminars

    Wednesday 19 October @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  2. The PIAA 2016 Pet Expo & Business Conference – building better business….

    Thursday 20 October - Friday 21 October
  3. Groomex 2016

    Thursday 20 October - Sunday 23 October
  4. Perth Pet Expo 2016 (consumer event)

    Saturday 5 November @ 8:00 am - Sunday 6 November @ 5:00 pm

Find a PIAA member near you

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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Full Time Groomer Wanted

Dogue Gunghalin ACT is looking for a full time experienced groomer to attend to all Spa grooming activities, daily spa and day care operations To be consider for the role you should have: Minimum 4 years dog grooming experience Breed-specific clipping skill-set Strong interpersonal communication skills A desire to deliver customer experience excellence Certificate III in Pet Grooming or industry experience equivalent Creative Grooming certifications are desirable but not essential If you think you have the expertise to grow and thrive in this role, we would love to hear from you. Please forward your CV and cover letter to DOGUE Gungahlin –... read more

Experienced Dog Groomer Wanted

Dogue Wahroona is seeking the services of an experienced dog groomer. To be considered for this role you will have: Minimum 3 years dog grooming experience Breed-specific clipping skill-set Strong interpersonal communication skills A desire to deliver customer experience excellence Certificate III in Pet Grooming or industry experience equivalent Creative Grooming certifications are desirable but not essential Japanese speaking skills are considered an asset If you think you have the expertise to grow and thrive in this role, we would love to hear from you. Please forward your CV and cover letter to DOGUE Franchising – franchising@Dogue.com.au... 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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Members get great discounts on a variety of products and services as part of the PIAA Member Benefits program.

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