About the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA)
Promoting responsible pet ownership
Established in 1979, the Pet Industry Association remains the ONLY trade-only Association within Australia, dedicated to the protection of the pet industry, and promoting responsible pet ownership.
The pet industry is very heavily regulated by Government Agencies at federal, state and local levels. There are also many animal welfare and animal rights groups within the community that want to influence or prevent us doing legitimate business. It is becoming more important that the operators within the Australian Pet Industry take greater control of their own destiny. As such, the Pet Industry Association regularly makes formal submissions on pet industry issues at the request of Government agencies and industry regulators.
There are five categories within Pet Industry Association membership that include: RETAIL; GROOMING; BOARDING, PET SERVICES, SUPPLIERS. There are various levels of membership and fees based on a sliding scale that ensures that full membership of the Pet Industry Association remains affordable for even the smallest of business operators. Find out more about becoming a member
Each category has honorary directors voted in by the members for a three-year tenure. The Pet Industry Association also has a team of state/territory coordinators who also assist Pet Industry Association on a voluntary basis. All members have direct access to all office-bearers as well as staff of the Pet Industry Association.
A voice for the pet industry
The main benefit of Pet Industry Association membership is the ability of an individual business operator to network with their peers and also be able to make a comment through a “Peak Industry Body” to almost any regulator of the industry – and be heard!
Code of Practice
Pet Industry Association members have a National Code of Practice that was produced by members for the sole purpose of “self regulation” at the highest workable level. This Code has been very well accepted by Government and its standards exceed our regulators’ requirements.
The endorsement of educating pet industry operators and their staff via industry specific training and the acknowledgement/accreditation of members that exceed the National Code of Practice has been the major focus of the association for some time. The Pet Industry Association Accreditation scheme is in place for members to gain national recognition of their high standards.
The long-term vision is to have an industry that is geared towards self-regulation by the setting of our own standards and the influencing of government regulated training requirements so that industry operators and their staff have the skills that are current and meeting the needs of our industry into the future.
The Pet Industry Association stages a world class “trade only” PetExpo which showcases new products and services to the industry. All Pet Industry Association members, staff and family gain free admission. PetExpo is the premier event for the Australian pet industry.About PetExpo
Other PIAA events
Additionally, the Pet Industry Association runs state and category specific events such as AusGroom and AusBoard. These events are focused at building your business. They are the best opportunity to network with fellow pet industry operators.See events calendar