The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 (PFPS Act) and supporting Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Regulations 2018 are now in operation.
Key changes include:
- new definitions for breeders
- transitional provisions for dog breeding establishments to reduce relevant fertile female dogs to 10
- transitional provisions for commercial dog breeder approval requirements, which caps breeding limits at 50 relevant fertile female dogs
- restrictions on co-registration for breeding businesses
- a foster carer registration scheme
- animal sale permit scheme
- declared bird organisation scheme
- expanded enforcement powers for council authorised officers
- revised date for council Domestic Animal Management Plans.
Please note, minor updates will be made to the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses 2014 (revised 2015) to reflect the PFPS Act. Updates will not include any new requirements outside of the current laws and regulations.
As of 1 July 2018, pet shops will only be able to accept and sell cats (8 weeks or older) and dogs (six months or older) obtained through an approved source.
Approved sources are:
- pounds registered as domestic animal businesses with their local council
- shelters registered as domestic animal businesses with their local council
- individual foster carers registered with their local council under the foster carer scheme.