Further Information - Animal Management Legislation - Application for Approved Entity
Further to my recent updates on the Legislation amendment, I give you an update below.
As a reminder yet again, the process for Dogs Queensland applying to become an approved entity follows:
1. Meet with BioSecurity Queensland to discuss the requirements for approved entities under the Act and the functions of the database.
2. Following the meeting, Dogs Queensland would need to provide BioSecurity Queensland with a written proposal of how they would be able to meet these requirements.
3. BioSecurity Queensland will assess the proposal to ensure it will meet the provisions of the Act. There may be a need to clarify some issues before the proposal is finalised.
4. BioSecurity Queensland will brief the Minister on the application and proposal.
5. If approved by the Minister, the appropriate amendments to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulation 2009 will need to be drafted.
As stated previously, the Dogs Queensland Board met on 9 January for an extra Board meeting to discuss this matter further and the Board resolved the following motions;
a) It was resolved that Dogs Queensland apply to the Queensland Government to be an approved entity on the basis that the addresses of the breeder members be c/- Dogs Queensland.
b) It was resolved that in the event that the Government will not accept the provision of breeder members’ addresses as being c/- Dogs Queensland, that the avenue of seeking a legislative exemption for Dogs Queensland similar to that provided to primary producers and underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding between Dogs Queensland and the Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries be negotiated.
c) It was resolved that confirmation be sought by way of legal advice that the provision of addresses as being c/- Dogs Queensland would require a change to the legislation as it is currently worded and further, that advice be sought as to whether Dogs Queensland is at liberty to provide the home addresses of breeder members as one of the requirements for being an approved entity.
d) It was resolved that legal advice be sought from Clayton Utz regarding the privacy implications for Dogs Queensland in its negotiations with the Queensland Government on the puppy farming legislation.
In regards to point 1 above, General Manager Rob Harrison met with Greg McDougall, Senior Policy Officer Biosecurity Queensland on 10 January to discuss their Approved Entity Guidelines document and Dogs Queensland potentially applying to become an approved entity. To review the Government's Guidelines document, please CLICK HERE.
In regards to points a), b) and c) above, members of the Dogs Queensland Board met with the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development, Mr Bill Byrne MP on Monday 23 January. Minister Byrne was informed of the advice obtained by Dogs Queensland from Clayton Utz on Thursday 19 January where it was considered that there are legal problems in Dogs Queensland disclosing the personal details of its breeder members under the Act to the chief executive and accordingly Dogs Queensland would need to seek consent from its breeder members to disclose their personal information to the chief executive. Minister Byrne confirmed that no dispensation would be given to Dogs Queensland to provide breeder members’ addresses c/- Dogs Queensland nor would a legislative exemption be granted. Minister Byrne did, however undertake to facilitate a Meeting with Biosecurity Queensland, Dogs Queensland and RSPCA prior to the legislation being enacted.
The matter was discussed once again at the Dogs Queensland Board Meeting on 30 January and it was unanimously resolved that Dogs Queensland would apply to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an approved entity under the Animal Management (Protecting Puppies) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (Act) and the General Manager be authorised to make such application.
To enable Dogs Queensland to nullify the legal risk involved, urgent approval would be sought by means of a simple electronic survey from breeder members, i.e. anyone with a prefix, to provide their designated details to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an ‘accredited breeder’ under the Act. As a reminder, ‘designated details’ are defined as such;
o person’s name;
o address of:
o the person’s place of residence; or
o the body corporate’s place of business, head office or registered office;
o relevant local government area of the person or body corporate;
o person’s telephone number;
o person’s email address;
o person’s accreditation number;
o date the person became an accredited breeder;
o date the person’s accreditation ends; or
o date a person ceases to be an accredited breeder and their accreditation number at the time.
I would also remind you again that the only information that will be publicly available is listed below. Members of the public will only be able to conduct searches on individual breeder/accreditation numbers and will not be able to search on any other criteria, such as breed, local Government area, name, etc;
o person’s name;
o person’s accreditation number;
o date the person’s accreditation ends;
o relevant local Government area in which—
o the person’s place of residence is located; or
o the body corporate’s place of business, head office or registered office is located; and
o person’s telephone number or email address, as decided by the person.
An important survey will be provided to breeder members on 9 February. Breeder members will be asked for their permission to provide their designated details to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an ‘accredited breeder’ under the Act. Again, I reiterate that accreditation (membership) number, date of accreditation ending, local government area and either phone number or email, will be displayed publicly. It is vitally important that you provide this designated detailed information as soon as possible to assist in the application for approved entity.
Under the legislation, all dog breeders have to be registered one way or another. If breeder members choose to not provide permission for Dogs Queensland to provide their designated details, then they will have to register as a private individual, there is no other option. The act will take effect for all litters whelped after 26 May 2017.
I would urge you more than I ever have to provide us with this permission so we can remain strong as the collective voice of pure bred dog breeders in Queensland.
Dogs Queensland President
Logan City Council Chip-N-Dip Event 18 February
The following email was distributed by the Logan City Council regarding an event they are conducting at Priestdale on Saturday 18 February and some Dogs Queensland members may be interested:
Logan City Council’s City Standards and Animal Care Branch will be hosting their very first ever Chip-N-Dip in 2017. It will be held at Underwood Park, Priestdale on Saturday 18 February between 7.30am-10.30am. It is a very exciting time of year as we are starting to organise this event. We hope the success of the initial event will allow for its continuation throughout the year.
If this event is a success we will be organising 3 other events. The dates are as follows;
Alexander Clark Park, Loganholme Saturday 8 April
Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook Saturday 30 September
Logan Gardens, Logan Central Saturday 25 November
Keeping our canine BFF’s safe and happy is a priority for the Animal Care Team. Many animals that come into the centre found wandering or lost have no identification to be reunited with their owners. So, we will be offering discounted microchipping and hydro-bath services on the day for Logan residents. Owners can also enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh juice and chat with a dog behavioural specialist who will be on hand to discuss dog park etiquette, socialisation skills and enrichment.
Having your dog microchipped greatly improves the odds of your pet being returned safely. The added bonus is that all dogs microchipped at Chip-N-Dip for a low cost of $25 will receive a complimentary hydro-bath. It will be a pawfect day out for dogs and their owners.
Please get behind this great initiative and help spread the word!!!!!
I have attached an image that you can save and upload to your personal Facebook page. The marketing team will be promoting this campaign on the Logan City Council and Pets of Logan page but we can start the ball rolling now ourselves. Just think how many people we can reach just by sharing on our own pages.
Please click on either of the following link for an A4 size poster you can display to help promote the event. Hope to see you there: A4 Poster
Please use the image provided for upload and the blurb below;
Logan City Council is offering discounted microchipping and hydro-bath services for Logan residents. Owners can also enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh juice and chat with a dog behavioural specialist who will be on hand to discuss dog park etiquette, socialisation skills and enrichment. Come along to Underwood Park, Priestdale on Saturday 18 February from 7.30am to 10.30am. All dogs microchipped will receive a complimentary hydro-bath. It will be a pawfect day out for dogs and their owners. Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/animals
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or queries.
Thanks again for your support.
Community Education Officer | City Standards and Animal Care Branch | Logan City Council
Phone: 07 3412 4839 | PO Box 3226 Logan City DC Qld 4114 | KylieBrookes@logan.qld.gov.au.
AGM Notice 2017
Please CLICK HERE to view Dogs Queensland's AGM Notice for 29 March 2017 (which includes a detailed summary of proposed Constitution changes).
Please CLICK HERE to view the proposed 2017 Constitution which shows all changes made from the current Constitution to now - note that deletions are marked in red (with single strikethrough) and additions are marked in green.
CCCQ Ltd Board of Director Nominations 2017
Please click on the link below, which enables you to download the CCCQ Ltd Board of Director Nominations for 2017.
This document can also be viewed from the Dogs Queensland website Latest News section:
Open Show Finale Event in November 2017
BEST OF WINNERS – Group, Puppy and Neuter – NOVEMBER 2017
(Final Date TBA)
2017 sees the return of a finale event for winners in Open Shows, previously known as the Open Show Spectacular. It is aimed at acknowledging Dogs Queensland members and winning canines who regularly enter Open Shows for the benefit of trainee Judges and their education.
This year, the events will be completely separate to the DOTY and POTY events, as a reflection of Dogs Queensland members' feedback from previous years.
In total, there will be three events run – Best of Winners, Puppy Best of Winners and Neuter Best of Winners.
In each of the below categories (Best of Winners & Puppy Best of Winners), 24 representatives from each Group will be invited based on a points tally. The following are the criteria for qualification:
Best of Winners
• Points are accumulated by winning Best in Group (5 points) and Runner Up to Best in Group (3 points) at any Open Show in Queensland.
• In the case of equal points, the position will be filled by the dogs that scored points over the most number of Open Shows.
Puppy Best of Winners
• Points are earned by winning Best Baby Puppy in Group, Minor Puppy in Group or Puppy in Group (1 point) at any Open Show in Queensland (only puppies over 6 months old can compete at the event).
• In the case of tied points, the puppies with the tied points will be judged prior to the rounds commencing by a separate Open Show Judge to fill the 24 spots.
Neuter Best of Winners
• Comes from BIG or RUBIG in any Championship or Open Show Dogs Queensland Event. ALL qualifiers will receive an invitation to the finals day.
The points score qualifying period will commence from 1 January 2017 and run to 16 October 2017.
Best of Winners and Puppy Best of Winners format is as follows:
• 24 dogs from each Group will be drawn against each other (similar to DOTY);
• There will be 3 Judges selected from the Queensland Open Show Judges panel;
• In each Group, there will be 3 rounds, leaving 3 dogs remaining;
• To minimise the risk of losing a super dog in an early round, the three Group Judges will select one eliminated dog each that they believe was their best eliminated dog to also proceed to the final round;
• Ultimately, 6 dogs from each Group will proceed to the Final Rounds;
• The final round will be judged by another 3 Judges who are nearing the completion of their All Breeds Judges Licence. At the end of this final round, 3 dogs will remain;
• 2 of these dogs will compete against each other and the dog that loses this round will compete against the remaining exhibit. The winner of this round will compete against the winner from the previous round for the Title of Open Show Best of Winners 2017.
Neuter Best of Winners format is as follows:
• Knockout rounds (similar to DOTY) until a winner is crowned.
This competition will be held in hope of plenty of spectators, plenty of excuse for cheering and fun; music, food and merriment along with keen and healthy competition.
An evening to remember.
The Committee is actively seeking great prizes and spectacular Rosettes that will make entries to Open Shows and Neuter events something to gear your best dogs up for.
Donations of money or prizes will be gratefully accepted.
Contact the Co-ordinator, David Kill with any queries of issues by telephone on 0428 311 827 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results are to be sent to Roslyn Seare by email please: email@example.com.
ANKC National Agility Committee - Revised Rule Review
Please click on the link below to review an update issued from the ANKC Ltd regarding the National Agility Committee Rules Review Revision:
ANKC NATIONAL AGILITY REVISED RULE REVIEW
ANKC Press Release - Allowable Colours Update
The ANKC Ltd Board resolved at the October 2016 Board meeting that the implementation date of 1 January 2017 for the following motion passed at the May 2016 Board meeting be deferred until 1 July 2017 pending receipt of submissions from National Breed Councils and Breed Clubs and further consideration by the ANKC Lts Board:
"It was unanimously RESOLVED on the motion of P Frost/E Gunter that the Board endorses the National Breed Standards Coordination Group's recommendations subject to the following highlighted changes:
"Effective from 1 January 2017 except in the case where National Breed Councils or Breed Clubs have nominated certain Colours not to be placed on the Main register as per regulations Part 6, 6.2.4 Special Conditions for Registration of Certain Breeds (Amended 04/15 EAP)"
Prior to 1 July 2017 only acceptable colours noted in the breed standards will be eligible for registration on the Main Register.
All Breed Clubs that have breeds which do not have a National Breed Council as well as Individual Members who have breeds which do not have a National Breed Council or Breed Club are requested to forward to their Member Body office a listing of what colours for their specific breed are not to be placed on the Main Register and to provide evidence of this request by no later than COB 31 March 2017. [Note: The evidence provided can be on the grounds other than health reasons.]
[NOTE: This release supercedes our release issued in August 2016.].
National RAFT 2017 Hall of Fame - ANKC Call for Nominations
Please CLICK HERE to view a document from the ANKC that explains the process for Nominations for 2017. Additionally, click on either/both of the following documents, which is the only method that can bee used for Nominations:
Outstanding Gundog Template (Word Document)
Prominent Person Template (Word Document)
Nominations are to be forwarded to the ANKC and close on 31 May 2017.