An inquiry into the progress of Domestic Animals Act Amendment Bill 2016 was undertaken in November 2016 by the Legislative Councils Economy and Infrastructure Committee.
The VAC, represented by David Renshaw (VAC President), Lou Dall'Est (ASA President), Mark Reynolds (Goulburn Valley Branch ASA President), together with other concerned aviculturists held a meeting with the Economy and Infrastructure Committee on the 16th November, 2016. After consultation with many community groups The Economy and Infrastructure Committee presented their findings and recommendations from this inquiry on the 6th December 2016. They recommended the withdrawal of the proposed legislative changes to the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Among 18 recommendations and one finding were:
* that consultation with relevant stakeholders in regards to this Bill were inadequate
and that is should be withdrawn by the government
* a stakeholder group of industry, municipal and community representatives
should be established to draft a new bill
*the State Government should provide further funding to local governments
to enforce the current legislation
*that the Government abandon limiting dog breeders to 10 fertile females
The full report can be found on the governments website