Dean Rowland and myself attended the Animal Welfare Legislation Workshop on Monday 20th February at the offices of the DEDJTR in Atwood.
Timelines: They believe that any new legislation will not become law before the end of 2018.
Proposed Animal Welfare Framework:
+ Obligation Things you must do
+Unregulated space Things you are must to do
+Regulated Activities Things you are free to do
+Regulated activities Things you can do as specified, including some things you must do
+Cruelty, Aggravated Cruelty Things you must do
What the new act might look like i.e. Examples of how things might be done?
+Proposed to introduce a proactive “duty of care” approach through obligations
+Obligations will be based around the core needs of the animal
+Obligations will be mandatory
+Possible obligations: Water, food, treatment, environment, handling, killing and general.
Potential -----------------Regulated Activities
Level Category Competence
1 Prohibited Exempt by regulation, veterinary practitioner for therapeutic reasons.
2 Acts of Vet care To be performed only by a registered Vet
3 Para professional Require a level of competency or possibly procedures by a third party
4 General Husbandry Can be performed by a day to day person
Roles of Codes of Practice under POCTA
Currently there are 28 codes of practice i.e. Code of practice for Cage Birds, some of these code are over 20 years old and they will be replaced
Need to identify minimum standard going forward.
General comment on the workshop:
There was a lot of confusion in the morning as the session seemed to be pitched at bureaucrats , after further questioning things became clearer. Generally the groups thought the day was about reviewing the currently legislation “What’s working “ and “What needs changing” as we found out the day was pitched at a high level “The first stage” Developing the act. During the day one of the participants sort assurances that these new changes to the legislation were not being driven by “Animal liberationist”
In summary it is extremely important that “Aviculturalists” are part of the ongoing consulting/review process as this new legislation can have significant impact on our hobby in the future.
David Renshaw & Dean Rowlands
WILDLIFE THAT MAY BE HELD FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES WITHOUT A LICENCE
This publication is intended as a general summary only and may be of assistance to you, but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate to your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication. Anyone possessing wildlife should familiarise themselves with the relevant licensing provisions of the Wildlife Act 1975 and Wildlife Regulations 2013, including any subsequent amendments.
Princess Parrot - Polytelis alexandrae
Australian Ringneck - Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus
Blue-faced Finch - Erythrura trichroa
Bourke's Parrot - Neopsephotus bourkii
Budgerigar - Melopsittacus undulatus
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin - Lonchura castaneothorax
Cockatiel -Nymphicus hollandicus
Common Bronzewing - Phaps chalcoptera
Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
Diamond Dove - Geopelia cuneata
Double-barred Finch - Taeniopygia bichenovii
Eastern Rosella - Platycercus eximius
Eclectus Parrot - Eclectus roratus polychloros
Elegant Parrot - Neophema elegans
Emerald Dove - Chalcophaps indica
Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla
Gouldian Finch - Erythrura gouldiae
Hooded Parrot - Psephotus dissimilis
King Quail - Excalfactoria chinensis
Little Corella - Cacatua sanguinea
Long-billed Corella - Cacatua tenuirostris
Long-tailed Finch - Poephila acuticauda
Musk Lorikeet - Glossopsitta concinna
Painted Firetail - Emblema pictum
Peaceful Dove - Geopelia striata
Plum-headed Finch - Neochmia modesta
Rainbow Lorikeet (excluding subspecies) - Trichoglossus haematodus
Red-rumped Parrot - Psephotus haematonotus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Scarlet-chested Parrot - Neophema splendida
Star Finch - Neochmia ruficauda
Stubble Quail - Coturnix pectoralis
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
Turquoise Parrot - Neophema pulchella
Western Rosella - Platycercus icterotis
Zebra Finch - Taeniopygia guttata
Non-indigenous quail - all taxa, including Californian Quail and Japanese/European Quail
Alectoris spp.all taxa, including Callipepla californica and Coturnix coturnix
Partridge ~ all taxa - Perdix spp. Alectoris spp.
Pheasant ~ all taxa - Phasianus spp
To ensure all information is current please visit the DEWLP website HERE
There has been much conjecture over recent weeks regarding the sale of non-licensed wildlife sales at our Expo's and other Sales.
On investigating this by reading through the Regulations & Act, with some heads up from David White [MPAS] it was ascertained that in the Wildlife Regulations 2013 section 49 parts 1 to 8 deals with these scenarios and in effect exempt sellers of these birds from penalties in Section 47 [Acquiring etc protected wildlife] of the Wildlife Act 1975.
It is complicated to read but in essence means that any captive bred non-licensed wildlife can be sold/bought anywhere at any time.
Additionally, Jennifer Cane [Senior Policy Manager, Wildlife Licensing, DELWP] was asked to provide details on where the department stood on this question, her response has been:
'The amnesty does not refer to the sale of non- licensed wildlife as both the Wildlife Act 1975 (the Act) and the Wildlife Regulations 2013 (the regulations) already provide appropriate exemptions.
Section 47A of the Act provides, among other things , that offences relating to the selling of wildlife by a person without a licence or authorisation do not apply to any person exempted by the regulations.
Regulation 49 of regulations provides, among other things, an exemption for wildlife listed in Part A Schedule 4. This schedule includes a number of species of birds.'
This information has been authorised by the departments legal team.
The VAC on Sunday 12th February held a training session on 'Welfare for birds at sales' given by Dr. Stacey Gelis. There were 34 people, mainly consisting of bird expo stewards in attendance who undertook the training. There were some great conversations around what is acceptable at our expo's and what a sick birds look like. The overall consensus was that 'only birds in good health, sound physical condition, fully feathered and self-sufficient' will be offered for sale at all Bird Expo's held throughout Victoria.
Following this, all affiliates had the privilege of listening to DEWLP representative Jennifer Cane, who explained the new online system OWLS (Online Wildlife Licensing System) they are hoping to release in the later months of 2017. This is a system that will make the licensing system much easier and faster for all parties involved. Jennifer was also very happy to answer the many questions our members had in regards to all aspects of wildlife licensing.
It was great to see so many of our members in attendance, taking advantage of some very knowledgeable guests. A HUGE Thank-you to Stacey & Jennifer for their contribution to Aviculture.
We are pleased to announce DELWP have approved our Bird Expo/Sales for 2017 !!!
Gippsland Branch ASA - Sunday 23rd April
Swan Hill Branch ASA - Sunday 23rd April
Avicultural Society Australia - Sunday 7th May
Bendigo Branch ASA - Saturday 13th May
Goulburn Valley Branch ASA - Sunday 21st May
Mornington Peninsula Avicultural Society - Sunday 28th May
Western District Branch ASA - Sunday 4th June
Ararat Branch ASA - Sunday 18th June
Latrobe Valley Avicultural Club - Sunday 2nd July
Centre West Branch ASA - Saturday 8th July
Gippsland Caged Birds - Sunday 23rd July
Ballarat Branch ASA - Saturday 5th August
Make sure you mark your calendar!!!
More details will be updated as they become available.
We are pleased to announce DELWP has granted an Amnesty from Prosecution, under the Wildlife Act 1975. This allows holders of a wildlife license issued under the Wildlife Act 1975 to remove wildlife from their premises specified on the license, to attend the approved event listed in the Amnesty.
You can download a copy of the amnesty below.