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All Victorian Councils are required by the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (the Act) to prepare and implement a four year Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) to guide decision making in relation to animal management for dogs and cats. The scope of the DAMP does not include activities for the management of wildlife, horses, livestock, or pest animals.


This four year plan builds on the 2013-2017 DAMP and provides the framework for the planning, development, and evaluation of animal management services and programs delivered by Buloke Shire Council and complies with the requirements of the Act.

 The plan must address the following:

  • Set out a method for evaluating whether animal control services provided by council are adequate to give effect to the requirements of the Act and regulations    
  • Outline programs for the training of authorised officers    
  • Outline programs, services and strategies to:    
  • Promote and encourage responsible pet ownership of dogs and cats
  • Ensure that people comply with the Act, regulations and legislation    
  • Minimise risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals
  • Address over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
  • Encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats
  • Minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance
  • Effectively identify all dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs and ensure these dogs are kept in compliance with the Act and regulations
  • Provide for review of existing orders and Local Laws made under the Act
  • Provide for the review of any other matters related to the management of dogs and cats. 
  • Provide for periodic evaluation of the plan

Download a full copy of the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2018-2021.

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