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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5382..


(4) Personnel from Licensing and Compliance randomly inspect commercial premises, including pet stores, for compliance with the relevant Acts 3 times a year. Licences are required under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 to sell, import, export or keep a non exempt animal. Licences are also required under the Fisheries Act 2000 to import a live fish into the ACT. Pet stores selling these animals are issued the relevant licences depending on the species they sell. Species exempt from licensing requirements under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 are listed in Disallowable instrument 2003-6 Declaration of Protected and Exempt Flora and Fauna (no 2)

(5) The relevant Code of Practice is currently under review. Schedule 1 to Disallowable Instrument DI2005-255 was last reviewed for currency with the Commonwealth Live Import List in January 2010.

Domestic Animal Services—dogs (Question No 1198)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 23 September 2010 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) What training have Domestic Animal Services (DAS) staff received on disease containment and protocols.

(2) What disinfectant is being used to clean the areas that have been occupied by dogs with parvovirus and why was this disinfectant chosen.

(3) What areas of the pound have been disinfected and are the walls and gates being cleaned as well as the floors.

(4) What is the process for deciding which dogs held within the pound are vaccinated against parvo.

(5) Have all the dogs released to foster carers and the public been vaccinated against parvo.

(6) Has DAS euthanised dogs that foster organisations have registered an interest in fostering; if so, how many times has this occurred this year and what reason was given for these euthanisations

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Staff of Domestic Animal Services (DAS) receive initial induction training when commencing. Induction training includes the requirements for disease control measures within the facility and the need to observe all dogs held within the facility for any sign of disease. DAS staff are also trained in the use of personal protective clothing, equipment, and the use of disinfectant materials. In addition to these measures, a qualified veterinarian visits the DAS facility weekly. All DAS staff are aware of the biosecurity measures that are required to maintain quarantine within the facility when a disease such as parvovirus is detected.


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