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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3592 ..


(4) DAS recognises that nuisance matters can be a source of frustration for complainants, however DAS is only able to exercise powers provided for within the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and is required to obtain sufficient evidence before taking regulatory action.

(5) There is no current legislative process for a complainant to seek a review of a decision by DAS to refuse to investigate a complaint or issue an animal nuisance order. However, where a complaint relates to a regulatory decision, or a person is dissatisfied with the response, in accordance with the Licensing and Compliance Accountability Commitment, complainants may request an internal review of the decision.

(6) No.

(7) Reforms were made to Part 6 (Animal Nuisance) of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 in 2017 with the introduction of the Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Act 2017.

Domestic animal services—dogs (Question No 1583)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) How many complaint calls to Domestic Animal Services (DAS) for (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018 by (i) all types, (ii) attacking, (iii) roaming, (iv) harassing, (v) nuisance and (vi) barking.

(2) How many animal nuisance complaints were lodged with DAS in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.

(3) How many animal nuisance complaints were rejected by DAS as frivolous or vexatious in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.

(4) How many animal nuisance complaints were accepted by DAS for investigation in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.

(5) How many animal nuisance investigations are on foot now and on average per month in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.

(6) What was the average time to complete an animal nuisance investigation in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018 and what was the (i) longest and (ii) shortest.

(7) How many animal nuisance investigations were completed without issue of an animal nuisance order in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.

(8) How many animal nuisance investigations were completed with issue of an animal nuisance order in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015, (c) 2015-2016, (d) 2016-2017 and (e) 2017-2018.


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