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Domestic Animal Management Plan

Have your say on the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25

Following community consultation throughout March – June, we have developed a Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2021-25. This Draft is currently out for community feedback. You can download a copy to view below.

The key themes and areas of community focus highlighted in the Draft DAMP include:

  • Increased and improved communication, education and training for the community to promote responsible pet ownership;
  • Increased patrols to improve and increase opportunities for education, regulations and enforcement;
  • Signage improvements relating to dog areas and regulations;
  • Improvements and a more consistent approach to dog off leash areas;
  • Introduction of 24/7 cat containment; and
  • Council taking a more active and leadership approach, including seeking external funding opportunities and establishing and facilitating working groups.

You can provide feedback in writing, by sending an email with ‘DAMP 2021-25 Submission’ in the subject line, to, by post to Coordinator Community Safety Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi 3995, or in person at any of our customer service centres.

The feedback period closes on Sunday, 12 September.

The objectives of our Domestic Animal Management Plan are:

  • To promote responsible pet ownership and protect the welfare of pets
  • To protect the community and environment from nuisance dogs and cats
  • To outline Council’s animal management services

The DAMP is aimed at promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership. It establishes guidelines so that pets and our community can live together peacefully, in harmony, without adversely impacting the environment or amenity.

The DAMP includes programs for the training of authorised officers, to ensure they can properly administer The Act, sets out methods for evaluating our effective management of The Act, and outlines programs, services and strategies that we can use to achieve the DAMP’s objectives, ensuring a safe and harmonious community.

Under the Domestic Animal Management Act (1994), Council must develop and implement a DAMP every four years.

The current DAMP will soon expire and a subsequent Plan is due by October 2021. The final DAMP 2021-25 will be developed for presentation to Council at the September 2021 Council Meeting.

Council’s DAMP must be developed through community consultation, and address those areas of greatest concern to the community.

For more information on the DAMP, please contact our Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email