16. The Park Authority may not authorise the use or entry of pets under sections 2, 12 or 13 unless an assessment of impacts has been undertaken and it is determined that there will be no adverse impacts on natural or cultural values, park property or visitors (this does not apply to assistance animals).
17. Where the Park Authority authorises access for a pet under sections 2, 12 or 13 it may set such conditions and levy such charges as it may consider appropriate (this does not apply to assistance animals).
18. The Park Authority shall maintain a record of owners, other than owners of assistance animals, who are authorised in writing under this Policy to bring a pet in a park. The record shall detail:
- Name and address of the owner;
- Name and description of the animal (including breed, colour and sex);
- Reasons for access;
- Period of access;
- Location (including name of park and locality within the park where applicable); and
- Conditions for access.
19. Conditions that may be attached to an approval by the Park Authority include, but are not limited to:
- Owners to obey lawful directions of NPWS staff;
- Pets must be under effective control at all times and, except for dogs being worked and assistance animals, be restrained by way of a leash, cage or other authorised constraint;
- Pets must not cause a nuisance or disturbance to visitors, other pets;
- Pets must not damage or threaten park property or natural or cultural values;
- Limit on number and type of pets;
- Owner is responsible for cleaning up faeces and disposing of them outside the park;
- Identify areas that are prohibited, e.g. revegetation areas, animal breeding sites, research areas, children's playgrounds, food preparation areas and buildings; and
- The pet is clearly identified by an appropriate form of identification as specified in the Companion Animals Act 1998 to allow a return to its owner if lost.
Companion Animals Act 1998
20. Consent by the Park Authority under sections 2, 12 or 13 does not absolve the owner of a companion animal of his/her obligations under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
21. The Park Authority shall not authorise access where it would contravene the Companion Animals Act 1998. In particular:
- Dogs (with the exception of assistance animals) will not be permitted within 10 metres of children's play equipment or any place provided for preparing or consuming food (such as barbecues and picnic tables); and
- Specific categories of dogs identified by the Act, such as restricted dogs, must be managed in accordance with the control requirements set out in the Act, which may include but not be limited to being muzzled at all times and secured by a leash under the control of a competent person.
22. An assessment by the Park Authority should consider, but is not restricted to, the following:
- Provisions of a plan of management;
- Impacts on plants, animals, ecosystems and threatened species;
- Potential conflicts with other park visitors;
- Impacts on park property;
- Impacts on cultural heritage; and
- Any alternatives that don't involve access through the park.
23. The Park Authority will ensure that park signs identify those parts of an historic site, regional park, Aboriginal area or acquired land that are accessible to people with pets.
24. The Park Authority will impound any dog that the impounding officer believes, on reasonable grounds, to be unattended, in accordance with the Impounding Act 1993.
25. Where the Park Authority is not authorised to impound dogs under the Impounding Act 1993 (i.e. in acquired lands), it will seek assistance from council officers to impound an unattended dog under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
26. The impounding officer will deliver the dog to the nearest pound as soon as practicable after its impoundment.
27. Nothing in this policy prevents the Park Authority from destroying a wild dog in accordance with the Local Land Services Act 2013.