Policy adopted 24 May 2017
Scope and application
This policy applies to lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (‘parks’). This policy does not apply to lands reserved under Part 4A of the Act unless the Board of Management for those lands has adopted the policy. All policies, unless otherwise stated, provide guidance for staff in their dealings with Boards of Management.
Relevant legislation or other mandating instruments
- Anti-Discrimination Act 1997 (Anti-Discrimination Act)
- Companion Animals Act 1998 (Companion Animals Act)
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) (Disability Discrimination Act)
- Impounding Act 1993 (Impounding Act)
- National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act)
- National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (NPW Regulation).
Aboriginal land means lands vested on behalf of Aboriginal owners under Part 4A of the NPW Act.
Acquired land means land acquired by the Minister under Part 11 of the NPW Act.
Act means the NPW Act.
Assistance animal has the same meaning as in the Companion Animals Act and the Disability Discrimination Act (that is, a guide dog, a dog trained to assist a person with a disability in activities where hearing is required, or an animal trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability and that is trained in hygiene and behaviour appropriate for public places).
Companion animal has the same meaning as in the Companion Animals Act (that is, a dog, cat, or any other animal that is prescribed by the regulations as a companion animal).
Disability has the same meaning as in the Disability Discrimination Act.
Impounding officer means a person appointed by the Chief Executive to exercise the powers of an impounding officer under the Impounding Act.
Park means any land acquired or reserved under the NPW Act.
Park authority means the body responsible for the care, control and management of a park, as defined in the NPW Regulation.
Pet means an animal generally kept in a domestic situation for the benefit of the animal and its owner. Pets may be native or non-native animals including (but not limited to) dogs, cats, other small mammals, reptiles and birds, but not horses and other livestock.
Plan of management means, for a park reserved under the NPW Act, a plan of management prepared under Part 5 of the Act.
Therapy pet means an animal that provides companionship to people who, due to disability, ill-health or age, have reduced opportunities for social access. A therapy pet is not an assistance animal.
Wild dog means a dingo, a hybrid or a feral dog.
Accountabilities under this policy are in accordance with the delegation of Ministerial and Chief Executive functions under the NPW Act and the NPW Regulation.