Project status: In progress


Canberrans love their animals! In particular, Canberrans love cats and dogs, which are our most popular companion animals.

We all have a shared responsibility to ensure our pets receive the level of care they need. We want to have a conversation about how we can better manage cats and dogs, not only to keep them safe, but also to protect our community and the environment.

The ACT Government has an ongoing commitment to improving animal welfare and management practices including for companion animals such as cats and dogs.

The Animal Welfare and Management Strategy 2017 – 2022 has been developed to ensure the ACT Government delivers a consistent and consolidated approach to promoting improved outcomes for animal welfare and management.

This Strategy sets the foundation for a range of legislative, regulatory and other changes to ensure the ACT becomes a leader in animal welfare and management.

What we are looking at

We are currently engaging the community on how we can better manage cats in the ACT for the health, welfare and safety of both cats and native animals.

The ACT Government has already undertaken considerable work in this area with the introduction of cat containment areas in select suburbs. Cat owners are also required by law to de-sex and microchip their cat.

The Draft ACT Cat Plan explores how we build on this work and manage cats in the future. The draft plan covers a range of issues such as:

  • responsible pet ownership
  • reducing risks to human health
  • reducing impacts of feral cats
  • protecting wildlife from cat predation
  • managing unowned cats in public places
  • cat desexing
  • cat containment

Consultation on the draft plan closed on 3 July.

What's next

Thank you to the more than 4000 people who responded to our survey and sent us their views. The survey is now closed and we will get back to you, through this page, with the survey results.

Your views on the draft plan and the survey findings will help us finalise a plan that will guide cat management in the ACT over the next decade. He are looking to create a shared community vision for how we manage cats in the ACT.

Draft ACT Cat Plan

Find out more and on the draft ACT Cat Plan.

Consultation closed 3 July 2019.

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