Veterinary Services Bill – A new legislative framework for South Australia

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Have your say on a new Veterinary Services Bill for South Australia.

What's being decided?

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is developing a new Veterinary Services Bill for South Australia which seeks to ensure veterinary practice regulation in the state aligns with:

  • the contemporary nature of the profession; and
  • the standards expected by users and providers of veterinary services.

The Bill will seek to maintain important functions from the current Act, the Veterinary Practice Act 2003, to register and regulate veterinarians and veterinary services. Other important changes include:

  • modernising Board structure
  • supporting effective Board functioning through expanded functions including but not limited to communication and transparency
  • enabling increased flexibility of registration and the registration of veterinary premises
  • removing unnecessary offence provisions and administrative burden.

Background

Veterinarians play a key role in animal, human and community wellbeing by maintaining the health and wellbeing of our pets and our livestock.

In 2020, PIRSA began a review of the current Act to ensure that South Australia maintains a contemporary and flexible veterinary regulation and registration framework that continues to meet the objectives of protecting animal health, safety and welfare, and the public interest (including users and providers of veterinary services).

Consultation was undertaken during 2020 and 2021, and following consideration of stakeholder feedback, a draft Bill has been prepared.

The draft Bill recognises the changes in veterinary practice and animal care generally since the current legislation, the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 came into effect. It also reflects the changed role of the Board, following the transfer of disciplinary proceedings to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2020.

Get involved

Find out more:

Have your say by:

Legislative Reform Team

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Level 16, 25 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 1671, ADELAIDE SA 5001

To ask a question, please send it to the email address or mailing address above.

Please note:

Your email address may be stored to enable us provide updates on how the draft Bill progresses.

Please include “Veterinary Services Draft Bill/Stakeholder Category” as the title of your submission, e.g. “Veterinary Services Draft Bill/Animal Welfare Organisation”.

Your submission may be made publicly available online unless you request anonymity at the time of submission. Alternatively, PIRSA may publish submissions by stakeholder category, without your identity, if preferred and advised at the time of submission.

Anonymous submissions may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

What are the next steps?

After all submissions have been carefully reviewed:

  • we will prepare a Summary Report of Consultation
  • we will prepare a revised Veterinary Services Bill, subject to consultation feedback, with accepted amendments agreed based on feedback received
  • we will provide the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development the Summary Report and revised Bill for consideration and further progress.

Have your say on a new Veterinary Services Bill for South Australia.

What's being decided?

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is developing a new Veterinary Services Bill for South Australia which seeks to ensure veterinary practice regulation in the state aligns with:

  • the contemporary nature of the profession; and
  • the standards expected by users and providers of veterinary services.

The Bill will seek to maintain important functions from the current Act, the Veterinary Practice Act 2003, to register and regulate veterinarians and veterinary services. Other important changes include:

  • modernising Board structure
  • supporting effective Board functioning through expanded functions including but not limited to communication and transparency
  • enabling increased flexibility of registration and the registration of veterinary premises
  • removing unnecessary offence provisions and administrative burden.

Background

Veterinarians play a key role in animal, human and community wellbeing by maintaining the health and wellbeing of our pets and our livestock.

In 2020, PIRSA began a review of the current Act to ensure that South Australia maintains a contemporary and flexible veterinary regulation and registration framework that continues to meet the objectives of protecting animal health, safety and welfare, and the public interest (including users and providers of veterinary services).

Consultation was undertaken during 2020 and 2021, and following consideration of stakeholder feedback, a draft Bill has been prepared.

The draft Bill recognises the changes in veterinary practice and animal care generally since the current legislation, the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 came into effect. It also reflects the changed role of the Board, following the transfer of disciplinary proceedings to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2020.

Get involved

Find out more:

Have your say by:

Legislative Reform Team

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Level 16, 25 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 1671, ADELAIDE SA 5001

To ask a question, please send it to the email address or mailing address above.

Please note:

Your email address may be stored to enable us provide updates on how the draft Bill progresses.

Please include “Veterinary Services Draft Bill/Stakeholder Category” as the title of your submission, e.g. “Veterinary Services Draft Bill/Animal Welfare Organisation”.

Your submission may be made publicly available online unless you request anonymity at the time of submission. Alternatively, PIRSA may publish submissions by stakeholder category, without your identity, if preferred and advised at the time of submission.

Anonymous submissions may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

What are the next steps?

After all submissions have been carefully reviewed:

  • we will prepare a Summary Report of Consultation
  • we will prepare a revised Veterinary Services Bill, subject to consultation feedback, with accepted amendments agreed based on feedback received
  • we will provide the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development the Summary Report and revised Bill for consideration and further progress.
  • Please tell us your thoughts about the draft Veterinary Services Bill. 

    Kindly reference the section of the draft bill you are providing feedback on.

    Your email address may be stored to enable us provide updates on how the draft Bill progresses.

    Your submission may be made publicly available online unless you request anonymity at the time of submission. Alternatively, PIRSA may publish submissions by stakeholder category, without your identity, if preferred and advised at the time of submission.

    Anonymous submissions may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.


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