• Victoria launches Australian-first Pet Census

    July 1, 2023


    Victorian pet owners are being encouraged to get involved and complete the nation’s first Pet Census.

    The Victorian Pet Census aims to shape the future of animal welfare and ensure pet owners have access to the support and services they need.

    Launching at 10am on Monday 3 July, Victorians pet owners will be asked questions to gather crucial information about the attitudes and experiences of owners.

    Andrews Government Minister for Agriculture, Gayle Tierney, announced the census launch while at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough last week.

    “The Pet Census is a unique opportunity for pet owners from across the state to share their insights, opinions, and experiences,” Minister Kierney said.

    “The Victorian Pet Census will gather vital information which will help shape the next generation of pet and animal welfare reforms.”

    Australian Pet Ownership

    Pet ownership rates in Australian households have risen from 61 per cent to 69 per cent since the pandemic.

    This makes it an ideal time for the Government to establish a better knowledge of pets, their owners, and the organisations that support them.

    Data received will form a clearer picture of pet companionship of all kinds across Victoria, so the Government can continue supporting pet owners and improving pet welfare.

    AAPS CEO Megan Seccull outside the organisation
    AAPS CEO Megan Seccull (credit: AAPS)

    Animal welfare and protection

    Australian Protection Society CEO Megan Seccull says the data will help improve services and support for pet owners.

    “We are looking forward to the Victorian Pet Census closing the current knowledge gap on pet ownership experiences and attitudes.”

    The Pet Census takes an estimated 15 minutes to complete; to take part, Victorian pet owners are urged to visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au



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