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  • 26 Jul 2017 8:38 PM | Deleted user

    The Official newsletter of the Australian Institute of Animal Management


    AIAM Awards - nominations now open

    Each year we recognise and celebrate the achievement of dedicated Animal Management Officers and teams across Australia.

    Anyone can nominate fellow teammates or teams for one of the Awards. It may be someone who has influenced you, someone you work with or a team who implemented great work in another municipality, that has shown great results in their community.

    The winning Animal Management Officer of the Year receives free workshop registration, including attendance at all social functions, three nights accommodation and $200 towards your airfare.

    The Council of the winning Animal Management Plan of the Year receives $500.

    Nominations close 30 September 2017, so getting thinking on who you might nominate.

    To find out more go to: AIAM Awards form


    Purchase your Workshop tickets now and SAVE!

    Take advantage of our great early bird specials and purchase your Workshop tickets now. 

    There are a number of different ticket options available, including day registrations, perfect for local delegates!

    Accommodation is available on site at the Mercure Caroline Springs. As well asQuest Apartments Caroline Springs, only a few minutes walk from our venue.

    To find out more and purchase your tickets go to:

    Presenter profile  

    Trish Harris 

    Trish Harris has over twenty years experience as an obedience instructor and dog trainer/handler. This includes sixteen years experience managing all aspects of a medium-large sized and multi-location dog training organisation,Four Paws K9 Training in Melbourne. 

    Trish will be presenting at our upcoming Workshops in Melbourne, on the importance of performing dog behaviour assessments correctly. 

    Trish will be discussing:

    • Why assess? The debate for and against assessing dogs
    • The elements of assessing
    • The assessor and what is required from them
    • Recognising the various behaviours and traits of the dog you are testing
    • Wording for report writing
    • The importance of re-testing


    Memberships now overdue

    Membership renewals were recently emailed out. 

    Memberships were due for renewal by 1 July. 

    Please ensure you renew your membership, if you haven't already. 

    If you have any membership questions, please email our Membership Coordinator.

    Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Innovation & Leadership

    The Australian Pet Welfare Foundation works to improve the health and welfare of companion animals for the benefit of pets and people.

    This award is for a municipality that has implemented a change which has substantially increased the number of dogs and/or cats released alive and decreased the numbers euthanased.

    Innovation may be in the area of decreasing intake of animals into the pound (or contracted shelter), and/or increasing the number of animals that are reclaimed or adopted.

    The award will be based on a case report. If judged suitable, the winner will be provided with editorial assistance to submit the case report to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. This would promote national and international recognition of the innovation.  The winner will also receive a framed certificate and free registration for the 2018 AIAM Workshop and funding up to $500 to be used for flights and accommodation.

    Submissions close 15 September 2017.

    If you have any queries about the award or the format of the report, please contact Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand via

    News update: South Australia

    Recent changes to South Australian dog and cat legislation, sees new standards and guidelines for breeders and sellers coming into effect in August 2017.

    To find out more go to:

    Compassion Fatigue survey

    La Trobe University is seeking feedback from animal care professionals, including law enforcement in regards to compassion fatigue. 

    To find out more or to complete the survey go to:

    Social Media

    Don’t forget to share the AIAM Facebook page and Twitter account with your colleagues. 

    It’s a great way to keep up to date with what is happening and share information. We look forward to seeing you joining in the conversation.


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  • 05 Jul 2017 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    The Animal Management team from Loddon Shire Council in Victoria are hosting an online forum for colleagues in rural areas who are preparing their Domestic Animal Management Plans.

    The forum will be held on Thursday 6th July - 10.00am to 11.30am and you’re invited to attend from your desk! How easy is that!!

    The main focus will be on key topics in the team’s template document and will hopefully provide content and actions for your own plans. A recording of the session will be made available to all participants as a great resource.

    The purpose of the forum is to:

    •             look at common issues and opportunities relevant to rural councils

    •             identify and share successful strategies, actions and programs to address these

    •             consider partnership opportunities for rural councils to share resources and work together for success

    Please encourage colleagues from neighbouring councils and others from your organisation including staff from rec and open space, family services, and tourism to join the forum as this is a great opportunity to learn and support your colleagues even if you have completed your own Plan.

    Please click here to register for the forum and add it to your calendar now. Further info to log in will be sent out shortly  

  • 05 Jul 2017 12:57 PM | Deleted user

    On Friday the 16th June 2017 AIAM participated in a very successful partnership opportunity with the Municipal Association of Victoria, RSPCA Victoria and the Australian Veterinary Association Victorian Branch.

    A free forum on best practice domestic animal management was coordinated and attended by over 100 animal management officers, team leaders and supervisors.

    The forum was held at the Education Centre RSPCA Victoria and included the following presentations;

    • Opportunities to partner / collaborate with local vets – AVA Victorian Division
    • Update on Victorian Government animal management and animal welfare reforms – Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
    • Successful strategies from Council and RSPCA Victoria case studies to;
      • increase rates of registration
      • improve return home rates
      • reduce euthanasia of domestic cats and dogs

    Feedback from the day has been fantastic, in particular the use of an SMS Wall providing attendees the chance to ask questions and post comments throughout the day and it is hoped (and has been requested) that more days like this are forthcoming in the near future.

  • 22 May 2017 12:39 PM | Deleted user

    It's not too late to book in to the 2017 APA Professional Development Seminar being held at the Adelaide Zoo this coming Thursday and Friday.

    Click here to see the full program and to register your attendance. 

    AIAM will be represented at the conference with a trade exhibit and will be chatting with delegates, presenters and other exhibitors, promoting memberships, the Membership Support Partners Program and this year's Workshop being held in Caroline Springs, Victoria in October.

  • 26 Apr 2017 12:40 PM | Deleted user


    Registrations can be made through this site to attend the AIAM 2017 Workshops from October 18-20 at the Mercure Melbourne, Caroline Springs.

    Acknowledging the budgetary challenges many Councils are currently facing with service reviews and rate capping, the AIAM Committee are pleased to announce that registration fees for 2017 have been maintained this year at 2016 rates!!

    The program is filling fast with presentations set to meet the theme Risky Business, looking after our staff through situational awareness of both our two and four legged customers.

    A highlight this year will be the Animal Transport Vehicle Showcase with manufacturers from across the country sharing their products with delegates on site.

    For more information on the Workshops and Information Day click here or to register click here.

  • 27 Mar 2017 9:31 AM | Deleted user

    The Official newsletter of the Australian Institute of Animal Management


    Melbourne workshop theme - 

    "Risky business"

    The AIAM team is happy to announce plans are well underway for our annual animal management workshop program for 18-20th October in Melbourne.

    The team is excited to introduce this year’s keynote speaker – James (Jim) W Crosby, Division Chief Management Consultant (Chief) for the City of Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, Florida USA.

    Jim has extensive experience in animal crime investigation and teaches crime scene and other investigative procedures to Law Enforcement and Animal Control agencies. He will be presenting on various topics throughout the two day program and will facilitate a special information day on Friday 20th October.

    Key note themes within the program for 2017 are expected to include:

    • Animal transport showcase
    • Forensics
    • Investigation and Prosecution
    • Recruitment and Training
    • AMOs on the ground

    If your team has been working on a project or have a prosecution that you'd like to share with other delegates, consider submitting an abstract to be included in the program. More information available by contacting Nell Thompson, AIAM Secretary.


    Caroline Springs to play host for workshops

    This year’s workshops will be held at the WestWaters Hotel and Entertainment Complex, Mercure Caroline Springs. For those outside Melbourne, Caroline Springs is a community located approximately 20 minutes from the city and 28 minutes from Tullamarine Airport with easy access to both freeways.

    The complex is located across the road from a shopping centre and onsite has a sports bar, bistro, TAB, gym, indoor heated pool, plenty of undercover and open car parking and a beautiful outlook overlooking a lake. The conference facilities are lovely and modern.


    Trade exhibitors wanted

    Trade exhibitions are a major event at each AIAM Animal Management Workshop. There is high demand for products and services that support AMOs in the field. AMOs show keen interest in new, innovative or helpful Animal Management products and services.

    ‘Happening’ trade exhibitions can create a real ‘buzz’ before, after and during the breaks at the event.
    Various exhibitor packages are available with fantastic promotional opportunities, such as:

    • Company logo printed in Workshop Proceedings
    • Logo included in Workshop signage
    • Opportunity to address delegates in a 10 minute presentation
    • Promotion of your business in 4 issues of the AIAM E-newsletter
    • And more!

    For all sponsorship, advertising or trade exhibition enquiries, please contact Elke Tapley, AIAM Vice President.

    "What do you drive?"

    Questions come up on a regular basis in all manner of forums and seminars when officers meet.

    Is it a van with cages? A pod? 4WD or 2WD? Fibreglass of aluminium? Does it suit your team and area?

    No matter which part of the country you are in, there is interest in all options available. At the AIAM workshops you will have the opportunity to not only speak with vehicle manufacturers about your needs, but receive feedback on what is currently on the road, what works and where the opportunities for clever design, innovation and modification which can make the difference for a safe workplace for staff, as well as the animals come into play. 

    With a showcase of animal transport vehicles, a highlight of the workshop, AMOs, dog trainers, vets, rescue organisation and foster carers are encouraged to attend and see what’s available to best suit your requirements.


    National Desexing Network
    Co-operative desexing program

    To prevent the abandonment and euthanasia of cats, reduce numbers of wandering cats and reduce Council costs of collecting, Councils should consider the Co-operative desexing program, with the National Desexing Network (NDN).

    How it works

    1. Council funds an annual amount, depending on population to subside desexing costs for cat owners in need
    2. Costs are shared between owners, Council, animal welfare groups and vets
    3. The program runs all year round and must be promoted once or twice a year, preferably in low breeding season between June and September
    4. Promotion, issuing of vouchers and vet reimbursement is currently managed free of charge by Animal Welfare Leaque QLD’s National Desexing Network experienced team.

    To find out more email Joy Verrinder, Strategic Development Officer, AWLQ, NDN and G2Z Australia.

    Get to know your Committee 
    Elke Tapley - Vice President 

    State: Victoria

    What is your day job?
    My current role is Community Compliance Coordinator, Mitchell Shire Council

    What is your work background?
    I've been in Animal Management in Local Government 21 years holding roles of Municipal Laws Officer, Project Officer and Coordinator during that time. Prior to that I dabbled in banking, health insurance and owned my own games and video store....luckily getting out before pay TV!!

    What made you want to be involved in the AIAM Committee? 

    While in my role as Project Officer I was lucky to be part of the UAM/AVA Team of the Year which provided me the opportunity to see what occurs at a national level by attending and presenting at the Melbourne Conference in 2001.

    This motivated me to become involved in networking to improve our practices and I started joining local committees, only joining AIAM in its first year 2006.  Having access and input into new initiatives, overseas practices and research and then sharing that with not only my Council, but Officers from across Australia is a great feeling.

    AIAM is an organisation built on experience and networks, run by volunteers to improve animal management practices and increase the profile of the work we do. I love seeing the way Officers deal with the same situations differently, think outside the box to positively reinforce responsible pet welfare and management and think AIAM is the perfect platform for doing that.

    Do you have any pets?
    Umm...just a couple!!

    Kelpie and a heeler cross, 3 moggys , 2 ferrets (pewww), 2 horses, 4 chooks, a Guinea fowl (gooney bird), some fish, 30 sheep (5 rescued as babes, abandoned, victims of dog attack or found after falling off the back of a truck!!) and an alpaca.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests? (Other than the AIAM Committee!)
    I love to create and build things!! Recycling hardwood and pine timber pallets are my preferred materials, though I have also resumed my passion for ceramics over the past twelve months. I also enjoy gardening, reading and spending time hanging out (or in the paddock) with my menagerie.

    What is something most people don’t know about you?
    When I was young I was a house model for Patons Wool appearing on knitting pattern booklets to show off the finished product....and I love Mustangs that much I named one of my dogs Shelby.....

    Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) call for abstracts

    The 7th national G2Z summit will be held 12-16 September on the Gold Coast. The call for abstracts is now open until 31/3/17.

    G2Z are inviting local and international speakers to share their successful programs, achievements and research results relating to the theme, “getting them home, keeping them home”

    To find out more visit the G2Z website.

    Events calendar

    SA Local Government Authorised Person Conference
    25-26 May in Adelaide

    Find out more at

    If you have a state based training conference or meetings coming up, please let us know. We would love to come along and speak to your teams.
    Email the AIAM Marketing Coordinator

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    Social Media

    Don’t forget to share the AIAM Facebook page and Twitter account with your colleagues. 

    It’s a great way to keep up to date with what is happening and share information. We look forward to seeing you joining in the conversation.


    Australian Institute of Animal Management, PO Box 1015, Northam, Western Australia 6041
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  • 02 Jul 2016 8:07 PM | Deleted user

    Members of the AIAM Committee have been interacting at different forums over the past three months increasing AMO's awareness of AIAM and the upcoming workshop being held in Adelaide in October.

    Here are the groups we've chatted with;

    • April - South West Authorised Officers Group Conference Vic 
    • May - Victorian Council Compliance Services Seminar Vic 
    • May - Local Government Authorised Persons Association Conference SA
    • June - North East Authorised Council Officers Association Conference Vic
    If you have an event coming up and would like AIAM to be represented to speak to your attendees, please email and let us know.
  • 02 Jul 2016 7:58 PM | Deleted user

    Interest in AIAM trade exhibition sites for the 2016 annual workshop in Adelaide is high as site availability reduces several times in a week!

    Book now if you're hoping to showcase your wares to AMOs and other delegates from across Australia.

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