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Policy On Dogs On Campus

Concern was expressed at a recent meeting of the Campus Advisory Committee about an apparent increase in the number of dogs being brought onto the campus by staff, students and members of the public.

The Committee member who raised the matter sought an explanation of the University's policy in relation to dogs on campus.

The University policy in relation to this matter is determined by the ACT Dog Control Act, given that the ANU campus is a public place in terms of the Act.

In brief the ACT Dog Control Act states that it is an offence for the keeper of a dog to allow his or her dog into a public place if the dog is not restrained by means of a leash and under the control of a competent person. If convicted, the keeper of the dog is liable to a fine. Guide and hearing dogs accompanying blind or deaf persons are exempt from this provision.

In terms of the University Occupational Health and Safety policy, pet animals are not permitted in University buildings or other facilities, including vehicles. An OH&S circular (Ref: OHS 2.31 dated 10 April 1990) states that "Pet animals have the potential to act as vectors for the transmission of diseases to humans and as such should not be allowed, under any circumstances, in University buildings or other facilities".

A copy of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 as amended can be accessed on the Internet at

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2000-86/current/pdf/default.asp  

Warwick Williams
Director, Facilities and Services