Australian Cat Action Plan

The Australian Cat Action Plan 2014-2016 proposes a way forward to achieve national consistency in effective domestic cat management and welfare strategies in Australia. (Feral cat management will be addressed in a separate process).

Overall, widespread support was shown for this Plan in the national Discussion Paper consultation which took place from September 2013 to mid 2014. You can read the summary of the survey results here.

As a result from the feedback from the consultation period a number of queries have been addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

A new draft (Draft 3) has been developed based on discussions with invited representatives of all relevant national stakeholder groups at a National Meeting in August 2014. These national stakeholder groups included:

  • Australian Cat Federation
  • Australian National Cats
  • Australian Institute of Animal Management
  • Animals Australia
  • Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
  • Australian Veterinary Association
  • Sentient
  • AWLA
  • RSPCA Australia
  • National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia.

Endorsement and suggestions for modifications to Draft 3 are now being sought from these national bodies by 30th November 2014. More information on areas identified at the meeting as needing further consultation is also being gathered.

Following finalisation of the plan, G2Z will work with governments and stakeholders to progress implementation. Progress with the plan will be reviewed approximately biannually, and developed as needed. This document will then become the blueprint for all to use in negotiations with relevant governments and organisations to develop a cohesive national system to reduce the proliferation of abandoned and poorly managed cats in Australia.

The G2Z Australian Cat Action Plan can be viewed here.

For enquiries or to arrange a meeting with a G2Z representative to discuss these strategies, either by attending one of your organisation's meetings or a personal or Skype meeting with a key representative of your organisation, please email us.