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Animal Protections & Prosecutions: The new Animal Protection Act
Monday 11 February 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Joint presentation on becoming familiar withthe new Animal Protection Act

Venue:  Law Society Northern Terriitory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin 
Cost: $99.00 (incl GST)
Level:   Suitable for all levels of legal practice

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The Animal Protection Act has been enacted and incorporates a number of changes to previous legislation, particularly the standard of care afforded to animals and the penalties and sanctions for contraventions of the Act and Regulations.

The seminar will examine the changes to the law, the practical effect of those changes, the policy considerations underlying the new legislation, and the interplay between the new laws and existing by-laws of councils across the NT.

Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the new Act and the regulatory framework governing the obligations of animal owners and controllers in the NT, as well as having your questions answered.

This seminar will be of interest to practitioners and government officers working in animal regulation and policy, as well as those with a general interest in animal welfare.



Ryan Sanders, Solicitor & RSPCA Board member 

Ryan Sanders is Special Counsel at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and has a broad professional practice in litigation and regulatory law. He regularly represents local councils in civil and criminal actions against animal owners arising under animal by-laws and has advised several councils in their periodic reviews and amendments of these laws. In addition, Ryan is the vice-chair of the board of directors of RSPCA Darwin. RSPCA Darwin, together RSPCA Australia, has been a substantial contributor of submissions to government about the new Animal Protection Act.

Peter Philips, Director Animal Welfare Branch 

Peter Phillips is the Director Animal Welfare Branch, Department of Primary Industry and Resources. He is responsible for the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations which provides powers and functions of Animal Welfare Inspectors and the Animal Welfare Authority. Peter has a requirement to ensure procedural fairness is followed and that authorised officers under the Act undertake their duties lawfully. He provides advice to the Animal Welfare Authority on matters relating to compliance and enforcement including what action needs to be taken in compliance with the regulatory framework. Peter’s qualifications include a Diploma in Government Investigations and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Earn 1 CPD Point in Substantive Law (SL) 

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Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

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GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801


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