Pet Industry News Newsletter 3rd July 2017
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Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Unregistered dog breeders barking up the wrong tree
Whether you make a living breeding, selling or caring for dogs, or your family pet has unplanned pups that need good homes, chances are you’re passionate about your animals.

While most of us put our furry friends first, a small number of unethical dog breeders are more interested in profit than the welfare of their animals.

That’s why the Queensland Government has established the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register to help authorities locate dog breeders and give dog buyers peace of mind when looking for a new pet.

The new online register opened on 26 May 2017. If your dog has puppies born on or after this date, you must register.

Registering is quick, easy and free. Breeders need to log their details within 28 days of their puppies being born and will be issued with a unique identification number, known as a supply number. This applies to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters), with specific exceptions for some working dog producers.

Pounds and shelters that re-home dogs must apply for a supply number and provide it with any dogs that they advertise, sell or give away that do not already have one listed in their microchip information.
Retail outlets are not permitted to have their own supply number unless they actually breed dogs. If you sell or supply a dog to a pet shop, the business must display your supply number, identifying you as the breeder. Each and every advertisement for dogs born on or after 26 May 2017 – including ads on Facebook, Gumtree and other websites – must include a valid supply number. 
Chief Biosecurity Officer, Dr Jim Thompson, from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries reinforced that all breeders and suppliers, including pet shops, must display a supply number when giving away, selling or advertising dogs or puppies. It must also be included in the microchip information of the dog.
“A supply number provides lifetime traceability of a dog’s origin,” Dr Thompson explained.

“We’re urging people to check the Queensland Dog Breeder Register before obtaining a new dog and to only buy from registered breeders with valid supply numbers.”

The Queensland Dog Breeder Register is available at For more information about the register or animal welfare in Queensland, please visit or call 13 25 23.

Shrewth! A shrewd discovery

A stowaway shrew caught trying to eschew Australia’s biosecurity laws was tamed by shrewd airport and biosecurity staff at Perth’s International Airport earlier this month.
The wayward mole-like mammal was discovered in the rear hold of a flight from Denpasar, Indonesia, by baggage handlers, who promptly alerted biosecurity staff.
Head of biosecurity operations at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Nico Padovan, said that exotic stowaway animals could bring unwanted diseases to Australia.
“We work closely with front-line airport staff and baggage handlers to identify and report biosecurity threats, such as stowaway animals, so we can deal with the risk before it becomes a serious problem,” Mr Padovan said.
“With the rise of commercial air travel comes an increased risk of new pests and diseases finding their way into Australia.
“They may appear harmless, but shrews can carry exotic viruses similar to those that cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. They can also carry ticks harbouring diseases present in South East Asia like scrub typhus and spotted fever.
“Not only that, but shrews could harm Australia’s unique wildlife—they’re active animals that have adapted to live in agricultural areas, villages, towns and cities in Southeast Asia and spread widely outside their native range.
“Unfortunately, as live stowaway animals have a health status that is unknown to biosecurity staff, this shrew had to be humanely euthanised by a qualified veterinarian.
“We’re very lucky to be one of the few countries in the world to remain free from many of the world’s most severe pests and diseases.
“Our biosecurity system is designed to maintain this status by focusing surveillance and detection capabilities on the variety of pathways through which diseases could enter the country.
“Through a combination of offshore, at the border and onshore measures, we are able to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country and affecting our unique environment, native flora and fauna, our export and tourism industries and our lifestyles.”
Tetra and FURminator win the World Branding Award

The Spectrum Brands pet division has not one but two reasons to celebrate: Tetra and FURminator have both been elected “Brand of the Year” at the World Branding Awards Animalis Edition. The award ceremony was held in Vienna’s Imperial Palace on 21 June 2017. This puts the two brands in the same ranks as Coca-Cola, Apple, Mercedes-Benz and other global brands. These all excel in their different sectors due to the strength of their innovation, exceptional quality and outstanding products. As a pioneer and global market leader in the fishkeeping sector, Tetra impresses with unique products that make the world of fishkeeping easier, more user friendly and more fun. FURminator has been a popular brand for many years, especially among dog and cat owners worldwide. After all, the FURminator deShedding tools make grooming particularly simple and effective, reducing the level of shedding by up to 90% and keeping carpets, sofas and clothes free from loose pet hair.
Motivation for the future
Tetra and FURminator are delighted to have received the World Branding Award, especially as consumers have a great say in the decision. For the Animalis Edition over 60,000 pet and animal lovers from around the world voted for more than 800 brands from 35 countries. This shows that both brands have a clear understanding of their target groups’ wishes, consider them during product development and convey their fulfilment to consumers through optimum communications. The award also motivates the company to continue along its current road and keep optimising product quality and innovation – for the benefit of pets and to fulfil consumer wishes.
The World Branding Awards
Initiated by the non-profit organisation World Branding Forum, the World Branding Awards has been annually presented to brands in a broad range of sectors since 2014. There are three streams to the judging and voting process: brand valuation based on an analysis by the in-house research department, public voting on an online platform and market research in the form of one-on-one telephone interviews.

New policy on recall notification for agricultural and veterinary chemicals

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is strengthening its stance on recall notification with a shift in policy that will see the national regulator publish information about voluntary and compulsory recalls of agvet chemical products on its website.

APVMA, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said that the national regulator is very aware of its responsibilities to protect the confidential and commercial information of registrants and this would be balanced with the responsibility to safeguard people, animals, the environment and agricultural industries from harm.
“There’s no legislative trigger for the APVMA to publish information about a voluntary recall,” Dr Parker said.

“We wouldn’t ordinarily provide information that isn’t already in the public domain, however we are changing the current approach.

“From today the APVMA will publish information about compulsory and voluntary recalls on the website

“Product registrants and manufacturers are responsible for product stewardship and the best outcome is that recalls are undertaken voluntarily and appropriately communicated through the supply chain.

“I’m asking industry to work with us to further increase the transparency around the notification of recalls across the board.”

The matter of herbicide products found to contain low-level contaminants is subject to ongoing formal investigation by the APVMA. At the present time comment is limited to information provided in the
previous statement available from the website.

Australian Consumer Confidence edges lower again to 111.8 (down 0.6pts)

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence edged 0.5% lower to 111.8 this week, down for the second week in a row. The sub-indicators continue to show volatility. Households' views around current financial conditions were largely unchanged (down 0.2%), while views towards future conditions fell 1.7%, following four consecutive weeks of gains. Households' confidence in future economic conditions ticked 0.4% lower last week, while expectations of current economic conditions edged 2.4% higher, up for the second consecutive week.
Bee brains open way for better cameras
Seeing the coloured light: bee brains open way for better cameras
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New research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.
Identifying colour in complex outdoor environments is extremely difficult because the colour of light is continuously changing.
Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, looked to see how honeybees solve this problem and discovered a totally new mechanism for processing colour information.
The results of the work by academics at RMIT University, Monash University, University of Melbourne and Deakin University were published today in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
The project, supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant, was coordinated by Associate Professor Adrian Dyer at RMIT, who has been working with Professor Marcello Rosa at Monash University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function to solve this classic problem of how colour vision works.
Dyer said: “For a digital system like a camera or a robot the colour of objects often changes. Currently this problem is dealt with by assuming the world is, on average, grey.
“This means it’s difficult to identify the true colour of ripe fruit or mineral rich sands, limiting outdoor colour imaging solutions by drones, for example.”
Bees have three extra eyes (ocelli) on the top of their head that look directly at the sky, and lead author Dr Jair Garcia (RMIT) and a multidisciplinary team discovered that the ocelli contain two colour receptors that are perfectly tuned for sensing the colour of ambient light.
Bees also have two main compound eyes that directly sense flower colours from the environment.
Garcia said: “Physics suggests the ocelli sensing of the colour of light could allow a brain to discount the naturally coloured illumination which would otherwise confuse colour perception. 
“But for this to be true the information from the ocelli would have to be integrated with colours seen by the compound eyes.”
To test if this happened, Dr Yu-Shan Hung (University of Melbourne) mapped the neural tracings from ocelli and showed neural projection did indeed feed to the key colour processing areas of the bee brain.
Professor Andrew Greentree from the ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at RMIT said: “It is rare that physics, biology, neuro-anatomy and ecology all fit together, but here we have it.”
The system closely predicts previously observed behaviour of bees foraging in complex environments and provides a new solution for illuminations as diverse as natural forest light, sunlight, or shade. 
Dyer said: “We’re using bio-inspired solutions from nature to tackle key problems in visual perception. This discovery on colour constancy can be implemented into imaging systems to enable accurate colour interpretation.”
Professor John Endler (Deakin University) said: “The discover provides a superb solution to a classic problem and makes colour constancy computationally inexpensive.”
Rosa said: “The strength of this study lies in the combination of modelling, behavioural analysis and neuro-anatomy. It shows how modern, interdisciplinary neuroscience can point to an elegant solution to classical problems in vision.”
Dogs NSW calling on the State Government for a permanent home

Imagine a permanent, internationally-recognised State Dog Centre featuring numerous show rings, training areas for herding, obedience, agility and more, plus a library and museum showcasing books and artifacts on all things canine, an Education Centre and an off-leash park area for neighbourhood residents.

It would be a tail-wagging destination for ‘everybody and their dog’ – literally.
Dogs NSW is the peak body responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state. With more than 10,000 members, Dogs NSW is calling on the NSW Government to consider creating a permanent state dog park on its 27-year-old grounds in Orchard Hills.

“Dogs NSW’s lease with the NSW Government runs for another 11 years with an option to extend until 2038,” said Dogs NSW spokesperson Brian Crump.

In the meantime, construction of infrastructure has begun next door to Dogs NSW’s headquarters for the development of 245,000 sqm of land into an employment hub, threatening the future of canine activities in the area.

“What is going to become of Dogs NSW’s 14 show rings, administration, German Shepherd Dog League of NSW facilities, and grounds used for dog sports, trialling and sheep used for herding?” said Mr Crump.  “Dogs NSW runs numerous canine events and educates the public about dogs and responsible ownership.”

Dogs NSW is circulating a petition for submission to the NSW Government to create a permanent State Dog Park, owned and administered by the Royal Canine Council of NSW “with appropriate facilities for the use of dog activities, obedience and conformation showing, to bring Dogs NSW to the world stage,” he said. 

“We want to develop Dogs NSW’s grounds into a State Dog Park, but such an investment would require a guarantee of tenure. With all this development taking place in the area, Dogs NSW is requesting the government to either sell the land to Dogs NSW or grant it a lease in perpetuity.”

Leading international trade fair Interzoo set to have long-term home in Nuremberg

Good news for the pet industry, its world-leading trade fair and Nuremberg: Interzoo organizer Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH (WZF) and NürnbergMesse GmbH have agreed to an early extension of the current collaboration until at least 2036.

They ensured that the world’s leading trade fair Interzoo will remain in Nuremberg in the long term: Herbert Bollhöfer (WZF Managing Director, 2nd from right), Hans-Jochen Büngener (Chairman of the Interzoo Exhibition Committee, right), Peter Ottmann (left) and Dr. Roland Fleck (2nd from left, the two CEOs NürnbergMesse Group).

The management of WZF and NürnbergMesse agree that this is a ground-breaking step towards cementing Interzoo's position as the leading international fair for the pet industry. For WZF Managing Director Herbert Bollhöfer, the signing of the contract is sending out an important message: "For years, Interzoo has been by far the biggest and most important trade fair for the pet supplies industry worldwide. It is evolving excellently in Nuremberg and so we are continuing with this successful arrangement in the long term."

And Hans-Jochen Büngener, Chairman of the Interzoo Exhibition Committee, adds: "For our exhibitors and trade visitors this agreement means above all continuity and the ability to make long-term plans. It gives us the opportunity to expedite the strategic development of Interzoo in accordance with the latest insights into trade fair organisation and to work with our exhibitors and visitors to develop promising concepts for the sector at the Nuremberg venue.”

Dr Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, CEOs of NürnbergMesse Group, see the extension of the contract to 2036 as a win-win situation: "As an exhibition venue, Nuremberg offers ideal conditions to turn successful events into leading international fairs. Interzoo is an outstanding example of this and we are delighted about the continuing close collaboration with WZF. With Interzoo, the Nuremberg exhibition venue has always been and will continue to be the global gathering place for the pet industry."

Interzoo has been taking place in Nuremberg since 1988. In the years that followed the exhibition established itself as the world's biggest fair for pet supplies. Currently, the leading international event for the pet industry brings together more than 1,800 exhibitors from over 60 countries and 39,000 trade visitors, and scores top marks for its global focus. These successful figures from Interzoo underline the fact that concepts and offerings are closely aligned to the needs of the sector and that the fair provides direction in a dynamic market.

WZF is both owner and organizer of Interzoo, while NürnbergMesse is engaged to organise, market and operate the event.

Don't forget: Interzoo 2018 will run from Tuesday to Friday
From 2018, Interzoo will always be held in May and will run from Tuesday to Friday including the German public holiday Ascension Day. This means that the next trade fair will start on Tuesday 8 May and end on Friday 11 May.

Are you claiming GST credits correctly?

If your activity statement is delayed it may have been to check that you haven't claimed a personal expense as a business expense.

When claiming GST credits remember:

  • you can only claim a GST credit for goods or services used in your business
  • if you have goods or services you also use for personal purposes, you can only claim the business portion
  • you need to keep track of the business portion using the logbook method
  • for purchases over $82.50 including GST you will need to keep tax invoice

Some typical expenses that can include business and personal use are:

  • motor vehicles
  • domestic air travel or taxi travel
  • mobile phone and internet communication
  • home-office furniture.

Portion expenses

To complete your activity statement correctly, make sure you portion your expenses. For example, if you use your mobile phone 80 per cent of the time for business and 20 per cent for personal purposes, then you can only claim 80 per cent of the GST you pay on your mobile phone bill.

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Monday 3 July 2017: The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman today joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support young people entering the retail workforce with the assistance of the Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.


The ARA are committed to growing employment in the retail sector and have been working with the Federal Government to assist internships to young Australians looking to get into retail through the Youth Jobs PaTH program being run by Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.


ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said retail is transforming from a stepping-stone industry into a long-term and professionally fulfilling career, with some of Australia’s most successful business people starting on the shop floor.


“We are very excited to be a part of the PaTH program. Our retailers are already major employers of young people and these PaTH internships will now provide another way that employers can give young people a fair go,” Mr Zimmerman said.


“With the diverse range of careers in the retail industry, we need our young staff to not only have basic vocational skills but also have a wide range of qualifications before they can start on the job.”


The ARA already support people entering the retail workforce through the Retail Institute’s Retail Ready Jobs Program and will now also be working with the Government’s PaTH program to place young people seeking work in the retail sector.


“It is great to see the Prime Minister today supporting young people looking for work in the retail sector as the industry can deliver a successful and diverse career,” Mr Zimmerman said


Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH program, including internships, is available at

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