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Volunteers for an interview about the effectiveness of the Department’s biosecurity communications with the ornamental fish community

NSW DPI in partnership with Monash University is conducting interviews with interested individuals about the effectiveness of its biosecurity fact sheets and brochures. It is important that these communication tools help members of the ornamental fish community prevent then introduction of dangerous species and diseases into NSW.

We are looking for a diverse group of volunteers from different ethnic groups, males and females, old and young, collectors and breeders and owners. Selected volunteers will be required to participate in the following short activities:
  • 10-15 minutes reviewing the communication tools and,
  • 20 minute telephone survey
The information gathered from these interviews will be used to refine our existing communication tools for ornamental fish stakeholders.

Please note, only a small number of volunteers will be selected to undertake the survey, however please indicate if you wish to be considered for any future opportunities in similar activities with NSW DPI. We will need to hear from willing participants by 2/03/2018. If you would like to be involved please call me on 02 4916 3978.

Thank you for your help to improve NSW DPI communications with our stakeholders.

Victoria Greentree
Aquatic Biosecurity Officer

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria is currently looking for kitten carers to cuddle, love and pat their cats without the long term commitment of permanent adoption!
While the cats are looking for their forever homes, the Society is looking for people to help ease the burden in the shelter with homing these cats and kittens for short periods of time.
If long term commitment is not your thing, fostering a cat is the perfect way to help out and give these beautiful pets a second chance at life. 
Expressions of interest for fostering (and adopting - if you are looking for a long term companion) a furry friend can be sent to or made over the phone by calling 03 8457 6500.

Roar into 2018 at Australia’s
first feline focused festival!
CATapult your business into 10,000+ passionate, high-spending Cat lovers and join us to celebrate our wonderful felines like never before!

Top things you need to know about the Cat Lovers Show:
  1. Dedicated to educating, informing and entertaining Cat lovers;
  2. Major exhibition showcasing the latest and greatest products and services available on the market today for Cat owners;
  3. Committed to Cat rescue by working closely with shelters to drive adoption and educate the Australian community about responsible Cat ownership;
  4. A celebration of Cat pop culture, and debunking the crazy Cat-lady stereotype;
  5. Wide array of feline-inspired attractions including presentations from Dr Harry Cooper, Dr Katrina Warren, Catmantoo, Dr Jo Righetti, Rose Horton, Cat trainer Kelly Gill and Ben Britton from Wild Animal Encounters;
  6. As an Australian first, the show has already attracted massive PR & social media coverage which will continue to grow;
  7. We will invest heavily in an extensive marketing campaign to deliver a large, passionate and high-spending audience for all Exhibitors;
  8. Our proven event model based on the award-winning Dog Lovers Show, offers a cost-effective platform to sell and promote your products and services to a dedicated Cat and Pet loving audience face-to-face in just two days.
To secure your purrrfect stand now just complete and return the Booking Form (link below) by Friday, 9 March 2018  and you will secure the special Early-Bird rate of $320/sqm +GST. From March 10 the price of stands goes up to $350/sqm +GST and we expect the prime stands to sell fast.
For a tailored proposal or to discuss all the options please call Tony or Jason on (03) 9696 9961 or email mailto:;

Tips for a behaviourally healthy cat at any age supplied by Natalya Dundovich, the Cat Protection Society of Victoria's animal behaviourist.

Ditch the food bowl! 
Get your cat ‘hunting’ for their meals at home. Provide some of your cats meals through food dispensing items and interactive toys. Start off simple: hide some of your cat’s food in a toilet paper roll or egg carton and encourage them to get find it. Check out this amazing website for inspiration and to challenge your cat even more:
  • Provide an appropriate outlet for instinctive predatory behaviour through play. Opt for a feather wand/ fishing rod style toy that you pull out a few times per day to have special one on one play time with your cat. Encourage your cat to play vigorously - chasing, stalking, pouncing and occasionally "killing" the toy. When the game is over, hide the toy away in a cupboard til next time. This also provides much needed physical exercise, especially if your cat is indoors only. 
  • Teach your cat polite manners, new skills and tricks (just like you would with a dog). Cats are highly intelligent and trainable creatures. They thrive learning new things and having fun with their humans. Not only does training provide mental stimulation, social contact and physical exercise but it also means your cat will be a pleasure to live with. 
  • Ensure your cat has adequate and appropriately designed 'territory'. Cats naturally have enormous territories but are incredibly adaptive and can coexist indoors with humans and other animals peacefully provided they have everything they need. Include high perches, hidey holes, multiple feeding and water stations, multiple tall and sturdy cat trees (or other scratching options), multiple litterbox stations and ensure plenty of regular interesting enrichment activities. 
  • If your cat was injured or ill, you wouldn't delay taking it to the Vet. When behaviour problems arise, it's critical to seek support from a Cat Behaviour Consultant as early as possible for the best outcome. Remember that cats grow IN to bad behaviour, not out of it. 
PIAA presents AusPet 2018 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus Now Available!

The PIAA are excited to release the exhibitor & sponsorship prospectus, floor plans & exhibitor application for PIAA presents AusPet 2018.

In 2018 with the addition of two public days, we feel we are offering our exhibitors the exposure to both trade & consumer buyers. Even if you are a business that sells to trade only, do not discount the branding opportunity this event will offer you. The event will be extensively promoted through print, radio, TV & social media along with our ambassadors.

AusPet 2018 will be located at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 19-21 and will feature:
  • 1 day trade show (Friday October 19) and 2 day public pet expo (Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21)
  • Steve De Mamiel Keynote Presentation – ‘Sales & Marketing for the New Breed of Buyers’
  • 1 day Aquatics, Avian, Reptile & Business Conference program
  • AusPet grooming competitions
  • AusPet Industry Dinner and awards presentation (Saturday October 20)
  • Education stage
  • Outdoor dog sports arena featuring agility and disc dogs

Why should you exhibit at PIAA presents AusPet 2018?

  • Drive sales and grow brand awareness
  • Market to your target audience
  • Generate new business
  • Networking
  • Post show marketing
The power of face-to-face marketing

This event caters for pets of all kinds, not just dogs & cats!

Early bird discount of 20% for all bookings made prior to March 31!

View Prospectus - Floor Plan - Application
Declare your dung: 296,606 reasons why biosecurity is important
  • 296,606 biosecurity risk items intercepted across Australia’s international airports
  • Detections include live fish, seeds, reptiles, fertilisers and plants
  • Total biosecurity expenditure has increased over 29 per cent since 2012-13.

Live toads hiding in shoes in Melbourne to 5.5 kilos of cow dung detected in Brisbane are just two of the 296,606 biosecurity risks intercepted across Australia’s international airports last year.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said another worrying airport find included 50 turtles and lizards concealed among toy blocks in Sydney.
“International passengers definitely kept Australia’s biosecurity officers on their toes last year,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Although some of the finds sound like a bit of a joke, this is no laughing matter.
“Live fish, reptiles, fertilisers, plants and seeds could carry dangerous pests and diseases, threatening Australia’s $60 billion agricultural industries, the environment or human health.
“Even something as harmless as a flower could be carrying exotic insects with the potential to cripple our horticulture industries.
“It is concerning that the number of passengers bringing high risk food items, like meat and fruit, into Australia has increased over the past year.
“Seafood interceptions were high across most international airports, with 7,717 items detected.
“Travellers who fail to declare risk items face serious financial penalties and in some cases prosecution. We all need to do our bit.”
“The Coalition is keeping Australia’s borders strong, delivering up to $200 million over four years to strengthen our biosecurity system through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, on top of an additional $100 million to fight pests and weeds.
“Since 2013 this government has increased biosecurity investment by over 29 per cent, totalling $783.2 million this financial year.”
For more information on what can and cannot be brought into Australia, visit

Global Pet Expo 2018 Officially Marks the American Pet Products Association’s 60th and The Pet Industry Distributors Association’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO Bob Vetere proudly announced today, that 2018 marks the 60th anniversary for the Association.   APPA, along with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), who will be celebrating 50 years in the industry, are set to host the 14th annual Global Pet Expo March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL, where the Associations will officially celebrate these major milestones. 

APPA has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1958 as the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) with just a handful of members and a trade show smaller in size than Global Pet Expo’s New Products Showcase. Today, the Association is over 1,200 members strong and works primarily to promote responsible pet ownership and advance the pet products industry.  As a trade association, APPA provides a wealth of services and programs designed to help its members prosper.  This includes Global Pet Expo, government and regulatory affairs, market research, and additional industry support beyond direct services. 

“When looking back at where it all started, not just our Association, but the pet industry in general, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made and all the work that has led us to where we are today,” said Vetere. “What started as a small industry with only a few key players has evolved into a $66 billion industry that continues to grow.” 

For the past 50 years, PIDA’s mission has been to enhance the well-being of wholesaler-distributors and to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers. Such efforts have included the Pet Store Pro online training program for independent retailers and the Pet Industry Leadership Conference bringing all segments of the industry together for networking, education and problem solving. 

“I can’t think of a more appropriate place to celebrate our anniversary than at Global Pet Expo,” said Steve King, President of PIDA. “We have been partners with APPA on this Show, among many other ventures, for years and we share the same mission of advancing our great industry and helping businesses succeed in this environment.” 

As part of APPA’s celebration of six decades in the industry, they’re inviting past and current members along with any other individuals and organizations to submit a photo or video celebrating their own experiences in the industry. Do you have an interesting story of what got you into the pet industry? Do you have a vintage image of your pet products 20, 30 years ago? Please share stories, images, videos and more, using the hashtag #APPAs60th on APPA’s Facebook page at 

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Assassin’s venom system packs a deadly double

Assassin bug: photo Jiayi Jin

Venom researchers from The University of Queensland have uncovered a unique and complex venom system within the tiny assassin bug.

UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Dr Andrew Walker said the venom system of the assassin bug is like no other venomous animal previously studied.

“These aptly named bugs inject insect prey with venom that both paralyses and liquefies the insect, enabling the bugs to suck up the resulting liquid through their straw-like proboscis,” Dr Walker said.

But they also also use venom to defend themselves from predators such as birds, rats, and spiders.

“We discovered that assassin bugs actually make two different venoms, each containing a unique cocktail of over 100 different toxins,” he said.

“This unique venom system is made up of three separate compartments connected by ducts to a series of pumps and valves, allowing assassin bugs to deploy either venom at will.

“We believe one venom is a 'hunting venom' that paralyses and kills bugs whereas the other venom, which can be collected when the bug is under threat, may be used for defence.”

Dr Walker said the dual venom secretions and the novelty of the toxins enhances the scope for discovery of venom components that could be used in biotechnology or medicine.

“The hunting venom seems like a good place to look for leads for eco-friendly insecticides, as it contains many different toxins that have evolved for the specific purpose of killing insects.

“On the other hand, defensive venoms are designed to cause pain and consequently they are a good source of toxins that can be used to reveal new information about pain sensing in humans.”

The bee-killer assassin bug studied by the researchers (Pristhesancus plagipennis) is common along the east coast of Queensland and New South Wales.

The study, published in Nature Communications, was funded by the Australian Research Council and a UQ Postgraduate Fellowship to Dr Walker.

Does the independent retailer know who you are and what you sell?

Pet Industry News believes the answer to this problem is an independent database available free to the businesses looking for products.

This is now available at

The directory is part of the Petnews Australia group who has been a leader in the promotion of the pet industry in Australia and overseas for 27 years.

The on-line entry will include all your contact details, your logo and a full description of your company and the products that you sell.  It will also display the logos of the agencies that you distribute. Each of these logos will be linked to a dedicated page describing the product.

Inclusion in this database also allows overseas companies who are looking to have their products distributed, make contact with the companies that they feel would be suitable.

If you are not already listed you can join. The cost to be included on this on-line database is $55.00 per year.
Contact Bob Croucher 0418 215 722
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