Western Australia’s draft Veterinary Practice Bill 2020, which will modernise the regulation of veterinary practice in the State, was released today for public comment.
The Bill is designed to update regulation of the professional standards and registration of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary premises and repeal the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960.
National recognition of veterinarians registered in other Australian jurisdictions and deregulation of ownership of veterinary practices are key provisions of the Bill.
Other provisions include the new constitution and membership of the Veterinary Practice Board of Western Australia, which will replace the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of WA, and Board powers to handle impairment and minor disciplinary matters.
The Veterinary Practice Bill 2020 consultation paper, developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, summarises key provisions in the Bill.
The consultation paper and draft Bill are available on the department’s Talking Biosecurity engagement website https://talkingbiosecurity.dpird.wa.gov.au/
Written submissions close at 5pm on June 24, 2020.
As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Significant advances have occurred in veterinary services since the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 was passed 60 years ago.
“A new Act is needed to meet current and future requirements in the provision of veterinary services.
“Veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health service providers and consumers of veterinary services in WA are particularly encouraged to submit their views.
“Comments received will ensure the Bill introduced to Parliament is informed by a wide range of perspectives and reflects contemporary expectations of veterinary professional standards.”