The Board is a state government statutory body whose responsibilities include planning for, promoting and providing advice on dog and cat management practices. It oversees the administration and enforcement of the state’s dog and cat management laws.
The Board's expertise, research results and best practice knowledge, ensures South Australia's regulatory and legislative framework is reviewed and amended to improve dog and cat management across South Australia.
The board draws on a range of expertise represented by nine members appointed by the Minister. Each member is appointed for up to three years on conditions determined by the Minister. Members are eligible for reappointment after that term expires.
The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, requires four board members to be nominated by the Local Government Association (LGA) and four members by the Minister. The Chair is jointly nominated by both the LGA and the Minister.
The Dog and Cat Management Board meets on the third Tuesday each month, except in January. Board meetings and workshops alternate every second month. The Board regularly holds its meetings at metropolitan and regional council offices.