Mission Statement

“Animal Care Australia (ACA) is the Peak Animal Welfare Body representing the keepers and breeders of pet and companion animals in Australia”.

ACA encourages continued development of animal welfare standards and Codes of Practice for animal husbandry, breeding, training, sale and sporting exhibitions for a wide range of animal species. Our goal is to promote and encourage high standards in all interactions with the animals in our care. To encourage responsible pet ownership, and the respectful treatment of all animals in our community ACA continues to promote welfare education over regulation.


ACA Objectives

  • To represent Animal Care Groups as the peak animal welfare body
  • To engage and advise Government and legislators on welfare issues relating to pets and companion animals.
  • To protect the rights of ethical hobbyists & animal keepers to breed and keep pets and companion animals.
  • To clarify the difference between animal rights and animal welfare
  • To promote higher animal welfare outcomes

ACA Committee

Office Bearers 2019-2020

  • President: Michael Donnelly
  • Vice President: Sam Davis
  • Secretary: Michelle Grayson
  • Treasurer/Public Officer: Sue Kowalczyk

Committee 2019-2020

  • Birds: Sam Davis
  • Cats: Helen Toovey
  • Dogs: Kylie Gilbert
  • Exhibited Animals: vacant position
  • Fish: vacant position
  • Horses & Livestock: Karri Nadazdy
  • Native Mammals: Michael Donnelly
  • Reptiles: Joanne Payne
  • Small Mammals: Rachel Sydenham