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Community feedback sought

Draft Dog Importation and Management Policy 2024

2024 Policy public exhibition

Community feedback is sought on the draft LHIB Dog Importation and Management Policy 2024. The Policy will be on public exhibition until 29 May 2024.


How to provide feedback

Feedback on the draft Policy must be submitted in writing.

The revised draft Policy is available here:

You can make a submission by:

  1. Filling out an online feedback form
  2. Filling out a hard copy of the feedback that can be collected at the LHIB Administration office during business hours

    Lord Howe Island Board

    PO Box 5

    Lord Howe Island NSW 2898


Community information sessions

Two information sessions will be held to provide an opportunity to access information about the draft policy and ask questions. 

Information sessions will take place at the Public Hall:

               Tuesday 7 May at 4:30pm - 5:30pm

               Thursday 9 May at 10am - 11am


Policy revision process

The LHIB Dog Importation and Management Policy 2019 has been internally reviewed by the LHIB Environment and Community Services Unit in consultation with relevant NSW state government agencies

Feedback received from the community since the last review was also considered.

A revised draft Policy was presented at the March 2024 Board meeting (page 204-205).


How will community feedback be considered in the review process?

All written submissions received by the Board will be collated. 

Each issue raised will be considered in relation to: 

  • legislative requirements

  • the scope of the policy

  • likely effects on stakeholders and the environment

  • budgets and resources 

  • whether the issue can be investigated within the timeframe for developing the policy


Objective of the Policy

The Dog Importation and Management Policy provides for the effective and responsible care and management of dogs on Lord Howe Island. 

It also aims to provide protection to the World Heritage values of the island, including endemic and/or protected flora and fauna. 

The Policy encourages and reinforces responsible dog ownership and aims to provide adequate areas for dogs to be exercised and socialised both on and off leash, while addressing the needs and expectations of the Lord Howe Island community and visitors.


What are the proposed changes in the Policy?

Proposed changes in the draft Policy include:

  • Refining the entire Policy document to make it easier to read and understand

  • Amendments that bring the Policy into line with current veterinary best-practice and animal welfare standards regarding desexing

  • A review of environmental, social, and legal justifications around dog management zones

  • Changes to a small number of designated dog areas to balance the needs of dog owners and the environment

  • Development of relevant and practical assessment standards for dog obedience training, including an objective scoring system to assess key requirements, while exploring options to support the availability of experienced dog trainers to dog owners