Engagement and events

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DPIRD works with a range of groups who have a role in responding to animal welfare issues during emergencies, to build the State’s capacity and capability to protect animals during any emergency.

Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies 

The Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies (CAWE) was established by DPIRD in February 2019, to collaborate on how the animal welfare considerations outlined in the State Support Plan – Animal Welfare in Emergencies can be practically implemented into emergency management throughout the WA.

Representation on the CAWE includes:

  • Emergency management sector organisations (operational and policy)
  • Wildlife sector
  • Commercial livestock sector
  • Equestrian sector (sport and community)
  • Companion animal welfare
  • Local government
  • Veterinary sector

The CAWE meets quarterly. 

For further information on the CAWE, refer to the CAWE - Terms of Reference. Enquires can be made to the Executive Officer at sawc@dpird.wa.gov.au.

CAWE Communiqué

The CAWE Communiqué provides stakeholders with updates from DPIRD about animal welfare in emergencies. The CAWE Communiqué is distributed following CAWE meetings and is made publicly available here.

Most recent edition:

Past editions:

CAWE Quarterly Meetings

Next Meeting:

  • 18 August 2020

Following meetings:

  • 17 November 2020
  • 16 February 2021
  • 18 May 2021

Animal Welfare Emergency Group 

Although the CAWE has no formal role during an incident/emergency response, members of the CAWE may be requested by DPIRD to join the Animal Welfare Emergency Group (AWEG) to facilitate coordinated support for animal welfare during an emergency.

The AWEG assists DPIRD in coordinating animal welfare services during an emergency where the State Support Plan – Animal Welfare in Emergencies has been engaged.

For further information on the AWEG, refer to the AWEG - Terms of Reference.

Contact information

Animal Welfare In Emergencies