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Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973 (CI)

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No. 5 of 1973 Ordinances/Christmas Island as amended, taking into account amendments up to Importation of Dogs and Cats Amendment Ordinance 2005 (No. 1)
This is an Ordinance relating to the importation of dogs and cats into the Territory of Christmas Island.
Administered by: Infrastructure and Regional Development
Registered 09 Oct 2006
Start Date 23 Aug 2005
End Date 17 Oct 2014

Territory of Christmas Island

Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973

Ordinance No. 5 of 1973 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 23 May 2006
taking into account amendments up to the Importation of Dogs and
Cats Amendment Ordinance 2005 (No. 1)

The text of any of those amendments not in force on that date is appended in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

                        1     Short title [see Note 1]                                                     3

                        2     Definitions                                                                       3

                        3     Importation of dogs and cats generally prohibited                3

                        7     Prohibited animals and prohibited goods not to be transported 4

                        8     Seizure of prohibited animals and prohibited goods             4

                        9     Power of Magistrate’s Court                                              5

                       10     Access to premises                                                         5

                       11     Ordinance does not derogate from any other law                 6

Schedule 2             Search warrant                                                             7

Notes                                                                                                            8

 


An Ordinance relating to the Importation of Dogs and Cats

  

  

1              Short title [see Note 1]

                This Ordinance may be cited as the Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973.

2              Definitions

                In this Ordinance, unless the contrary intention appears:

assistance animal means:

                (a)    a guide dog; or

               (b)    a dog trained to assist a person with a disability in activities where hearing is required, or because of any matter related to that fact.

prohibited animal means an animal the importation of which is prohibited under this Ordinance.

prohibited goods means any foodstuffs, bedding, clothing, utensils, appliances or other goods used in the Territory, or on any vessel, in connexion with an animal the importation into the Territory of which is prohibited under section 3.

3              Importation of dogs and cats generally prohibited

         (1)   Subject to subregulation (2), the importation of a dog or cat to Christmas Island is prohibited.

         (2)   The Administrator may approve the importation of a dog if it is an assistance animal.

         (3)   A person may apply in writing to the Administrator for approval to import an assistance animal.

7              Prohibited animals and prohibited goods not to be transported

                A person is guilty of an offence if:

                (a)    the person engages in conduct; and

               (b)    the conduct causes a prohibited animal or prohibited goods:

                          (i)    to be imported into the Territory; or

                         (ii)    to be in his or her possession or to be kept on his or her premises.

Maximum penalty:   20 penalty units.

8              Seizure of prohibited animals and prohibited goods

         (1)   A police officer may, where he has reason to believe that an animal is a prohibited animal or that goods are prohibited goods, seize the animal or the goods.

         (2)   Where a police officer seizes an animal or goods pursuant to subsection (1), he shall:

                (a)    give notice in writing forthwith to the importer of the seizure; and

               (b)    lodge a copy of the notice with the Chief Clerk of the Magistrate’s Court.

         (3)   The notice referred to in subsection (2) shall specify the reasons for the belief by the police officer that the animal is a prohibited animal or that the goods are prohibited goods and shall require the importer to show cause before the Magistrate’s Court within a specified period, being a period of not less that 7 days after the seizure of the animal or the goods, why the Court should not:

                (a)    declare that the animal is a prohibited animal or that the goods are prohibited goods;

               (b)    order that the animal or the goods declared to be a prohibited animal or prohibited goods are forfeited; and

                (c)    direct that the forfeited animal or the forfeited goods shall be destroyed or otherwise dealt with as the Court determines.

         (4)   Where an importer does not, within the time specified in the notice referred to in subsection (2), show cause before the Magistrate’s Court why an animal or goods should not be dealt with by the Court as provided by paragraphs (3) (a), (b) and (c), the police officer who seized the animal or the goods shall be entitled to apply to the Court to have the animal or the goods dealt with in accordance with paragraphs (3) (a), (b) and (c).

9              Power of Magistrate’s Court

                For the purposes of section 8, the Magistrate’s Court shall have jurisdiction to:

                (a)    declare that an animal is a prohibited animal or that goods are prohibited goods pursuant to this Ordinance;

               (b)    order that a prohibited animal or prohibited goods shall be forfeited; and

                (c)    direct that a forfeited animal or forfeited goods shall be destroyed or otherwise dealt with as the Court determines.

10            Access to premises

         (1)   A police officer may, with the consent of the occupier of any premises, enter the premises for the purpose of searching for prohibited animals and prohibited goods.

         (2)   Where a police officer has reason to believe that there is on any premises a prohibited animal or that there are on any premises any prohibited goods, the police officer may make application to a Magistrate for a warrant authorizing the police officer to enter the premises for the purpose of searching for prohibited animals and prohibited goods.

         (3)   If, on an application under subsection (2), the Magistrate is satisfied, by information on oath:

                (a)    that there is reasonable ground for believing that there is on the premises to which the application relates any prohibited animal or there are on those premises any prohibited goods; and

               (b)    that the issue of a warrant is reasonably required for the purposes of this Ordinance,

the Magistrate may grant a warrant substantially in accordance with the form set out in Schedule 2 authorizing the police officer, with such assistance as he thinks necessary, to enter the premises, during such hours of the day or night as the warrant specifies or, if the warrant so specifies, at any time, if necessary by force, for the purpose of searching for prohibited animals and prohibited goods.

         (4)   Where a police officer has entered any premises in pursuance of a warrant granted under subsection (3), he may search those premises for prohibited animals and prohibited goods.

         (5)   A person is guilty of an offence if:

                (a)    the person engages in conduct; and

               (b)    the conduct causes a police officer to be hindered or obstructed; and

                          (i)    the police officer has entered premises after being given consent to do so under subsection (1); or

                         (ii)    the police officer has entered premises under the authority of a warrant granted under subsection (3).

Maximum penalty:   20 penalty units.

         (6)   In this section, occupier, in relation to premises, includes the person in charge of the premises.

11            Ordinance does not derogate from any other law

                The provisions of this Ordinance are in addition to, and do not derogate from the operation of, any other law in force in the Territory.


Schedule 2        Search warrant

(section 10)

  

To the Commissioner of Police of the Territory of Christmas Island, and to all other Police Officers of the Territory.

WHEREAS an information on oath has this day been laid before me, a magistrate of the Territory, that certain prohibited animals and prohibited goods are supposed to be

[on or at]                                             Now I do hereby authorize

empower and direct you                                    to enter the premises, vehicle or vessel of                                      
at                                          by day [or by night] using all necessary force

and with such assistance as you think necessary for the purpose of searching for prohibited animals and prohibited goods under the Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973.

          Dated this                              day of                                    19      .

Magistrate

 


Notes to the Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973

Note 1

The Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973 (in force under the Christmas Island Act 1958) as shown in this compilation comprises Ordinance No. 5 of 1973 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, which came into force on 1 January 2005, it is a requirement for all non‑exempt legislative instruments to be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Table of Ordinances

Title

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973 (No. 5 of 1973)

29 Nov 1973

29 Nov 1973

 

Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973 (No. 1 of 1974)

6 Aug 1974

6 Aug 1974

Importation of Dogs and Cats Ordinance 1973 (No. 2 of 1997)

7 Mar 1977

7 Mar 1977

Importation of Dogs and Cats Amendment Ordinance 2005 (No. 1)

22 Aug 2005 (see F2005L02241)

23 Aug 2005

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

S. 2.........................................

am. No. 1, 2005

S. 3.........................................

am. No. 2, 1977

 

rs. No. 1, 2005

S. 4.........................................

rep. No. 1, 2005

S. 5.........................................

rep. No. 1, 2005

S. 6.........................................

rep. No. 1, 2005

S. 7.........................................

rs. No. 1, 2005

S. 8.........................................

rs. No. 1, 1974

S. 9.........................................

rs. No. 1, 1974

S. 10.......................................

am. No. 1, 2005

S. 11.......................................

ad. No. 1, 1974

Schedule 1............................

rep. No. 1, 2005