Ownership/responsibility of animals

Animals used in schools may be owned by the school, a teacher or administrator, a student, a parent, a community person or by an organisation.

In general the owner is responsible for the welfare of the animal.

 

Animal owned by the school

The AWLO is generally responsible for monitoring the use and welfare of all animals in the school. The teacher using the animals is responsible for their care, health needs and welfare at all times, from acquisition to disposal, including during weekends and holidays.

 

Animal owned by a teacher

The teacher who owns and uses the animal is responsible for its welfare.

 

Animal owned by a student brought to the school for a visit

The teacher is responsible for the animal’s welfare whilst the animal is at school.

 

Animal owned by parent, community person or organisation

Apart from livestock, animals may not be loaned to the school. Animals owned by parents, the community or an organisation may be used for category 1 or 2 activities, provided the animal remains under the effective control of the owner.

Students showing cattle to a judge

Cattle are often loaned by community members to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a cattle showing program.

If native animals are brought to the school by a parent for a visit, the AWLO or teacher should ensure that an appropriate licence is held by the parent or student, prior to allowing the animal to be brought to the school.

student handling a python

The AWLO or teacher should ensure that an appropriate licence is held by the parent or student, prior to allowing a native animal to be brought to the school.

 

Animals on agistment

At different times livestock may be agisted on land that is not owned or leased by the school. Schools are advised to draw up a written agreement between the parties concerned, documenting the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties.

cattle grazing in a paddock

When animals are agisted on land that is not owned or leased by the school, it is advisable that a written agreement between the parties concerned, should be drawn up.