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Commencement of the Veterinary Practice Act 2021


The Veterinary Practice Act 2021 (the Act) has been proclaimed, with the commencement date determined as Saturday 18th June. The purpose of the Act is to modernise and reform the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine in Western Australia, including veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and veterinary premises. The Act aims to facilitate the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine on a national basis. The changes will remove barriers to veterinarians working across State borders, facilitating the movement of professionals from interstate to assist in emergencies. The Act will create the Veterinary Practice Board to replace the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of WA. The new laws will allow professional misconduct matters to be dealt with more efficiently by the Board. The proclamation of the Act will repeal the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 1979. In so far as the State Administrative Tribunal is concerned, the legislation makes important changes to the kinds of applications the Tribunal can deal with. These are similar to, but more expansive than, the kinds of applications the SAT has been able to deal with under the Veterinary Surgeons Act. There are 13 applications that can be made to the Tribunal under the Act, based on the Tribunal’s original and review jurisdiction.