The VCA Constitiution, Rules, Regulations, Codes, Policies and Procedures are the framework for the governance of the VCA. Members should note the importance of knowing which elements relate to all members and which relate to specific activities. The constitution and rules apply to all elements of the VCA and therefore apply to all members regardless of the activities a member may be involved in.
(updated April 2010)
(effective 15 August 2012)
All members are bound by codes covering ethics, breeding and selling as detailed in the regulations. See Part 20 of the Regulations, above.
Each member, upon signing an application for membership or renewal of memberhip of the VCA, and being duly elected to general membership of the VCA, shall, in addition to agreeing to be bound by the Constitution, Rules and Regulations of the VCA, be also bound by the VCA's Code of Practice relating to responsible dog ownership, including the keeping, welfare, breeding, selling and disposing of dogs by members.
VCA Procedures - Incidents or complaints at fixtures
Download the VCA Procedures - Incidents or complaints at fixtures (.pdf)
Unless management committee directs otherwise a fee of $250 is payable with all complaints lodged with DOGS Victoria. Where the complaint is lodged with the VCA representative at a fixture, the complainant must forward the $250 complaint fee to the DOGS Victoria Chief Executive within five working days of the date the complaint was lodged. in all other cases the fee must be lodged with the complaint. Note: Where the complaint results in disciplinary action and the complaint is found to be justified the complaint fee will be refunded to the complainant.
VCA Procedures - Dog Incidents
Code of Practice for the private keeping of dogs
Please be advised that the Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of dogs falls under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. The Code provides the minimum standards of accommodation, management and care appropriate to the physical and behavioural requirements of dogs kept under private ownership. Please see the Law and You for more information.
Club Management Guide
Have you recently jointed the committee of a club? Do you need more information on club management?
Download the DOGS Victoria Club Management Guide. It contains
- clubs and their purposes
- club management
- president and chairperson - duties and responsibilities
- annual general meetings
- special general meetings
- committee meetings
Show Secretaries Guide
In preparing this guide, it is realised that each show secretary will have certain methods and duties peculiar to their own and their club’s circumstances, however, it is hoped that it will serve as a useful reminder to even the most experienced person. read more
Obedience Stewards Guide
A steward is a very useful and essential person, a good steward is a treasure, a great steward is even better. Want to know more about being an obedience steward? Download A Guide for Obedience Stewards
prepared by OTEC.
Guidelines re judges competing at obedience trials at which they are officiating
Affiliates may opt to permit contracted judges to also enter and compete at the same event, following the guidelines below:
- The schedule for the event must state 'contracted judges may compete'
- There must be no interruption to the general conduct of the trial to permit an officiating judge to be judged
- Staggered check-in / starting times may be schedules for any event
- Affiliates must give careful consideration to the logistics of offering this option prior to submitting schedules
VCA Penalty Guidelines
For a list of penalty guidelines please click here (.pdf).
Persons involved in a meeting of the VCA, or a meeting, hearing or the like of a VCA committee are to conduct themselves ..... click here for more information (.pdf).
Victoria Canine Association Inc. (VCA) trades under the registered business name of DOGS Victoria.