Tasmanian Cat Management Plan


The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan has been prepared by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment with the support of theTasmanian Cat Management Reference Group, which represents the key cat management stakeholder groups in the State.


The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan represents the first comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing cats in Tasmania.  The Plan recognises that cat management is a shared responsibility across all levels of government, business and the community and includes actions under seven objectives:

Objective 1:     Tasmanian pet cat owners manage their cats responsibly
Objective 2:     Increased community awareness, participation and commitment in cat management
Objective 3:     Best practice techniques are used to guide the planning, management and control of stray and feral cats
Objective 4:     Improved knowledge about feral, stray and domestic cats to better inform management
Objective 5:     Minimise impacts of cats in areas with important conservation values and agricultural assets
Objective 6:     Undertake legislative change to create an effective framework for managing cats and support other objectives
Objective 7:     The roles and responsibilities related to cat management are clearly defined and understood by the Tasmanian                       ​community.

​Implementation of the Plan will be guided by a shared understanding that there is a need to both: encourage responsible cat ownership, acknowledging the positive role that cats can play in our community; and to understand and mitigate the negative impacts that cats can have on the environment, agriculture, and on human health. 

Supporting Documents

The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan​ Background Document provides important additional information on all the issues covered in the Plan

Further Information​

For further information about the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan contact Biosecurity Tasmania:

Michael Askey-Doran
Phone: 03 6165 4408 

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