The Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grant Program is funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to promote preparedness, response and recovery capacity building for animal welfare in emergencies in Local Governments.

The Grant Program overall will:
  • identify and support projects that focus on capacity building activities with clear community benefit
  • foster partnerships between communities, Local Governments and regional stakeholders to promote activities that help in the preparation for, and response to, the impacts of emergency situations on animal welfare, and
  • generate and share lessons on best practice approaches to building the capacity of Local Governments and their communities to manage animal welfare during emergencies.
The Grant Program also aims to support the State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies that defines the roles and responsibilities of individuals, communities and agencies to prepare, respond and recover from hazards, and provides a framework for coordination between different organisations and communities.  


As part of Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grant Program, training is being offered to support capacity building in Local Government, by providing funding for officers to attend training at the Muresk Institute to enhance their skills and knowledge in safely dealing with animals during an emergency. Presentation and workshop focuses include livestock health and welfare, State Support Plan, fauna handling, containment and transport, and a workshop on Local Plans.

Testimonials from previous attendees:

"Exceeded my expectations"
"Content and delivery 10/10"
"A great initiative and much needed for all Local Governments"

Course Information

Information on the course content can be found on the Muresk Institute website.
Muresk Institute Local Government Training Brochure
Muresk Institute Accommodation Information


For full details about the 2022 Training Grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, read the guidelines here.  


Image Source: Christine Terry - City of Rockingham, and City of Kalamunda



For full details about the 2021 Project Grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, read the Project Grants Guidelines. The template project budget can be accessed here.

Click here to view the WALGA webinar recorded on 13 August 2020, which provided further information and guidance about the Grant Program prior to Round One in 2020/21.

Project Examples

The following three case studies are examples of funded projects from Round One 2020/21.

Example 1: Community Preparedness Media, City of KalamundaKalamunda-media-resource.png

The City of Kalamunda developed two mixed-media videos to initiate the thought process and detailing some ways to keep pets and livestock safe in emergency situations. The project was to develop new resources to help the community better prepare for their animals in emergencies.

The videos are available to view on the City’s website here.


Example 2: Procurement of Equipment for Animal Welfare in Emergencies, Shire of Cranbrook

The Shire of Cranbrook procured a Stock Trailer to assist with the moving of affected stock in an emergency to safe holding yards in designated areas within the Shire. This was an identified need in the Shire, having been raised at LEMC meetings before and purchased as part of their Animal Welfare Plan.


Example 3: Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, City of Kwinana

The City of Kwinana has developed their Emergency Animal Welfare Plan to support animal welfare during an emergency. Their plan outlines the key roles and responsibilities and actions to take should an emergency occur in the City.
The City’s Local Emergency Management Arrangements can be viewed here. Appendix 8 is the Local Plan for Animal Welfare. This can be found on page 105 of the document.

2020/21 Project Grant Recipients

The following Local Governments received grant funding in the first round for a range of projects, including procurement of equipment, development of a Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies, exercising Plans and community education programs.
City of Armadale City of Kalamunda
City of Bayswater Shire of Kent, Katanning and Woodanilling
Shire of Beverley Shire of Kondinin, Kulin, Corrigin and Narembeen
Shire of Brookton City of Kwinana
City of Canning Shire of Lake Grace
City of Cockburn Shire of Leonora
Shire of Coolgardie Shire of Plantagenet
Shire of Cranbrook Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
Shire of Dardanup City of Stirling
Shire of Gnowangerup                                Shire of York

2021/22 Project Grant Recipients

  • City of Albany
  • City of Armadale
  • Town of Claremont
  • Shire of Cranbrook
  • City of Wanneroo
  • Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley

Further Information

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development-Animal Welfare in Emergencies
Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies - Guide and Template 
Tools and Helpful links

State Emergency Management Committee 
State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies