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Lucy’s Project is conducting research into the impacts of recent Victorian rental legislation changes on domestic and family violence/abuse victim-survivors with animals. 

The Residential Tenancies Act 1997, which sets out the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, changed on 2 March 2020 to include new provisions about pets. These new provisions state that landlords are unable to ‘unreasonably refuse’ their tenants from keeping an animal in the property. In cases where landlords do wish to deny permission, they can only do so with authorisation from the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on the basis that there is a legitimate reason for refusal. In practice, these legislation changes have made the vast majority of rental properties in Victoria animal-friendly. 

Lucy’s Project is seeking to understand whether these legislation changes have facilitated Domestic and family violence/abuse (DFVA) victim-survivors’ ability to access safe, animal-friendly accommodation.

If you are: 

  • A frontline worker
  • Working in Victoria and;
  • Working directly with victim-survivors

Then you are eligible for participation in this research. 

Participation involves reading our Plain Language Statement and filling out a 10-15 minute survey about your experiences and observations surrounding working with victim-survivors with animals and their ability to access animal-friendly accommodation. 

All survey responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and the privacy of your clients. 

We appreciate your interest in this project and look forward to sharing the results of this important research. 

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