RNSWCC 2021 Board Election - Re-issue of Ballot Papers
As a result of the irregularities detected in the already distributed Ballot Papers for the 2021 RNSWCC Elections, new Ballot Papers will now be re-issued in the next few weeks.
The error was caused in the data extraction process from the aging ANKC database. The process is complex and requires multiple lists by member location to be extracted and sorted manually. In all, there were sixteen (16) lists, ie, 4 lists for each region, that needed to be extracted, however, at the time, we were unaware of a data corruption issue in the code used to create these lists. Historically there has never been an issue and the lists were created accurately without issue. Whilst there were no duplicates identified in each individual list, the Office did not compare the data in each of the lists against the data in the other lists which would have identified duplicates. Members and Directors can be assured that new processes have been implemented to ensure that these errors do not repeat for future data extractions. Additional proofing and cross checks of printed material has also been implemented.
Members residing in the Metropolitan, Illawarra & South East, Hunter and Southern Regions will receive replacement ballot papers in the coming weeks, together with a cover letter. The new Ballot Papers are easily identified as they are printed on coloured paper. Please note the colour code below that the NEW Ballot Papers will be printed in for each region:
Metropolitan Ballot Paper Illawarra & South-Eastern Ballot Paper Hunter Region Ballot Paper
Southern Region Ballot Paper
Members who have already sent in their original Ballot Paper are advised that these will now be classed as “invalid” and you will be required to complete the “new” Ballot Paper and post it directly to the Official Returning Officer, whose postal address is shown on the Return Addressed Envelope provided.
Please retain the RNSWCC Election Magazine to refer, and if any eligible members do not receive this, they can view the digital version on the website (click here to view), or contact the office to request a hard copy posted to you.
Consequently, the closing date for return of Ballot Papers has been amended to “12 noon on Friday 20 August 2021” with the new Ballot Count now being held on “Saturday 21 August 2021” at 9.00am in the Research & Education Building at Orchard Hills.
Members are advised that they should NOT drop off their Ballot Papers to the Office. Ballot Papers should only be posted to the Official Returning Officer.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: - Sydney Dog Lovers Show postponed till 11-12 September
The team at Sydney Dog Lovers Show have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in NSW and how this will impact the upcoming Dog Lovers Show scheduled for the 7- 8 August 2021.
Working with Sydney Showground, safety consultants, major contractors and the NSW State government since the outbreak started, it is important they move fast to safeguard the event and the investment made with all stakeholders.
Their duty of care to exhibitors, visitors, presenters, staff and contractors is their number one priority, so for this reason they have no other choice but to move the event to Saturday and Sunday, 11 & 12 September 2021 at the same venue. They secured this alternative date as soon as COVID first broke out in Sydney and can confirm that this was the only other date option available at the Sydney Showground this year.
Organisers are continually challenged by the pandemic and this was a very difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of everyone involved with the show must take priority.
Breed Clubs will be contacted by the organisers to confirm their participation for the new dates. The Floor Plan has had to be changed due to COVID restrictions but organisers will have this new layout to the Clubs shortly. Please note that some Breed Clubs will need to be relocated, but rest assured organisers will maintain prime locations for everyone.
As a result of the irregularities detected in the already distributed Ballot Papers for the 2021 RNSWCC Elections, new Ballot Papers will be issued.
Members who have already sent in their original Ballot Paper are advised that these will now be classed as “invalid” and you will be required to complete the “new” Ballot Paper and post it directly to the Official Returning Officer whose postal address is shown on the Return Addressed Envelope provided.
Members are advised that they should not drop off their Ballot Papers to the Office. Ballot Papers should only be posted to the Official Returning Officer.
Consequently, the closing date for return of Ballot Papers has been amended to “12 noon on Friday 20 August 2021” with the Ballot Count now being held on “Saturday 21 August 2021” at 9.00am in the Research & Education Building at Orchard Hills.
Effective immediately, due to the current COVID situation and to ensure the safety of Members, Staff and Visitors, the following is to be adhered to when attending the DOGS NSW Office Reception. Reception is open 9:45am to 3:45pm Monday to Friday.
• Only one person will be allowed into Reception at any one time. • Members are asked to press the bell and wait outside the door. • Please bring your own pen. • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment for contactless transactions. No cash! • Use the hand sanitiser provided at the counter. • Provide your name and contact details for contact tracing on the sign in sheet * Use the Service NSW QR code and check in • Wear a mask • Members are also requested NOT to bring their dogs into the Office.
Invitation to test the new NSW Pet Registry system prototype - Breeders (Round 2)
Following on from the user testing sessions early this year, the NSW Government have been very busy further improving the design of the new Pet Registry system prototype and are now in the process of conducting another user testing session with their user group.
They are planning to run a few testing sessions (60-90 mins online video call) next week, starting from Monday, 21st June 2021, and would like to extend invitations to DOGS NSW members who will be interested in participating.
They are looking for:
Roughly around 5 breeders to test the prototype
Also, for the registration workstream, we are looking an additional of 2 breeders who have gone through and paid the registration fees for their litters
Breeders who works/lives in the metro or major regional town
A reasonably high technology user who is comfortable in using a laptop, uses camera (for video conferencing calls/Microsoft Teams) and software tools
Proposed sessions schedule:
Monday 21st June 2021 to Friday 25th June 2021 – 9:00am, or 11:00am, or 1:00pm (hosting 3 sessions each day)
About the interview process:
As part of the interview, a researcher will ask the participant to test and share their feedback on the new design of the online NSW Pet Registry registration process. There are no right or wrong answers, we are excited to hear on how we could improve and make changes to our designs.
Where: Sessions will be held via a video call (Microsoft Teams) How long for: The session will be either
60 minutes (1 hour) long – just testing the prototype
Or 90minutes (1 ½ hour) long – testing the prototype and an interview to talk about their pet registration/payment experience
What to expect:
This will be a friendly interview session and a researcher will ask the participant to test and share their feedback on the new designs for the online NSW Pet Registry registration process.
There are no right or wrong answers, we are excited to hear on how we could improve and make changes to our designs/concepts.
As we are testing an online digital service, participants will be asked to sit in front of their laptop with a camera turned on to capture their interactions with the system.
Privacy and Security:
In our interview, we will be doing audio recording and taking some photos, which may be used in presentations, reports, and training within the NSW Government.
We know the privacy of each participant is important. Any and all information you provide in the interview will be anonymised, meaning your name will be removed and turned into a code.
Once they have confirmed your interest, a confirmation email with details of the interviews, will be emailed to you with instructions and the consent form.
Members who are interested in participating should contact Queenie Lee | Iteration Manager, NSW Government Customer Service directly, with expressions of interest: email@example.com OR (02) 9219 3316
The Perkumpulan Kinologi Indonesia (PERKIN) asks us to inform the FCI members and contract partners that dogs registered with the INA studbook (in 2019 or 2020) were given microchip numbers with an incorrect national code (620- instead of 360-). Some of them were exported.
Please click here to view the list of these identified dogs. The PERKIN office is at your disposal for any further information.