Registration for all dogs is compulsory from 10 December 2010, including on rural properties. There is an exemption from registration requirements for bona fide working dogs (as defined in the Act, definition of what is working dog).
- Puppies must be registered by 12 weeks of age.
- Desexed dogs are eligible for a discount on registration costs. Proof of desexing is required prior to free registration being granted.
- Registration forms available from your nearest Customer Service Centre.
- Registration forms are to be submitted, with payment, to your nearest Customer Service Centre where a tag will be provided.
- Registration tags will contain a unique registration number which will allow Council officers to contact you if your dog is picked up. No personal details will be contained on this tag or released to the public without your express permission.
- All dogs under 12 weeks of age at 10 December 2010 must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age.
- All dogs must be microchipped when sold or given away.
- Microchip numbers for dogs under 12 weeks of age must be provided when registering your dog.
- If your dog is already microchipped, this number should be provided on your registration form, so that your dog can be returned if it strays without a tag.
- All declared regulated (menacing, dangerous or restricted) dogs as defined in the act are required to be microchipped.
- If your dog is a declared dangerous or restricted breed, desexing is mandatory.
- Discounts are available for desexed dogs. Proof of desexing (desexing certificate or letter from vet) is required prior to free registration being granted.
- If you do not have a certificate that your dog is desexed, contact your local vet to see if they are able to provide a letter confirming it has previously been desexed. Bringing your animal to Council is not proof that it has been desexed, officers will not look at animals which are brought in.
- Desexing of dogs is recommended because of benefits to your animal’s temperament, and the community.
- Desexing of dogs also prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the number of unwanted dogs which cause nuisance and have to be put down.
What is a working dog?
Definition of a working dog –
- A dog usually kept or proposed to be kept –
- on rural land; and
- by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
- primarily for the purpose of –
- droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; or
- being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; and
- does not include a class of dog prescribed under a regulation