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A new law which protects pets, pet owners and other people applies in full from 1 July 1999. Contact the Council for details on how to register and microchip your pet for life.

Dog Owners

The Companion Animals Act 1998 replaces the Dog Act 1996. It contains new measures, including the microchipping and registration for life of dogs. Dog owners must microchip and register their pets. This means having your dog microchipped first, then registering your dog with your local council.

Looking after your Dog in Public

When away from your property, your dog must wear a collar and registration tag and be controlled on a leash (except in council off-leash areas). Outside your property, you must pick up your dog's droppings. Council must provide bins in areas used for exercising dogs. Your dog must not enter eating areas, schools or childcare grounds, wildlife protection areas or within 10 metres of children's playground equipment. The rules in the Companion Animal Act are important for pets, pet owners and other people. Dog and cat owners who ignore the rules face strong penalties, including fines and court action.

Dog in the Pound

If your dog is found unleashed in a public place, it can be seized by council officers and put in the pound. You have 14 days (for a registered dog) or 7 days (for unregistered dogs) to claim your pet from the pound. Dogs which are chipped will be scanned and their owners notified.

Nuisance Dogs

Your local council can issue a Nuisance Order if your dog repeatedly barks, damages other people's property or chases people, animals or vehicles. If you don't stop your dog doing these things you can be fined.

Dog Attacks

Dogs that attack can be seized, unless the dog was provoked or was protecting someone. The owner is responsible for any damage to a person or animal caused by a dog.

Dangerous Dogs

A dangerous dog is one which attacks or kills a person or animal without being provoked. In extreme circumstances, a local council or court can declare a dog dangerous. Dangerous dogs must be kept in childproof enclosures, leashed and muzzled in public, be desexed, and controlled by an adult over 18 years of age.  

Restricted Dog Breeds

Four breeds of dogs are subject to import restrictions by the Federal Government. They are the American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosas, Argentinian Fighting Dogs and the Brazilian Fighting Dog.

Cat Owners

Cats and cat owners have important new protections and responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act. For the first time, new cats will have to be microchipped and lifetime registered. Owners of new cats must microchip and register their pets. This means having your cat microchipped first, then registering your cat with your local council.

Existing cats which stay with their current owner do not have to be registered. But all cat owners should identify their cats, either through microchipping or by using collar and tag. This will help protect their cat if it is lost, hurt or stolen. While cat attacks are not as big a problem as dog attacks, cats can kill or injure birds and other animals.

Local councils can seize cats which attack. Pounds will keep a registered cat for 14 days and an unregistered cat for 7 days. Chipped cats will be scanned at the pound and the owners notified.

Nuisance Cats

Your local council can issue a nuisance order if your cat repeatedly makes noise or damages property. If you do not stop your cat doing these things, you can be fined.

Last Updated: 04 May 2016