Microchipping and Registration is a two step process that requires cat and dog owners to:
Fines are applicable for offences relating to companion animals. Therefore, to avoid fines being issued, Council encourages the registration of all cats and dogs.
A working dog is a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.
Hunting dogs and guard dogs do not have any special status as working dogs under the Companion Animals Act. Just because an animal is kept for purposes other than that of a pet, does not necessarily mean it is a “working dog”.
Under the Companion Animals Act, dogs that meet the definition of a “working dog” are exempt from microchipping and registering when:
All other working dogs MUST be microchipped and registered. However, a nil dollar (free) registration fee applies. All working dogs are exempt from wearing a collar and tag while actively working on their owner’s property.
The exemption from micropchipping and lifetime registration for working dogs may be lost in the following circumstances:
The lifetime registration fees are set by the legislation, not councils, as follows:
Brochure - Restricted and dangerous dogs
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