|15 June 2017
Dog owners will notice changes in their dog registration renewal notices when they arrive in the mail in the coming weeks.
In July 2016 significant changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 were passed in Parliament, with some of the legislation taking effect from 1 July 2017.
As a result all Council's are now required to set two mandatory registration fee categories, ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ dog, commencing in the upcoming 2017/18 dog registration period.
Under the new simplified system a ‘standard dog’ is a dog that is both desexed and microchipped. ‘Non-standard dogs’ are all other dogs.
Council’s Director Development Services, Steve Chapple said “these new laws will mostly impact dog owners who have been previously eligible to receive rebates for their dogs being microchipped or trained.
“These dogs will now be classified as ‘non-standard’ and owners will no longer be able to receive a rebate unless the dog also meets one of the additional rebate criteria.
“Council has decided to still offer additional rebates for desexed only, working dogs and pensioners for the 2017/18 registration period.
“Owners registering a new dog that has been desexed will need to produce their vet certificate and owners of new working dogs registrations will be required to complete a new rebate application form. Owners of dogs that are currently registered as working dogs are not required to complete this form.
"Dog owners seeking a pensioner rebate are reminded that they need to present an eligible DCSI or Veterans Affairs card,” Mr Chapple said.
The new legislation also sees major changes to expiations with increases in fees across a large range of offences including:
• Wandering at large;
• Unregistered dogs; and
• Dogs on school grounds
For further information regarding the change in legislation please refer to the Dog and Cat Management Board on www.dogandcatboard.com.au or call 8124 4962 alternatively contact Council on (08) 8733 0900.
For further information please contact:
Steve Chapple – Director Development Services
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900 or 0427 946 783