Guidelines for keeping of companion animals.
The NSW Government has recently introduced new legislation covering rights and responsibilities of the owners of companion animals, including cats and dogs. The new legislation, the Companion Animals Act 1998, replaces the Dog Act 1966. It introduces new registration and identification requirements for cats and dogs and brings in tough new controls on dangerous dogs. The aim of the new legislation is to protect the rights of animals and their owners in balance with the rights and needs of others in the community. For further information contact the Engineering Department of Council.
As from 1 October 2002 it is required that your dog will have to be microchipped and recorded on the NSW Animal Register. This is a Statewide Register, which, if your dog is lost, allows accredited operators to access in an effort to locate owners of this lost animal.
To have your animal microchipped you will have to take the animal to your chosen Veterinary Clinic and have the microchip implanted. This is a quick and painless procedure.
The term "Register your Dog" used by Local Council refers to having the dog registered with the Council. It is required by the NSW Companion Animal Act that all dogs must be registered through your local Council.
This is done by first having your dog microchipped, then bringing the form given to you by the Clinic to the local Council office and paying for "Lifetime" Registration.
Lifetime Registration means just that, your dog is registered for his/her lifetime. No further fees need to be paid.
If you change location you need only contact the Council in your new area who will alter the records to show your dog's new address.
Change of owners can also be accommodated and all at no further cost. As long as you notify any change of address, any registered dog can now find his/her owner again.
It must be pointed out that just having your animal microchipped is NOT considered as Registration. To have your animal Registered you must go to your local Council and pay the respective fee as outlined below (As of 18 July 2016):
- Entire Cat/Dog: $195.00
- Registered Breeder Cat/Dog $53.00
- Desexed Cat/Dog $53.00 (need to provide proof from Vet)
- Pensioner Desexed Cat/Dog $22.00 (need proof of pension and from Vet)
There is an exemption from payment of a registration fee for the registration of the following:-
- Any animal the Director-General is satisfied is in the service of a public authority
- A working dog.
NOTE: A working dog is defined in the Act as a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock (or a dog being trained as a working dog). If the dog is declared to be a dangerous dog, it ceases to be a working dog whilst the declaration is in force.
What is a Microchip
A microchip is approximately the same size as a small grain of rice. It is a safe and easy form of permanent identification for your pets. The microchip contains a unique identification number which will identify the pets owner through a central registry.
How is Microchipping Performed
A microchip is simply and easily injected beneath the skin by a veterinarian, just like a vaccination. The process is completed in seconds, does not require an anaesthetic and the chip stays with your pet for its lifetime.
What are the Benefits
Unlike a collar or tag a microchip cannot be lost.
Inexpensive - for a minimal once off cost your pet is protected for life
Microchips help in the recovery of your pet from anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information for dog owners including off leash areas
Dog owners are reminded of their obligations to pick up after their
dogs, and to ensure that dogs are on a leash outside their property,
except in “off leash” areas
Hefty fines apply under the Companion Animals Act, 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation, 2008, as detailed below:
Fail to remove dog faeces: $275
Dog not on a lead/dog not under effective control: $220
Own or in charge of attacking dog: $550 (Dogs not
restricted or classed dangerous)
Dog in prohibited place: $330
A dog off leash, attacking other animals and people, can result in serious offense charges dealt with in Court.
Off Leash Areas
There are designated off leash area available in each of the three communities within Murrumbidgee Council.
The second oval at the Recreation Reserve, King Street
At the end of Kookaburra Avenue - forest area
Around the Jerilderie Lake from Bundoora Avenue to the Playground area - as signposted