Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (PDF / Last amended Sep-2012 )
Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 (PDF / Last amended Jul-2013)
Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (PDF / Last amended Apr-2013)
Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulations (PDF ; Last amended Jul-2013)
Racing Act 2001 (PDF / Last amended Aug-2013)
Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dog Act 2009 (PDF / Last amended Feb-2010)
Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dog Regulation 2009 (PDF / Last amended Jul-2012)
Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (PDF / Last amended Apr-2013)
Corrective Services Act 2006 (PDF / Last amended Aug-2013)
Codes of practice:
Regulation of dog breeders (draft regulatory assessment statement) (PDF) Background here
Offences relating to dogs (click link for details)
Duty of care for animals (click link for guidelines): If you are in charge of an animal, you have a duty of care to that animal – no matter why you are in charge of it, what you are using it for or how long it will be in your care. If you have a duty of care for an animal, you are legally obliged by the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to provide ‘appropriate care’ for it by providing for its needs in a reasonable way.
Transporting dogs in utes (click link for guidelines): You are legally required to ensure your dog is safe, secure and comfortable while in transit. Considerable penalties apply for breaching the law, including a $33,000 fine or 1 year in jail. Under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 1999, it is illegal to travel with an unsecured load on the back of your vehicle. An unrestrained dog can be considered an unsecured load. You can be fined up to $2200 if you don’t comply.
Managing unwanted cats and dogs: Resource page.
Registration & microchipping: Mandatory. Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 cat and dog owners must register their animal with their local council. Sections 13 and 14 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires microchipping of cats and dogs prior to sale/transfer and prior to reaching 12 weeks of age.
Desexing: Recommended, but not compulsory.
Electronic collars/devices: Permitted.
Tail docking: Not permitted.