Animal Welfare Act 1985 (PDF / Last amended Jun-2013)
Animal Welfare Regulations 2012 (PDF / Last amended Aug-2012)
Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (PDF / Last amended Feb-2010)
Note: This Act does not apply in relation to a dog owned by or on behalf of the Crown (in right of the Commonwealth or the State) and used for security, emergency or law enforcement purposes.
Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2010 (PDF / Last amended Apr-2010)
Codes of practice:
Code of Practice for the Keeping of Security Dogs in South Australia (PDF / last amended 10 Dec 2012)
‘Special circumstance’ dogs: regarding Disability, Guide, Hearing dogs and dogs owned or used by the crown.
Registration: Registration is required for all dogs over the age of 3 months. Livestock working dogs and Therapy dogs may receive reduced registration fees at local council discretion.
Note: This mandatory registration requirement does not apply to dogs being held by the Guide Dogs Association of South Australia & Northern Territory (Inc.); or the Lions Hearing Dogs Incorporated; or a member of the police force acting in that capacity.
Microchipping: Mandatory for attack trained, guard or patrol dogs. Recommended, but not mandatory for other dogs.
Desexing: Recommended, but not mandatory.
Electronic collars/devices: Not permitted.
Tail docking: Not permitted.