Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Last amended Dec-2012)
Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Last amended Apr-2013)
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Domestic Animals Regulations 2005
Codes of practice:
Code of practice for the private keeping of dogs
Code of practice for the operation of breeding and rearing establishments (Mandatory code; UNDER REVIEW)
Code of practice for the responsible breeding of animals with heritable defects that cause disease
Code of practice for the operation of greyhound establishments (Mandatory code)
Code of practice for the operation of dog training establishments (Mandatory code)
Code of practice for the training of dogs and cats to wear electronic collars (Mandatory code)
Code of practice for the tethering of animals
Code of practice for animals in hunting
Registration: Mandatory for dogs over the age of three months.
Microchipping: All cats and dogs being registered with a Victorian local council for the first time must be microchipped prior to registration. Dogs must be microchipped from three months of age.
Desexing: Recommended, but not mandatory.
Electronic collars/devices: Permitted only in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as per the code of practice.
Tail docking: Not permitted.