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Cats and dogs

Last updated: 17/11/2016 6:35 PM
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The Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) is responsible for administering the Dog Act 1976 (the Dog Act) and the Cat Act 2011 (the Cat Act). The Acts and associated regulations apply throughout Western Australia. These are available at the State Law Publisher

Cats

The Cat Act requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation. The legislation, which took full effect in November 2013, provides for better management of the unwanted impact of cats on the community and the environment, and encourages responsible cat ownership. Local governments enforce and administer the Dog Act and the Cat Act. Members of the public with queries about registration, microchipping, sterilisation, dangerous dogs and barking dogs should contact their local government.

DLGC is responsible for ensuring that the Cat Act 2011 (the Cat Act) is up to date and fit for purpose. The Cat Act requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation.

Local laws

Local governments enact local laws and are responsible for enforcement of the Cat Act. Local laws enacted by a local government apply only to the area administered by that local government and are not State-wide laws. Information about local laws relating to cats can be obtained from the relevant local government as well as information about microchipping, sterilisation, registration and stray cats.

Dogs

The Dog Act contains a range of measures to improve community safety, encourage responsible dog ownership, enable nuisance behaviour to be more effectively dealt with and to recognise assistance dogs.  Recent amendments to the Dog Act require that by 1 November 2015 all dogs must be microchipped. The Dog Act recognises assistance dogs that are commonly used by people with a disability. DLGC has responsibility for approving assistance dogs that have not been trained by a recognised organisation.  DLGC also approves applications to become an independent Public Access Test Assessor. 

The legal rights and responsibilities of dog owners are outlined in the Dog Act, the Dog Regulations 2013 and in local government local laws Collectively, these laws provide for the registration, ownership and control of dogs in Western Australia.

Local laws

Local governments enact local laws and are responsible for enforcement of the Dog Act. Local laws enacted by a local government apply only to the area administered by that local government and are not State-wide laws. Information about local laws relating to dogs can be obtained from the relevant local government, as well as information about registration, microchipping, sterilisation, dangerous dogs, barking dogs, and exercise areas.