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Why register your pet?
State legislation requires all dogs and cats over the
age of three months to be registered.
As of 1 May 2007, all cats and dogs being
registered for the first time must be micro-chipped
in order for a Council to allow registration.
Registration renewals are due by 10 April each year.
Registering your pet provides the City of Ballarat
with important information to improve the chances
of reuniting you with your pet in the event it is lost.
The registration fee includes a State Government
Levy, which is primarily used to fund responsible pet
You can register your pet for the first time by
visiting our Customer Service team at The Phoenix,
25 Armstrong Street South. Or you can download a
copy of the animal registration form from
www.ballarat.vic.gov.au and submit it with
payment by post to City of Ballarat, PO BOX 655,
Proof of micro-chipping is required, along with
any other documentation such as sterilisation
Council offers free initial registration for dogs and
cats that are under the age of six months and are
both de-sexed and micro-chipped.
Owners of an unregistered pet risk a fine of $282.
Why secure your dog?
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dog
owners must securely confine dogs to the property.
This means your yard must have a closed gate and
an escape-proof fence that your dog cannot jump,
get under or through.
Legally, visitors must have safe access to your front
door without being stopped by your dog.
If your dog can get through your gates or fencing,
you can be fined even if it doesn't actually leave
Magistrates have the power to require owners of
pets that have escaped to carry out works to ensure
this does not happen again. To make sure your dog
is properly confined, keep it in the backyard behind
a locked gate.
Apart from the legal consequences, an attack can
be very distressing for all involved.
If securely confined, your dog will be safe from
traffic injuries or fights with other dogs. It will also
be prevented from wandering and becoming lost.
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As of 10 April 2009, Council introduced a cat curfew
requiring all cat owners to confine their cats to their
properties at night between sunset and sunrise.
The curfew aims to prevent harm to the environment
and wildlife and limit annoyance to neighbours.
If cats are not confined they are at risk of being
caught and handed in to the pound. Owners must
pay the costs associated in retrieving their cat from
the pound and fines may be issued for not observing
Your guide to owning a pet
Visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au for a list
of useful information for pet owners
Where must I have my dog on a lead in
• Where can I exercise my dog off a lead in
• Where must I collect my dog's faeces?
• What are the dangers of allowing your cat
to roam at night?
• How to build cat proof fencing and cat
How to help your pet in an
Your pets are your responsibility. It is up to you
to prepare for the safety and welfare of your
pets in the case of an emergency.
• Include your animals in your household
• Properly identify your pets (eg. name tags,
microchip or band)
• Keep a list of emergency phone numbers
handy, including your pet's vet
• Be aware that some evacuation centres
may not accept animals so plan an
• If moving animals to a safer location, do it
early to avoid unnecessary risk
• Make sure your pet has plenty of food and
• If staying overnight secure animals early so
they don't take flight
If you have to leave pets behind:
• If possible, leave your pets indoors
• Place pets in separate rooms with small
or preferably no windows (eg. laundry,
• Provide adequate food and water in large,
• If left outside, do not tie them up
• Your safety, and that of your family, is
• Don't risk human life trying to find and
protect your pets
RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
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