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What does the Law say?

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. Amendments to the Dog Act require that effective 1 November 2015, all dogs must be microchipped. The Dog Act recognises assistance dogs that are commonly used by people with a disability. Dog owners within the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu must ensure that their dogs are registered and microchipped by the time they are three months old.

How many dogs can I keep on my premises?

Property <10,000m2 -1 - 2 dogs
Property >10,000m2 up to 20,000m2 - 3 dogs (permit required for 3rd dog)
Property greater than 20,000m2 - 4 dogs (permit required 3+ dogs)

What will it cost me to register my dog?                                                                                                        

Registrations expire on 31 October of each year and can be obtained for a period of one or three years, or for the lifetime of the pet.

Registration1 Year3 YearsLife
Dog or Bitch Unsterilised $50.00 $120.00 $250.00
Dog or Bitch Sterilised $20.00 $42.50 $100.00
Dog or Bitch Unsterilised (*Pensioner) $25.00 $60.00 $125.00
Dog or Bitch Sterilised (*Pensioner) $10.00 $21.25 $50.00

Unsterilised dogs used for tending stock 25% of fee.

Dog Registration Form

*Concession rates apply upon proof of either a current:
Pensioner Concession Card
State Concession Card; or
Commonwealth Seniors Card together with a Seniors Card

What if I move or my circumstances change after registration?

If you move address or your animal unfortunately passes away, please advise the Shire of these changes. If your pet goes to a new home for any reason, you will need to ensure you and the new owner sign a change of ownership form. You are also required to update information with the Australian Animal Registry, Pet Chip Registry or relevant microchip supplier database where your pet was initially registered when the microchip was implanted.

What else do I need to know?

All dog owners must:
Attach the registration tag and dog’s identification tag to their collar and ensure the dog is wearing the tags at all times.
Keep the dog secure and don’t allow the animal to wander. Appropriate fencing for the size of the animal must be provided. It is an offence to tether a dog and fines apply.
Clean up after your pet in public places and restrain animal on a leash.
When in public places, restrain the animal on a leash.

For further information regarding the Dog Act 1976 please visit the Department of Local Government website or contact them by telephoning (08) 9671 2500.

Local Dog Laws


Council employs a ranger to patrol  its reserves and streets to enforce various Acts of Parliament and Council's by-laws relating to control of straying animals, Council and dog control. Contact 9671 2500.

Dog Management Facility

The Council Dog Management Facility is situated within the confines of the Works Depot. The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu reserves the right to impound animals in any Council approved management facility.

Fees are imposed on all impounded animals and are payable to the Shire Council before the release of the animal.

  • Unidentifiable animals must be held for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Identifiable animals must be held for a minimum 7 days

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